Intro to Permaculture Design

Learn how to grow organic food + animals, changing your landscape into an edible one. Permaculture helps us slow down to observe and make use of what we have, capturing abundance, such as rainwater in tanks or swales. Learn more about building soil, making compost, how to match the right plants and animals with you land.

Date and Time:

August 26th 9am- 4pm &  August 27th 9am-4pm


525 Fischer TRL, Wimberley, Tx 78676

Lotus Ranch Retreat Center, a 40 acre retreat center and permaculture homestead operated by your host Ashley and Mark.


A delicious local farm to table lunch is included both days.


Optional overnight accommodations are available at the retreat center Aug 26th-27th. Complementary light breakfast served with lodging. Dinner on Aug 26th is up to the attendee.

Private bedroom in shared lodge – each room can sleep up to 2-3 folks at $65/night.

Tiny House with private bathhouse- sleeps up to 3 – $110/night.



$225 a person includes both days of learning, farm to table lunches, and take home materials.

$125 a person for a single day of learning, farm to table lunch, and take home materials.

Couples/Friends Discount $50 off total when you purchase 2 tickets together!

A work-trade discount is available, Email for details.

The classroom instruction portion of the class will take place indoors in the afternoons. The outdoor instructions portions will take place in the cooler mornings around the farm, including touring the food forest, animal systems ie. goats, chickens, pigs, and bees and the land. This class is rain or shine.

Taught by folks with real life experience homesteading in suburban backyards and on rural hill country acreage.  This will be a workshop to ask questions, learn, share, and grow, especially if you are new to owning land, looking to create a more self sufficient life, or are interested in organic gardening and regenerative agriculture on any scale. This weekend will be an overview of the permaculture ethics and principles, as the framework to design your own edible landscape. No experience required!


What is Permaculture Design?:

Permaculture Design is a framework for managing natural systems, including sustainable living. At it’s core Permaculture teaches us how to live and design our environment harmony with nature and each other, turning the impact of humans from destructive to constructive forces of nature. This workshop will teach the deeper elements of permaculture design, inspiring you with different tools for thinking and planning out your garden, homestead or daily life. This covers the basics and is an intro to the 72 hour intensive Permaculture Design Course (PDC), and will include real input and experiences of carrying out a holistic garden or regenerative homestead in the Texas Hill Country.

Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles


Get to Know Ashley & Mark

Mark Turner became certified in Permaculture Design in 2014 and spent many years working as an organic gardener and landscaper while freelancing as a photographer, he now manages his family business, Lotus Ranch Retreat Center with his family, where he applies his passion for permaculture through creating holistic systems, milking goats, and caring for the land.  Ashley Stephens became certified in Permaculture Design in 2016 and got her Permaculture Teacher Training Certificate soon after.  She has been leading Nature School for Homeschoolers in her Childrens Garden and Outdoor Classroom for the past 9 yrs. Ashley is passionate about sharing holistic and nature centered classes with others, and has taught in public and private schools, summer camps, adult workshops and to home-schoolers.  Ashley, Mark, and their son Ajoni now live and lead classes in Wimberley, on their families’ ranch and homestead. They raise chickens, dairy goats, pigs and bees regeneratively. Their large food forest garden is a wonderful example of a living ecosystem and outdoor classroom.