JAVAN KERBY BERNAKEVITCH B.COMN
REGENERATIVE LAND DESIGNER AND educator
On the principle that no project is completed in isolation, I source the best collaborators for each project, assembling a team unique to the demands of your landscape and/or the vision of your life. This saves you time and money while producing a superior design and more abundant landscape.
Living in a biological world with financial limitations, I have made it my mission to create ecologically sound yet productive landscapes. A skilled practitioner in providing peace of mind, I work collaboratively with homesteaders, organizations and families creating regenerative landscapes and livelihoods.
Despite a conventional upbringing on TV and fast food, I developed a passion for the outdoors early in my life. Working for the Government of Alberta, then managing an environmental education company, I witnessed the troubling disconnect between “nature education” and the real results: my students weren’t resolving their “nature deficit disorder”, just spending less time on their smartphones. At the same time, I was seeing firsthand how much of conservation revolves around being reactive versus proactive. Looking for ways to change how we live and relate to our surroundings prompted a move to Vancouver Island to learn about natural building. After completing my first Permaculture Design Certificate, I saw that through integrative, systematic landscapes design, people could not only become a restorative influence on land but also change their lives for the better.
Within a few short years I had co-founded and sold a successful micro-greens company, co-founded the Southern Vancouver Island Permablitz Network, taught in over 48 PDCs, created Permaculture BC, trained with expert craftsmen and veterans in the field, worked on dozens of projects around the world, and taught over 1450 students.
Regenerating Landscapes and Livelihoods
Understanding and emphasizing the importance of biological systems is pivotal to my work. Soil, water harvesting and management, composting, growing food, greywater and waste-water treatment must be balanced with financial viability. Combining Keyline Design, Holistic Management, Permaculture, the Soil Food Web, myco-integration, project management and business implementation, my work centres on regenerative retrofits of broad acre and small scale landscapes, re-establishing watersheds, ecosystems, productive landscapes and enterprises around the world.
Every year I work with ecologically minded folks on designing their lives to work with, not against, their nature. Farmers, designers, and those sympathetic to the destruction of our life support systems can need counsel and facilitation at times. I'm happy to provide guidance to those in need.
Today, I have worked on land-based project design, management, training and installation throughout western Canada, the USA, Cuba, and East Africa. As a speaker for community events, non-profit groups and businesses, I take great pride and pleasure in inspiring and empowering audiences with a passion for change. I have been invited to guest lecture by the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Vancouver Island University, and Simon Fraser University. Recent partnerships include Cowichan Green Community, Seven Ravens Permaculture Academy and the Galliano Conservation Association.
I currently call British Columbia, Canada, home.
Are We A Good Fit?
We've learned that solid collaboration with our clients sets the foundation for a successful project.
‘Humans are biodiverse in all ways. Avoid monocropping your life.’ I can’t help but notice the number of notes and ideas created during Javan’s discussions. He radiates enthusiasm which was conducive to the generation and flow of ideas. It was remarkable.
Permaculture Voices 2 Participant
Deliberate Living Systems