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.
and other guest presenters
ADVANCED DESIGN UNDERSTANDING
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,
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
Final Presentations with plant lists, strategies, systems integration, and accounting for natural capital.
Next steps, meet again conference options.
Graduation with Kombucha or Brewskis.
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.
Required Materials List:T-square 36”, Drafting tape,
Triangles: 45-90 degree & 30-60 degree,
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,
Black ink pens – minimum of 3 tips: narrow, medium, bold (Rent all tools for $35.00 or free with cash or check registration).