Permaculture Design Course 2014 – Annual reflection and notes

This time last year marked my ‘official’ foray into permaculture design.  In the little town of Winlaw BC in the Slocan valley, I spent two amazing weeks on the Spiral farm, learning, planting and growing from a permaculture perspective. It was a truly rewarding and life enriching experience. Looking back on this time a year later, I can’t help but recall the knowledge I gained there, in part because the dedicated teacher ( and amazing students that all taught me so much, but also through the sketchnotes I recorded daily of the lessons.

Week 2 - Medicinal plants
Week 2 – Medicinal plants

Up until now these notes have been shared only with a few select friends, as I had scanned them but not been satisfied with any of the ways I had come up with to share them until today. I’ve been experimenting for awhile now trying to choose the best way to publish a large collection of images online, but finally I just settled on a simple WordPress gallery and an attached PDF.  Using a few fancy tricks I was able to display the gallery on the plants page, include links to all the (pretty) attachment pages, as well as provide these as “open educational resources” via a creative commons copyright license.  Mostly this has meant a lot of copy and pasting to the two dozen pages I generated , but I hope in this way these notes will be able to be used by others, and included to future curricula for permaculture design learning opportunities, including my own!

Week 1 - Cover page
Week 1 – Cover page

One aspect to these notes that is different than the curriculum as it was delivered, is the inclusion of the 12 principles of permaculture.  I added the principles into my notes at the rate of one new principle each day although they were not intended to be covered that way. I found it interesting that regardless of the principle I put down for the day, we covered something that was I was able to associate with the days lesson. With over 20 pages of notes I find I have only scratched the surface, and I’m looking forward to building on this resources as my own practice evolves.  You will be able to access this and future resources on my new plants page”

The more I go over them, the more I discover and remember of this course and the most wonderful group of people, my people, plant people whom attended. Special thanks to Gregoire Lamoureux for hosting us on the Spiral farm. PERMACULTURE  FOR LIFE <3


The wonderful plant people of the 2014 August PDC course on Spiral farms.
The wonderful plant people of the 2014 August PDC course on Spiral farms.


Rossland anyone?

UPDATE: June 23rd, 2015. Sadly I will be not be participating in the workshop this time around. Still love the drawing though so keeping it up here. :) Best wishes to all! 

It’s been a busy and awesome couple of weeks for me with several visual projects on the go. We just wrapped up the spring Educational Technology Users Group workshop last friday (in which I was presenting! more on that later), and the week before that, the OTSummit  where my pal Tracy Kelly and I created some next level graphic records. Very pleased with how everything turned out, but I’m already looking forward to the next adventure!

 Graphic Facilitation 2015 Rossland BC
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Coming up this July I will be co-facilitating the Graphic Facilitation Workshop 2015 in gorgeous Rossland BC. You MUST go check out Michelle Lauries’ blog for the details, but in a nutshell, we will be hosting two days of visual practice, social engagement and lots of fun.

If you are interested in ENGAGING BEYOND WORDS and looking for innovative ways to spice up your practice, this workshop is a fabulous experience.

This is such a long standing event, I believe this will be the 7th yr. and I could not be more excited. I have participated myself in years past and learned many of my best moves here. It really opened the doors for me to bring this visual work to SFU which I have been doing for the past several years. Instructors I share this with are always asking for more!  I will be working hard the next month to gather my resources and wits to make sure this years #rosviz workshop will be rewarding for all!


Making lines

This series of images is part of research project intended to provide students and instructors some ideas to put into their own visual “toolbox”. We are prototyping and developing more of these resources over at which as of this posting is still only a fresh WP install with no content. I HAD put some content in there, a few plugins and images etc, but in my haste made a few mistakes and had to restart fresh. Consider it COMING SOON. Nevertheless my partner on this project , and I will be presenting tomorrow at the Educational Technology Users Group workshop and are all about showing our process! Things have unfolded in the past couple of months in a very organic way and since we will not have time to dive deep into the ‘toolbox’ portion of the project (most likely) I thought I would share some of these doodlings here. I could deconstruct and annotate the intention for each of these images, but for now I will will just let you click through the gallery and draw your own conclusions.

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Well I guess there is one more thing. As per the terms outlined in my ds106 membership I MUST PRODUCE AN ANIMATED GIF of all works, creatives, designs and concepts to be published as open resources to the internet. So here is that as well.