Courses Taught

Growing Food in the City - Burnaby, assistant instructor 2016



Bachelor in Education mention Psychology and Pedagogy (Venezuela)
Certified Career Coach (Douglas College, BC)
Provincial Instructor Diploma and Online Instructor Certificate (Vancouver Community College)
First Aid and Emergency Preparedness Community Trainer
Food Skills Master Trainer
Citation in Sustainable Horticulture (Kwantlen Polytechnic University, unfinished)
Permaculture Certificate (Conscious Design Collective)
Advanced Permaculture Teaching Certificate (Cascadia Permaculture)
Master Organic Gardener (Gaia College)
currently completing Advanced Permaculture Design Program through Gaiacraft, the Permaculture Diploma through the Permaculture Institute (PI) and Diploma in Urban Permaculture through Gaia College. 


Silvia has 20+ years of teaching experience in different areas and has always grown a portion of her family’s food and herbs. With a passion for true sustainability, food sovereignty and community and household resilience, Silvia wears many hats: as a career coach for the Right Livelihood, she supports people to find their niche and make a living while making a difference for both the planet, communities and future generations; as a community activist and facilitator, she teaches both urban edible gardening and food skills through diverse organizations such as the Surrey/White Rock Food Action Coalition, the Canadian Diabetes Association, UBC-Farm, Homesteaders Junction and many more. As a Disaster Management/First Aid facilitator, she helps households and communities to plan for emergencies and adapt/plan for to climate change impacts. She coordinates a community garden and the social media for the Food Action Coalition and local food bank and now also co-teaches at Burnaby School District (continuing education) in a partnership with Gaia College.