Daniel Halsey 

   Permaculture, & Ecological Restoration Designer

Building natural capital and biodiversity,

while raising the carrying capacity of the planet,

Internationally Accredited Permaculture Designer Certification

2015 Summer Weekends Schedule

Introduction to Permaculture  and Designer Certification Summer

Times and Dates
Introduction to Permaculture
Feb. 6, 7-8    
or May 1, 2-3
2015 PDC Modules:
WK2 June 20-21
WK3 Aug. 5-16
WK4 Oct. 17-18
WK5 Dec. 5-6

Workshop Times: Saturday and Sunday 9AM - 4PM

Weekend 1 is an Introduction to Permaculture Workshop and the start of the 72 hour PDC. The series tarts Friday night at a public venue and you can continue your development over the next year.

Join us for an intensive introduction to permaculture principles, ethics, life and site assessment, at SouthWoods Permaculture.  We will dig deep and discuss the needs, goals, and design options of an ecologically sustainable lifestyle. See the actual working models of Southwoods permaculture while defining your own adaptations for future resiliency. Group discussions will share experiences while hands on tasks will show the skills that make for sustainable food production and resource independence.Philosphical issues, group dynamics, economic, community, and transition will be challenging topics.

Workshop Topics

Weekend 1  Permaculture Principles

Session One

  • Course Handouts, Overview, and Syllabus
  • Group introductions and announcements                           
  • Introduction to Permaculture
  • Our Context and Permaculture Ethics        
  • An Introduction to Sustainability and Permaculture Lifestyle

Session Two

  • Climate
    • Weather, Seasonality Microclimates
  • Natural Patterns, Observation
    • Disruption, Temporal
    • Spatial, Defaults
  • Zones of Functional Space / Sector Analysis


Module 1 credits 16 hours towards the  72 hour Permaculture Design Certification, accredited by PRI/Australia. Additional modules 2- 5 are offered during the year at SouthWoods.

Introduction to Permaculture Weekend 1

Fees: $400 regular, $380 for first ten earlybirds and HLDS students.  $775 for two.

Permaculture Designer Certification Weekends  2 - 5
Fees: $700 for a total of $1100 for the complete PDC.
Send the completed registration and a check to SouthWoods and save on books and supplies.

12 credit hours will be applied towards Accredited Permaculture Designer Certification

The Designer Manual, process guides, site assessment tools, and materials will be supplied.

Each participant paying fully by check will recieve the Bill Mollison book "Permaculture, A Designers Manual" $104.00 value, free


Fruit, snacks, breads, and drinks will be provided. Bring your lunch and something to share. Dinner will be a group gathering at a local cafe or pub.


None commuting students - Free tenting areas and paid lodging available FCFS.

Dress for weather and bring your camera, notebook, and lunch. Recommended reading:  Mollison                      - Designer Manual, Jacke - Edible Forest Gardens,        Holmgren - Paths to Sustainability

All materials, documents and tools will be suppied.


Weekend 2 continues the Permaculture Designer Training at SouthWoods with field trips to local sites.

Session Three

  • Soils One
    • Types, Properties, and Ecology
    • Soil Organisms
  • Plants One:
    • Plant Types
      • Propagation
      • Ecological Requirements
      • Characteristics, and Functions

Session Four

  • Scale of Permanence Applied
    • Topography, Slope, and Aspect
  • Water; Ecology and Cycles
    • Catch and Store Systems
    • Catchments, Mass, and Uses
    • Keyline Design

Weekend 3 The Science of Successful Designs

Session Five

  • Soils Two
    • Web Soil Survey
    • Soil Capabilities and Limitation
    • Compost and Fertility
  • Plants Two:
    • Human Uses
    • Polyculture Design
    • Extending the Harvest         
    • The Importance of Density
    • The Power of Diversity


Session Six

  • Forest Ecology
    • Analyzing Patches and Niches

  • Systems Thinking in Ecological Designs
    • Polyculture Designs in Landscape

  • Trophic Levels in Nature
  • Intro to Livestock (Small)

