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Historically I have taught and facilitated courses focused on Permaculture, Regenerative Design, Watershed Restoration, Plant Propagation, Keyline Design, and Erosion Control.  Everything from residential 14 day courses to 3 day workshops to seasonal in person courses to 1-2 hour hands on activities.  

SInce 2015, I have been on the Permaculture Design Certificate Course teaching team at Oregon State University (OSU).  I am also on the OSU Advanced Design for Climate Resilience teaching team and recently added to the OSU Water Management teaching team. 

Current Offerings

Alongside Jeffrey Adams ( and Javan K. Bernakevitch (, I have created a one of a kind Online Low Tech Erosion Control Course. We ran it for the first time in 2022 and got rave reviews. If you are interested in regenerative land management, water harvesting, habitat restoration, permaculture, and/or soil building, this course is for you. It is a primer and call to action for the shovel ready practices of Low Tech Erosion Control.

Currently we're offering a Self Paced Online Low Tech Erosion Control Course.  This includes all the sessions and resources from the 2022 course in a pre-recorded format available for you to enroll and watch anytime at your leisure.


We'd like to offer another live course in 2024 which will include all the recorded videos from 2022 (including their Q&A) and 1 hour of fresh, live coaching Q&A each session. Sign up for my newsletter to get pre-launch announcements.

Learn More and Register online at the Regenerative Living educational platform


Some Past Offerings


We may offer this workshop series again in 2023. Please subscribe to the Newsletter and/or follow Permaculture Rising on Facebook for announcements.  Also feel free to send us a message stating your interest.

Do you want to extend your harvest season and diversify your uses of home grown or gleaned produce through food preservation?  If so, these online workshops are for you. Building on top of Marisha's renowned Grow Your Own Produce workshop series and co-taught by myself and Marisha Auerbach, the Skill Builder Series goes deeper into the topics of winter gardening, season extension and food preservation.

In 2022, we offered 3 sessions, which occurred just prior to the season when you'd actively apply the information. Details below.


August 25:  Food Preservation - Part 2 - Fall Abundance

Thursday August 25: 6-8p pst

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Course Description

It’s time to store that summer sunshine for nourishment in the winter.  There are many ways to preserve the harvest.  Marisha and Neil bring over a decade of experience to help participants learn about the various options to preserve food for the winter including canning and fermentation.  Learn about the various ways to store food for the winter and what is the most optimal method for the crops you have in abundance. This workshop will  highlight equipment, tips of the trade, and storage.  Handouts will be provided for reference as you try this at home. 

May 26:  Food Preservation - Part 1 - Spring and Summer - Leafies, herbs, and berries 

Thursday May 26th 6p-8p pst

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Course Description

Abundance from early season crops begins by late May.  The yields of this time tend to be leaves, herbs, and berries.  Join us for this workshop to discuss many of the different ways to preserve the harvest including freezing, drying, fermentation, infusions, and syrups.  Preparations will include  different types of pesto, various ways to use herbs for the most nourishing teas and concoctions, and sauerkraut & kim-chi. Marisha and Neil bring over a decade of experience to highlight equipment, tips of the trade, and storage.  Handouts will be provided for reference as you try this at home. 

July 28:  Winter Gardening - Season Extension

Thursday July 28: 6-8p pst

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Course Description

Grow fresh veggies and produce year round!  Learn the science, art, and joy of winter gardening. Join Marisha and Neil in this workshop, where we present a practical approach to winter gardening based on our experience in both a cold, sunny high desert climate and the cool, cloudy Pacific Northwest. You’ll learn how to 1) select appropriate crops and integrate fall planting into your summer garden, 2) plan and locate your winter garden to get the most out of season extension technologies, 3) plant, manage, and harvest from your winter gardens, 4) select and implement a wide range of season extension technologies with various costs and benefits, and 5) build in added resilience against weather extremes.

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