‘Quick Design’ Charrettes
Second Sunday of Every Month over Zoom
Open to the Public – Fee and Registration
Definition (noun): A public meeting or workshop devoted to a concerted effort to solve a problem or plan the design of something.
We’ll tackle a different residential or homestead design, in real time, each month.
Charrette Timetable each Month
of a Property with Bill Wilson and MWP Design Team
to Brainstorm Your Design Challenges/Questions
‘Quick Workshop’ Presentation on a Different Topic Each Month
Example of a Charrette Design Below
- Each ‘Quick Design’ selected from your submitted projects
- Look over Bill Wilson’s shoulder and watch as a Permaculture Framework Design Unfolds with the added talent of the Midwest Permaculture design team.
- Free to all MWP Students (Past or Present – Sharpen your design skills)
- $20+/Session to the Public – We invite everyone to learn
‘Quick Design’ of Property with Bill Wilson and the MWP Design Team
We will start right on time (log in up to 10 mins. early if you like) by sharing all of the site data we have already gathered. We will also 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 pull up a Google Slide or PowerPoint and place the aerial view of the property on the slide to begin our base map.
Then 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 – what we call a zone and sector analysis). 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.
Submit your property for this design exercise
Anyone can request that we ‘quick design’ their property for a monthly session. Our PDC and PDMC students will receive a 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 those with the most significant learning potential for the greatest number of participants.
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.
Open Session to Brainstorm Your Design Challenges/Questions
We’ll take 45 minutes for your question 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.
Hosted by Bill Wilson – MWP’s Lead Designer & Teacher
Co-Taught by Milton Dixon and Megan Christian, both are permaculture teachers, designers and practitioners.
Fees: Registration for this workshop is set up on the permaculture honor system. Pay what you think is fair and what you can afford.
> Free to Our MWP Course Graduates
> $20 – Regular price to the Public
> $50 – ‘I love what you are doing’
> $100 – ‘I want to support what you are doing’
Register to get the Project Address and the Zoom Link
August 2022 Design Charrette
August 14th Design Charrette
2:00 – .4 Acre Residential Lot – Stelle, IL
3:15 – Q&A Session
4:00 – Workshop:
Easy Mushroom Cultivation
October, 2022 Design Charrette
Oct. 9th Design Charrette
2:00 – .9 Acre Homestead – Anderson, IN
3:15 – Q&A Session
4:00 – Workshop:
Super Clean Composting Toilet
Other Upcoming Workshop Topics:
- Coppicing & Pollarding
- Linear Food Forests
- Rocket Stoves
- Plant Families
- Keyline Plowing & Design
- Earth-Air Tubes
- and More!
The Bigger Picture
The goal of these Charrettes is to provide the opportunity for all of us to practice our permaculture observation and design skills. THE ONLY WAY TO GET BETTER AT DESIGNING IS TO PRACTICE. These sessions will also be a great way to ‘rub elbows’ with other permaculture thinking people.
Anyone is welcome to submit their project, challenges, and general questions during the charrettes as time allows. Bill and the design team will respond to questions and ensure space for other’s thoughts and ideas.
Bill will not teach to a screen of blank boxes so if you decide to join us in these charrettes we ask that you keep your camera on. If we wish to work toward creating a more ‘permanent culture’ this will have to include our willingness and ability to connect better with others. The Achille’s heal of most permaculture projects or activities is not the design piece, it is the people piece. If you would prefer to learn permaculture in greater privacy our recorded trainings would probably be more to your liking. We get it if this is what you would prefer.
We look forward to greeting all who can join us for these fun, live, charrette sessions!