Living Design Process Online Intensive

In this eight-week intensive online course Dan Palmer guides participants into the theory and practice of Living Design Process (LDP): a compelling holistic design approach applicable to the design and creation of anything.

In a two-hour live zoom call each week (Tuesday NZ time) followed up by additional pre-recorded videos, Dan will support you to go out and experience LDP in a real project in your life. 

At its core, Living Design Process is an approach to partnering consciously with whole systems to enhance their life and beauty through a process of continuous unfolding. When applied to landscape, this results in systems that are not only functional and organised, but deeply beautiful and harmonious to the degree that you find it hard to leave.  

Living design process. Integrity, honesty, nature, perfection, challenge, intuitive, personal, well being. Some words I’m left with.

Who this Workshop is For 

Anyone can do this workshop. It presupposes zero prior knowledge of permaculture. Anyone interested in designing for life, beauty and wholeness is welcome. Whether you are a landscape designer, a life coach, an architect, a cake-maker, a musician, an artist, or just someone wanting to transform your own back yard, then there is something in Living Design Process relevant to you. 

That said, for people that are familiar with permaculture, this workshop is: 

  • an excellent next step after a permaculture design course 
  • a prime professional development opportunity for practicing permaculture designers 
  • a great experience to have before doing a PDC 
  • a great place to start for anyone interested to learn more about permaculture 

This is really life-affirming for me to learn about this living design process – it resonates with my life journey and where I’m at in my architectural practice – but I’ve not heard it explained or articulated this way before. I’ll definitely be more aware of my design process with clients and be implementing more of this to enhance my life and my client’s lives! (Past participant Talia)

Draft Format

Week One: What is LDP and what makes a process more or less alive? 

Week Two: Foundational Distinctions 

Week Three: Immersing in People 

Week Four: Immersing in Place 

Week Five: Birthing New Form 

Week Six: Crash testing 

Week Seven: Transforming Space 

Week Eight: Coming Back Home to Life 



“I feel like reading about and exploring the ideas is great – but isn’t experiencing living design process AMAZING? Actually living it and practicing it (or at least getting closer to it) – wow, that’s when it really hits home how much more alive and empowering the design process can be. So grateful to have been introduced to these ideas earlier on in my design life” (Past participant Phoenix)



Your Guide

Dan Palmer

Dan Palmer has spent the last 20 years continuously questioning and refining a systems approach to understanding, living and designing a more beautiful world. You can hear about his story here.

As a permaculture designer, implementer, and educator, during the last fifteen years he co-founded permablitz, co-founded Very Edible Gardens (which he still co-directs), and founded Making Permaculture Stronger, Holistic Decision Making and Living Design Process. Dan’s work has helped catalyse a global conversation around constructively reimagining the foundations of permaculture design (as a globally practiced and fast growing discipline). This work has been supportively acknowledged by permaculture thought-leaders including David Holmgren, Rosemary Morrow, Dave JackeToby HemenwayDarren J. DohertyRob Hopkins and many others. It has also led to an ongoing collaboration with permaculture co-originator David Holmgren running four-day intensive courses on advanced permaculture planning and design process.


“Dan is so easy to listen to and has a great honesty with sharing his own experiences that is just gold. The ability to communicate like that with people can’t be learned or contrived. I’m so glad I went”

For his journey has recently brought him and a collaborating cluster of close colleagues to a compelling and continually evolving approach to the design and creation of almost anything. The running title for this approach is Living Design Process.

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Standard ticket $400 NZD

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Available Tickets: 20
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Couples Price $350 NZD

Discounted price per person if signing up as part of a couple (friends and colleagues also fine).

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Jan 25 2022 - Mar 15 2022


Auckland NZ time (NZST)
9:30 am - 11:30 am


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