Introduction to Living Design Process
Date(s) - 26 Nov
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
This one-day workshop will accessibly introduce Living Design Process as a compelling holistic design approach. We will explore living design equally as a theory and as a practical reality at Paradiso del Amore – the beautiful property of Louise-Balaz-Brown located in Guildford, just out of Castlemaine, Victoria (NOTE change of venue from the originally planned venue in Woodend).
So you will not only hear and read about it – you will live, breathe, feel and taste it.
“Thank you for having the courage to step up and speak from your heart and take permaculture to the next level of its evolution. Everything resonated so deeply, particularly coming from my background in performing arts, and have been rattling my brain about how I can bring the two worlds together. However, after the workshop, I realised my brain may have never arrived at the answer and it was my heart and the magic of design that contained the key! Loved it!” (Past participant Britt)
Living Design Process starts with the question of what it means to design and create human environments using a process that mimics the process nature uses to create natural systems. This question leads to a design approach very different to contemporary understandings of what design (including in permaculture) actually is.
“After this day of talking and sharing I simply feel more alive. The life and the living and the constant ebbs and flows of nature and of ourselves need to be at the heart of our designing” (Past participant Nicole)
At its core, Living Design Process is a way of working with whole systems to enhance their life and beauty through a process of continuous unfolding. When applied to landscape design, this results in systems that are not only lush and abundant, but that are deeply beautiful and harmonious to the degree that you find it hard to leave.
“This is really life-affirming for me to learn about this living design process – it resonates with my life journey and where I’m at in my architectural practice – but I’ve not heard it explained or articulated this way before. I’ll definitely be more aware of my design process with clients and be implementing more of this to enhance my life and my client’s lives!” (Past participant Talia)
A Little Background
Dan Palmer has spent the last 20 years continuously questioning and refining a systems approach to understanding, living and designing a more beautiful world.
As a permaculture designer, implementer, and educator, during the last ten years he co-founded permablitz, co-founded Very Edible Gardens (which he still co-directs), and founded Making Permaculture Stronger. Over the last six months he has been using this last project to catalyse a global conversation around constructively reimagining the foundations of permaculture design (as a globally practiced and fast growing discipline). This work has been supportively acknowledged by permaculture thought-leaders including David Holmgren, Rosemary Morrow, Dave Jacke, Toby Hemenway, Darren J. Doherty, Rob Hopkins and many others. It has also led to an ongoing collaboration with permaculture co-originator David Holmgren running four-day intensive courses on advanced permaculture planning and design process.
With this workshop Dan Palmer shares the opening of a new chapter in his career.
For his journey has recently brought him and a collaborating cluster of close colleagues to a compelling and continually evolving approach to the design and creation of almost anything. The running title for this approach is Living Design Process.
A garden in NZ Dan helped his mum and dad build using living process.
While embracing the best that both permaculture design and holistic management have to offer, Living Design Process find its primary inspiration in the paradigm-transforming work of radical architect Christopher Alexander (particularly his four-volume masterwork The Nature of Order).
During this one day workshop, Dan will not only present an accessible introduction to the theory of living design process, he, along with our host Louise, will take you through the living design process that is actively transforming the property we’ll be at. The idea is that you will feel the process in your body as much if not more than you will understand it with your mind.
Our intention is also that you will leave this day with a permanently modified understanding of what design can be.
“I feel like reading about and exploring the ideas is great – but isn’t experiencing living design process AMAZING? Actually living it and practicing it (or at least getting closer to it) – wow, that’s when it really hits home how much more alive and empowering the design process can be. So grateful to have been introduced to these ideas earlier on in my design life” (Past participant Phoenix)
Who this Workshop is For
Anyone can do this workshop. It presupposes zero prior knowledge of permaculture. Anyone interested in designing for life, beauty and wholeness is welcome. Whether you are a landscape designer, a life coach, an architect, a cake-maker, a musician, an artist, or just someone wanting to transform your own back yard, then there is something in Living Design Process relevant to you.
That said, for people that are familiar with permaculture, this workshop is:
- an excellent next step after a permaculture design course
- a prime professional development opportunity for practicing permaculture designers
- a great experience to have before doing a PDC
- a great place to start for anyone interested to learn more about permaculture
Testimonials Giving a Hint of What You Can Expect
This is the second event of its kind. Here are some additional testimonials from the first, which was held in 2016.
Amazing content, really built on and introduced new stuff to my PDC (permaculture design certificate) foundations. Amazing food, perfect breaks, and amazing generosity of the gorgeous hosts.
It is so exciting to see Christopher Alexander’s ideas adopted, adapted and communicated in a way that honours his work and the current context of who and where we are (Andrew)
I found the process today incredibly beneficial in understanding the application of wholistic management and decision making to bring about form and social structures and in how to make these ideas of a whole actually show up in the world (Beck)
Hugely thought and heart-provoking
I’m so much more energised and inspired for the future!
Living design process. Integrity, honesty, nature, perfection, challenge, intuitive, personal, well being. Some words I’m left with.
About the facilitators
Dan is based in Melbourne and is co-director of Very Edible Gardens. He has two Permaculture Design Certificates, a BA and Masters Degree in Social Science, and a PhD in Systems Thinking. Dan writes, consults, creates and teaches permaculture, holistic decision making, and living design process out of his home base in Castlemaine where he lives with his wife Amanda and daughters Robin and Nikka.
“Dan is so easy to listen to and has a great honesty with sharing his own experiences that is just gold. The ability to communicate like that with people can’t be learned or contrived. I’m so glad I went”
Dan is excited to be sharing the facilitation of this day with Louise, and there is high promise that Louise’s builder Jean will also make an appearance. You can hear a podcast episode chat between Jean, Louise and Dan here.
Dates / Days
The workshop will start at 9am on Sunday November 26th and finish at 4pm that same day.
This workshop will be run in Guildford, Victoria, which is about an hour and 45 minute drive from Melbourne (or we can arrange pickups from the Castlemaine train stations). Venue and other details will be sent out once you register.
This event is fully catered by the amazing Carolina from Malmsbury Kitchen Garden. You are in for a treat and we’ll cater to your dietary requirements.
Workshop cost is $150. A 20% discount applies for past VEG PDC participants – if this applies to you get in touch and we’ll set you up with the secret code.
Sorry! This event is fully booked.