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September 12th - Saturday - 8 :30 am – 4 :00 pm - Permaculture Design - Food Forests

Come see Geoff Lawton’s video on Establishing a Food Forest the Permaculture Way, learn how to create a naturalized forest which produces an abundant self-sustaining yield of food, medicine and other renewable resources. In this workshop you will learn how to plan out and participate in the establishment of an actual food forest planting. Emphasis will be given on collecting and saving seeds suitable for such projects.

See a preview of the video: Establishing Food Forests

Cost: $55 (bring lunch)

Location: Yelm – Bald Hills area

Contact: Bruce (360) 400-1350 Rosy Tyler (360) 894-0596

September 13th - Sunday - 9 am – 5 pm - Permaculture Design for Family Farms & Homesteads

This applied Permaculture workshop at Winlock Meadows Farm will involve participants in the redesign of a working family farm. Bruce Weiskotten with 20 years experience designing Eco-Homes, Gardens and Farms in the Puget Sound region and Italy will teach how to read the landscape and evaluate what the site has to offer.

This workshop will pick up from the site evaluation in the previous workshop & look at preliminary concept design to meet the farm's program of needs. Focus will be on applying the principles, methods and strategies of permaculture to this small farm just outside Winlock.

Cost: $55 (bring lunch) - $65 (lunch included)

Location: Winlock Meadows Farm 186 Tingle Road, Winlock

Contact : Bruce (360) 400-1350 Susie Kyle (360) 785-4927

September 26th - Saturday - 9am - 5pm - Creating Microclimates: Hedgerows and Huegel Beds

From Sepp Holzer’s giant Huegel beds to traditional English hedgerows mounded earth and screening plantings have been used to dynamically tailor microclimates to more favorable production. This workshop will discuss ways to create microclimates which can raise temperatures and protect plants and animals from frost and wind chill damage. RSVP for literature before the class.

Cost: $55 (bring lunch)

Location: Yelm – Bald Hills area

Contact: Bruce (360) 400-1350 Rosy Tyler (360) 894-0596

September 27th - Sunday - 9 am – 5 pm - Permaculture Design for Rainwater Harvesting & Management

This workshop will include a viewing of Geof Lawton's Rainwater Harvesting video. From there we will proceed with a preliminary layout of ponds and swales to collect stormwater runoff and mange it across the Winlock Meadows Farm.

Come watch the video, learn the principles, knowledge and techniques and then go on site and participate in the actual design of a swale & pond systems. Bruce Weiskotten will walk you through the essentials for harvesting natural rainwater for any project whether it’s a permaculture homestead, wetlands mitigation or just a sweet landscape pond in your back yard.

Cost: $60 (bring lunch) - $70 (lunch included)

Location: Winlock Meadows Farm 186 Tingle Road, Winlock

Contact: Bruce (360)400-1350 Susie Kyle (360)785-4927

Tour de Urban Permaculture Slideshow and Lecture

Where: OmCulture Studio, 2210 N. Pacific St. Seattle, WA 98103

Located on the corner of N 35th and Pacific Ave N near Gasworks Park in the Wallingford neighborhood.

When: 7 – 9 pm

Date: Friday, November 13th

Price: $8 - $15 Sliding Scale

Join Dave Boehnlein and Paul Kearsley for an exciting exploration of permaculture in action! In this fun and engaging presentation we will showcase home food production, energy efficiency, food forestry and community activation.

Each theme will be a stop on our journey through real-life examples of urban homesteading and community-supported permaculture projects.

 - Registration not required

 - Doors open at 6:30 pm

 - Bring your friends!
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Permaculture Design 101 Workshop

Where: OmCulture Studio

When: 10 am - 5 pm

Date: Saturday, Nov. 14th

Price: $75 - $95 Sliding Scale. Please contact us for discounted price and work-trade information.

This 6 hour introductory workshop will take you through the permaculture basics, give excellent examples of permaculture in action, and guide you through fun and insightful hands-on projects.

What is Permaculture? History and origins

Where is Permaculture? A close-up of the Bullock's permaculture homestead on Orcas Island

How can I do Permaculture? Hands-on activities and design ideas you can create in your own homes and neighborhoods


Dave Boehnlein specializes in permaculture design & sustainability education. He helps landowners create the necessary models for sustainable living and uses them to show others how they can do it for themselves.

Paul Kearsley combines his passion for art & permaculture through multi-media presentations giving clear visions of how we can achieve sustainable designs at home, work, school, and community centers.

Pre-registration required: You may register and pay for the workshop through the Yogalife website online:

For more details and a complete workshop description please visit us:

Questions? Contact Jenny Pell

Phone: (206) 949-0496



  • Contact an SPG Facilitator:

at seattlepermacultureguild at gmail dot com

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  • How to host a meeting or potluck, and how to meet other folks at the permaculture guild:

just set a date and post it here! (or if you're confused about posting, send the info to the email above) We're busy folks who sometimes forget to meet regularly, so we only meet when someone volunteers their place for a get-together. PS. We'll work for free! Host a workparty about something interesting, with a potluck afterwards. We'll come!

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  • Create display for tabling at events
  • Staff table at upcoming events (eg Fremont Solstice Parade)

  • Volunteer(s) needed to work with Sustainable Seattle on their 'Regional Sustainability Information Commons'. Seattle has needed a project like this for a long time! Help bring some permaculture knowledge to the table! This project will gather "indicator" data from around the Greater Seattle, and Puget Sound area in a website, so sustainability indicators can be held in a framework, and for users, be it citizens, students, business and policy makers, to understand not only indicators and associated sustainability goals, but the relationships of different indicators to one another. For more information visit here or contact Gary Lichtenstein at -gary at sustainableseattle dot org-.


