Design Your Land!
Applied Permaculture Design

Design Your Land! applied permaculture design Register Now WA

August 1-5, 2016 (with an optional presentation day on October 16, 2016)


Overview of Permaculture Class for People with Access to Land

Led by Laura Ruby and Natalie Bogwalker, this permaculture class near Asheville, NC, is a five-day intensive, custom-made to help landowners and land stewards learn how to sustainably maximize productivity, functionality and beauty of their properties.  While this class is much shorter than our Permaculture Design Certification Course, rest assured, we have distilled all of the permaculture designing fundamentals into this class.  Upon completion of the course, students will leave with a strong, real-world design for their land, including a phased timeline, budget and maps. Please note that this is not a certification program.

What to Expect From This Permaculture Class

Students will be asked to bring maps of their properties so we can have the opportunity to discuss as a group various permaculture landscaping ideas either for urban homesteading and rural properties.

Learn to Create a Permaculture Garden Paradise

The class will visit multiple permaculture sites in rural and urban homesteading properties near Asheville, NC, that have sustainable permaculture gardens and orchards. We will see how these folks deal with issues like companion planting, deciding where to plant various varieties of trees and emergency preparedness.  Our goal is to help you feel inspired to design your own edible garden and sustainable landscaping.

Learn About Rural Homesteading and Urban Homesteading

This class is appropriate for those who are interested in homesteading either in the city or in the country.   We have two main teachers, as well as a host of guest teachers.  One of the two main teachers focuses on urban homesteading; the other lives on a vibrant homestead in the country.

Holistic Orchard Planting:  Knowing Where to Plant What

We will give tours, slideshows and some tastings of some of the most popular plants used in permaculture landscapes.  We will explore the importance of nitrogen-fixing species like the Myrtles,  Autumn Olive (also invasive, so be careful), Redbud, and more.  We will share Persimmon and Mulberry recipes and discuss the glory of the Paw Paw, as well as other edible trees. We will extol the glory of Sochan and other perennial vegetables.  You will learn how to plant an Apple tree.  You will leave this class with a good understanding of the fruit trees that require the least maintenance and which will yield the biggest bounty out of your food forest.

Agroforestry:  Farming the Woods and Food Forests

Food forests or forest gardens are generally planted in what formerly was a field, which is the typical “Permaculture  landscape design” that you read about.  Something very exciting is happening in the Southern Appalachians, however.  A lot of folks are playing around with agroforestry, the way that indigenous folks used to do long ago.  We are planting persimmons on the edges, American Chestnut hybrids in canopy gaps, and improved White Oaks and Hickories where we will be doing serious thinning later on.  Both types of agroforestry are important, and learning how to create and forest food garden will be covered in this Permaculture Design Course.

Rain Barrels, Earthworks, Tiny Houses and Appropriate Technology

An important part of permaculture involves looking toward the future, when technology like Earth-moving machines, mass-produced building materials and simple rainwater catchment supplies won’t be so easy to come by.  We think that it is vitally important to bring back traditional building techniques and technologies like mortise-and-tenon joinery, but also see that this is a great time to build a tiny house, build terraces and install rain barrels.  We want to make the most of the technology that exists now (within reason), because who knows how long it will be around.  We also discuss emergency preparedness and how to be ready for whatever the changing climate might bring us.

We hope that you will join us for this unique and awesome class!  We are dedicated to providing top-notch education.  The class will take place on the beautiful permaculture  homesteads of Natalie Bogwalker and Laura Ruby, both just outside lovely Asheville, NC.  We will be visiting the permaculture homesteads of other teachers, as well.

Upon completion of the course, students will leave with a strong, real-world design for their land, including a phased timeline, budget and maps. Presentations of the designs are optional, but encouraged.  The presentation day will be October 16, 2016. The skills students will take with them will save them money, time, sweat, tears and resources.

Special Note: Students in this course qualify for a 15% discount on design consultations at their personal sites with Wild Abundance and YummyYards designers.


Natalie Bogwalker Wild Abundance Instructor

Natalie Bogwalker
Organic Gardening, Agroforestry, Eco-Homesteading,  Permaculture Mapping

Laura Ruby Bio

Laura Ruby
Edible Landscaper and Creative Permaculture Design

Cailen Bio Pic

Cailen Campbell
Pasture Management, Silvopasture, Rotational Grazing, and Large-Scale Gardening

Juiets bio

Juliet Blankespoor
Herb Gardens and Plant Propagation

Juliet has been sharing her love of plants by teaching about medicinal herbs and botany for more than 18 years. She owns the Chestnut Herb Nursery, specializing in medicinal and native plants and is the director and primary instructor of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine. Juliet’s education includes a BS in Botany and more than 1,200 hours of training in herbal programs throughout the US. Her passion is everything green: botany, plant identification, ethical wildcrafting, wild foods, medicine making and herbal medicine.

Ben Portwood Bio

Benjamin Portwood
Edible Lanscapes, Rainwater Systems, Permaculture Design

Local Accommodations:

While many locals prefer to commute to Wild Abundance from Asheville, students from the area and out of town are welcome to pitch a tent in one of our flat camping spots in the woods or in a field located on our seven-acre property.  We suggest bringing a warm sleeping bag and bedding.  We have a fully functioning outdoor kitchen and bathroom on-site.

If you prefer something more conducive to creature comforts, we suggest browsing Airbnb or checking out some of the local motels and B&Bs within a 10-15 minute drive to Wild Abundance.

Below are a few local accommodations you might find to your liking:

Mountain Light Sanctuary

Hawk and Ivy Bed & Breakfast

Comfort Inn in Mars Hill, NC

Registration Info Register Now WA

Early Bird Price (April 15- June 25, 2016): $500

Regular Bird Price (June 26-July 17): $600

Late Bird Price (After July 18): $700

To register, please complete the registration form and then make payment.  Registration will be processed upon receipt of payment

Expect to receive a confirmation email within one week of sending payment. Additional emails will cover logistical details as the adventure approaches.  

We strive to make our classes accessible to all who wish to learn.  Some work-trade opportunities exist for this class.  Email us for details at

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