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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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Workshop: Indigenous Phenology + Land Management Adaptations

An exploration of shifting patterns and adaptations to climate change from an indigenous Permaculturalist perspective.

Indigenous people have an intimate knowledge of many aspects of their surroundings and their daily lives. Over millennia, people have learned how to grow food and to survive in sometimes difficult environments. They know what varieties of plants to propagate. When to sow and weed, which plants are poisonous and which can be used for medicine, how to cure diseases and how to maintain their environment in a state of equilibrium. Lots of factors have disrupted this relationship in recent centuries. In this workshop we will explore lessons learned and adaptations to our uncertain future.

Instructor: Michael Alcazar
Saturday, January 19, 2019
11 am – 2 pm

Location: Natural Grocers–1433 Washington Street
Denver, CO 80203

$40 for members | $45 for non-members
Vegetarian snacks will be provided


Past Event: Living Community: A Five Weekend Design Course

Introduction to Living Community: May 5th and 6th (overnight retreat)
Designing a Just Society: June 2nd and 3rd
Organizations That Live: July 7th and 8th
Economics After Capitalism: Aug 4th and 5th
Engaging the Sacred Warrior: Sept 8th and 9th

Location: A permaculture demonstration site in Northwest Denver.

Investment: The Living Community Design Course operates via an alternative economy, in which each participant exchanges a combination of goods, services, and dollars based on their abilities and needs. In order to accurately plan our weekends, we ask for an initial dollar payment in an amount that’s meaningful to you (suggested $25-$75 per weekend). At the conclusion of each weekend, you can choose the remainder of your contribution based on the value you’ve received, your capacity to pay, and your preferred form of exchange.

Humans are part of nature and always have been, but despite having nature on our side, our social systems have been eroded with patterns that limit our capacity for genuine collaboration. In a time when everything from our politics to the global climate seems to be spiraling out of control, how can we re-knit the torn fabric of community? How can we empower our neighbors, especially the most marginalized among us, to determine their own paths to prosperity? What does radically supporting ourselves and each other look like? And how can we make ends meet while trying to make the world a better place?

The Living Community Design Course is for anyone looking for a safe, inclusive space to explore these questions –  and a community to answer them with. Facilitated by local permaculturalist Adam Brock and a diverse group of experienced and thoughtful changemakers, this series will provide you with the resources you need to apply design thinking to healing self, community, and society as a whole. We also recognize that you – our inspiring and engaged community – have many of your own superpowers to share. Throughout the course, everyone will have the opportunity to lead the group and influence the flow of learning. Each weekend will be structured around a different theme, with a dynamic mix of group dialogue, solo exploration, and real-world design challenges in each. Participants can choose to take one weekend at a time, or sign up for the entire five sections.

Introduction to Living Community will introduce the tools used throughout the rest of the course, including permaculture principles and pattern languages. Designing a Just Society explores the conditions for culture change, from decolonizing our minds and institutions to the intentional design of social movements. Organizations That Live will focus on the challenges and opportunities of collaborative processes, investigating topics like facilitation skills and consensus decision-making. In Economics After Capitalism, we’ll unpack  the destructive dynamics of our current economy and collectively build an alternative vision for a means of exchange that restores community and natural systems. The course will close with a weekend of Engaging the Sacred Warrior, turning our focus inward as we share strategies for nurturing body, mind, and spirit.

Whether you identify as a permaculture gardener, community activist, nonprofit director, social entrepreneur, or simply as someone trying to be a better human being – the Living Community Design Course will fill your cup with practical tools, inspiration, and community. Join us in designing a more perfect world.  Please click ‘register now’ button below to place your deposit, and return here to fill out a registration form.