Andrew Millison

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Andrew Millison has been studying, designing, building, and teaching about Permaculture systems since 1996. He is an instructor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University, teaching the Permaculture Design Certificate Course and the Advanced Permaculture Design Practicum. He has taught through other organizations including Prescott College, the Ecosa Institute, and the Cascadia Permaculture Institute. He instructs Advanced Permaculture Courses in Teaching, and has guest instructed for many Permaculture courses throughout the Western US. He worked for the State of Oregon creating a Permaculture conference and course for Oregon Housing and Community Services, the agency that builds low-income housing. He works with gardeners, developers, university students, and community organizers to promote Permaculture, which he believes is the medicine for Earth's ailments.
Andrew spent years running a design and build Permaculture landscape company, Millison Ecological Inc., where he completed large scale and high profile projects including rockstar Maynard Keenan’s Merkin Vineyard: (http://www.caduceus.org/, http://www.bloodintowine.com/ ), initiated the well-known Ecohood project: (http://www.motherearthliving.com/gardening/earthmoveraward-ecohood.aspx ), worked with ecological wastewater pioneer Dr. John Todd: (http://www.beaverstatepermaculture.com/video/ecomachine-1 ), and worked with Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan on heirloom fruit tree preservation to earn his Master’s degree: (http://www.nativeseeds.org/index.php/our-work/southwestregistree ). Andrew also worked as a draftsman and designer in an ecological Landscape Architecture office: (http://tbkadesign.com/design_team_millison.php ) where he completed designs at the commercial, municipal, and residential scales.
Andrew currently teaches, consults and designs Permaculture sites. His most recent designs are for a low-income senior housing development, 25 acre farm, 5 acre homestead, and his own urban homestead in Corvallis, Oregon. Documentation of his extensive portfolio of hands-on projects, design work, video production work and published articles can be viewed at www.beaverstatepermaculture.com.
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Help steward the creation of the Atlan Ecovillage on 152 beautiful acres!
http://www.permaculturerising.com/advanced-permaculture-atlan-center-ecovillage/

May 28-31, 2015

Working closely with the Atlan community we will be offering an ongoing advanced design series to map the land, help craft the vision and goals with the people who live and work there, create the site master plan, teach hands-on skills intensives, and much more.

We invite you to be an early permaculture team helping to launch this vision. We need working models of resilient community and this one will be a shining star. We look forward to meeting you, learning with you, and designing with you.

*Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advanced-permaculture-mapping-course-at-atlan-ecovillage-tickets-16253422424

Instructor: Andrew Millison
Masterplan Concept rendering (1)

Course Topics:

Advanced Base Mapping for 152 acre site

Advanced Site Assessment and Analysis

Ecovillage Design Principles & Planning

Advanced Zones and Sectors: Designing for Multiple Centers

How to Work as a Consultant:

Facilitating Client Community Interviews

Preparing & presenting a Bid and Estimate




Atlan
Course Includes:
- 4 days in the verdant forest of the Columbia Gorge w/ 3 nights camping; 3 consciously catered meals per day

The Land:
Atlan community has landed on 152 acres just north of White Salmon, Washington. The land of Atlan is nestled in the Buck Creek and Mill Creek watersheds flowing into the exquisite and recently un-dammed White Salmon River. Diverse micro-climates and beautiful southern slopes overlook the scenic Columbia River Gorge with year round streams. There are stands of second growth Douglas fir, riparian transition zones, and oak savannah, providing a rich variety of flora and fauna.

The Community:
In 2007, Atlan emerged from spontaneous conversations about the need and passion for creating conscious land based community. We came together through meetings and celebrations and our resonance and dedication to the process continued to evolve. This group of 7 founding members formed ATLAN LLC (Atlan Living Learning Center) in August 2010. In the time since we have deepened our connections with local community, building resonance through working on the land and gardening together, holding quarterly Councils and Seasonal Celebrations.

Vision:
Atlan is a living and learning ecovillage dedicated to the artful co-creation of healthy living systems celebrating the connectedness and diversity of all Life.

Mission:
Atlan provides sanctuary for the creation of sustainable culture through the holistic integration of healing, art, and design. Our ecovillage demonstrates permaculture and regenerative principles while engaging a network of resonant communities.

Atlancenter.org
*Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advanced-permaculture-mapping-course-at-atlan-ecovillage-tickets-16253422424
Costs & Payment Schedule:
- Course fee: $325 before April 15th $375 after

- Lodging fee: $175 4 days 3 nights camping includes 3 consciously crafted meals per day

Process & Timeline:

