I have been thinking about what I learned yesterday during our lecture all day today. I saw the world around me in a deeply profound way today, almost in the same wonderment I felt as a child or young adolescent growing up near the woods, being in them an feeling that deep ecological connection with everything. I felt for a long time something had been misplaced for me. Sometimes we loose that ability to see the wonderment as we did, but yesterday instilled in me a memory and also a new way of appreciating the sacredness I once felt but in a mature way. Chris Muscat 

Diploma in Organic Land Care

Are you looking

  • To live and work in a way that is congruent with your personal values?
  • For gardening skills that are relevant in these times of environmental and social change?
  • For a career that satisfies your need to make a meaningful contribution to your community?

For over a decade Gaia College has been working to transform horticulture education. Our courses integrate essential knowledge of ecology, permaculture and organic gardening to build a solid foundation for employment, self-employment, or simply greater personal enjoyment.

Upon completion of  3 core courses  and 1 elective, students earn the Gaia College Diploma in Organic Land Care. Each of these courses focuses on a unique aspect of organic land care:



All courses are offered on a part-time access basis to allow students to continue to work while studying. Students can combine on-line courses with classroom courses, regardless of where they are offered.

Courses can be taken individually and in no particular order, although we strongly suggest that everyone start with the Organic Master Gardener course.

The Gaia College Diploma in Organic Land Care fulfills the advanced education requirements for becoming a SOUL Certified Organic Land Care Professional.

Student Comment

I just wanted to say how much I appreciate still having access to class materials. It's been very useful, and a luxury compared to most post-secondary institutions. I really appreciate it! I think this should serve as real incentive for potential Gaia students, especially those that know the restrictions and inaccessibility of post-secondary course materials after graduation, because your student account is deactivated or you had to sell your texts. We get a lot for our course fee with Gaia. All the best, and keep up the good work. Brianna van de Wijngaard

Diploma Course Schedule

Classroom Courses - varies by location

Online Courses  Jan  May  Sep


Organic Master Gardener
Organic Horticulture Specialist
 x  x  x
SketchUp Pro  x  x  x
Plant Knowledge 1 - Natives  x  x
Ecological Landscape Design  x  x  x

Growing Food  x  x  x
Plant Knowledge 2 - Ornamentals  x  x
Rainwater Harvesting & Management  x  x  x

Students will receive the Diploma in Organic Land Care upon submitting records of course completion, together with a fee of $ 100.00.

Please note: instead of charging application, certificate and graduation fees as is the norm in most colleges and universities, we charge one fee at the end of the program because not everybody who takes our courses actually wants to complete the entire diploma. Moreover, our program is unique in that students can mix and match classroom and online courses offered at various institutions.

Please contact us if further clarification is required.

Once you have completed all requirements for the Diploma in Organic Land Care you may apply for the Diploma here:

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Please note: you must mail or email copies of your 4 certificates with your application.