Silvia DiBlasio
OUR Ecovillage

Vancouver, British Columbia

Top 3 Areas of Expertise

  • Wholistic design
  • Design for disaster
  • Regenerative livelihood


Advice for Students

“Create a space in your life to actually read and watch the materials. Take notes. Download the templates. Make a plan with a timeline. Remember that you are learning a design method that can be transferrable to many things, so forget about your project for a moment and think beyond it. The best part of permaculture is the sense of empowerment it gives you to do the stuff you designed, so embrace all what comes with it: the experimentation, the mistakes, the creativity, the fun. The second best thing in permaculture is how many you benefit, so be curious and humble, ask questions and include everyone. Let the land and the community shape your design with you.”

Teacher Bio

I live in the suburbs of Greater Vancouver (BC, Canada). I specialize in urban (small space permaculture) and social permaculture, food sovereignty and regenerative livelihood. My main limitation is plant ID and I don’t have experience with animals nor big areas.

I don’t teach techniques, you have Youtube and books for that. I like to seat with you and look at every detail and see how your design may go beyond transforming your backyard to transforming your community and your life!

  • Ecovillage Design Education certified trainer with over four years of experience
  • Manages all design processes and teams at the Design Studio at Gaia Education since 2019
  • Permaculture teachers training with Jude Hobbs (2014)
  • Permaculture co-facilitator at O.U.R. Ecovillage
  • Permaculture certificate (2013)
  • Co-founder member of the local transition town (2012-2016)
  • Permaculture Women’s Guild course mentor since 2018

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Hourly tutoring rate: $100. Offers partial scholarships and work-trades.

Typical response time: within a few days.

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