Advanced Design Training (Master Design Practicum)

Your landscape is filled with possibilities. Locked in your property may be the means to sustain an abundant lifestyle for growing your food, collecting fresh rainwater for drinking and reducing your dependence on purchased resources. This design course helps unlock the ecological capital that abounds within your yard, fields, or the neighborhood that surrounds you. It will give you the skills and foresight needed to assess, conceive and design your property into a perpetual harvest garden. Learn ecological landscape design language and technique while using the Permaculture design process to create an ecologically balanced residence and abundant lifestyle. Pre-requisite: PDC Certificate, or similar experience.

This advanced, applied Permaculture design course is for anyone looking to study Permaculture design at a deeper level. Enhance your understanding of the Permaculture ethics and principles and practice applying them to property designs with input and guidance from the instructor.

IT IS REQURIED THAT THE PROSPECTIVE STUDENT GATHER ANY AND ALL INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR PARTICULAR SITE AND BRING IT TO THE PRACTICUM. SOP PLUS NATIVE AND SETTLEMENT HISTORY. WE WORK FOR TEN HOURS A DAY. THE STUDENT WILL GO HOME WITH A FINSIHED DESIGN FOR THEIR PROERTY. WE ARE ADAMANT ABOUT IMPLEMENTAITON OF COMPLETED DESIGN. WE NEED THE PROMISE OF THE STUDENT THAT THEY WILL ACTUALIZE THEIR WORK. OTHERWISE WE WILL NOT TAKE YOU ON AS A STUDENT.

Study in forest gardening, landscape design techniques, or other topics covered in the course will insure a life changing experience and enhance skills for ecological design. Sustainable solutions are specific to your site.

  • Review of the Permaculture concept
  • Design methodologies
  • Whole systems thinking
  • Ecological design
  • Base plans, plat maps, satellite maps, scaling and map measurements
  • Observation exercises
  • Site assessment and site assessment too kits
  • The scale of permanence, sector analysis, the zone system, needs, products and behaviors as templates for design
  • Recognizing and following natural patterns
  • Drawing practice and landscape symbols
  • Drafting and drawing tools
  • Preparing for and managing design charettes
  • Design drivers, goal setting, envisioning the needs and wants of the client
  • Bubble diagrams
  • Draft design (hand-drawing)
  • Concept evaluation
  • Plant databases, building databases, etc. and internet resources
  • Polyculture design
  • Assessment of property infrastructure and the built environment