Online Permaculture Design Certification Course with Kym Chi

Featuring special guests; Mark Lakeman, Julie Parrell, Lori Snyder and Hazel Bell Koski

Because you know there has to be a better way!

Learn to live in a meaningful way that you, your community and the earth all thrive - together!
It is actually possible...



“Now is the time to stop dreaming the dream and have something materialize from it. Kym Chi is gifted in facilitating and providing gracious inspiration for a resilient lifestyle. She showed me the DOOR of practicality and empowered me to STEP IN to the possibilities awaiting me on the other side." - Dharlyn Gomez - program graduate.


“Paying attention is a form of reciprocity with the living world, receiving the gifts with open eyes and open heart.” Robin Wall Kimmerer - Braiding Sweetgrass

We are living in a time where the impact we make truly matters. Everyone is a designer of their life. Whether on a small or large scale, the choices we make and the way we design, creates the world around us.

Ultimately, we get to choose how our designs will impact our existence. Will they degenerate and degrade or will they regenerate and advance?

Design on the side of life!

Become the generator of an empowered, connected and regenerative life with Permaculture!

What is Permaculture?

In essence it is:

  • A new way of living - with natures wellbeing at the core.
  • A practical framework, based on nature's operating system, that offers solutionary strategies for designing and creating resilient and regenerative lives.
  • A design approach grounded in Traditional Practices, adding in relevant new scientific technologies.  

I invite you to equip yourself through this interactive, low cost, 19 week online program.

"Kym teaches with high integrity and so much grace. The online Permaculture Design Course was the best online course I've done so far. It was interactive and engaging." - Kelly Gordon - Somatic Movement Educator

Join with like minded people online to learn about how nature designs itself. Discover how to become more grounded and connected with yourself, your community and the natural world. We will discover how to map and design our land and lives, plan for emergencies and grow food naturally.  Discover new ways to build community and develop a more resilient, positively impactful life.

Whats Included in the Course?
  • Access to 19 Live Online Classes (over 60 hours of content)
  • 20 hours of pre-recorded content including multiple sessions with Mark Lakeman
  • 3 Live Q&A sessions with Mark Lakeman
  • 3 Live Sessions with Indigenous Facilitators - Julie Parrell, Lori Snyder and Hazel Bell-Koski
  • Develop a Permaculture map and design for a project of your choice with peer to peer and instructor mentorship
  • Ongoing access to a user friendly platform with over 300 lessons, applied homework, demonstrations, course projects and other resources.
  • Digital information sheets that create an over 400 page book.
  • Dynamic discussions, breakout groups and interactive activities.
  • Interactive virtual community space for dialogue with other participants.


Join with like minded people online to learn about how nature designs itself. Discover how to become more grounded and connected with yourself, your community and the natural world. We will discover how to map and design our land and lives, plan for emergencies, grow food naturally, build community and work to build a more resilient and positively impactful life.

Kym Chi is a creative facilitator and this class caters to anyone wanting to learn regenerative design in a dynamic way and in a safe, inclusive environment.

It is a flexible course that considers the busyness of modern life. The class schedule is ideal for creatives, parents, healers, holistic practitioners, entrepreneurs, students and those with dynamic routines.

All live classes will be recorded for participants to rewatch at their convenience. Please read requirements for certification details.

We review many exciting course topics that include Foundational concepts, Design Methods, Pattern Literacy, Soils & Composting, Water, Trees & Vegetation, Animals, Design for cool/tropical/arid climates, Social systems, Native food and medicine plants and more.

This is a unique course with an exciting teaching tool kit that transforms lectures into games and group discussions and focusses on multi dimensional learning. Apply your learnings to the focus project for the program which is to start a map and design for where you live, an area or project of your choice.

Successful completion of this course offers graduates a legitimate and formal certificate through Permaculture Institute (


Investment -

Low cost in effect to reflect our current times!

This extensive program has a value of $888.

Due to the current recession, rather than increasing my rates, I will be offering the 2023 program at a heavily discounted rate. If you do have financial means, please consider purchasing the "Pay it Forward" option which will support those in need to be able to attend at a discounted rate.

