About the Course

A view of the "north umbria" garden area near where the Hugel kultur workshop will be taking place.

Join Windward Stewards Andrew Schreiber and Lindsay Hagamen for a weekend crash course in forest permaculture.

This course is relevant to people living in a variety of bioregions, as we are going to be detailing strategies for mitigating or eliminating irrigation using the wisdom of the forest as our guide.

"Permaculture on the Edge" is not just a single course, but a philosophy of we at Windward are bringing together sustainable self-regulating agricultural systems in marginal areas to produce food, forage, fuel and fiber with minimal energy, time and hassel inputs.

POTE is a Windward way of approaching design decisions and implementation that stresses maximum use of our observational powers to learn from nature, and gradual ecological transformation through natural succession, and both passive and dynamic accumulation of soil biomass to increase fertility and water retention.

On day one of the course we will focus on the theorhetical underpinnings of permaculture, and the practical observation the land to see how to practically implement permaculture systems that are in harmony with the existing ecology.

You will get a chance to see how we are integrating plants and animals in our efforts to transforming 131 acre forest hillside into a flourishing food forest that will provide food, fuel, and raw materials for our growing community.

On day two, we will be getting our hands dirty, putting together a large scale hugelkulture (appx 80ft long) set in amungt 1,000+ sq ft of terrace space that we are underway developing into a second generation permaculture system here at Windward.

Further down on this page you will find a more detailed schedule of the course.

Discussion about the event is also happening at Permies.com

About the Teachers

Lindsay Hagamen is the president of the Windward Foundation, the organizaiton which stewards the Windward community's 131 acre landbase.

She has a background in environmental science, researching nutrient cycling in the terrestrial ecosystems of New Hampshire, Ecuador, Costa Rica and the Pacific Northwest.

As a member of Windward she leads perrenial agriculture and forestry systems management, and has a passion for the land and growing healthy delicious food for the community.

Andrew Schreiber is the Internship Coordinator for Windwards 501(c)3 Non-profit Education and Research Center, working to cultivate the holistic learning environment for interns, apprentices and fellows that come to the Center to increase their working understanding of sustainable systems.

As Windward's lead in animal husbandry and close associate with Lindsay in the permaculture systems at Windward- Andrew divides his time between animal care, creating perennial forage systems, coordinating, and managing the octopus

For the past four years, Andrew and Lindsay have worked together to implement ecological design principles into Windward's integrated village-scale sustainable life support systems. Together, they're developing the holistic land management approaches that will enable the integration Windward's forestry, energy, agriculture, livestock and village-scale industrial needs into the native landscape.

A view of another permaculture garden at Windward.

Workshop Schedule


  • 5-8pm: Check In & Camp Set-up
  • 6pm: Dinner (provided)
  • 7pm: Campfire & Introductions
  • Sunset ~ 7:30pm


  • Sunrise ~7am
  • Breakfast (Bring your own)
  • 9-10:30am: Permaculture Theory and Design Part I
  • 10:30-11am: Break
  • 11-12:30pm Permaculture Theory and Design Part II
  • 12:30-1:30pm: Lunch (Bring your own)
  • 1:30-2pm: Dry Forest Ecology & Observation Techniques
  • 2-3pm: Walking Observation of Forest Structure & Design
  • 3-4pm: Forest Observation
  • 4-5pm: Observations share & Relevancy Permaculture Design
  • 6pm: Dinner (Provided)
  • 7pm: Campfire and Social Permaculture Forum
  • Sunset ~ 7:30pm


  • Sunrise ~7am
  • Breakfast (Bring you own)
  • 9:30-10am: Overview of HugelKultur Method at the work site
  • 10-12:00pm: HugelKultur workshop (Building a HugelKultur Bed)
  • 12:00am-1:00pm Lunch (bring your own)
  • 1-2:30pm: Finish HugelKulture Bed
  • 2:30-3:30pm: Wrap Up and Q&A

Registration and Cost

A view of a part of our forest. One of the many flavours of forest structure we will be looking at in the workshop.

Online Registration with Paypal is up. Click the below link to register using paypal.

Eventbrite - Permaculture on the Edge

Or, register with a check, payable to The Windward Center

Mail checks to:
55 Windward lane
Wahkiacus, WA 98670

Registration Deadline is March 1st 2013.

We will not be able to handle walk-ins, so please confirm your Registration before the 1st of March.

Cost of the course $50 for Adults, $15 for people under 18 years old.

We are working to recieve Payment via Paypal. Check back soon to get an early bird special on admission when you register and pay in advance!


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Participants are invited to make themselves at home in Windward 40 acre campground.

Water is available at various places throughout the camping area, so you do not need to bring all that you need. But do bring whatever water storage containers you require.

Restroom and water are available in the campground.

Late March weather on the dry-side of the cascades is likely to be fair and sunny, probably on the cold side or spring temps. It never hurts to be prepared for cold and wet weather. Here is a list of things to consider packing:

Meals and Food

We will be offering a hardy selection of food on the Friday and Saturday Evening. When we know more about what we are going to cook, we will post it here. needless to say, it will probably include potatos, since our land loves to produce potatos!

Plan prepare your own meals and snacks through the day on Saturday and Sunday. Remember we will be outside most of the time, and on Sunday we will be very active during the workshop. So please plan your food accordingly.

We will have limited space for refrigerating perishables food items. So please plan on bringing ice packs, coolers, etc to meet your needs in this respect.

Other Things to Consider

Medication Refrigeration

If you need to refrigerate you medications, please let us know so we can make the necessary arrangements for you.

Vehicle Access and Parking

Unless you are physically handicapped, we ask people to park their cars and stick to walking during the event. Some parking spaces are available next to campsites, once those spots are filled, vehicles will need to be parked in the designated central parking area.


For those who want to bring alcohol, we ask that you store and handle it in such a way as to ensure minors do not have access to it.