Pre-requisite: PDC course and/or design experience
“Design” serves as the primary verb of permaculture, yet few of us receive solid design training, even in our PDCs. Most of us can still design reasonably well, though, because design intelligence appears to live inherent in each human being, and archetypal elements seem to comprise most peoples’ design processes. Delving deeply into our individual-yet-archetypal design processes, we discover highly functional mental, somatic, and behavioral practices that improve our ability to embody ecosystem properties, principles, patterns, and processes in whole systems. The design process teaches. We learn that the design, the designer, and the process of design form one continuous, integrated, inseparable reality that expresses ecological principles throughout. In this one-day masterclass we will dig as deeply as we can into design process theory and practice. We’ll experience effective observation, awareness, and thinking tools that deepen our design skills and our self-understanding. Through lectures, discussions, design exercises, and more, we’ll hone, clarify and deepen our ability to design ecosystems and design them well. Ultimately, this work reframes our sense of how humans can inhabit nature and how nature can live within and through us.
Participants should bring a sketchbook, notepad or other firm drawing surface and paper, some favorite sketching tools (ink or graphite) with at least one fine point and one broad tip pencil or marker, and, if you have it, a copy of Edible Forest Gardens volume 2.