Permaculture Design with International and Professionally Accredited Education for Residential, Homestead and Broad Acre Systems
Building Capacity in Soil, Water and Plant Systems for Designers, Families, Neighborhoods, and Community.
On Your Site Courses
Classes with as little as 6 participants can be arranged for any Southwoods design course upon request.
Have 6 interested people, a venue? Dan will travel to your location and teach these courses. Contact us for details and scheduling.
60- 90 Minute Presentations for Organizations
Plants and Plant Systems for Sustainable Harvests Season and Harvest Extension in Colder Climates
Soil Health, Fertility, and the Underground Economy
Past trips included:
American University, Beirut Beirut, Lebanon
USEK University, Kaslik, Lebanon
Earth Reforestation ProjectChicago, Illinois
Pittsburgh Permaculture Pittsburgh, PA
Permaculture, BC,Victoria, BC, Canada
Internationally Accredited Permaculture Designer Certification Courses
Schedule: See the course page.
April 4-7, Design Intensive, High Falls, NY
April 12 – May 4 Advanced Design, Beirut, Lebanon
May 15 - 18 Adobe Illustrator Training, Tampa FL
June 8 - 21, PDC for Homesteaders, Anchorage, AK
June 28 - July 8 PDC, Finca Quijote, Costa Rica
Aug. 12-16 Master Plan Course and Western Canada Permaculture Convergence
Aug. 23–Sept.7 PDC in Scotland and England
Sept. 10- 16 IPC in London.
Nov. 8 - 21 Advance Professional Design, Zaytuna, The Chanon, Australia Jan 4-18 PDC at OSA Mountain Village, Costa Rica
Look for SouthWoods at
PREPPER EXPO Mar. 28-29. Mpls, MN
Mother Earth News Fairs
Albany, Oregon June 6 & 7, 2015
West Bend, Wisconsin August 8 & 9, 2015
West Canada Convergence, August 11-16
Topeka, Kansas October 24 & 25, 2015
Professional Design Residency
Applications being accepted for four to six week residencies.
SouthWoods Permaculture is an Accredited Education Provider
SouthWoods is located in the Spring Lake
watershed and is
a rich fertile island surrounded by wetlands. The permaculture
principals are an integral part of every system at SouthWoods. They
guide the decisions, enrich the soil , conserve and collect
natural resources, build flora and fauna diversityy, and ensure the
capacity of the residents. SouthWoods is a living lab of design, plant
systems and research. SouthWoods' PRI/Australia certified instructors teach the accredited Mollison PDC curriculum. Graduates earn the PRI/AU PDC certificate and are internationally registered and recognized. SouthWoods is the home of the nonprofit PRI/USA, the fiscal agent and adviser for PRI master plan sites in the United States.
In 2006 during the summer solstice, Geoff and Nadia Lawton of PRI Australia visited
our homestead for a workshop for PRI/Cold Climate. More images can be
seen at the 2006 blog (contact us page). Geoff helped us refine the berm
and swale design. Nadia introduced us to some of our native plants that
also grow in Jordan. Back for a visit in 2014, Geoff, Nadia, and family visited SouthWoods and six other sites in the USA to film cold climate strategies. We also celebrated ten years of permaculture at SouthWoods with an all day open house and book launch party for IFG.
Integrated Forest Gardening (Click here to order)
The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems
I am excited to offer this new book that explains and details the design process I use to build polycultures and design the edible landscape. Step by step instructions and 15 polyculture examples. Get out the highlighter and fill the margins with notes. It will bring your desire for a sustainable food forest to harvest.
Forest Gardening fills a major gap in the canon of permaculture books,
giving us, at last, a detailed guide to guild and polyculture design. No
longer is this subject mysterious and daunting; in this book we now
have specific instructions for designing and installing multi-species
plant groups. Chapter 7, which describes 15 guilds and their plant
members, is a golden nugget worth the price of the book alone. This is
an essential book for all food foresters and ecological designers."
—Toby Hemenway, Author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
Click here for IFG Workshops