Introduction to Permaculture Design

Introduction to Permaculture Design

Dates:  June 21, 2 - 4 pm 

Location:  Heathcote Community in Freeland, MD

Cost:  Sliding scale $25 - $50

Registration:  Click here to register\

Permaculture Site Analysis & Assessment

Meet more of your basic needs for food, water, and energy at home by applying a step-by-step Design Process.  Tap your local natural resources (sun, wind, water, soil, flora and fauna, slope) to create a site-specific plan that maximizes the productivity of your landscape.  Grow organic food, harvest rain water, recharge the water table, retrofit your home for passive heating and cooling, and recycle wastes into fertilizer.

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels and introduces permaculture ethics, principles and a step-by-step design process.                  

Maximizing Production Through Site-Specific Permaculture Design

Site-specific design suits its scale and use to the character of the land it occupies.  Keen observation of your site’s natural features determines the parameters for a sustainable landscape plan.  Whether you live in a rural/agricultural, suburban or urban setting, you can learn to work with these natural resources to create a productive ecological landscape that contributes to food, energy and water security.   An assessment of a site’s opportunities and challenges reveals how you can generate beneficial relationships between water catchment, gardens, orchards, woodlots, and nutrient cycles - in your yard or in your neighborhood.  Learn how zone planning and other Permaculture design strategies minimize energy/labor by mimicking the principles of natural ecosystems.

This workshop will include outdoor practicum and a hands-on sketch exercise.    Please bring a clipboard and an 8 ½” x 11” site plan of your property, if you have them.

Workshop Instructor Patty Ceglia

Instructor Biography:

Patty Ceglia is an ecological site planner, professional architect, and life-long organic gardener.  She consults for private clients, and the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, where she helps suburban homeowners install stormwater-absorbing Edible Landscapes.  She teaches Permaculture Design for Heathcote Education Program at Cromwell Valley Park, Towson, MD, and at Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA.


Class will take place from 10 am to 6 pm each day.  Please arrive by 9:30 am to give yourself time to park and settle in.  Please bring your own vegetarian bag lunch.  You are invited to join the community for a potluck vegetarian dinner on Saturday at 6 pm.  You may sleep in our rustic bunk room Friday and/or Saturday nights. The suggested donation for lodging is $20/night.  Please bring your own bedding.


Next Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Our next Permaculture Design Certificate Course starts September 20-21, 2014!!





Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm