Javan Kerby Bernakevitch

Regenerative Land Designer and Teacher

Despite a conventional upbringing, fed a diet of TV and fast food Javan K. Bernakevitch developed a passion of the outdoors and a fierce curiosity. Working in environmental education for the Government of Alberta he saw a large disconnect with holding ever more firmly to the “natural” environment that created obstacles for ecological succession. At the top of his field managing an environmental education company in Edmonton, AB he realized his work was reactive versus proactive. The students he was working with hadn’t bridged their “nature deficit disorder” any more then the time they spent away from their smart phones.

With this realization in mind he moved to Vancouver Island to learn about natural building to create change where we live. After graduating from his Permaculture Designer Certificate he found permaculture, taking the change even deeper to how we live.

Five years later, after the creation of Permaculture BC, dozens of projects and teaching engagements Javan brings his experience and tutelage under Geoff Lawton, Sepp Holzer, Jude Hobbs, Richard Walker, Michael Nickels and Brandon Bauer to the forefront creating his impactful unique style of design and education. From urban Hugelkultur and dog parks enhanced with food forests to high density semi-urban developments Javan shows his versatility and depth in designing and installation.

A designer, group facilitator and community organizer (he originated and co-founded the Southern Vancouver Island Permablitz Network. Javan brings his passion, knowledge and natural teaching style to inspire and give students the tools to make change in their lives.

He currently works with clients from 1/4 to 180 acres on broad and small scale land design to realize his client’s dreams within the realities of their resources and property access. Seeing that students were having difficulties launching into regenerative based careers after their Permacutlure Design Certificate courses he developed the Function and Niche process which to date has launched 23 out of 93 students into businesses based on permaculture principles and ethics.

Education and Current Certifications

Melissa Baron

Javan was an excellent facilitator. He created a welcome, comfortable environment for learning. I appreciated the stretching and hand/mind co-ordination exercises to keep the mind and body stimulated through a long day of sitting and absorbing. These kinds of little details are often overlooked in many learning environments. The extra effort Javan put in to enhance our experience was very helpful. Javan also did a good job at expressing what he needed from us to make the workshop a success (tidying up, taking care of ourselves etc). I felt like the pace was good, and the workshop was well organized. The snacks were amazing!

Melissa Baron
Landscape Designer

Bruce Cayford

Taking one of Javan's courses really makes you feel like you are learning to take responsibility for your actions and helping to leave the world a better place than when you found it. Javan is looking at his courses from the student's perspective. He wants you to have the right learning environment to get everything you can out of the course. I really recommend taking a course through Permaculture BC, having Javan facilitate the course, while letting the instructor focus on getting the information across is a great way to run a course.

Bruce Cayford
Electronics Technician

Erik Bjornsen

I thought Permaculture BC did an amazing job in bringing in the right person to the right audience. Javan has high energy and makes it fun for people to participate and feed off of his charisma.

Erik Bjornsen
Landcare Consultant

Jack Anderson

An experience in a workshop facilitated by Javan offers so much more than just covering the workshop topic from A to Z for Javan ensures the learning environment is relaxing & comfortable, the materials structured and thorough and the event enlightening & fun and you can be certain the event will be sprinkled with delightful little surprises and extras.

Jack Anderson
Sustainable Planner and Green Designer / Greeplan

Arwyn Moore

Javan is a highly organized individual who knows how to make people comfortable and keep things flowing well. This workshop was friendly, involved tasty surprises, and had enough stretch breaks. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Arwyn Moore
Organic Master Gardener

Kristi Tomlin

I would say just sign up! Not only did I network with many like-minded people but I got a chance to learn from a speaker with tons of experience. Javan K. Bernakevitch was a great workshop facilitator. He is an organized, mindful and talented speaker.

Kristi Tomlin
Landscape Designer

Jill Waldron

I would definitely recommend others (friends, family and strangers!), to take courses/workshops through Permaculture BC. Javan, you make people feel comfortable and welcome, which is wonderful!

Jill Waldron
Artist

Dionne Lapointe-Bakota

Permaculture BC is the only educational venue that I am aware of that offers workshops/courses/talks about such a variety of permaculture-related topics. I have also been impressed at the quality of the instructors/speakers involved. I've only learned about Permaculture BC recently, but plan to keep my eye out for other workshops in the future.

