SouthWoods Center for Ecological Design

UD Design Process Training with Technical Drawing

Next dates TBD,  Onsite or On-line Access

Who would benefit from these courses?

- Anyone that has completed a prior PDC, on-line or live. 
- Active designers wishing to accelerate their professional skill development.
- People wishing to professionally design farms, homesteads, communities and ecosystem restoration.
- Designers wishing to raise the standards of their design work and that of the permaculture community.
- Designers wishing to use a proven design process and digital style for career and income.

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UD Design Process Training with 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 region that surrounds it. Participants will be taught the skills and foresight needed to assess, concept and design a property into a perpetual harvest.

 Learn ecological landscape design language and technique while using the permaculture design process to create a ecologically resilient residence and harvest abundant la ndscape. Small intensive design classes are limited to 12 tables. Register early. 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 10 tables. Register early.  Any class can be taken individually, however the Adobe Illustrator series is a progressive learning format building from all sessions.  Past HLDS students or experienced designers may take Illustrator training as a stand-alone course if space allows. Tables are limited.

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

Full Course Description:

Classes 1- 4 are 4 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, Professional Delivery

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, Rresource 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 drawing gs, 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).

Site Assessment Guide Included

Prior to any on-site consultation, preliminary research can be done using 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.

About the Instructor:

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

Biography: Daniel Halsey is a certified permaculture and professional agro-ecosystems designer. D aniel 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, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the United States, England, and Alaska. Dan is also managing director of PRI /USA, United Designers, a board member for the Society of Ecological Restoration, and co-author of Integrated Forest Gardening.

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

Board of Directors - Permaculture Research Institute, USA

Minnesota Map to SouthWoods

Course hours:
9 AM - 4 PM with breaks for study and practice. Evening study and practice.

Fees:  $950.00 (see bottom of page for details)                                                      

Meals & Lodging: See bottom of page

Please note: 

UD Design Process and Digital Design courses will concurrently delivered on-line as well as on-site at SouthWoods. 9 AM presentations will appear 4 PM in the UK and relative to time zones. On-line participants will have additional sessions after the live class has finished and access to recordings for later review. 

All class materials supplied, but students will supply: computer workstation or laptop. Microsoft office, a browser, and Acrobat will be used.

Course hours: 9AM - 4PM
 Monday to Friday (15 minutes break in morning and afternoon, and 45 minute lunch break).

Payment Options

Lodging and Meals options: 

  • There are many local hotels and AirBNBs close by.  
  • Sleeping space is available (FCFS ) in the lodge at $30/night.
  • Camping and tenting sites are $10/night. Includes shower and facilities.
  • Payment upon arrival.
  • Breakfast and Lunch are served on-site. Dinner is self or group arranged.

Recommended Reading:

A Designer Manual by Bill Mollison
Integrated Forest Gardening by Weiseman, Halsey and Ruddock
Principles of Ecological Landscape Design by Travis Beck
Edible Forest Gardens by Dave Jacke.

  • Pricing options:

    All prices are in US dollars.  A minimum 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 seats fill.