Workshops

Permaculture for the People offers workshops that explore how to create ecologically regenerative and socially just lives, neighbourhoods, and cities. Our main learning site is our suburban backyard, a living example of suburban degrowth based on neighbourhood resilience, social justice, multi species flourishing, and backyard food production.

Workshops, events, and garden tours will be announced on this page, so check back regularly!

Please note, all Permaculture for the People events are pro-feminist, pro-LGBTQ+, anti-racist, and anti-colonialist.

Workshops for 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed some details of our workshops in 2020!

All workshops include some philosophical discussion as well as hands-on activities. Workshops take place in the west-end of London, ON (on a bus route). The exact address will be sent to registrants. To register send an email to rebecca.a.ellis@gmail.com with your name, workshop in which you’re registering, and any questions. We will send the workshop payment details.

There is a minimum of 5 registered (and paid) participants per workshop, so please share with your friends! Events without the minimum will be cancelled one week before the course is scheduled to begin (so registering and paying before then is important!). Vegan snacks are provided at all events as food is so essential to flourishing.

  • Permaculture in Suburbia,
    • August 8, 1-5 p.m.
    • Sliding scale: $35-75
    • It has been proposed that economic growth in wealthy countries is not compatible with the the flourishing of people or the Earth. In this hands-on workshop we will explore how people can pursue low-carbon lives that are privately frugal yet publicly abundant by making changes to their homes, gardens, and lifestyles and supporting changes within their neighbourhood.
  • Garden farmer: extending the growing season
    • August 9, 1-5 p.m.
    • Sliding scale: $35-75
    • This workshop will explore how backyard veggie gardeners can extend the growing season into autumn. What to grow, when to start seeds and plant seedlings, and how to protect plants from cool fall nights will all be covered. We will also discuss common “pest” and weed problems. Lastly, we will discuss important things to do in the fall to prepare for spring gardening.
  • Gardens of delight: native plant gardening for pollinators –
    • August 22, 1-4 p.m.
    • Sliding scale: $25-50
    • In this workshop we will explore a native pollinator garden that is buzzing with life. While surrounded by butterflies, bees, and other insects, we will discuss how to source native plants and nurture a pollinator garden. There will be an examination of some of the main pollinators that visit urban pollinator gardens.
  • Urban Permaculture 101 – 2021
    • May 1 and 2 2021, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m (both days)
    • Sliding scale: $125- 200
    • In this two-day workshop participants will learn the basics of permaculture ethics, principles, and design. We will explore practices that work best in cities and will examine the importance of social justice within permaculture design.

A small handful of work trades are available! I calculate a “wage” of $20/hour for work traders and deduct this amount from the lowest sliding scale fee. Please email me for more details.

Study Groups

Study groups are a chance to dig into and collectively discuss a topic or theme. They are facilitated and curated by me but are completely open in terms of the direction in which they go. I facilitate study groups with a clear beginning and end but, of course, the group can continue to meet beyond the planned end date. Study groups are free.

Summer 2020 Study group: Possibilities for post-capitalism will begin ONLINE

6 weeks on Tuesday evenings, starting July 7th

In this study group we will imagine the possibilities of a post-capitalist world. What needs to happen in order for another, better world to be created? Are there things we can start doing right now to bring about such a world? What are the limitations of individual lifestyle changes? How can we nurture collective organizing and action?

Please register in advance at rebecca.a.ellis@gmail.com. A reading list and schedule will be provided by June 15.