Field Day Experiences Develop Design Skills

We provide field days to develop skills and experience in Permaculture design. These field days are open to Permaculture design course graduates, trainees and teachers.

And they are free for our Permaculture Visions course participants.

We have 50 topics for the field days ranging from practical workshops such as how to use an A frame, mapping using triangles, zoning, sector planning, and reading the landscape through to determining the potential and capacity of a site or communicating design ideas. We also explore social permaculture topics such as the ethics of intervention, systems thinking, community resource mapping and much more.

basic mapping of a site using triangles

Our Permaculture Design Process

Our Field Guide to Permaculture has 4 phases: 1. Research values and data, 2. Explore capability and culture, 3. Ideate functions and patterns 4. Communicate and implement

using an Aframe to mark contours

1. Research values and data

The design practice starts with a research phase where we are setting and reviewing our design team members objectives, meeting the clients and users and determining their wishes. We state our ethics and how this applies to the process. We develop skills for negotiating the value and costs of the design to us and the client. Then we refine our skills for interviewing the client.

Finding solar access, keypoint, and thermal band for a valley

2. Explore Potential of the Space and Culture

The next step in the design process identifies physical attributes and their potential for improvement. This includes planning Sectors, strategies to improve soils, water management, asset optimisation, and risk preparedness. Then we consult to historical records and listen to elders, explore community values, client and user habits and beliefs, cultural symbolism and networks.

communicating strategy to redirect surface water away from the pathways and into garden by installing rollover mounds
redirect path water to reduce erosion

3. Ideate Functions and Patterns

Before we focus on through-puts like composting systems. We identify the real functions required. We examine the connections and find ways to optimise energy and nutrient cycling. This part of the process is creative and fruitful. We look at zoning, creating multiple elements for each need and multi-functional components.

communicating design idea to use looped swales

4. Communicate and implement

Finally we practice communicating ideas and aim to stay involved in the implementation process.

How to get involved in these workshops

Contact us to get invited to the field days. If you are a permaculture elder, we welcome your input for free. All other experienced participants, please pay what you feel.

If you are newbie, welcome. If haven’t done a Permaculture course yet, you can enrol for as little as $225 in our introductory module and get unlimited access to the 6-weekly field days.

enrol in the introduction to permaculture course