  • Early Bird $388 or 4 monthly payments of $97 (available when registration opens until March 15th)
  • Full Pay - $488 or 4 monthly payments of $122
  • Pay it Forward - $555 (this supports a person in need to attend at a substantially discounted rate)
  • Alternate payment plans available on request.
  • Additional discounts available for Indigenous folks from Turtle Island. Please inquire via email for details.
  • Some Partial & Full Scholarships are available for those in true financial need. Please email for details.


Classes will run weekly on Thursday evenings 5pm - 7pm PDT and Saturday Mornings from 10am - 11:30am PDT
with optional classes on some Tuesday evenings.

Full detailed schedule can be found below.

Core Facilitators

Kym Chi

Kym Chi is the main facilitator for the Permaculture Program.
She is a dedicated healer, grounding herself in service through earth stewardship, people care and regenerative action. As a dynamic woman, she is a homesteader, Permaculture Teacher, Holistic Healer, Mentor, HeArtist and is the Dean of the School of Permaculture Design at Pacific Rim College.

To date; Kym has received 3 certificates in Permaculture Design, completed multiple teacher trainings, taken a variety of advanced trainings, completed a Diploma in Permaculture Education and has over 2000 hours facilitation experience.

Kym is a grateful settler on the West Coast of Turtle Island on the unceded and stolen lands of the Coast Salish Peoples. She is dedicated to the continued process of decolonizing herself and creating right relations with the land and the original people where she lives, works and visits.

Mark Lakeman

Mark Lakeman teaches multiple pre recorded sessions in the Online Permaculture Program and also offers multiple live Q&A sessions.

Mark is the co-founder of the non-profit placemaking organization The City Repair Project, and principal of the community architecture and planning firm Communitecture. He is the founder of The Planet Repair Institute’s Urban Permaculture Design Course in Portland which has run annually since 2011. The program was adopted by City Repair in 2019. Mark was the lead instructor of the program until 2020.

With City Repair, in 2003 Mark was awarded the National Lewis Mumford Award by the international organization Architects & Planners for Social Responsibility for his work with Dignity Village, one of the United States’ first self-developed, permanent communities by and for previously homeless people.

Guest Facilitators

Julie Parrell

Julie Parrell teaches the Indigenous Perspectives - Decolonizing Permaculture class in the Online Permaculture Program. She is a Queer Métis facilitator and healer who was raised on her traditional lands in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Lori Snyder

Lori Snyder teaches the Wild Weeds, Native and Medicinal Plants Class in the Online Permaculture Program.

Lori is an Indigenous Metis herbalist and educator with a deep knowledge of wild, medicinal and edible plants that grow in everyday spaces.

Hazel Bell-Koski

Hazel Bell-Koski facilitates the Radical Interconnection class in the Online Permaculture Program.

Hazel is a self-directed multidisciplinary artist and a storyteller. She is a woman of mixed Anishinaabe, Finnish, Irish, and English heritage.

Who is This Course For?

This program is for you if you:

  • Want to create more resilience and abundance in all areas of your life.
  • Are new to or experienced in Permaculture strategies and techniques (all levels are welcomed!)
  • Are seeking positive change for yourself and the world.
  • Looking for new ways of living that are more in alignment with your values and with the natural world.
  • Want to become more empowered as a designer of your life, livelihood, garden and community!
  • Would like to learn how to observe, design and maintain a garden and grow your own food.
  • Desire to better understand the natural world around you.
  • Are looking for ways to save time, energy and money while also conserving the environment.
  • Want to apply Permaculture to your existing profession, create a regenerative business or gain employment in regenerative design.
  • Would like to build a more  connected and resilient community.
  • Enjoy learning in a dynamic, inclusive and creative environment that honours people for who they are.
  • Dream of a better world that you believe is possible and desire to move away from degenerative ways of life.
  • Are hoping to meet like minded people and contribute to positive change.
  • Seek a , high quality and unique program.

Course Schedule

All dates take place in 2023.