Registration will be held on eventbrite and payments will be accepted through paypal, personal checks or cash
Maximum 20 participants Minimum 10
Must have 10 signups by May 14th to run
4 Atlan Community Course Scholarships (does not include lodging)
Questions? Contact keala@atlancenter.org
4 years ago
Darren has an awesome list of Keyline farms and their coordinates here:

http://www.regrarians.org/keyline-project-sites/
4 years ago
Steve,
I want to share a really interesting discussion about on-contour swales in the PNW with Darren Doherty when he was here in Oregon doing a Regrarians training in September. Darren really questioned the appropriateness of on-contour swales in our climate, because of the typically high rainfall and clay soils in the region. Basically a contour swales becomes a wetland strip that becomes choked with wetlands vegetation. If this is what you're trying to accomplish then that's fine, but otherwise keyline plowing will harvest a lot of water into the soil for less expense and without the fragmentation of pasture and super-saturated strips that a series of on-contour swales will create. I've stopped putting structures on-contour myself, and use earthworks like roads or swales to subtly move water to a collection point instead of infiltrating it evenly on-contour.
4 years ago
Tyler,
I think if you're keeping the animals off the pasture in wet periods and just super-hydrating pasture areas using on-contour swales and waiting to bring the animals on during dry times, then they're doable.

The issue with contour swales here is that the area below the swales becomes a seasonal wetlands during rainy periods. So it's about the timing of the animals in those periods. Off contour swales up from winter forage areas, and then on-contour swales above summer pasture could be the appropriate pattern so you keep low areas green into summer and don't wreck pastures through compaction when soils are at field capacity.

I've been thinking a lot about this myself, and have been doing recent designs with this exact issue in mind, and I've chosen to keep swales off-contour. On-contour swales are also dangerous with gophers/voles who will drain the swale with sub-surface tunnels, where off-contour swales are not keeping a long skinny pond of water full of water for an extended period. This has in large part been from the recommendations of Tom Ward, who plans more from the flood damage and over-saturation perspective for this climate then the "harvest every drop" one.
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Cheers,

Andrew
4 years ago
I think of a on-contour swale as a feature that is on-it's-way to a small vegetated terrace, once it eventually fills in with organic matter and silt. A swale enables vegetation to establish, which then becomes the sponge itself to replace the earthwork, with roots, woody structure, and ongoing generation of organic material to cover and shade the soil's surface and intercept the flow of surface water. In the long term, the swale disappears and is replaced by a widening band of vegetation.
4 years ago
If you are serious about regenerative agriculture, you don’t want to miss this course! Australian Darren Doherty is among the world’s most accomplished Permaculture farm designers, with nearly 2000 property development plans in 47 countries. The focus of his career has been broad-acre landscapes, and he is considered the foremost expert in the world for Keyline Farm Planning, an Australian design system for water and soil management. Darren is on a world tour promoting the “Regrarian” (Regenerative-Agrarian) movement, for regenerating, restoring, rehabilitating, re-habitating, rekindling & rebooting production landscapes across this planet. Don’t miss this!

This event is sponsored by the OSU Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems, Permaculture Rising, and the Permaculture Program at OSU's Department of Horticulture.

FREE Talk by Darren Doherty
"Regrarianism: Rebooting Agriculture for the next 10,000 years"

When: September 25, 2014
Time: 7::00 - 8:30 pm
Where: Corvallis, Oregon on OSU Campus @ the LaSells Stewart Center in the Construction and Engineering Hall
Cost: FREE

3-Day Workshop by Darren Doherty
"Regrarian Open Consultancy"

When: September 26 - 28, 2014
Where: Albany, OR
Lodging: camping available on-site
Food: lunch provided
Cost: $350

The Regrarians Open Consultancy (RAC+RAP) is a dynamic 2+1 day program designed to involved participants directly in the delivery of an integrated farm planning and development consultancy. Led by one of the world's most renowned & experienced farm planners, Darren J. Doherty (AU), the RAC+RAP is all having participants work to understand the 10 step process logic involved in the Regrarians Platform which methodically covers each and every element of farm planning and development. In short the RAC+RAP is a Professional Development (PD) for primary producers & land managers when it comes to production landscape & enterprise planning & development. The RAC+RAP experience will result in participants understanding some of the process behind re-booting their own farming enterprises with a step by step approach that is highly adaptable to their own circumstances.


http://www.permaculturerising.com/darren-doherty-oregon-workshop/
https://heenandoherty.worldsecuresystems.com/events/OregonRAC2014
https://www.facebook.com/events/234024493475264/
4 years ago
I've been looking at off-contour swales (or as Tom Ward calls them, Keyline Terraces), which move the water across the slope so do not contribute to excessive bogging. Then move the water to a hyper saturation point: pond, wetland. The point being to simultaneously keep good drainage in some areas, while intentionally soaking others. On-contour swales are about even distribution of water across the landscape, which we really don't need in boggy springtime. And the point of an on-contour swale is typically to establish vegetation, a means to an ends. So if you already have forest cover, then a water harvesting structure meant to establish vegetation is redundant.

Darren Doherty is coming to Oregon in Sept, BTW:
http://www.permaculturerising.com/darren-doherty-oregon-workshop/

Take care,

Andrew
4 years ago
I believe they are guinea pigs. We saw pigs, goats, cattle and chickens mainly.
Come along with the International Permaculture Convergence tour of sites in Cuba in late 2013!

http://www.permaculturerising.com/advanced-permaculture-breitenbush-hot-springs/

June 22 - 26, 2014

Breitenbush Hotsprings, Detroit, OR


Join Andrew Millison, Jenny Pell and Keala Young for 4 days of learning, delicious meals, community, and all that Breitenbush has to offer!

