Holistic Management Courses

Holistic Management gives you the tools to care for your people, improve your land and be profitable!

Holistic Management Canada hosts six-day Holistic Management courses across Canada that provide participants with the tools and knowledge to make decisions towards a known direction. Participants learn how to apply the principles of Holistic Management to their operation by creating a Holistic Goal, a profit-based financial plan and a biological/grazing plan. Hands on learning is supported through a combination of large group, small group and independent activities. At the end of the course participants  have the opportunity of creating a management club to continue learning and applying the principles together as a community.

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Holistic Management for Family Farms; Making Better Decisions

November 1, 2, 3 and 15, 16 & 17, 2018
Location; Saint Helen’s Hall, Lucknow, Ontario (8 km SE of Lucknow, ON)

Instructors: Fran & Tony McQuail

This is a participatory six day course where new farmers and experienced farm families learn the principles of Holistic Management while applying them to their own operation. The course covers creation of a Holisticgoal, how to make progress towards your Holisticgoal, financial planning, planned grazing, and  more.  At the end participants will have a draft holistic goal and a well started financial plan.  The cost is $1200 plus HST  for up to two participants from a farm; Additional people $250 plus HST each. For more information or to register, contact Fran & Tony McQuail, mcqufarm@hurontel.on.ca or 519-528-2493 or visit https://meetingplaceorganicfarm.wordpress.com/holistic-management-courses/

November 16, 17, 18 and November 30, December 1 & 2 
Location: St.Paul, Alberta

Instructor: Kelly Sidoryk

For more info or to register contact Kellie at LARA 780-826-7260 sustainag.lara@mcsnet.ca

November 26, 27, 28 and December 10, 11, 12
Location: Irricana, Alberta

Instructor: Kelly Sidoryk

Contact Daryl Chubb 403-836-2206 daryl@denovaag.com or Tim Wray 780-216-9729 wraytimjo@gmail.com

January – Exact Dates to Be Determined
Location: Peace Country, Alberta 

Instructor: Kelly Sidoryk

Contact Monika Benoit 780-837-4752 monika@pcbfa.ca.

Don’t see a course near you? We are now setting dates for to upcoming fall, winter and spring. If you don’t see a date above, we are still interested in hosting something i your area. Contact one of the certified educators to find courses in your area or discuss the opportunity to set one up. Please be aware that a course will not run unless there are a minimum number of participants at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled start date of the course.

Course Content:

DAY 1 & 2 Decision Making – Get where you want to go
Develop excellence in planning, decision making and management in 3 key areas: people, money and land.

  • Introduction to Holistic Management and the decision making framework, as well as principles and practices
  • Paradigm Shifts
  • Making improved decisions through analytical Testing Questions
  • Develop values based Holistic goal for higher quality of life, more profit and healthier land
  • Keys to effective communication and team building

DAY 3 & 4 Land Planning – Get the ecology working for you

Enhance ecosystem functions, biological diversity and productivity.

  • Review Principles and analytical testing questions
  • Learn about using tools and their effects
  • Grazing principles
  • Develop a grazing/biological plan

DAY 5 & 6 Financial Planning – Plan for a profit

Achieving your desired quality of life while ensuring your are financially secure.

  • Review principles of holistic financial planning
  • Enterprise Analysis
  • Plan a Profit
  • Develop your operation’s annual financial plan
  • Set up management club

Certified Educators:


Don Campbell

Meadow Lake, SK | 306-240-7660 | 306-236-6088 | doncampbell@sasktel.net

Don is a second generation rancher born in 1944 raised at Meadow Lake, Sask. He jointly owns and operates B-C Ranch Inc. with his wife Bev, his son Scott and his son Mark and Mark’s wife Bluesette. The ranch is about 4200 acres, it is a grass based operation running about 650 cows and marketing long yearlings. Don has 30 years of experience teaching Holistic Management across Western Canada & implementing the practices on his ranch.

Linda & Ralph Corcoran
Langbank, SK  | 306-532-4778 | rlcorcoran@sasktel.net

Ralph and Linda own a cow/calf and custom grazing ranch that they manage holistically.  They promote Holistic Management to anyone that is interested because Holistic Management has helped strengthen their operation in people, land and finances. They teach the 6 day course covering goal setting,financial planning,pasture and land planning.  A group of between 10 and 20 people is optimal.  Couples or management teams are encouraged to attend. The management club that is formed after the course is good support to implement positive changes. We also offer a one day overview of Holistic Management and will do consulting in goal setting, financial planning, land & pasture planning.

Blain Hjertaas
Redvers, SK | 306-452-3882 | bhjer@sasktel.net

Blain has 15 years of practical experience using Holistic Management running own grass operation. Blain has many sites in Western Canada where is monitoring carbon sequestration. Blain is prepared to consult on an individual basis or teach small groups, or host groups at our farm and show what he does. He is prepared to speak to groups on how the environment functions and how our actions will ultimately influence the ecosystem.

Brian Luce
Ponoka, AB | 403-783-6518 | lucends@cciwireless.ca

Brian is proud to be able to work alongside his father, his two oldest sons and wife Gail on their ranch in central Alberta. Brian’s journey with Holistic Management began in 1993 when he picked up and decided to read Allan Savory’s book Holistic Resource Management. Brian became a Certified Educator in 2010 and continues build his  knowledge of Holistic Management. Brian is available for on-site consultation, public speaking and facilitation of HM courses.

Tony & Fran McQuail
Ashfield Colborne Wawanosh Township, ON | 519-528-2493 | mcqufarm@hurontel.on.ca
http://www.meetingplaceorganicfarm.ca

Tony and Fran have forty years of farm experience on their certified organic farm with experience in raising and direct marketing grass fed beef,pastured poultry and pastured pigs. They also operated a Community Supported Market Garden for 15 years. They have extensive portable fencing knowledge and knowledge on renewable energy, draft horses, ecological agriculture, proportional representation electoral processes, local currencies and time dollars. They are willing to teach classes, do individual consulting and lead Couple Enrichment weekend retreats (we have training in Marriage Enrichment communication and relationship strengthening as well as our HM training).

Kelly Sidoryk
Lloydminster, AB | 780-875-4418 | 780-872-2585 | 780-872-9761 | sidorykk@yahoo.ca

Kelly Sidoryk ranches with her family near Lloydminster, Sask./Alta. Over 25 years ago they were introduced to Holistic Resource Management (as it was known at the time), a decision making/planning process that focusses on finances, land and people.  She completed the certification program through HRM with a focus on the people side. In addition to running their family business, she has worked with many farm families as they work on transitioning to the next generation. She also teaches Holistic Management Whole/Farm Ranch Planning courses and is a certified educator with Holistic Management International(HMI). Currently, she is past-chair of the HMI board.