  • Thurs May 4 - 5pm - 7pm PDT - Introduction to Design
  • Sat May 6  - 10am - 11:30am PDT- Introduction to Design
  • Date TBA -  Decolonizing Permaculture - Indigenous Perspectives with Julie Parrell (OPTIONAL)
  • Thurs May 11 - 5pm - 7pm PDT - Foundational Concepts
  • Sat May 13 -  10am - 11:30am PDT- Foundational Concepts
  • Thurs May 18 -  5pm - 7pm PDT - Design Methods
  • Sat May 20 -  10am - 11:30am PDT- Design Methods
  • Date TBA - Wild Weeds, Native and Medicinal Plants (OPTIONAL)
  • Thurs May 25 -  5pm - 7pm PDT - Patterns
  • Sat May 27 - 9:30am - 1pm PDT - Patterns
  • Thurs June 1 - 5pm - 7pm PDT - Soil
  • Sat June 3 - 10am - 11:30am PDT - Soil
  • Date TBA - Radical Interconnection with Hazel Bell Koski (OPTIONAL)
  • Thurs June 8 - 5pm - 7pm PDT - Trees
  • Sat June 10 -  10am - 11:30am PDT - Trees
  • Thurs June 15 - 5pm - 7pm PDT - Animals
  • Sat June 17 -   10am - 11:30am PDT - Animals
  • Date TBA - Q&A with Mark Lakeman  (OPTIONAL)
  • Thurs July 6 - 5pm - 7pm PDT - Water
  • Sat July 8 -  10am - 11:30am PDT - Water
  • Thurs July 13 - 5pm - 7pm PDT - Water
  • Sat July 15 - 10am - 11:30am PDT - Water
  • Thurs July 20 - 5pm - 7pm PDT - Climate
  • Sat July 22 -  10am - 11:30am PDT - Climate
  • Thurs July 27 - 5pm - 7pm PDT - Cool Climate Design
  • Sat July 29 -  10am - 11:30am PDT - Cool Climate Design
  • Thurs Aug 3 - 5pm - 7pm PDT - Tropics Design
  • Sat Aug 5 -  10am -11:30am - Tropics Design
  • Date TBA - Q&A with Mark Lakeman (OPTIONAL)
  • Thurs Aug 10 - 5pm - 7pm PDT - Dryland Design
  • Sat Aug 12 -  10am - 11:30am PDT - Dryland Design
  • Thurs Aug 17- 5pm - 7pm - Social Design
  • Thurs Aug 24 - 5pm - 7pm - Social Design
  • Sat Aug 26 -  10am - 11:30am PDT - Social Design
  • Date TBA- Q&A with Mark Lakeman (OPTIONAL)
  • Thurs Aug 31 - 5pm - 7pm - Social Design
  • Sat Sept 2 - 10am - 11:30am PDT Social Design
  • Thurs Sept 7 - 5pm - 7pm - Design Presentations (part 1)
  • Sat Sept 9 -  10am - 1:30pm PDT - Design Presentations (part 2)
  • Thurs Sept 14 - 5pm - 7pm PDT - Design Futures


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"This course was very enjoyable and informative. Kym is a supportive and engaging teacher. I highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in permaculture."  - Meg

"I feel so lucky that I was able to take this class! It opened up so many ideas for me to integrate into different facets of my life."
- Kat

"What a wonderful class and wonderful people to share, learn and grow with. Opened my eyes to a new way of living!"- Colleen

"Even if you have all the knowledge in the world, there is a profound learning to be gained from this quietly impactful facilitator. Kym Chi offers more than just a Permaculture Design Course, it is an experience that will leave you seeing new colour in everything you look at."
- Rose

"Kym Chi is an excellent teacher, her coursework is very thorough and draws from a variety of experts and methodologies in the field of Permaculture. Kym is compassionate and brings out the best in her students. I highly recommend her Permaculture course."
- George Thomas

"I can't think of a more versatile and empowering course for our current times. Learning specific regenerative skills and strategies with a like-minded group, clear and empathic instruction and above all, a hopeful outlook was invaluable to my life right now." - Mireille

"Co-create, Open heartedly, Vision, Inspired, Do-ocracy.  This course has a wealth of information and practical ideas for retooling our culture so we can collectively heal and regenerate ourselves, our communities and our common Earth home. Kym masterfully facilitates a learning, inclusive class space. Through the evolving lens of permaculture , all our neighbourhoods can be revitalized and enriched. Thanks to Kym and all my classmates, I carry a seed of hope growing deeper roots. "
- Denise Lagasse, Xwilkway, Halfmoon Bay, BC