Course Fee: $475

Lodging Fees: See Below for Details

Meals: Organic vegetarian and vegan, prepared with love


The Course

This is the first in a series of advanced permaculture courses in service to two very specific goals:

1) Train permaculturalists so they can deepen and tune their design skills on a real project

2) Help steward the creation of the new Breitenbush Community Village on 75 beautiful acres



This class will focus on the following topics:

- Advanced Base Mapping

- Thorough Sector Analysis

- Site Assessment and Analysis

- Client Interviews and How to Work as a Consultant

- Preparing a Bid and Estimate

- Visioning into the Land - initial design ideas

You will learn how to use a variety of computer resources, create and present professional deliverables, interface with clients, and how to work to the strengths of your team. There will be ample time to enjoy the Breitenbush tubs and sauna!



The Story


Breitenbush community is currently located in the flood plain of the Breitenbush River. The site has served the community for many years, but they have outgrown the space, and while there is ample hot water and free heating, the area is dark and dank, and there is no room to grow. One day it will flood.

Seven years ago they bought 75 acres just above the current site with a glorious sunny aspect, ponds, flat fertile areas for growing food, several micro-climates, year-round creeks and ravines, stunning sweeping views to the snow-capped mountains and river, and lots of room to grow. They already have a conditional use permit that allows for many permaculture elements. But which ones, and where? How many houses, what about greenhouses, and maybe small livestock. Kids, elders, aquaponics, chinampas, passive solar design, grey water... the list goes on!

Working closely with the Breitenbush community we will be offering an ongoing advanced design series to map the land, help craft the vision and goals with the people who live and work there, create the site master plan, teach hands-on skills intensives, and much more.

We invite you to be the first permaculture team to help us launch this vision. We need working models of resilient community and this one will be a shining star. We look forward to meeting you, learning with you, and designing with you.

Prerequisite: Permaculture Design Certification or permission from the instructors

Contact either Jenny Pell or Andrew Millison

jennypell@gmail.com

(206) 949-0496

amillison@gmail.com

(541) 752-9118



Lodging and other Breitenbush details:

www.breitenbush.com

There are many options for lodging during the course. The most affordable is in your own tent, or personal vehicle. They have limited parking spots for vans or small RVs.

If you would like something more comfortable please take some time to visit their website and look at the various offerings. Your stay at Breitenbush includes all meals, their Daily Wellness Program (yoga, edgu, etc.), and all the facilities (hot tubs, sauna, sanctuary, hiking trails, library, and more. You can also schedule a massage or one of their other healing arts sessions.

This is a summary of lodging options with all fees included:

Tent or personal vehicle: $290

BB tent on a platform: $342

Dorm room: $342

Room in the Lodge: $354

Cabin with sink, no toilet: $446

Cabin with sink and toilet: $518

You can share cabins too! They all have two beds, and some have three beds. See their website for costs.



Instructors:

Jenny Pell


Former tree planter, helicopter pilot, carpenter, and yurt builder, Jenny stays busy managing her growing full-service design/build company Permaculture Now! . Based out of Seattle, WA, Jenny divides her time between the Pacific NW and Maui, with larger ventures overseas. Projects include everything from urban permaculture homesteads to farms transitioning from annuals to diversified perennial agriculture, with an increasing focus on policy work related to urban food security. Every project is designed with “social permaculture”, community, and resilient interdependent local economy at its heart.

Her slideshows and engaging presentations inform, inspire, and empower people to learn the skills they need to make changes that help move us towards a resilient and thrive-able future. Jenny’s skill sets and experience are rich - she willingly shares her knowledge with equal measures of bold reality, humor and humbleness. She will infect you with her tireless optimism and inspire you to jump in with both feet to heal yourself, your community, and your planet at the same time.



Andrew Millison has been studying, designing, building, and teaching about Permaculture systems since 1996. He is an instructor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University, teaching the Permaculture Design Certificate Course and the Advanced Permaculture Design Practicum. He has taught through other organizations including Prescott College, the Ecosa Institute, and the Cascadia Permaculture Institute. He instructs Advanced Permaculture Courses in Teaching, and has guest instructed for many Permaculture courses throughout the Western US. He worked for the State of Oregon creating a Permaculture conference and course for Oregon Housing and Community Services, the agency that builds low-income housing. He works with gardeners, developers, university students, and community organizers to promote Permaculture, which he believes is the medicine for Earth's ailments.

Andrew currently teaches, consults and designs Permaculture sites. His designs in recent years range from a low-income senior housing development to a co-housing community to 5, 25, 50 and 75 acre homesteads, and his own multiple demonstration sites in Corvallis, Oregon. Documentation of his extensive portfolio of hands-on projects, design work, video production work and published articles can be viewed at www.permaculturerising.com.

http://www.permaculturerising.com/advanced-permaculture-breitenbush-hot-springs/
5 years ago