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Permaculture Design Charette

Last held: September 2013 
Full Bloom Farm in Southern Oregon

3-4 day workshop at Intermediate Level
Facilitated by Tom Ward, Melanie Mindlin & Karen Taylor

Gain confidence in your design skills with this workshop focused on permaculture site assessment and conceptual design for a local site that includes forestry, farming and residential community.  The course starts with an in-depth experience of the way that Tom Ward does an initial assessment of a property during a walk through.  Student then explore ways to organize thinking about the multi-faceted opportunities addressed through permaculture on this specific site.  Team work will lead to conceptual designs and recommendations for the site.

At this workshop, we will do an assessment of the property, taking a close look at opportunities to increase water infiltration, improve forest health, locate buildings and food growing operations, site a seasonal worker camp, as well as opportunities for animals, waste water treatment, energy production and more.  We will explore organizing the site through keyline principles as well as applying zone and sector analysis.  

Students will brainstorm a permaculture vision of the possibilities on this land and do rough sketches to document our ideas.  The course will finish with a student presentation to the property owners.

This class will be offered at an intermediate level.  This means it is suitable for graduates of the  Permaculture Design Course as well as people who have either taken at least a one day introductory permaculture course or read one of the basic permaculture books.

Course Price $300, includes camp site and organic lunch

For more information contact us at or Register with the form below. Click PayPal button to reserve your space Now! ($250 "Early Bird" price + $10 PP handling fee = $260)
Early registration ends August 20, 2013

Cancellation Policy: Until August 20, fee is refundable less $50 cancellation fee. After August 20, the fee is nonrefundable unless the course fills and we sell your spot. There will still be a $50 cancellation fee.

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To register contact us at
Pre-registration required.

You must have done at least one of the following.

Taken the Permaculture Design Course

Taken at least one full day introduction to permaculture.

Read one of the following books:

Gaia's Garden, by Toby Hemenway
Introduction to Permaculture, by Bill Mollison
Earth User's Guide to Permaculture, By Rosemary Morrow
Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally, by Robert Kourik
Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability, by David Holmgren
Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual, by Bill Mollison


If you have a site where you would like to hold the design charette, please contact Melanie Mindlin to discuss.
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