Permaculture Design Consultancy Workshop 26th – 27th of October 2019 in St Augustine Florida USA


Join Geoff Lawton for a unique permaculture consultation and design workshop. This workshop will give you first hand insights to Geoff Lawton best practices and work principles in action. We will take you through each stage of the design and consultation process from the observation and conceptual stages, through to final the design and presentation to the client. This workshop is intended to help springboard a permaculture practitioners to become a confident permaculture consultant. 

*This workshop will be taking place in FLORIDA USA on location at the clients property.


The Brief and Client

To design an urban tropical permaculture demonstration site and food forest for Conner Hats  a sustainable hat manufacturer. The client approached Geoff Lawton and his team, to transform a plot of land adjacent to their factory located in st Augustine in Florida USA. The Client want to create a permaculture demonstration site that will be open to the public as a part of their corporate social responsibility programme. The aim of the demonstration site is to show the local people the potential of permaculture and to help educate and inspire people to live a sustainable life. 

What you will learn


– Site Observation Skills

– Site Assessment Process

– Design Evolution Process

– Geoff Lawton’s Work Methodology


The Location 

The site is situated on a one acre plot of currently unused land in a industrial estate, poor sandy soil and a few oak and maple trees. The climate Is tropical.




to the client and their brief for the consultancy.



A walk through the site to develop a full assessment of the potential.



Gathering information on weather, water, soils, local and appropriate domestic species, access, structural positions, slope, orientation, zoning and sectors.


Offering Options

Presentation of options to the client from the minimum to the maximum.


Zoning & Sectors

Defining areas of use both hardware and software.



Listing component options their function, use, connectivity and positioning.


Pattern Options

Offer the design patterning options.



Built infrastructure and technology possibilities.



Lay out the main frame design signed off by the client.



Survey and design the site in detail with easy for anyone to understand technology.


Design styles

Design presentation style options demonstrated for students to choose their own style.



Lay out the strategic approach to the implementation of the design with specific milestones.



Plan the next workshop for the commencement of the implementation process.


Geoff Lawton Permaculture Teacher

Geoff Lawton


Geoff Lawton is the main facilitator for this course. He is a Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course with Bill Mollison in 1983. He holds a Diploma in Permaculture Education, Design, Implementation, System Establishment, Administration and Community Development given by the founder of Permaculture, Bill Mollison.


Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administrating and implementing, in 6 continents and close to 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organisations and multinational companies.


He has currently educated over 15,000 students in Permaculture worldwide. These include graduates of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course and courses focused on the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, and legal and economic systems.



This course will be taught at Conner Hats, a Sustainable and low impact hat brand originally form Australia the project site is a 1 acre plot adjacent to the Conner Hats solar powered factory in St. Augustine.

St Augustine & Surrounding Area


The course will be held a stones throw away from the historic city of St. Augustine with many interesting sights to visit as well a multitude of accommodation options. St. Augustine is located on the northeast coast of Florida. It lays claim to being the oldest city in the U.S., and is known for its Spanish colonial architecture as well as Atlantic Ocean beaches like sandy St. Augustine Beach and tranquil Crescent Beach. Anastasia State Park is a protected wildlife sanctuary. The Castillo de San Marcos is a 17th-century Spanish stone fortress with views of the St. Augustine Inlet.



Places to stay       Historical Sites


The Next Steps

1. Check our Courses & Events page and enrol in an additional course to broaden your Permaculture knowledge.

3. Create a profile and join the Permaculture Network


Conner Hats


This course will be taught at Connors Hats 4925 Crescent Technical Ct, St. Augustine, FL 32086, USA. The site is only 16 minute drive (8.3 miles) away  from the city centre of  St Augustine

Nearest Airport

Regional: Northeast Florida Regional Airport.

Jacksonville International Airport
Daytona Beach International Airport.