Opening The Book Of Nature

A Permaculture Workshop

with Chad Johnson

May 30-31            or           October 3-4


HolzerCulture Practices

Reading The Book Of Nature

Hugelbeds   Water Ways  Earthworks

Terraces     Planning For Paradise

Hugelbed with orange, strawberry, paw paw, tomato, bush beans, fava, and other cover crops

Whether on your farm, your land, or in your own backyard, permaculture practices are nothing short of revolutionary and takes giant leaps toward not only toward self sufficiency but bringing paradise to life.


Chad Johnson has traveled, worked, and learned intimately with Sepp Holzer in many settings over the past three years and is bringing this work forward as HolzerCulture.   Immensely grateful, he is now sharing these practices and imparting the knowledge he's gained during this immersion.


Learning to read nature and work with the elements is an empowering, exciting, and imperative in our relationship with gardening, agriculture, landscape regeneration, and ourselves.   This workshop will give you the insight and hands on experience that does not come through a book.


We will balance class and field time.   We will  cover site assessment and design, pond making, bonesauce (deer and browsing force field), mushrooms, and earthworks outlining terraces, hugelbeds and waterways as time allows.    Come learn how to create your own slice of heaven.   All  learning levels welcome.   Rides can be arranged through contact page.


We encourage attendees to bring seeds for our seed sharing.   After our daytime classes, some folks may present on specialized subjects.   Conversations and sharing are likely to go into the night if camping at Utopia Borealis is of interest.


Goes from 10 am - 5 pm+

20 seats

Earlybird (3 weeks prior to event) $225  Donation

After earlybird  $300  Donation


Limited scholarships are available.  See below.

There will be free camping at Utopia Borealis for Friday through Saturday nights.  There is also beautiful lodging a few miles away at the Spirit Mountain Villas at the ski hill here.



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Meals at Utopia Borealis are included in the price.  Lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday will be provided.   We will be serving organic meals as local as possible.  Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, vegetarian, or allergies.

Limited scholarships are available by applying to

To qualify please state why you feel qualified.  To be eligible, you must register and pay.  Recipients will be announced via email a month before the workshop.    At that time you still have by May 11 to get a full refund.

Registration is not complete until payment has been made.


May 30-31


$225  Earlybird










October 3-4


$225  Earlybird









If you are paying by check, you can make it out and mail it to:


Spirit Mountain Farm

317 N 17 1/2 Ave W

Duluth, MN 55806


There is no refund three weeks prior to the event.

A Farmsteading Oddessey

Duluth, Minnesota