Daniel Halsey Permaculture
Author, Designer, Instructor

Advanced and PRofessional Permaculture March 15-23

Professional Development July 12-19

Would you like to take your permaculture experience to the next level?

Get the details and the background science of permaculture design to support your concepts and solutions.

The SouthWoods Advanced PDC is team taught by PRI certified instructors and professional designers. Years of broad experience and depth in techniques and strategies will be brought to the class as we discuss each topic.

Dan Halsey is from the upper Midwest, with lakes, woodlands, rich soil, formidable cold temperatures and dark winter skies.



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Having finished the prerequisite PDC training, many people are looking for deeper learning and actionable understanding. This course fills the gap from awareness to understanding. This course helps you anticipate and envision the design with the support of natural science.

Bring in the plants, the soil, the sun; each component of our landscape is as incredibly powerful as it is cooperative. Working with nature and its seasonal momentum increases our capacity to create resilient homesteads. Integrate your system with billions of years of a planet's trial and error. Then enhance those systems for ecological abundance. Wherever you are in the world, ecological systems exist, have their needs met, and adapt the the climate. Our understaning of these dynamic systems give us insight to the solutions we need in design. If we can draw them out of nature, we can draw them on paper.


Along with understanding the ecological, built, and natural systems; we need the skills to plan out the application and work our concepts for clear communication. The SouthWoods Design Process has linear and parallel process that will help you build the data, formulate the information, and find the solutions. Putting pencil to paper is key. Organizing data makes it less stressful, and using protracted and progressive decision making builds the design from large patterns to details.  We work in layers and refine out the design in each step of the process. At the end of the week you will feel confident in your new skills.

Course Schedule  9 AM - 4 PM

Day 1  Review of the Permaculture Concepts

Design methodologies in future tense.
Study whole systems thinking, multifunctional, self repairing, and dynamic relationships.

Ecological design for increased natural capital

Homestead Design (HLDS) I: Drafting, drawing tools, exercises, review design site tasks.

Site assessments & begin base map. Base plans, plat maps, satellite maps, scaling and map measurements

Set up students' research experiments

Day 2   Permaculture Concepts for the Sustainable Homestead

The scale of permanence, sector analysis, niche analysis, patch dynamics, and the integrated zone system,

Design philosophy

The water budget and catchment calculations. Access and functional spaces

Needs, products and behaviors as templates for design.

Grey water systems and cycling

HLDS 2: Design drivers, goal setting, envisioning the needs and wants of the client.

Observation exercises, Bubble diagrams,
 assessment workbook, and tool kits.

  Day 3  The Physics of Nature

Air and water, siphons, convection, thermal mass, and applications.

Plants One:  Mechanisms of Ecological Facilitation. Polycultures.

Living Systems in the Southwest.

HLDS 3: The Design Progression  (Recognizing, following natural patterns, drawing practice, and landscape symbols (hand-drawing)

Case Studies of Design, Topics of Concern.

  Day 4  The Needs and Priorities of Appropriate Technology.

Strategies for appropriate materials and structures

Home and community gardens, Scaling up.

Original Energy Systems

Growing and Extending the Harvest

Drylands strategies: soils, plants, and time

HLDS 4: Site Visit in PM, confirming appropriate strategies of the designs.

  Day 5  Living Systems and Nutrient Cycles

Small livestock and trophic levels, worms to chickens

Plants polycultures and guilds, resource Partitioning

Elevation:  Case studies in climate and exposure.

Tools lab: Soil penetrometer, laser level, soil core samples, drainage, infiltration.

Design Lab: Application of theory on the design, individual and group work.

HLDS 5: Concept and draft design workshop, plant database, building plant lists, and internet plant resources.

  Day 6 Planting Design Systems

Design work groups

Integrated systems check

Materials calculations, priorities and implementation strategy.

Expanded plant lists to sourcing and cost

Site visit, final design lab,

Instructors' design preview critique

  Day 7 Week in Review, Presentations, and Graduation

Extended discussion of topics of interest. Future Scenarios, Climate Disruption, Intentional Community, Economic Collapse, New Energy, Professional Permaculture, Increasing Carrying Capacity

Week in Review

Final Adaptations and adjustments to student designs

Group Luncheon

Final Presentations with plant lists, strategies, systems integration, and accounting for natural capital.

Next steps, meet again conference options.

Graduation with Kombucha or Brewskis.

Registration Information

Fees: $1100 regular, $1050 for first 5 fully paid earlybirds.  $2000 for two.   Click for APD REGISTRATION FORM here

Send the completed registration and a check to SouthWoods and save on books and supplies.

Pay by check or cash and we supply all design tools for your coursework (see below).

When:  Sunday through Saturday     March 15-21 or July 12-19, 9AM - 4 PM   
Where: SouthWoods Forest Gardens, 17766 Langford Blvd, Prior Lake, MN 55372                       

Classes are limited to 12 people. Register Early.

Confirmation and materials will be sent one week prior to the course.

Lodging:  Camping is available on-site. Off-site lodging is available nearby.

Meals: A light breakfast and a daily lunch is provided. Dinner is arranged by the group or as individuals require.

Required Materials List:T-square 36”, Drafting tape,  Triangles: 45-90 degree & 30-60 degree,  Scissors Compass, Drafting pencils – HB, B, 2H, 4H,  8 Scale Ruler, Large and Small circle templates, Tube for carrying drawings, 8-scale graph paper; sheet size 24” x 36” (approx. 4 sheets), 24'x36' vellum paper , 2 sheets Bum Wad paper, Glue stick or double-stick tape, Eraser, Black ink pens – minimum of 3 tips: narrow, medium, bold  (Rent all tools for $35.00 or free with cash or check registration).



The workbook is updated periodically. You will be sent the most current version.

Click here for Workbook purchase.

Call for further details on services and courses:  - 612-720-5001