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Helping urban and rural homesteaders create water retentive edible and medicinal ecosystems

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My educational efforts are focused online to allow broad access. These include Oregon State University Permaculture courses and Low Tech Erosion Control.

I am happy to offer in-person and hands-on workshops upon request.

Historically I have taught and facilitated courses focused on Permaculture, Regenerative Design, Watershed Restoration, Plant Propagation, Pruning, Grafting, 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.

I've taught at Oregon State University (OSU) since 2014. Through the PACE Permaculture Program, we offer several courses available to anyone including 

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Pro Course  

Advanced Permaculture Design for Climate Resilience 

Permaculture Water Management

Permaculture Food Forests


Current Offerings

Alongside Jeffrey Adams ( and Javan K. Bernakevitch (, I created a one-of-a-kind Online Low Tech Erosion Control Course. 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.

You can get started right away with the 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.  

Past Students have raved about the course saying

"This course was everything I could have asked for and so much more. it really exceeded my expectations. There was so much amazing and insightful material every session. I can't believe how much they were able to pack into such a short timeframe. I feel like I will be digging back into all the incredible resources and re-watching these coarse videos for decades! So excited to apply my learnings and continue this work into the future. I truly appreciate the care, organization, and incredible effort the teachers put into this coarse. A true gem. "

-Cody Thompson


"Neil and Jeff were very generous with this course. A very fair price for an abundance of knowledge. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to do this type of work professionally. I have been fortunate enough to learn from Neil and Jeff hands on. I started a business doing stream / wetland restoration / erosion control / road water harvesting / managing water on landscapes. This course will definitely add value to the services I provide and be a valuable resource for years to come. "

-Jeremy (Jeremiah) Martin


"An excellent well curated course with exceptional facilitators. There was an impressive amount of resources shared to allow deeper study outside of the actual course. Neil, Jeff and Javan had a great synergy working together to keep the classes running smoothly and provide a wide range of examples, techniques and answers to a range of questions. Appreciated the professional approach and content."

-Baron Melissa

Learn More and Register online at the Regenerative Living educational platform

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