Permaculture is a pathway towards creating an artful future where humanity and nature live in harmony. By taking care of our needs using efficient, effective and ethical design strategies, we can save time, energy and money while having more freedom to be creative.

Photo by, Gene Stull

Nature has an operating system which allows it to be regenerative, taking care of its needs using the energy and resources of the earth, sun, moon, and galaxy. Left to its own designs, nature is able to create a healthier and more diverse ecosystem on its own without any support from humanity. By studying the design principles of nature, we can use ecological literacy to help us create healthy and abundant farms, gardens, wild spaces and even ethical social and economic systems.

Photo by, Gene Stull

Delvin Solkinson is community gardener and plant poet dedicated to bringing creativity to the permaculture movement by creating free open source learning and teaching tools. He has been traveling the world to study with permaculture pioneers and learn on premier garden and farm sites all over the planet.

Portrait by, Laura Borealisis

Delvin has been taking advanced permaculture design courses where he helps generate free open source media including learning tools and micro-videos:

Since 2011 Delvin has been teaching permaculture design at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. With support from a growing team of visionary designers, he has been mapping the CoSM land and cultivating a conscious awareness and intentional relationship with the plants, animals and insects in the ecological community there.

Photo by, Gene Stull

Observing the patterns of natural energy including sun, wind and water, the visionary permaculture cartography team has developed an ongoing mapping project to deepen peoples learning and relationship with the land and share learning about permaculture with the larger global community.

View or download the newest edition of the CoSM Map book!

Photo by, Gene Stull

Focusing on cultivating creativity and consciousness, the permaculture team is applying nature’s design principles to the potentials on the beautiful 40 acre CoSM landscape. Utilizing permaculture design methodologies there is an ongoing visioning process about what is possible for the future of the CoSM land and organization.

You can view or download the newest edition of the CoSM Design book here:

During the past permaculture programs at CoSM much media been created including learning tools and posters from mycologist and visionary artist extraordinaire Martin Bridge.

Bill Mollison & Delvin Solkinson – Photo by, Nicholas Mann

Delvin has completed a PDC, Diploma and Masters Degree with Bill Mollison and done advanced teacher trainings with Rosemary Morrow, David Holmgren, Geoff Lawton, Patricia Michael, Robyn Francis, the Bullock Brothers, Tom Ward, Jude Hobbs, Larry Santoyo, Scott Pittman, Michael Becker, Robin Wheeler, Starhawk, Looby Macnamara, Robina McCurdy and Robin Clayfield.

Photo by, Jonathan H. Lee

He is an accredited teacher through the Permaculture Research Institute (Australia) and Permaculture Association (UK) and the  and a Field Mentor through the Permaculture Institute (USA). Recently he completed a PDC in Portland with Toby Hemenway, one in Greece with Rosemary Morrow and a second Diploma through the Permaculture Institute. Currently he is doing graduate work under the mentorship of Larry Santoyo and Looby Macnamara.

There are a number of upcoming opportunities to learn with Delvin and be a part of the permaculture program at CoSM. Each season there is a one day workshop. The spring brings an intro to permaculture, summer is on food forestry and gardening, the autumn on soil and composting and the winter on urban and social permaculture.

The next offering happens October 23 and delves into the Alchemy of Soil and Composting. Mark your calendars and see the link to register!

CoSM also offers the full year long Permaculture Design Certification Course starting on the 18th of October.

We will gather at CoSM every two months for two days in all four seasons to learn permaculture and earn a resume boosting sustainability certification. There are readings, written work and a year long process of mapping and designing a garden, landscape or project. Together we will contribute to the mapping and design of CoSM. See the link for details.