Delvin Solkinson - Educator Profile


In love with our world, Delvin Solkinson is a gardener who creates permaculture gardens with a focus on native perennial plants with a history of use by the traditional peoples of the land. Part of his passion is education and creating permaculture design resources for learners and teachers of all ages in collaboration with his Permie partner, co-teacher and beloved wife Grace Solkinson.

Delvin teaches introductory days, 16 month long Permaculture Design Certificate Courses, and Advanced Permaculture Design Certificate course that can be done in person or from a distance. He also provides individual mentorship as a Diploma Field Mentor through the Permaculture Institute and is now a Diploma Tutor with the Permaculture Association. Delvin is inspired by creating free, open source learning and teaching tools and writing articles for permaculture magazines.

Free Permaculture Design Deck
Free Permaculture Design Notes Book
Free Permaculture Design Elements Game

Delvin has completed a PDC, Diploma and Masters Degree with Bill Mollison and done advanced teacher trainings with Rosemary Morrow, David Holmgren, Geoff Lawton, Patricia Michael, Robyn Francis, the Bullock Brothers, Tom Ward, Jude Hobbs, Larry Santoyo, Scott Pittman, Michael Becker, Robin Wheeler, Starhawk, Looby Macnamara and Robin Clayfield. He is an accredited teacher through the Permaculture Association (UK), Permaculture Research Institute (Australia) and a Registered Teacher and Field Mentor through the Permaculture Institute (USA). He has completed a PDC in Portland with Toby Hemenway as well as a PDC in Greece with Rowe Morrow. He has a second Diploma through the Permaculture Institute and is recently completed a Diploma through the Permaculture Association. Delvin completed a 5 year experimental Doctorate in permaculture education and is now doing Post-Doc work in this field.

Delvin is the Diploma Program Co-ordinator for the Permaculture Institute.
He works full time for a non-profit arts organization CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors with artists Alex Grey & Allyson Grey.

Contact delvin by email [email protected]

Qualifications and skills

1992 Seycove Secondary School : Graduated with Honors
1997 Liberal Arts Baccalareate Degree : Simon Fraser University
2001 Liberal Arts Post-Baccalaureate Degree : Simon Fraser University
2002 Permaculture Design Certification : Permaculture Visions
2002 Permaculture Design Certification : Permaculture Visions
2003 Permaculture Design Certification : Australian Correspondence School
2003 Permaculture Diploma : Bill Mollison of the Permaculture Academy
2006 Permaculture Teacher Training : Tom Ward and Jude Hobbs
2007 Permaculture Teacher Training : Bullock Brothers with Michael Becker
2007 Food Cycles : Robin Wheeler at the Sustainable Living Arts School
2010 Advanced Permaculture Principles course : David Holmgren
2010 Permaculture Design Certification : Geoff Lawton and Bill Mollison
2010 Up, Close and Personal Advanced Course : Bill Mollison
2010 Masters Degree in Permaculture Education : Permaculture Academy - Bill Mollison
2011 Teacher Training and Facilitators Course : Robyn Francis
2011 PDC Teacher Training Course : Geoff Lawton
2011 Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning : Robin Clayfield
2011 Creative Community Governance and Decision Making : Robin Clayfield
2011 Permaculture Design Certificate Teacher Training : Rosemary Morrow
2011 Advanced Permaculture Principles : David Holmgren
2012 Turning your Garden into Gaia's Garden : Toby Hemenway
2012 Permaculture Design Certification : Toby Hemenway
2012 Permaculture Teacher Training : Scott Pittman and Larry Santoyo
2012 Permaculture Diploma : Scott Pittman and Larry Santoyo Permaculture Institute USA
2013 Permaculture Teacher Training : Michael Becker
2013 Urban Permaculture : Toby Hemeneway
2013 Social Permaculture : Starhawk
2014 Permaculture Teacher Training : Scott Pittman and Larry Santoyo
2015 Permaculture Training of Teachers : Rosemary Morrow and Looby Macnamara
2015 Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning : Robin Clayfield and Looby Macnamara
2015 Social Permaculture : Looby Macnamara, Robin Clayfield, Robina McCurdy, Starhawk, Peter Cow
2015 Permaculture Design Course : Rosemary Morrow and Tina Lymberis
2016 Advanced Permaculture Design Course : Doug and Sam Bullock, David Boehnlein and Paul Kearsley
2017 Permaculture Master Class and Teacher Training : Larry Santoyo and Scott Pitmann
2017 People Permaculture Facilitator Training : Looby Macnamara and Peter Cow
2018 Permaculture Teacher Training : Robyn Francis
2018 Advanced Permaculture Planning and Design Process : David Holmgren
2019 Doctoral Degree in Permaculture Education :
Larry Santoyo and Permaculture Academy
2020 Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design : Tutor Looby Macnamara and Final Review by Aranya : Permaculture Association
2020 Registration Level Tutor Training : Looby Macnamara, Wilf Richards and others Permaculture Association

Skills, technical expertise and areas of interest: 

Cool Climate Plants
Teacher Trainings

Areas of Permaculture Design Experience: 

Curriculum Development
Learning and Teaching Tools
Permaculture Media Work
Writing articles for magazines
Developing permaculture games and charrettes
Cool Climate Perennial gardening

Teaching Information
I teach at weekends.
I teach in the evenings.
I can accommodate partners.
I can accommodate students.

Please contact me for details.