Permaculture Instructor

Daniel Halsey


 Daniel Halsey is a certified permaculture designer and teacher for the Permaculture Research Institute, Cold Climate. Daniel raduate from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Temperate Climate Polyculture Design and is currently

working on his Masters degree. His interest in agro-ecosystems and edible forest gardens began with an introduction to polyculture design in 2003. Polyculture plant systems are patterned after forest ecology where each plant contributes to the health of

the plant and soil community. Dan is the president of Halsey Creative Services, Inc., an advertising photography studio specializing in food and marketing communications. During his twenty-five year career he has developed skills in graphic design and illustration, which he uses to illustrate the plant systems he designs for transforming farms and ornamental landscapes to edible forest gardens and sustainable systems. He also teaches at Brown College and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Dan and Ginny live on a twenty-five acre wetland savannah called SouthWoods, in Prior Lake, where they have manage self-sustaining forest gardens of fruiting trees, shrubs and nut crops. SouthWoods incorporates permaculture principals in all aspects of living.


Natures Nest

Bed and Breakfast
5412 Brighton Avenue S.E.

Montrose, MN 55363

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Permaculture Design Certification Course
June 9-16, 2012

The following is from a previous year and is for reference only.


Permaculture Design Certification: Recognizing Beauty, Community and the

Inner Landscape APRIL 8-15 [Homework/Webinars sent in March]


Permaculture is one of the most Eye-Opening concepts alive today. This class is offered for you to grasp the Permaculture concept and apply it to your life. From farmers to architects, psychologists to executives, health care providers to homemakers, energy workers to veterinarians, all walks of life can benefit from this class. We will study the application of Permaculture principles focusing on external and internal energy systems. We will eat organic local foods, have interactive classroom sessions, and engage in on-site designing and hands-on implementation.


This is a unique Permaculture Design Class [PDC],  addressing the paradigm shift that happens to most students taking the class. We will show you how to apply the principles not only to the environment around us, but to the inner landscape as well. These tools make it easier to work through changes that occur in life as well as strengthen your sprit. + We are not aware of any other PDC’s offering this type of training, so even if you already have already taken your PDC, you might want to consider signing up for this course [there is a discount when you produce a copy of your PDC] 


Definition of Permaculture design; Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Planning for future generations. 

The word “Permaculture” was created (and copyrighted) by Bill Mollison, the founder of the Permaculture movement.  It is important to understand that in order to achieve Bill Mollison’s requirements for full-design certification, we must cover all the basic principles and ideas that make up the Permaculture approach.  It doesn’t matter where in the country you live, the same principles apply.


Upon completion of this course you will receive a Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) certificate. This demonstrates the commitment you have made to the study of Permaculture and earns you the right to use the word Permaculture in the promotion

of your work or profession.


Join us in Deerwood Mn, Fri. April 8 to 15 at the Clearwater Forest Retreat Center, for this Inspiring and life changing Permaculture Design Certification. All meals are included, and we will accommodate as many dietary needs as possible. You can view the Clearwater Forest Retreat Center and view Eagle Lodge’s floor plan by visiting . Education is presented by Wayne Weiseman, Catherine Rose, John Graham, and Dan Halsey. Wayne has an amazing wealth of knowledge in permaculture and has taught over 1,000 students! Please see biographies of each instructor and Guest speakers below. Class size is limited, please sign up early! :)


Here is a brief summary of how the course is laid out:

After signing up for the course you will receive a packet in March, containing class materials that will include; Rosemary Morrow’s book- Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture, homework-including reading assignments- applied assignments and webinars, a list of what to bring, a printed schedule with directions to Clearwater Forest Retreat Center, and contact information. We would like to share email information between students so you can arrange carpooling as desired. We all meet up at the Clearwater Forest Retreat center in Deerwood, Mn on Friday, April 8th. Registration will begins noon, we’ll get you situated as to where you’ll be sleeping and class will start at 2pm.


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Teacher Bios

 Permaculture Instructor

Cathy Rose


In 1989 Catherine Rose with her 2 children purchased 43 acres, what is now called Natures Nest Farm in Montrose MN. Raised on a dairy farm in central Mn, Cathy has always had a great appreciation for the Earth and what it so generously gives to us. She has a degree in Landscape Design, certificates in Dream Tending, is the president of CR Landforms Inc [a garden landscape business], and has experience in CSA's, greenhouse growing, farming, commercial growing, raising chickens, sheep, horses, pigs, & cows, and children. she would rather swing a hammer while whistling than do paperwork. In 2009 a wonderful grandson was born into the family bringing joy to all. Family and friends are very important to her as is the care of the earth and the beings that inhabit it.

Inspired by what she had learned after receiving her Permaculture Design Certificate, she decided to host a PDC at Natures Nest Farm in 2009. The students were some of the most beautiful folks around and again she was inspired! In March of 2010, she

received a teaching certificate from Dave Jackie, author of Edible Forest Gardens. She understands the importance of the principals and techniques permaculture offers and how they can be applied both in our external landscape as well as our internal landscape. Cathy is the founder of Mindful Generations Inc and works internationally, bringing Permaculture to Haiti and Kenya.

 Permaculture Instructor

John Graham


John Graham is a Permaculture teacher, designer, and applied ecologist based out of central Wisconsin. His academic background is in forest ecology and biology, and he is particularly interested in temperate agro forestry, forest gardening, and natural building.

John avidly pursues outdoor activities, including canoeing, backpacking, climbing, and biking. He is a proponent of DIY activities, and spends time building with his hands, growing food, blacksmithing, and tinkering. John applies Permaculture principles as the owner of Round River Forestry and Permaculture LLC, and installs renewable energy systems with North Wind Renewable

Energy LLC, both located in Stevens Point, WI. He believes in continual learning, and is eager to share ideas and conversations so that we all can benefit from each others experiences.

Permaculture Instructor

Wayne Weiserman


Wayne Weiseman is certified by The Permaculture Institute of Australia as an instructor of the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. He is also certified by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) to teach continuing education in Permaculture to licensed architects and landscape architects. Wayne has taught and lectured internationally for many years. He has worked as a school teacher and as a consultant to educators and administrators in

curriculum and professional development. As a primitive wilderness instructor he relied on observation techniques and a thorough understanding of the natural world to ply his trade. He has worked extensively with corporate executives in the art of team building,

and the application of ideas in business and life developed through the observation of the cycles and connections found in the natural world. He has worked as a builder and contractor, herbalist, renewable energy expert, and farmer for the past twenty-five

years. Wayne is Director of The Permaculture Project LLC, a full-service, international consulting and educational business promoting the ideas of eco-agriculture, renewable energy resources and eco-construction methods. He is also co-director of Permergy, an educational organization teaching Permaculture and sustainable systems to corporations. For many years he managed a land-based, self-reliant community project combining organic crop/food production, ecologically-built shelter, renewable energy,

appropriate technologies.