United Designers Summits and Workshops

United Designers Summits and Workshops 

It’s time to get the combined efforts and skills of the many excellent designers and practitioners working as teams. This planet’s people need us and the influence of our expertise to extend far beyond our own watersheds and political boundaries. We need to work together with not only a common goal, but a mutually supported mission, language, and process. Working together we can accelerate our development as the key designers at home and across the world.

The United Designers summits are a gathering of designers/practitioners wishing to extend their skills and experience into higher professional practice. Attendees will develop a consistent process to complete designs with high quality presentation, confidence, and efficiency. This summit is for current and prospective members of our supporting organizations and those wishing to join the United Designers Co-op.  Attendees completing the summit workshops will join the cohesive teams of designers working on projects throughout the planet.

Professional Permaculture and  Digital Ecological Design

This is the foundation for professional permaculture and digital design. These sessions take you through the entire design process to develop higher skills for professional design services. Taught by Daniel Halsey, international ecological and agro-ecosystem designer and creator of the SouthWoods permaculture design process, teaches the course from real-life case studies, with intensive hands-on experience, and real-time assignments. Its an intense experience of skill building, design progression, studying ecological models, and the science to support your best design.

A six day plan will be supplied with a focus on:

  • Advanced Permaculture Strategies.
  • Applied Permaculture Principles in Ecological Design.
  • Advanced training in Adobe Illustrator with supplied digital resources.
  • Case studies from a diverse selection of sites and environments.
  • Special consideration for urban settings, farm settings, and homesteads.

Professional Permaculture and Digital Ecological Design 

May 20 – 25, 2019   Sponsored by United Designers Espana Hosted by Designers Regina Cobo and Sara Garcia



Register below.

Course Resources:

  1. Complete Design Process Binders in and after classes
  2. Access to all design process files and documentation
  3. Access to the UD Dropbox for working design files, templates, and symbols.
  4. Site assessment documents, tables, and resource libraries
  5. One-year subscription to the Natural Capital Plant Database
  6. All paper, drawing kits, and design materials
  7. supplied (may be purchased).
  8. Exercises and practice sheets to develop design speed and experience.

Summit Attendee Outcomes:

  1. Hands on experience with professional design practices and process
  2. Hands on experience with design drawing, software, and data mining.
  3. Complete documentation for professional practices.
  4. Deep learning of all aspects of design drivers and elements.
  5. Continuing education and support via the UD on-line modules before and after the summit.
  6. Team building with fellow designers from all aspects of permaculture and ecological design.

Professional Practices and Digital Design offerings.

Register below for current courses available.

Professional Practices and the Complete Design Process is a 6-day course.  This course begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM. It has a concentration on professional practices and skill development. Although we will discuss client relationships, marketing, and accounting practices, we will emphasize each student developing a professional design process and presentation style. The class will assess a client site and create a professional design and the accompanying narratives as a group. Working in parallel, each student will be assigned various tasks and present their findings to the class as the process unfolds. Additional work will be required after the course for completing the final design and the documentation. Students will use on-line document access during and after the course.

  • Fee and registration
    Professional Permaculture and Digital Design

  • SPAIN   May 20 – 25, 2019

    • € 900,00   Contact us for EFT payment.
    •  €250 advance deposit required with registration.
    • Early bird registration: €850 paid by April 1, 2019
    • SPAIN REGISTRATION LINK: Abantos Permacultura

    Professional Permaculture and Digital Ecological Design


    This fee includes handouts, workshop materials, organic snacks, refreshments, site visits, and access to online support outside of course hours. To reserve your place please fill in the attached form and send a signed copy either digitally to our email address (dan@halsey1.com) or by mail with payment (407 Wood Way, Burnsville, MN 55337). When the deposit of $250 is received your place on the course will officially be reserved and you will receive confirmation and access to our online support and materials via email.

    Conditions and Cancellation policy

            • The deposit is non-refundable unless it is necessary for us to cancel the course for any reason.
            • In the case of course cancellation all payments made will be refunded to you in full.
            • If installment payments are not received on time, all participation and online support access will be suspended.

    Instructor and Lecturers

    Daniel Halsey is a certified permaculture designer and teacher for the Permaculture Research Institute, Australia, director of PRI/USA, and board member of the Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration Section of the International Society for Ecological Design.  Daniel has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in Temperate Climate Polyculture Design and a Master of Professional Studies in Horticulture. Dan’s studies and research focuses on ecological polycultures, natural capital, increasing carrying capacity, and woodland food systems. He has co-authored three books on sustainable design including Integrated Forest Gardening, 2014. He is hired nationally and internationally to design private homesteads, intentional communities, ecological restoration, and broad-acre transitions in Haiti, Lebanon, Costa Rica, Canada, across the United States, Alaska, Hawaii, in The United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and now in The Netherlands.

