DIY Landscape Design Retreat

February 16 - 17 | 2019

Work with a professional designer to develop an ecologically smart landscape design specific to your property!

Learn the guiding principles of permaculture design and how to incorporate elements such as:

  • Edible plant guilds
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Grey water
  • Backyard chickens
  • Compost
  • Micro-climates
  • Outdoor living areas
  • Hardscape
  • Xeriscape

Bring pictures, maps and ideas, and undergo your own design process to develop a base map, concept design and detailed plan that can be implemented this coming spring!

See examples of completed projects specific to Northern Colorado, including plant lists, installation costs and maintenance requirements.


3 p.m. Saturday, February 16,

to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 17.

at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado.

Cost: $195

Includes dinner on Saturday, lodging Saturday night, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

About your facilitator:

Patrick Padden, a graduate of Colorado State University, studied natural systems building design in Namibia and urban food forest implementation in Johan-nesburg, South Africa (2007). Patrick received his design certificate from the International Permaculture Design Course in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2009 and has recently completed a Master’s Degree in Integrative Eco-Social Design with Gaia University. After five seasons of producing naturally grown food for 80-plus people at Sunrise Ranch, Patrick is currently living in Fort Collins with his wife and children and is a practicing permaculturalist, consultant, public speaker, and educator. Contact: or call him at 970-999-4306.


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