Dionne Lapointe-Bakota
Teacher

Sierre Gjerde

Javan is a wonderfully outspoken individual with an immense enthusiasm for his work. The combination of hard core facts and information and humor is a great time all around and a wonderful learning environment. I thoroughly look forward to future courses, specifically if the 2nd level of food forestry is offered. The courses offered through Permaculture BC are an amazing contribution to this community and are critical in this time of critical mass and our approaching environmental resistance.

Sierre Gjerde

Edith Muller

Javan's bubbly, easy-going personality lights up the room and matches his skill as a facilitator and permaculturelist perfectly. But beware, his enthusiasm can be dangerously contagious!

Edith Muller
Homemaker

Tasa Chesterman

Javan's enthusiasm and passion for permaculture were inspiring. he made me think that anyone can garden and grow there own food. He told many stories about gardeners that he has worked with and was so excited to share the knowledge he gained from them. I plant to sign up myself and my partner for the upcoming Permaculture Design Course.

Tasa Chesterman
Support Worker / Safe House

Rebekah Seller

Javan has one of those voices that you could listen to for hours. Great sense of humour too.

Rebekah Seller
Library Supervisor

Jeremiah Bain

I'm continually impressed with Permaculture B.C.'s courses and workshops. Javan always brings in great teachers and is an amazing teacher himself. I would highly recommend taking the opportunity to learn through B.C.

Jeremiah Bain
Carpenter

Cavan Gates

Permaculture BC is willing to implement pedagogical excellence based on solid research and experience. The administration and content of the courses are top notch because of the dedication and personal experience of staff. Add a healthy dose of humour and you end up with a weekend of laughs and learning.

Cavan Gates
Student

Robert Powelson

Permaculture BC is one of the main companies at the forefront of knowledge for the new millenium. If you want to be kinder to the earth, learn how to work with nature to become more self-sufficient, then these courses are for you.

Robert Powelson
Mail Operations / Canada Post

Carmen Buckley

Permaculture B.C. has changed my life. Javan is a superb facilitator, I'd recommend any course that has him involved.

Carmen Buckley
Supervising Gardener / Pacific Sands Beach Resort

Dakota Gale

Javan talks about doing, and then shows you how to make things happen. Not later. NOW. His presentation skills are engaging, entertaining, and above all informative. You'll walk away feeling heat on your butt from the fire he lit under you! If you are seriously interested in going from a PDC to a permaculture business, look no further.

Dakota Gale
Green Mortgage Northwest

Jess Marais

It's a pleasure and a privilege to meet someone who lives, breathes, and loves what they teach so completely. Javan's approach to permaculture is rooted in experience - it's gritty, practical, authentic, profound, and very often hilarious. No matter how much or little we knew about permaculture when we arrived, Javan had a way of meeting us where we were with exactly the right lesson or demo or story to help us take it to the next level. I left every single one of his classes feeling deeply inspired and better equipped to live creatively and skillfully in this world. Much gratitude!

Jess Marais
Community Herbalist / Quebec

Kalle Kaub

Since leaving school I have been taught by numerous teachers and instructors in the german forces, at scuba/sky diving and sailing. In each case I became an instructor myself. I attended University in England and later had the chance to go back there to teach journalism and filmmaking after many years of working for the BBC all over the world. Out of all those tutors three also became my mentors. Albeit only having Javan as my permaculture teacher for 6 weeks, he is one of them. Javan does not stop teaching when the class is over. His integrity, demeanour and total honesty enriched my life every time he was present. And present he his! Clear, sharp, focused, utterly reliable. He turned up for every class well on time and perfectly prepared. Who needs Wikipedia when Javan is around? However, instead of being this nerdy superbrain he is the well grounded, social and sensitive type. He helped me find my holistic goal, see the comprehensive complexity of Permaculture and life. Javan leads by example and I am very grateful for all that he has given to me as a teacher and contemporary and I therefore highly recommend to anyone to have him help you with your project or course.

Kalle Kaub
Ex-German Military / BBC War Correspondent