    Registration: Professional Permaculture and Ecological Design and/or Professional Practices Workshops                      A Permaculture Design Certificate is not a prerequisite for this course.   Booking your seat in the course  The fee for the courses is  $750 payments are to be made to SouthWoods Forest Gardens An initial deposit of $250.00 is required for reservation. Please tell us your method of payment (mark your choice/delete the other options as appropriate):

            • I am paying the full-course costs of  $750.00
            • I am paying the deposit of $250.00 and will pay the balance of before the first class.
            • I am applying for the work-trade tuition and have enclosed official proof of social benefit/student status.

    I agree to allow my photograph to be used in SouthWoods permaculture articles and communications.

    Your signature:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

    Date:   _____________                             

    Meals:Fruit, snacks, breads, and drinks will be provided. A light lunch will be provided. Dinners will be a group arranged. Lodging: Shared rooms available on-site for modest cost.Tent areas and off-site lodging is available.

    Textbooks:Site Assessment Workbook by Dan Halsey

    Content Online:   Various PDF and graphical documents will be supplied via e-mail and google docs. This documentation will be used for self-study prior to the course. Topical URL links will be supplied throughout the course for deeper learning, site assessment resources, and research.  

United Designers Co-op

Welcome to the United Designers Co-op.

screen-shot-2016-09-08-at-10-57-31-pmUnited Designers is a design co-op for ecological and permaculture design.  The foundation of United Designers solutions is Restoration of Ecological Functions on the landscape and Increased  Ecological Services to the ecology. Team members acquire design projects and work together as co-designers/creators.  Join us and build your team of partner designers for faster and better results. Everybody wins and everybody gets fed.

This gateway to design resources, consultation, collaboration, and tools is an initiative of the SouthWoods Ecological Design and the Permaculture Research Institute/USA.

Contact Daniel Halsey for further information.

Each gaining experience and expertise. We work as team with skill sharing , each taking the tasks at their level of expertise to move the project forward to completion.   The United Designers team uses resource data mining, numerous government and private database sources,  Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Office, and various GIS software. The design work is done after an extensive site assessment process with forms and tables we supply our team members so we all have a standard design process and platform. Designers are signing up for team projects and access to assessment and design resources.

The United Designer Team and Working in Portugal

A week before Dan left for a project assessment and an site visit in Portugal,  Dan met on Skype with the United Designer team for a briefing to get design input. On-line were Regina Cobo (Spain), Jessica Robertson (Wildcraft Permaculture, Ontario), Bryce Ruddock ( WI), Pete Wedin (MN), and Paula Westmoreland (Ecological Design, MN), and Javan Kerby Bernakevitch, (B.C, Canada).  Discussed were the site conditions, plants of the Iberian Peninsula, and fire regimes. After the trip we met again and went through the resulting images, strategy and options for the client.

Regina sent some valuable fire deterrent plant systems from Spain. These are being drawn out and made into polycultures from 3 different fire defense strategies based on site conditions.

Much of the raw materials needed for stream bed restoration, erosion control, and check dams are available on-site.

Bryce completed research on plants of the Iberian Peninsula that will be used in the final reforestation plan. Specific species identification may need more work. There is some question as to the actual species of some of the Umbrella pines. The eucalyptus trees are the biggest ecological liability on the property.  The fire defense buffers include removal of all eucalyptus trees (google that) within 15 meters of the road beds and 50 meters from all buildings and structures. Details of this and other systems are in the final design narrative still in progress.

Wim, the owner, used a Phantom 4 drone to do some outstanding 3D models of the property. Along with the high res and real time 2D maps, we have great detail to reference in the design process. Much of the ground cover faded back to soils as the overlapping and angled flight images layered to show under story  conditions.

Farm Design in Haiti

Client: Healing Haiti (NGO)
Property:  Fleri Farm
Design Location: Port Au Prince, Haiti
Project Lead: Chris Newhouse, Matter Inc. (NGO)
Lead Designer: Daniel Halsey
Design Group: SouthWoods/United Designers

Working in Senegal

Client: Dieng Foundation
Project Lead: Chris Newhouse, Matter Inc. (NGO)
Lead Designer: Daniel Halsey
Specialist Designer: Neil Bertrando, Drylands
Design Group: SouthWoods/United Designers
Design Site: Kebemer Senegal

We cannot be divided. We are the Regeneration.

