"Charrette" (Def.) - A public workshop devoted to a concerted effort to solve a problem or plan the design of something.

‘Quick Design’ Charrettes

Why join us?

What's Covered and When

The goal of our design workshop is to come up with a rough framework design for the submitted property. We will start by sharing all the site data we have gathered, and discuss what the data does and does not tell us.

Then, with this information and the client’s vision for the property defined, we will work from an aerial view photo on Google Slides to begin our base map.

The design process continues as we follow what is known as the scale of permanence to determine how water and other forms of energy (sun, wind, nutrients, wildlife) are moving through the property. Would it be beneficial to hold some or all of this energy? If so, what are some ways to do that? What are the best access points for paths or driveways? Where do ideal planting areas appear, and what plants are likely to thrive there? And so on.

This is a great way to experience permaculture design thinking and learn the key patterns and permaculture design elements that tend to recur as we work with a property.

We’ll take 45 minutes for your questions about ANYTHING. Maybe you would like to further explore an element in the design we just created? Want to ask a question about your own design? Curious how we would tackle a challenge you’ve run into? Want to know about a resource we might know of? If you have a question, it is likely that many others have a similar one and will be glad you asked it. This Q&A can be a rich 45 minutes. We’ll try not to run down any rabbit holes (getting into details that very few would find helpful or interesting), but we can at least lead interested folks in a useful direction. 

Our Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and Property Design Mini Course (PDMC) contain in-depth introductory information on dozens and dozens of creative, elegant, and productive design features. We thought we would use these charrettes to share some of that content with you. We will take suggestions for future topics during each charrette. 

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Working on Real Design Projects

Our Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and Property Design Mini Course (PDMC) contain in-depth introductory information on dozens of creative, elegant, and productive design features. But tackling real design challenges of real people is when we really deepen our design skills. These charrettes are for beginners, course graduates and experienced designers as well. 

The session was so insightful.
Watching Bill walk through the design steps brought me so much clarity about how to approach my own property. There were tons of examples, and I learned a lot! Looking forward to the next charrette.
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The price you pay for this workshop is based on a system of integrity. Pay what we ask, or what you think is fair, or what you can afford. You can also just support our permaculture work in the world with a financial gift. All income from these charrettes goes to support a permaculture project or person doing this work in the world. 

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You Will Receive the Zoom Link and Design Address via Email

August 11th, 2024 Design Charrette

October 13, 2024 Design Charrette

You will have to insert a dollar amount to register and receive the Zoom Link.
If you are one of our students or graduates just enter $0 to access at no charge. 
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Would you like to submit your property for consideration?

Anyone can request that we ‘quick design’ their property. Our PDC and PDMC students will receive priority, but we are delighted to host anyone’s project should we run out of student requests. Whether you are an MWP student or not, email your request for consideration to , including your address and an aerial photo or map with the property lines delineated. There are no guarantees that we will select your project, student or not. Our selection will be based on which projects have the most significant learning potential.  

Note: By submitting a property, you are agreeing that the address will be shared with the participants of the group if it is selected. We expect all participants to be respectful of any personal information that is shared within the session.

Site Data and Digital Design Tutorial

Find the Site Data for Any Property in the US