"Kym teaches with high integrity and so much grace. The online Permaculture Design Course was the best online course I've done so far. It was interactive and engaging. The materials provided on the course platform helped my learning and I appreciate how I can review the recordings from our class anytime. Kym helped me feel safe, seen and acknowledged. She kept on time and respected the space. As well, her knowledge of Permaculture is clearly extensive and deep. I learned so much! Thank you Kym! I'm sure I will study with you again!" - Kelly Gordon

"Kym was such an open-hearted teacher. I felt like everyone in the course was made to feel comfortable and heard. The content of the course was presented in a very approachable way and while it was a large volume of information, it never felt like the class moved too quickly. Everything was given the time it needed to be spoken about. So many of the lessons in this program felt applicable to a variety of aspects of my life and I feel like I am more capable in both my abilities as a gardener and a person." - Katherine

Program Content

Module 1: Introduction to Design

  • Group introductions

  • Course orientation & requirements

  • Group goals and guidelines

  • Communication (NVC and conflict resolution)

  • Indigenous learning principles, learning styles & multiple intelligences

Learning Goals:

  • Set a course culture of safety, respect and organization

  • Create a positive & effective learning environment

  • Encourage active listening in groups

  • Value different ways of communicating and have confidence in utilizing tools of conflict resolution

  • Orient participants to course content

Module 2:  Foundations of Permaculture

  • Definitions

  • History of Permaculture

  • Ethics

  • Principles

Learning Goals:

  • Know the Permaculture ethics and the Transition ethic and how to apply them to conscious decision making

  • Gain a strong understanding of nature’s principles and how they are at the foundation of design decisions and application

  • Provide awareness of the world’s problems and the current situation

  • Shift from a place of problems to positive solution based thinking

  • Feel confident in defining Permaculture clearly to others

Module 3:  Design Methods

  • Needs, Functions and Outputs

  • Zones

  • Sectors

  • Mapping

Learning Goals:

  • Understand how to do a needs & yields analysis

  • Gain a base understanding of closed loop systems

  • Observe a site, document and recognize available resources and design constraints based on analysis.

  • Identify energies or influences that effect a design site

  • Be able to create a base map including zones & sector analysis for a site

  • Know the basic elements included in mapping a site

Module 4: Pattern Literacy

  • Physical patterns, emergent patterns, fractal patterns

  • Functions of patterns

  • Patterns in time

  • Behavioural patterns

  • Application of patterns in design

  • Guilds

Learning Goals:

  • Pattern recognition in nature and technology

  • Understand the functions of patterns in nature and how to apply that knowledge to effective design

  • Gain Pattern literacy and understand how to replace dysfunctional patterns with functional ones.

  • Know the functions of and feel confident designing guilds

  • Recognize that pattern literacy is fundamental in becoming good designers

Module 5: Design for Soil

  • Soil biology

  • Soil classification and testing

  • Biodynamics

  • Soil remediation

  • Composting

  • Soil indicators

Learning Goals :

  • Have a base understanding of the components of healthy soil and know the value of building soil.

  • Know different ways to test soil

  • Recognize different plant indicators and what they tell about soil health.

  • Understand a multitude of different ways to remediate and build soil.

  • Apply different composting techniques in appropriate situations.

  • Identify key plants that bring nutrient to the soil.

Module 6: Design for Trees

  • Ecological function of trees in relation to earth, water, air and energy

  • Succession

  • Polycultures

  • Forest gardens and food forests

  • Plants as soil indicators

  • Design for trees

Learning Goals :

  • Understand the ecological functions of trees and recognize them as a keystone species in the ecosystem.

  • Learn the stages of succession and how to intervene at appropriate times.

  • Know the layers in a forest garden and different plants for each layer that grow locally

  • Be able to integrate trees adequately and appropriately in design.