We are not Millennials
We are not Gen-Xers
We are not Baby Boomers, Gen Y, or Z.
We are the Re-generation,

Renewing the soil.
Rebuilding forests, watersheds and wetlands.
Regenerating prairies and lakes.
Redefining farming for perhaps the first time in generations
and building perennial systems that will support our farm families for generations to come.
We save the soil and we save the farm…we save our place on this planet.
Who else is going to do this?  Cities?  Corporations?
All manufactured landscapes reduce the carrying capacity of our planet.
Show me a value of a street, building, or sidewalk that creates a net gain in the capacity of natural systems. Natural Capital is the real value of a place.

The ecological functions within its natural systems define a sites carrying capacity.

Land and water are the only resources for corrective measures; by raising their carrying capacity. Live in the Biotic World, surround yourself with living things and know the difference. Having us here should be a net gain to the planet and its future inhabitants.

Join United Designers and lets work together.

Restoration Planning and Management Resources (Minnesota, USA)

Midwest Restoration Planning and Management Resources

Web Resources
Minnesota County Record Checklist
 Invasive Species, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources,
Minnesota Department of Transportation Plant Selector
Minnesota Wildflowers
National List of Vascular Plant Species that Occur in Wetlands
Native Plant Community Classification, Ecological Land Classification Program
Native Prairie Seeding Calculator (XLS)
PLANTS Database, USDA,
Plants for Stormwater Design: Species Selection for the Upper Midwest
Restore Your Shore, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Illinois Plant Information Network
Illinois Wildflowers
Lady Bird Johnson Center Native Plant Database

PDFs to Download

Field Guide to Wetland Buffer Plant Seedlings
Going Native: A Prairie Restoration Handbook for Minnesota Landowners,
Handbook for Collecting Vegetation Plot Data in Minnesota: The Releve Method
Managing and Restoring Riparian Environments
Managing and Restoring Woodland and Forest Communities
Managing, Restoring, and Re-establishing Prairie and Savanna Communities,
Measuring & Monitoring Plant Populations
Minnesota Wetland Restoration Guide, Vegetation Establishment Section
MNDOT Seeding Manual, Minnesota Department of Transportation
MN List of Vascular Plant Species that Occur in Wetlands
Native Seed Seed Mix Design for Roadsides
Native Vegetation Establishment and Enhancement Guidelines
Prairie Seedling and Seeding Evaluation Guide
Prairie Moon Nursery Catalog and Cultural Guide
Restoration and Management of Declining Habitats – Tallgrass Prairie (643), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of Minnesota, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC., 2005.
Restoring and Managing Native Wetland and Upland Vegetation, Jacobson, R.L., Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources and Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul, MN, 2006.
Species Lists for Terrestrial and Palustrine Native Plant Communities in East-Central Minnesota, Dunevitz-Texler, H. and C. Lane, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and Great River Greening, St. Paul, MN, 2007.

Books      (Google Search for access)

Central Region Seedling ID Guide for Native Prairie Plants
Field Guide to the Native Plant Communities of Minnesota: The Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province, Ecological Land Classification Program
Field Guide to the Native Plant Communities of Minnesota: The Laurentian Mixed Forest Province,Biological Survey, and Natural Heritage and Nongame Research Program,
Field Guide to the Native Plant Communities of Minnesota: The Prairie Parkland and Tallgrass Aspen Parklands Provinces
Field Guide to Wisconsin Sedges: An Introduction to the Genus Carex (Cyperaceae),
Flora of the Great Plains, Barkley
Lakescaping for Wildlife and Water Quality, Henderson
Michigan Flora: Part 1 Gymnosperms and Monocots
Michigan Flora: Part 2
Michigan Flora: Part 3 Dicots Concluded,
Minnesota Flora: An Illustrated Guide to Vascular Plants of Minnesota.
Minnesota Invasive Non-native Terrestrial Plants: An Identification Guide for Resource Managers,
Minnesota’s Saint Croix River Valley and the Anoka Sandplain: A Guide to Native Habitats,
Northland Wildflowers: the Comprehensive Guide to the Minnesota Region,
Plants for Stormwater Design: Species Selection for the Upper Midwest,
Restoring the Tallgrass Prairie: An Illustrated Manual for Iowa and the Upper
Tallgrass Prairie Center Guide to Prairie Restoration, in the Upper Midwest (The),
Tallgrass Prairie Center Guide to Seed and Seedling Identification (The), Williams,
Tallgrass Restoration Handbook for Prairies, Savannas, and Woodlands
Trees and Shrubs of Minnesota: The Complete Guide to Species Identification
Vascular Plants of Minnesota: A Checklist and Atlas, Ownbey, G.B. and T. Morley, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN, 1991.
Vegetation of Wisconsin: An Ordination of Plant Communities, Curtis, J.T., University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI, 1959.
Wetland Plants and Plant Communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin

United Designers is a design co-op for ecological and permaculture design. Team members acquire design projects and work together. Each gaining broad experience, expertise, and revenue.