2019 Advanced Landscape Design Course


–Presented by The Denver Permaculture Guild

Want to dive deeper into the design topics you learned about in your PDC? Looking for some support in developing a permaculture design for your property? Interested in pursuing landscape design for money? Join us for the 2019 Advanced Landscape Design Course, and learn the hard skills of professional-level permaculture design from top practitioners in the field.

Over three weekends this winter, ALDC participants will be guided through a real-world design process incorporating a client interview, basemapping, hand drafting, presentation drawing, design principles, budgeting and phasing. Along the way, you’ll pick up pro tips about creative design strategies, plant guilds, water management, hardscaping, aesthetics and much more.

Where:   A combination of dynamic, interactive learning environments in the Denver and Boulder area (addresses provided to registrants only).


Barnabas Kane  is a second-generation landscape architect and planner, whose design philosophy draws from a broad spectrum of disciplines including architecture, landscape architecture, ecology, art, and community planning skills. He looks at every project as an opportunity to treat people as change agents, an integral part of the solution for repairing our relationships with our compromised planet.  Barnabas is a licensed Landscape Architect, a permaculture instructor, and a regional water management expert.  He has received numerous accolades, including a    ‘Sunset’ magazine award and been a featured designer in local as well as national publications like ‘Cowboys and Indians’ and ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ magazines.

Avery Ellis is an Ecological Designer with a whole systems approach to life. Avery was raised in New Jersey, the Garden state, by a master gardener. He has always felt a kinship with nature and the natural processes. He spent the past decade in Colorado pursuing his passion for sustainability with experience ranging from permaculture design to natural building practices, solar installation to biodynamic farming, ecological waste treatment to communication dynamics and he loves to share his knowledge with the world. He holds a Masters degree in Ecological Design and a Bachelors of Science in Biology. He studied permaculture in India in 2006 and in the Rocky Mountains he has been learning and practicing permaculture since 2010. He has earned several Advanced Permaculture Design Certificates (2012-2014), and obtained his Permaculture Teacher’s Certificate in 2012. Integrating these skills into diverse businesses, he now focuses on designing ecosystems that serve humanity by mimicking natural processes. As an eco-entrepreneur, his business endeavors include: Avery Ecological Design, Colorado Greywater, and Integrated Aquaponics, where he brings science and craftsmanship together in his designs and installations.

Dustin Wright lives in Denver with his wife Serena and 9-month-old son Luca. They made the move to Colorado from Texas in 2015 for the abundance of access to wild nature and to build a new life together in Denver. Since moving to Denver Dustin has formed Living Earth Designs, a landscape design/build firm focusing on modern ecological design and permaculture. He has worked on projects ranging from residential scale permaculture landscapes to large scale sites including the highest altitude winery in the US. Dustin is a multi-disciplinary designer with a background in landscape architecture, architecture, strategic planning, alternative construction, permaculture, and graphic design. His whole-systems-based approach integrates diverse technologies from passive rainwater harvesting to digital 3D modeling.

Ainslie O’Neil is a Colorado gal through and through. Her childhood at the foot of the Rocky Mountains instilled in her a deep reverence for natural landscapes and the intricate systems that bind them together. She pursued her undergraduate education in visual art and architecture+design at UMass Amherst and, shortly after taking a PDC, became committed to land-based work. She has refined her design approach with over 5 years as a member of the award-winning landscape architecture firm Ivy Street Design Group. Passionate about creating meaningful outdoor spaces for a diverse range of users, Ainslie has a portfolio including over 100 projects for residences, neighborhoods, community gardens, horticultural therapy spaces, arts venues, public parks, and more. With support from the robust permaculture and creative communities, Ainslie has gained additional experience as a facilitator, educator, and collaborator in the Front Range arts and design world. A motivated learner and inspired designer, she is committed to weaving together our urban fabric through design in both social and ecological environments.

Adam Brock is a permaculture designer and facilitator based in his hometown of Denver, Colorado. As co-founder and co-director of The GrowHaus, Adam helped transform an abandoned half-acre greenhouse into an award-winning hub for healthy food and urban agriculture. A certified permaculture designer since 2008, Adam is active in both the local and national permaculture communities. He has completed designs for over two dozen permaculture landscapes in the Front Range, and is a lead instructor for the Denver Permaculture Design Course and Living Communities Design Course. In 2017, Adam released his first book, Change Here Now: Permaculture Strategies for Personal and Community Transformation. In addition to his solo facilitation and consulting work, Adam currently serves as Director of Social Enterprise at Joining Vision and Action, Denver’spremier consulting firm for social change organizations.


February 15th: evening potluck                                                                                                         February 16th and 17th: 9am-5pm                                                                                                     March 2nd and 3rd: 9am-5pm                                                                                                            March 16th and 17th: 9am-5pm                                                                                                              April 6th: open house presentation at GrowHaus

$600 for Denver Permaculture Guild members*  | $750 for non-members                         (Generous scholarships available – apply on registration form)


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