Daniel Halsey  Agro-Ecosystem,

Ecological Restoration,

and Homestead Designer

Building natural capital and biodiversity,

while raising the carrying capacity of the planet,

Advanced Permaculture, Professional Practices,

and Design Process Training 

This is it! 

Individual and Group Training and Business Set-up

This is the foundation for a career in professional permaculture design. These are the sessions that take you through the entire professional design process and develops your skills for marketable design services. Taught by Daniel Halsey, international ecological and agro-ecosystem designer and creator of the SouthWoods permaculture design proces, the course from real life case studies, with intensive hands-on experience, and real-time assignments. Its an intense experience of skill building, design progression, studying ecological models, and the science to support good design. Designers will have the opportunity to join the Professional Permaculture Designer Network and work side by side with Dan Halsey and professional designers of PRI/USA across the country. Join our international team of expert collaborators, grow your design expertise, and enjoy a life long expedition of permaculture innovation. 

1. Site Assessment and Digital Strategies for Design - 1 Day
2. PSPD - Plant Systems and Polyculture Design - 1 Day
3. HLDS - The Process for Homestead and Landscape Design - 4 Days
4. AI - Adobe Illustrator and Professional Design Practices - 4 Days

Course dates:
TBD by you and your group.

Course hours:
9 AM - 5 PM with breaks for study and

practice. Evening study and practice.

Course price:

Miniumum 6 students, All materials supplied.

 Bring your workstation, Laptop, and installed Adobe Illustrator V6 or above (current trial version is okay)

Professional Module 1 - Site Assessment, Narratives, and Digital Strategies for Design

Prior to any on-site consultation, preliminary research can be doneusing the Internet, private, and public resources. We will use the SouthWoods Homestead Assessment Workbook to discover the potential of a landscape and its resources. While traveling through the 40 page assessment you will learn the characteristics, limitations and opportunities and refine the assessment into a vision with the final consultation. Case studies will be used for practice and skill development. From this assessment participants will begin writing the client narrative and refining their template for future reports from the SouthWoods narrative example.

Workbook Sections:

- Site Questionnaire
- Documentation List
- Vision and Goals
- Human Needs and Access
- Land History
- Ecological Capital
- Sector Analysis
- Patterns, Patches, and Niches

- Soil Study

- Implementation Schedule
- Management Plan

This module on Site Assessment includes the 40 page assessment workbook, an on-site assessment, document search, soil surveys, topographic analysis, climate data resources, ecological and geological modeling, and client resource discussion.

Professional Module 2 - Integrated Forest Ecology and Plant Systems
SPD - Plant Systems and Polyculture Design


Backyard Orchards and Woodland Harvests
Food forests and forest gardening bring together the best ecological systems that allow us sustainable, low input, and high-yield harvests. Forests and woodlands exist in almost every climate to some extent. In temperate northern climates we have the best resources and environment for a wide selection of plants and trees. This forest gardening presentation will focus on site assessment, resilient plant systems, poly-culture design,
and assembling the best species suited for each participant's property.
Day One: Building a Forest Garden 

Day Two: Backyard Orchards and Broad Acre Forest Gardening

Case Studies of Permaculture Design and the Design Process. Basemap Development for Your Food Forest Design.
- Ecological Functions
- Polycultures
- Building Plant Guilds
- Site Assessment
- Conditions
- Plant Selection
- Placement

Students will have Designer Access to the Natural Capital Plant Database for the duration of the course. Public access will be available thereafter.

Professional Module 3 -

The Process for Homestead and Landscape Design

Ecological Design Strategy and Technical Drawing

Design your landscape working with nature. Our ecological landscape is filled with possibilities. Locked in the urban lot, fields, or broad acres may be the means to sustain an abundant lifestyle for growing food, collecting fresh rainwater for drinking and reducing dependence on purchased resources. This series will unlock the ecological capital that abounds within the landscape and the neighborhood that surrounds it. Participants will be taught the skills and foresight

t needed to assess, concept and design a property into a perpetual harvest garden. Learn ecological landscape design language and technique while using the permaculture design process to create a ecologically resilient residence and harvest abundant landscape. Small intensive design classes are limited to 12 tables. Register early. Classes will be held at SouthWoods Farm. See details below. Any class can be taken individually, however the series is a progressive learning format building from all sessions.

The series 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 purchase the site assessment workbook prior to the class.

Who attends the HLD series?
Landscapers, architects, landscape architects, homesteaders, ecological designers, teacher
s, resource engineers, & home owners

By popular demand we offer this intense training to get pencil design and ecological concepts into professional graphics on computer. Small intensive design classes are limited to 12 tables. Register early. Classes will be held at SouthWoods in Prior Lake, MN. See details below. Any class can be taken individually, however the Adobe Illustrator series is a progressive learning format building from all sessions. New students must sign up for HLDS to attend the Illustrator training. Past HLDS students or experienced designers may take Illustrator training as a stand-alone course if space allows. Tables are limited.