WeekendPermaculture Design Charrette

Session Seven

  • The Built Environment
    • Natural Building
  • Cold Climate Strategies
  • Dry Land Systems and Strategies

Session Eight

  • Original Energy Systems:
    • Solar, Hydro, Biofuels
    • Heating and Cooling
  • Aquaculture Systems and Integrated Hydroponics
  • Beneficial Insect Management

PDC Weekend 4 Continued, On-Site Experience, Team Design

9 AM - 5 PM  Saturday, Site Assessment and Concepting Teams (off-site)

9 PM - 5 PM  Sunday, Design Lab work, Design Presentations. (at SouthWoods)

Urban and suburban lots may seem cramped and difficult to manage for high productivity, but small lots can grow large amounts of food and work as efficient homesteads. Join us Saturday and Sunday afternoon for an urban site assessment and discussion to design small spaces. Participant will use the SouthWoods design process to create functional spaces and optimize the resources. Fruit trees, edible perennials and shrubs, vegetables, and herbs are all part of the urban landscape. Using the natural capital and ecological services of the urban lot will create food spaces and an abundance of sustainably fertile soils. We will visit a local community garden and talk of creative options for urban harvests. Learn to design grey water systems, biointensive gardens, chicken coops, water catchments, energy reduction, solar collectors, nutrient cycling, and green house space.

Property owners and renters can benefit from the design process and discover the many possibilities for their personal landscape.


Help retrofit and design an urban permaculture house and bring the solutions home to yours.

PDC Weekend 5

Session Nine

  • Insect Management and Habitat
    • Bio Controls
  • Building Mycological Ecology
  • Team Design Presentations
  • The Original Lifestyle
  • Future Scenarios


Session Ten (Graduation)

  • Future Scenarios Discussion (Cont.)
    • Sustainable, Intentional Community Design
    • Collapse; Economic, Social, Civic
    • Future Steps, Personal Choices
  • Certificateas and Acknowledgements
  • Final Comments, Evaluations, and Photos

Minnesota and the Midwest is at a crucial stage in climate change, economics, energy descent and transitioning to self reliant homesteads.

Permaculture has principles and ethics to help individuals, communities and families develop their resources into stable and continuously viable homes and property.

Permaculture principles guide participants in observing patterns of energy use and collection and storage of diminishing resources.

Theses workshops will introduce and expand Permaculture to participants and assist them in entering new patterns of lifestyle that secure an environmentally supported existance.

This is where we start. The principles, ethics, and paradigm that makes permaculture the solution to many of our ecological and economic issues. We will study the reasons, the options, and working with natures mechanisms, develop a more abundant and healthy lifestyle.

Our lands already have all the ecological services we need to flourish and sustain anabundant lifestyle.  For growing our food, collecting fresh water for drinking and reducing your dependence on purchased resources, Permaculture has a plan based on ecological solutions. Through group design charrettes we share in the insights and observations of others and develop comprehensive concepts that are scalable and transfereble.

Materials: Participants will be given supporting materials based on the days presentations. Participants should bring lunch.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided at breaks. Overnight campers should be self sufficient and expect limited facilities. Outdoor cooking is expected for personal meals. Dinner is supplied by the host.


Natural Capital

 The concepts I speak of concern the ecological and cultural landscape. How we can include connectedness of permaculture design and ecological solutions to enhanced our natural capital and our lives.
The understory and residential perimeter areas can be planted for minimal maintenance and maximum harvest.  Creating a unifying pattern across the property will develop a lifestyle founded on sustainable horticulture.
If the occupants are willing the maintenance of a conventional landscape can be transformed into continual harvest with nutrient cycling. This can also be integrated with existing or new water catchments, composting and worm bins. Pull and Place practices will ensure soil fertility and increase organic material throughout the plantings. This will also increase soil moisture and decrease watering needs. Amendments are not seasonal, but more continuous as fruits are harvested and the ecological services are enhanced.

Ecological Services

Systems Thinking