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Design Your OWN Permaculture Paradise

Instructor: Dan Halsey

The 6-Day, (Two Weekend), Suburban Homestead Design Workshop will culminate with each participant completing a personal homestead design ready for implementation. This is an intensive course with direct instruction for building design skills and practices, along with significant mandatory homework assignments. Learn ecological landscape design language and technique while using the permaculture design process to create an ecologically balanced residence and abundant lifestyle.

Large or small, our landscape is filled with possibilities. Locked in your property may be the means to sustain an abundant lifestyle for growing your food, collecting fresh rain water for drinking, and reducing your dependence on purchased resources. This series will 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, conceptualize and design your property into a perpetual harvest garden and low input living system.

Friday, October 4th and November 15th 6 pm – 9 pm
Saturday, October 5th and November 16th 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, October 6th and November 17th 10 am – 3 pm

October 4-6:  

Base Plan and Residential Site Assessment

Overview: paper language, bubble maps, concept draft, final draft, final design

HOMEWORK Assignment: Homestead Base Mapping
Measurements Demo: Site Assessment and Base Mapping

Permaculture Concepts for the Homestead

Classroom pencil practice: Tools, landscape symbols, complete your base map, Bum Wad

HOMEWORK Assignment: Finish base map and start bubble maps
Demonstration: Access, Water Works, and Homestead resources

The Design Progression – Hardscapes, Uses, Access, Plant Patches

Classroom pencil practice: Refining the concepts, allowing natures energy flow to enhance soil fertility, transfer bubble concepts to draft design
Demonstration: Systems thinking and design

Nov. 15-17:

Draft Design Workshop: Spaces, Plants and Abundance

Classroom pencil practice: Supervised work session, determining plant size and placement, polycultures, ecological functions and seasonal access.
HOMEWORK Assignment: Complete draft design
Demonstration: Polyculture design, ecological facilitation, resource partitioning

Final Design Process and Supervised Work Session

The final steps to a sustainable design: Plant Selection, Ground Covers, Material Calculations, Implementation Notes and Logistics
Demonstration: Plant Database Queries and Internet Resources Suburban Design

Purchase your own or rent a design kit for $35.

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.

PREREQUISITES: Permaculture Design Certificate/Pre-approval or equivalent

$850 Early Bird (by September 4th) and TRI Co-op members (by September 13th), After September 13th: $1200 Full cost
$35 materials rental

Click here to REGISTER (AND PAY)

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  • Amy Coffman P.

    i'm just now seeing this and would be very interested this spring, if it were offered. i don't have a pdc but i am an architect with design training - perhaps that could count as an equivalent?

    September 29, 2013

  • Michelle

    This meetup has been cancelled.

    September 24, 2013

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