In Remembrance of Heide

In Remembrance of Heide Hermary 1948-2016

Heide Hermary

30 September, 1948 - 18 March, 2016

"When we choose to dwell in joy and love every day, we lead enchanted lives and are so much more effective." Heide Hermary

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The Heide Hermary Memorial Bursary
Gaia College has established a Bursary in Heide's name to honour her work and legacy. Learn more

Our Instructors

Gaia College is a world leader in teaching organic land care with a proven curriculum since 2003. Gaia College instructors and curriculum developers are pioneers at the forefront of the organic land care movement across North America. Having developed coursework and textbooks specific to professional level organic horticulture and landscape education, Gaia College has delivered educational programs online and through a variety of partner colleges and industry groups, with more than 5000 student enrolments between 2002 and today. Working landscape professionals and passionate leaders in the field of organic horticulture, Gaia College Instructors teach landscape design and gardening practices in a way that supports healthy soils, healthy plants and healthy ecosystems, while cultivating a community of landscapers, technicians, designers, landscape architects, community activists, organic farmers, and home gardeners. Gaia College Instructors have ambitions to bring about a new standard of land, air, and water care; standards that maintain environmental integrity, and can sustain us. “In the long run, I envision a world where organic land care is the industry standard." Gaia Instructor, Christina Nikolic Please read more about our instructors in their profiles


Here are some recent articles about Gaia College.

Summer, 2010
The Canadian Organic Grower Magazine
Review of Heide's book 'Working With Nature: Shifting Paradigms'

September, 2009
Synergy Magazine
Review of Heide's book 'The Essence of Organic Gardening'

July, 2009
Times Colonist
Compost Tea Perks Up Plants

February, 2008
Course Trends - Course of the Month

January, 2008
Vancouver Sun
Call to Class

January, 2008
Burnaby / New Westminster NewsLeader
Gardening the green way

January, 2008
Cowichan Valley Citizen
Valley's Hermary tops at "Working With Nature"

December 2007 / January 2008
HortWest Magazine
Gaia Founder Has SOUL

November, 2007
2007 Educator of the year Award
Passion leads to Educator of the Year

November, 2005
Ecostar Awards, Capital Regional District
Gaia College was a finalist for the 2005 Environmental Education Award.

October, 2005
HortWest Magazine
Membership Profile (pdf 287kb)

January 2005
Landscape Trades Magazine, January, 2005
The organic niche: B.C. puts SOUL into the organics business (pdf 168kb)

May 2004
Shared Vision: Is your lawn on drugs?
(pdf 211kb)

April 9, 2004
Saanich News: Grazing in the (organic) grass
(pdf - 140 kb)

March, 2004
Turf News - the bi-monthly magazine of Turf Producers International
Easy Irrigation Scheduling with Free On-Line Calculator (pdf - 122 kb)

December 12, 2003
Press Release
New on-line irrigation calculator makes irrigation scheduling easy – and it’s free! (pdf - 46 kb)

October 13, 2003
Saanich News: Watchdog report
Should Saanich Ban Pesticides? (pdf - 57 kb)

April 4, 2003
Saanich News: Essential Gardening Guide
Take the organic gardening path (pdf - 115 kb)

Our Mission

We have a vision for Gaia College - to be a global community of educators, professionals and students teaching, working and learning in the areas of holistic land management and environmentally sustainable technologies.

The demand for practitioners of environmentally sound methods is urgent, yet training opportunities are few and far between. We are working to connect people, opportunities and resources to make this important education available to everyone.

We work in partnership with professional associations, public educational institutions, community organizations and private corporations. To make our programs available to the largest possible audience, and at the lowest environmental cost, most of our educational materials are available on the Internet.

We also develop custom and corporate training programs. Please contact us if you would like us to develop a training program for you.

Our Core Purpose
  • To cultivate community
Our Vision
  • To be a global community of educators, professionals and students teaching, working and learning in the areas of holistic land management, health and environmentally sustainable technologies.
Our Mission
  • To teach a conscious way of living and working with nature
  • To facilitate holistic thinking and practices through integration of knowledge from many disciplines
  • To promote and demonstrate stewardship and regeneration of local and global resources
  • To promote and demonstrate principles of conserving and regenerating biodiversity
  • To provide a cooperative environment for the expression of ideas and sharing of knowledge
  • To be motivated by love and service, not fear and greed


Read recent articles written about Gaia College and the organic horticulture industry.

Read published articles by Heide Hermary on various topics.