Mar 26, 2015

Permaculture Master Planning Course - Daniel Halsey

Permaculture Master Planning Course with Daniel Halsey

Location: Red Deer - TBA
This event occurs daily from August 11 - 14 starting at 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.


photo: geofflawton.com

The Centre for Urban Agriculture in Alberta
is pleased to host Daniel Halsey of the Permaculture Research Institute USA for a 4-day Permaculture Master Planning course from Tuesday, Aug 11 through Friday, Aug 14!

Please note: This intensive design course is limited to 20 people. Having completed an Introduction to Permaculture workshop or the full 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate course will enhance your experience but are not required to take this course. All proceeds go towards the certification of The Centre for Urban Agriculture in Alberta as an Urban Permaculture Research Institute.

Synopsis:

Design your landscape working with nature by recognizing that our ecological landscape is filled with possibilities. Locked-up in urban lots, fields, or broad acres are the means to sustain an abundant lifestyle for growing food, collecting fresh rain water for domestic use, and reducing dependence on purchased consumer resources. This four-day intensive design course will unlock the ecological capital that abounds within your own landscape and the neighborhood that surrounds it.

Participants will be taught the skills and foresight needed to assess, conceptualize and design a property into a perpetual harvest garden that aligns with and leverages the local climate and available resources. Learn ecological landscape design language and techniques while using the permaculture design process to create an ecologically-resilient residence and harvest-abundant landscape. (Full course details below - subject to change)

Trainer Bio:


Daniel Halsey, MPS, PRI Certified Designer and Instructor
Dan is a certified permaculture designer and teacher for the Permaculture Research Institute USA. Certified by the International Permaculture Research Institute (Australia), Dan travels nationally and internationally teaching permaculture and ecological design to permaculture design certification students, homesteaders, and landscape designers.

Co-author of Integrated Forest Gardening: The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems, and originator of the Natural Capital Plant Database, Dan and his wife Ginny manage self-sustaining forest gardens of fruiting trees, shrubs and nut crops at SouthWoods Forest Gardens, a permaculture design, demonstration, and educational site located on a twenty-five-acre wetland savannah in Prior Lake, Minnesota

 

 

Please note: This intensive design course is limited to 20 people. Having completed an Introduction to Permaculture workshop or the full 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate course will enhance your experience but are not required to take this course. All proceeds go towards the certification of The Centre for Urban Agriculture in Alberta as an Urban Permaculture Research Institute.

Registration Fees:

$675.00 + GST* per person
*includes a copy of Integrated Forest Gardening, lunches and snacks / beverages

(early-bird rate $600 if registered and paid by May 31, 2015) - cash, cheque, or e-money transfer accepted. Registration deadline is July 12, 2015. Sorry, no refunds available after the deadline.

To register please contact Rene Michalak at 403-505-4550 or by email at rene@urbanpermaculture.ca

Student materials list is provided below; some items will need to be purchased at a specialty art or office supply store if you do not already have them; we recommend Alberta Art & Drafting in Red Deer.
  • 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" x 36" vellum paper , 2 sheets bumwad (tracing) paper,
  • glue stick or double-stick tape,
  • eraser,
  • black ink pens - minimum of 3 tips: narrow, medium, bold

Accommodations:

There are many quality and affordable hotels in the Red Deer area. Local camping and billeting options are also available but please book your accommodations early (summer is a busy time for tourism):
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Full Course Details:

(Subject to change)

This 4-day course will culminate with each participant completing a technical design ready for implementation. Make sure you keep time available outside of class to complete the assignments. Students working on a personal design for their property should secure a detailed property map prior to the course.

Who should attend?
Landscapers, architects, landscape architects, homesteaders, ecological designers, teachers, resource engineers, home/land owners, and permaculturists!

Schedule:

Course delivery is a combination of 3-hour lectures, demonstrations, and practice sessions with extensive homework assignments (4 to 5 hrs). The course wraps up with a final design workshop finishing the concepts with plants, materials, and final critique.

Day 1 - Homestead Design I: Base Plan and Homestead Site Assessment
Overview Paper Language, Bubble Maps, Concept, Draft, Final Draft, Final Design
Assignment - Homestead Base Mapping Measurements. Demonstration: Site Assessment and Base Mapping

Day 2 - Homestead Design II: Permaculture Concepts for the Sustained Homestead
Classroom Pencil Practice: Tools, Landscape Symbols, Complete Your Base Map, and using "bumwad". Assignment - Finish base map and start bubble maps. Demonstration: Access, Water Works, and Homestead Resources
Day 3 - Homestead Design III: The Design Progression
Classroom Pencil Practice: Refining the concepts, allowing natures energy flow to enhance soil fertility and transfer bubble concepts to draft design. Demonstration: Systems Thinking and Design

Day 4 - Homestead Design IV: Concept and Draft Design Workshop
Style Demo, Practice and Supervised Work Session. Determining plant size and placement, polycultures, ecological functions and seasonal access. Assignment - Complete draft design. Demonstration: Polyculture Design, Ecological Facilitation, Resource Partitioning

Final Design 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 on Urban Design

For more info on Dan's design process check out, "How to Create a Permaculture Design" at www.geofflawton.com - it's a 20-minute video where the theory of Permaculture pattern design is explored using Dan's SouthWoods Forest Gardens demonstration site. Here's the teaser trailer...

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