Permaculture Earthworks & Design Workshop 31st of May – 4th of June 2021 in Loomis, Washington USA


Join Geoff Lawton as he creates a permaculture design for a classic temperate landscape on location whilst presenting and teaching each step of the way in this special earthworks and design consultation workshop. This workshop will give you first-hand insights to Geoff Lawton best practices and work principles in action.

We will take you through the design and consultation process from the observation and conceptual stages, through to finalize the design and presentation to the client. This workshop is intended to help springboard a permaculture practitioner to become a confident permaculture consultant as well as give practitioners the confidence to implement earthworks jobs on their own property. 

*This workshop will be taking place in WASHINGTON USA on location at the client’s property.


This course leads students to understand the process of permaculture designed earthworks and the way to observe a site and define the possibilities and the requirements of a client.

The Brief

To design and create an efficient permaculture design homestead that minimizes the client’s energy consumption and land maintenance time while maximizing biodiversity and abundance. The design should have room for expansion and improvement for their future generations to enjoy with low maintenance.

There are no existing structures or electricity on the property yet, the clients would like to install swales, dams and terraces and artisan water well. 

The land is mostly forested with an abundance of native trees and wildlife. The clients love nature and wildlife and would like to attract native elk, deer and bear to the land. They also plan to design furniture with the available timber on the lot and donate or sell excess harvest from the planned 2-3-acre orchard and gardens in the surrounding communities.

The Clients


Allison Kagan,
a television producer from New York City, happened upon permaculture while researching chicken coops for a reality show project!  After watching Geoff Lawton’s chicken tractor on steroids and all of his videos online, she immediately enrolled in his PDC in 2017 and again in 2019. 


Joshua Brown
grew up off the grid in the Alaskan wilderness, hunting, fishing and building.
Since Allison introduced him to permaculture, he has been hard at work bringing their dreams of a self-sustaining permaculture paradise ranch to fruition.


They are thrilled to be hosting this unique permaculture earthworks & design workshop.

What you will learn


– Site Observation Skills

– Site Assessment Process

– Design Evolution Process

– Earthworks Process

– Geoff Lawton’s Work Methodology


9 am to 10.30 am
11 am to 12 am
1.30 pm to 3 pm
3.30 pm to 5 pm


Principles and design

Climate effect on different features


Hard surface runoff




Integrating with animals

Materials and soil types, earth resources


Soil conditioning

Types of earthworks

Soakage systems




Machines and drivers


Installation process: Dam




Repairing dams

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.


Allison’s & Joshua’s Homestead


The project site is situated on a 50-acre property in north central Washington State, atop Palmer Mountain in Loomis, Washington. It is surrounded by the Bureau of Land Management and is comprised of forest, mountain rock and some grassy clearings.

Tonasket, WA  & Surrounding Area


The course will be held a near by town Tonasket, WA in Okanogan County in Washington State and it maintains the flavor of yesterday. where you can enjoy murals of renowned 19th century photographer Frank Matsura displayed on the town’s historic buildings. Warm summers, mild winters, working ranches, real cowboys and American Indians, and a rich agricultural heritage combine to create the Heart of the Okanogan.

Places to Stay

The Red Apple Inn

Hotel Reservations: 509-486-2119

Rooms average $75/night

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Bonaparte Lake Resort & Campground

9 cabins available to rent

Rooms average $90/night

RV: $30/night

Tent Site: $20/night

Tent Site: $12/night

(509) 486-2186

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Eden Valley Guest Ranch

Hotel Reservations: 509-485-4002

10 cabins available to rent

Rooms average $140/night

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Buena Vista Lodging & Bakery

Reservations: 509-429-2800

Rooms average $90/night

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Places of interest


Omak is home to the annual Omak Stampede and World Famous Suicide Race, always the second weekend in August. An Indian encampment held during the Stampede draws tribal members from around the country for dancing, drumming, and competition.  Downtown Omak boasts a Main Street Historical Tour and many murals.


The City of Okanogan maintains the flavor of yesterday. Take a self guided walking tour downtown and enjoy murals of renowned 19th century photographer Frank Matsura displayed on the town’s historic buildings.


Conconully offers true “from your door” snowmobiling and ATV-ing. Conconully Museum focuses on the area as it was at the turn of the century and features everyday living including mining and ranching. The Fall Cattle Roundup in Conconully includes a cattle drive through town. Conconully State Park is a treasured destination for sportsmen and families. 


In 1903, Frank Matsura, a Japanese immigrant, arrived in the area as a cook’s helper. He became a beloved member of the community and world-renowned photographer, recording the frontier era and Native American heritage. The Okanogan County Historical Society houses many of Matsura’s photographs and a replica of his studio.

The historic Cariboo Trail runs from southern Canada to the Columbia River. A major trade route throughout its history, it first was used for fur trade, then later for the Canadian gold rush. Look for the Cariboo Trail sign four miles south of Okanogan on Highway 97.


Omak Performing Art Center in Omak is a county-wide destination for the performing arts. The Okanogan County Historical Museum and Firehall Museum Complex in Okanogan take you back in time with an old-fashioned main street, settler’s cabin, and a display of apple industry history.

In Omak’s Eastside Park a sculpture collection depicts the American Indian legend of “How the Animals Got Their Names.” A variety of artists participated in this installment made possible by the Colville Tribal Artists’ Association.


You’ll find boating, water sports, horseback riding, camping, golfing, fishing and hiking here. At night, take a moment to look up and admire the stars…folks from around the world swear they are brighter here than anywhere else. 


The Okanogan County Fair and Rodeo in September is a “don’t-miss” event. Enjoy music, food, rodeo and carnvial. Before you leave, stop by the 4-H and FFA barns to see animals proudly shown by local youngsters.


The Eastside Park in Omak has playground equipment, ball courts, trails and a swimming pool. In Okanogan, Alma Park has a swimming pool, picnic area, playground equipment and sports field. 

More Information

Omak Visitor Information Center
401 Omak Avenue, Omak
1-800-225-6625 or 826-4218 

Okanogan County Historical Museum
Recreated Main St. & Frank Matsura studio • 422-4272

Cariboo Trail
Okanogan •  422-4272

Outhouse Races
Races down Main St. for prizes
• 877-826-9050

Island Park Trail 
Okanogan Popular for fishing, birding, wildlife and photography
• 826-5107 for information


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Alison's & Joshua's Homestead


This course will be taught at

Alison’s and joshua’s homestead located at the top of Palmer Mountain off of Washburn Lake Rd, Tonasket, WA.The site is 17 miles away from the city center of Tonasket and 40 miles away from Omak, WA.
Nearest Airport


Spokane International Airport  (3.5 hrs)
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (5 hrs)
Vancouver International Airport (5 hrs)