My name is Rocky Burns, and my brother and I own 96.82 acres of land by Harrah Washington. My brother Rodney Burns, my friend Bill Gelenaw and I, are starting a non-profit 501(c)(3), halfway house/drug rehabilitation center out at that location. If you cut and paste the following link, it will bring you to it on the yakima county GIS page.

The name is P.I..E which stands for Permaculture Integrated Environment. The reason I am writing you and every other like minded individual is for some advice as to the layout of our land. If you would like to give us any advice into placement of plants/animals that would be awesome, and I welcome any and all to come out and get hands on if you wanted. The land is virgin, completely untouched, and in the middle of the Yakima Indian Reservation, unspoiled by industry for miles.

The goal is to have the residents live completely off the grid, no waste at all, producing everything that is needed themselves. This is a mighty challenge, and I ask your help. Some ideas that we have come up with as to the structures on the site are: 1.A “dorm” made of used shipping containers. (This will be the initial intake of new clients) 2.Housing made of earthships 3.Housing/Buildings made of sandbags (earthbags perhaps calearth) 4.Some structures out of tire bales 5.Any other types of structures made from reusable materials.

We performed a primitive soil test, and it came out about 30% clay 70% sand, and we made a rammed earth wall 16ft long, 4ft tall, 2 ft wide, and it worked out awesome. My dream is to also use the site as a informational place that people from anywhere can come and see alternate ways of living without causing more harm, a smaller footprint.

If you would like to start a workshop out here, I am open to anything, as long as it is in the spirit of bringing the land toward a self sustaining environment. Please note that in the beginning it will be a hardship out there, for it is truly wild, there are wild horses, coyotes, owls, snakes and millions of grass hoppers out there, all that will make the transformation more difficult. Please write me back with any input you might have, and thank you for your time.

       Rocky Burns


Want to buy land for an eco-agriculture community? by Michael Pilarski(09/10/07)

In my search for land to live on, one possible avenue is for me to link up with other people and purchase land. If you are interested in purchasing land for a small farming community devoted to research and education, get in touch. I am researching possibilities in Okanogan County.

Hey there all, For those interested in the guerrilla gardening project, we have 3 beds completed along the Burke Gilman next to I-5, there are 2 vegetable beds and 1 herb bed (the Tea garden) but room for many more.

I also want to let you know that we have gotten web space for the guerrilla gardening project, which we have been calling the U-Farm. The site is and so far we have a forum up and working. We are going to have regular updates of what has been going on, as well as scheduling for work parties, watering and other topics. To join the forum click the 'register' link at the top right and follow the directions. So please feel free to start discussions, and advertise work parties.

Hope to hear from everyone soon, -Josh




APRIL 22 TO JUNE 1 time period. Okanogan Valley, North-central Washington. A huge biodiversity of plant material needs to be planted.

ANYONE WANT TO HELP! Short-term or potentially long-term.

I’ll pay your travel expenses and a small stipend. There are two sleeping areas and a common kitchen. If there are more than two helpers at a time then some people will have to bring a tent.

April 25, Friends of the Trees is hosting the Okanogan County Plant & Seed Exchange in Tonasket. A good day to get plant material to plant back at your home.

May 3, Sunday I am teaching a workshop on “GROWING MEDICINAL HERBS” At my farm in Tonasket. Any helpers here at the time can participate in the workshop. We would waive the $25 fee.

I have several other farmer friends in the area who are looking for interns for the growing season. Vegetable growers and also two livestock places. An Okanogan WWOOF may be developing, so keep us in mind when the conversation turns to farm internships.

Prior farm skills, permaculture networking, wildcrafting and other useful skills are appreciated.

Email if you are interested and send your phone number. Even better if you call.

Michael Skeeter Pilarski


Great Outreach - Combine Closer To Home Movie and Permaculture Site Tours

Heres a Great Idea for reaching out to the public. Planning is in the early stages for ten showings of Closer To Home movie in early may in the Seattle area, [with other showings elsewhere in the Puget Sound]. We would love to combine the movie with permaculture site tour follow ups a week or two later.

The film is in production, will feature interviews with eco culture change pioneers and visits to several notable permaculture locations in and near Eugene, Oregon. The film will touch on voluntary simplicity, property conversion, neighborhoods, economics, local food and faith communities. We are currently making contacts in Seattle with organizations that would like to host a showing in early May. Perhaps the SPG would like to host a showing. We are in touch with Scallops and other Seattle green organizations. Please contact me if you would like to help host a showing, publicity/media, organize a local PC tour,,,,

All the film showings and site tours can be part of a single schedule and all organizations hosting the film showings and tours can promote all the other film showings and the site tours. A multiplier effect.

Having tours of best available permaculture sites as follow up to the film will make the movie far more effective. Screen to reality will generate a lot of interest for new people to take permaculture type action. Tours can include gardens, co-ops, property conversions, solar, concrete removal, neighborhood collaborations, creative downsizing, reclaim automobile space,truly green businesses,,,, places that show what the future can look like,,,,,

Please contact me if you would like to be a part of an expansive, creative and ambitious public outreach project. Our website several clips from interviews, or call jan at 541 686 6761 or thanks much! Jan also, check to be featured in the film

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