Module 7: Design for Animals

  • Design for wild and domestic animals

  • Animal care

  • Integrated pest management

Learning Goals :

  • Recognize the intrinsic characteristics, functions and outputs of animals

  • How to meet the needs of animals on site

  • Learn techniques for integrating animal systems

  • Understand effective and healthy ways to handle pests

  • Know how to safely and ethically live with wildlife

Module 8: Design for Water, Aquaculture & Earthworks

  • Water facts

  • Water conservation

  • Water strategies & techniques

  • Waste water treatment

  • Water harvesting & storage

  • Earthworks

  • Aquaculture

Learning Goals :

  • Understand how global water issues can affect us on a local level.

  • Be able to do a water audit.

  • Recognize multiple ways in which to conserve water.

  • Feel confident in applying strategies and techniques to capture, store, treat and release water safely and appropriately.

  • Know how to calculate roof water catchment amounts.

Module 9:  Climate

  • Climatic factors

  • Microclimate

  • Climate design strategies

  • World climate

Learning Goals :

  • Understand climate on a global scale 

  • Learn how to design in order to moderate and utilize climatic factors

  • Be able to identify, create and design microclimates

Module 10:  Cool Climate Design

  • Cool climate characteristics

  • Cool climate design challenges and strategies

  • Cool climate design elements, techniques and technologies

Learning Goals :

  • Learn how to effectively design homes, gardens, farms and communities in the Cool Climate.

Module 11: Tropical Design

  • Tropical climate characteristics

  • Tropical climate design challenges and strategies

  • Tropical climate design elements, techniques and technologies

Learning Goals :

  • Learn how to effectively design homes, gardens, farms and communities in the wet, wet dry and monsoon tropics

Module 12: Dryland Design

  • Dryland climate characteristics

  • Dryland climate design challenges and strategies

  • Dryland climate design elements, techniques and technologies

Learning Goals :

  • Learn how to effectively design homes, gardens, farms and communities in the drylands 

Module 13:  Social Permaculture

  • Client interview & designer checklist

  • Community building including group processes

  • Governance 

  • Land access

  • Right livelihood

  • Legal structures

  • Bioregionalism 

Learning Goals :   

  • Gain confidence in the consultation and design process for clients.

  • Be able to map assets and resources and identify community needs.

  • Understand different models of decision making and how to apply them.

  • Learn tools to provide for healthy group dynamics and efficient process.

  • Recognize opportunities for land access locally.

  • Become aware of ethical and effective business models and legal structures that support the local economy

  • Know ways to relocalize and create resilient communities.

Module 14: OS Permaculture

  • Resiliency

  • Permaculture economics 

  • Urban renewal strategies and design 

Learning Goals :

  • Be able to identify risks and mitigate disaster using Permaculture design tools and techniques

  • Know the steps in building an emergency preparedness plan and engaging local community in the process

  • Learn a variety of different economic strategies and the value of utilizing multiple currencies and tools

  • Feel confident in utilizing place-making tools, techniques and Permaculture strategies in urban environments

Module 15:  Graduation

  • Next steps (setting up a permaculture practice, further education, community involvement, goal sharing)

  • Education (accessibility, open source, alternative education)

  • Mapping and design presentations

  • Talent show

  • Certificates

Demonstrations and optional activities throughout the course:

  • Design Charrettes

  • Earthworks demonstration

  • Integrative games

  • Compost building

  • Soil analysis

  • Medicine Making

  • Homesteading

Additional Topics:

  • Medicinal plants & preparations

  • Plant Identification

  • Fermentation

  • Non-violent communication

  • Placemaking

Completion Requirements 

We don’t require those taking the course to participate in the certification requirements. 

Many people take the program and do not do the questions and project. 

No one knows who is doing or not doing this work. 

Those wanting the certification will complete:

  • Map and design project

  • 100% attendance (no more than 4 missed live classes (as long as recordings are watched)

  • Watching all pre recorded media
  • Completion of short quizzes on each topic 

  • Contribution to the online forums 

Graduating and Jobs

Having a Permaculture Design Certificate from a recognized training institute will empower participants as permaculture designers, consultants and beginner teachers able to use the word permaculture legally in their practice, business or project. This sustainability education eco-training certificate is a practical path for greening your life, resume and portfolio. You will have a green edge when applying for jobs, grants or school programs