Full Course Description:

Students will have access to tutorials, example files, templates, symbol libraries, take home exercises, importable survey graphics, and much more.

HLDS Schedule:
Classes 1- 4 are 3 hour lectures, demonstrations, and practice sessions with extensive homework assignments (4-5 hrs)
Class 5 is a final design workshop finishing the concepts with plants, materials, and final critique.

Day 1 Homestead Design I: Base Plan and Homestead Site Assessment

Day 2 Homestead Design II: Permaculture Concepts for the Sustained Homestead
Day 3 Homestead Design III: The Design Progression
Day 4 Homestead Design IV: Concept and Draft Design Workshop
Day 5 Homestead Design V: Final Design and Supervised Work Session

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

Homestead Design 2: Permaculture Concepts for the Homestead
Classroom Pencil Practice: Tools, Landscape Symbols, Complete Your Base Map, and using Bum Wad. Assignment - Finish base map and start bubble maps. Demonstration: Access, Water Works, & Homestead Resources

Homestead Design 3: The Design Progression - Hardscapes, Uses, Access, Plant Patches
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

Homestead Design 4: Draft Design Workshop - Spaces, Plants and Abundance
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

Homestead Design 5: Final Design Process 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 Urban Design student materials list is provided below; some items will need to be purchased at a specialty art or office supply store.

Materials List: 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'x36' vellum paper , -2 sheets Bum wad paper, Glue stick or double-stick tape, Eraser, Black ink pens - minimum of 3 tips: narrow, medium, bold (This is included in the course fee).

Professional Module 4 - Adobe Illustrator Schedule

Session 1 Digital Design Training I: Basic tools, layers, and software operation
Session 2 Digital Design Training II: Using Tools, Workspace, and the Digital Base Map
Session 3 Digital Design Training III: Pencil Concepts to Digital Graphics, Symbol Libraries
Session 4 Digital Design Training IV: The Key, Plant Lists, Call Outs, Output
Session 5 Digital Design Training V: Supervised Work Session for Active Project Sites

 Digital Design I: Basic tools, layers, and software operation

Overview: The structure and features of AI and how we it them in design. Each week we will have case studies, incorporate the design process, and look at the step by step layering of information and details . Assignment: Take home hand-outs and practice symbols and graphic styles.

Digital Design II: Using Tools, Workspace, and the Digital Base Map
Classroom Tool Practice: Tools, Making Landscape Symbols, Importing your resource files and base map to the title block.
Assignment: Bring finished basemap to next class, output BW copy at OfficeMax.

Digital Design III: Pencil Concepts to Digital Graphics, Symbol Libraries
Classroom Skill practice: Refining the concepts, shapes, and
readability. Looking for patterns in the landscape.
 Digital Design IV: Supervised Work Session for Designs
Style Demo, Practice and Supervised Work Session. . Assignment - Complete draft design Demonstration: Calculating spaces and materials with Acrobat.

Digital Design V: The Key, Plant Lists, Call Outs, Output and Narratives


Materials List: Laptop PC or Mac, Updated Adobe Illustrator Software, Plant Database Access (supplied),
Printer (at home), Adobe Acrobat for PDFs, Internet Access, & Drop Box Access Account

(No iPads or Surface PCs for class use)



About the Teacher:

Instructor: Daniel Halsey, MPS, Certified Designer and Teacher of Permaculture Design

Biography: Daniel Halsey is a certified permaculture and professional agro-ecosystems designer. Daniel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Temperate Climate Polyculture Design and a Masters of Professional Studies in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota. He is hired nationally and internationally to design private homesteads, intentional communities, and broad-acre transition. He teaches in Haiti, Lebanon (Beirut), Costa Rica, Canada, across the United States, and in England, Alaska. Dan is also managing director of PRI/USA and co-author of Integrated Forest Gardening.

SouthWoods Forest Gardens 2005 - Present
Halsey Creative Services, Inc. 1984 - Present
Natural Capital, Plant Database (Partner) 2011 - Present
Permaculture Research Institute, Australia 2012 - Present

Board of Directors - Permaculture Research Institute, USA


Important information about this course

Course hours: 9am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday (15 minutes break in morning and afternoon, and 30 minutes lunch break). Weekend meals are group catered.

Recommended Reading: Mollison's Designer Manual, Integrated Forest Gardening, Principles of Ecological Landscape Design, and Edible Forest Gardens.

Pricing options

All prices are in US dollars.  A non-refundable (though transferable) $250 deposit is required at the time of booking. The balance is due 14 days prior to the course start date. Check preferred. Fully paid reservations will take priority as seat fill.

Design projects have expanded and talken the lead in our focus. SouthWoods participates in practicum training where invited and has foregone courses on-site. Video Presentations:  Ecological Design Strategy, Following Natures Patterns, Exceptions to our Understanding, Competitive Exclusion, Companion and Nurse Plants, managing disturbance, groundcovers, Micr-climates and Mushrooms, Banker Plants, Tasty Ground Covers, Plant Systems, Micro-Climate Peaches.