Daniel Halsey Permaculture Design
SouthWoods Forest Gardens



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.

4 hours - Homestead Design I: Base Plan and Residential Site Assessment     
4 hours - Homestead Design  II: Permaculture Concepts for the Urban Homestead
4 hours - Homestead Design III: The Design Progression, Polycultures and Plant Guilds
4 hours - Homestead Design IV: Draft Design Workshop - Spaces, Plant Database
4 hours - Homestead Design  V: Final Design and Supervised Work Session, Materials
The series is delivered over 5 separate sessions, each with design assignments to be completed prior to the next class.

8 hours - Building Plant Polycultures and Guilds using a Plant Database
4 days  - Computer Aided Permaculture Design: Adobe Illustrator Training

4 hours - Computer Aided Site Assessment and Design with Internet Resources
4 hours - Site Assessment Workshop

 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
Water Collection, Storage, Distribution and Cycling 
Vermiculture and composting for soil amendments
Developing a Community Garden. Design, Logistics, and Management
Building a Home Orchard and Forest Ecology, Polycultures, and Plant Guilds (PE

  Past trips included:

American University, Beirut 
Beirut, Lebanon

USEK University, Kaslik, Lebanon

Earth Reforestation Project
Chicago, 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

these Conferences


  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 sustained 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.

"Integrated 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

Call for further details on services and courses:  - 612-720-5001