Join us for a unique permaculture design earthworks experience! This workshop will give you firsthand insights into design considerations and principles based on clients objectives. We will explain stages of the design process, from observation, working with the client, through to the final design and real live implementation on the property over the weekend.
This workshop will cover reading the landscape for water retention and management. Diving into, Mapping, ponds, swales, terraces, key line design, implementation cover cropping and guild planting. This will be a hands-on workshop/installation, with earth moving equipment and lasers!
JOIN US FOR AN IMMERSIVE THREE DAY hands on EXPERIENCE ~ $450
This course will teach both principles and practical skills in shaping decentralized water retentive landscapes. Brian’s presentations will share his studies and extensive experience to deepen our understanding of the considerations that are integral to earthworks design. Projects and possibilities will be explored by touring the well- developed water system at Inspiration Farm and walking the land. Brian will be our guide as we look at the soil profile, soil tests and maps and make models to trial some designs in miniature. Participants will be able to gain experience with earthmoving equipment, shaping the soil, planting and mulching as we implement a design plan.
Brian Kerkvliet is known as a master of working with earth and plants to hydrate properties and create wildly abundant edible landscapes. He generously shares his decades of experience by offering tours, workshops, Permaculture certification courses and much more at Inspiration Farm in Bellingham, WA. He has three permaculture certifications and uses biodynamic and soil health building practices. In the past year Brian completed the Water Stories course offered by Zach Weiss, protégé of Sepp Holzer in Austria. Brian is also a co-founder of the Salish Seed Guild whose members seek to enhance the resiliency of our local food system by growing, selecting and storing seeds from plants that express unique local adaptations or heirloom qualities. Register at www.inspirationfarm.com
Friday August 18th at 1pm: The course begins at Inspiration Farm with Brian’s presentation on decentralized water retentive landscape design and a tour of the established earthworks at his farm.
Hello, & thanks for your interest in the 2022 “Designing a Water Retention Landscape” event.
“I had the privilege of attending last year’s earthworks course and it was fantastic. Brian Kerkvliet most certainly knows how to teach this material and is, in my opinion, a master in the field. This is a great opportunity to learn valuable land stewarding information as the environment around us gets increasingly challenging, and water management becomes more important.” Hunter’s thoughts