Now you can confidently plan, construct and plant your own earthworks to harvest water on your permaculture site

From swales and dams to drains and ponds, you can learn everything you need to construct earthworks on your site – and discover the many benefits doing so brings to the soil, plants, animals, and you! Discover how to analyze, plan, create and plant your earthworks to make healthy ecosystems and preserve precious water.

This course gives you a comprehensive guide to the various forms of earth works that can be excavated on a permaculture site to help capture, store and channel water that comes onto your property.


You’ll gain a complete understanding of how these earthworks function, the factors that influence their use, how each can be integrated into a permaculture design, and the benefits each can bring to your property.

Here are just some of the skills you will gain in this self-paced online course:

  • Appreciate the advantages of storing water in the soil
  • Consider how water earthworks can provide cultivation opportunities
  • Analyze the suitability of earthworks for your site
  • Understand the importance of topsoil preservation when excavating
  • Recognize the function of dams and when they might be appropriate on a site
  • Learn about constructing a dam and the importance of spillways
  • Know about the importance of trees for your swale ecosystem and to water preservation globally
  • Learn how to plant a swale to create a long-lasting ecosystem
  • Appreciate the functions of drains and their place in water management systems
  • Understand the characteristics of different types of drain
  • Recognize how a Keyline system uses trenches, dams and drains to modify water flow
  • Plan and implement a Keyline system on your permaculture property
  • Learn about the benefits a pond can bring to a permaculture site
  • Appreciate the potential ponds have for planting, modifying microclimates and increasing biodiversity
  • Understand the importance of shape, depth and edge to the function and yield of a pond
  • Be able to plan, excavate and fill a pond on your site
  • Consider the different categories of plants that make up a pond ecosystem
  • Learn about pond plant species that can provide food for the gardener and livestock

Preserving water and using it effectively is one of the most important parts of any permaculture design. Devising suitable strategies to slow the speed at which water passes through our site, spreading it across large areas and allowing it to sink into the soil to recharge groundwater supplies, as well as storing it for a wide variety of uses are all measure we can take to do so. Water earthworks involve modifying the landscape to put these goals into action.

We’ll also look at some of the other reasons why water earthworks might be a suitable component of your permaculture design, from protection against wildfire to providing drinking water for livestock animals and becoming more self-reliant. Whatever your reasons for constructing a water earthwork – and you may very well have several, because such earthworks can serve multiple functions – this course will help you achieve your effective water-use goals

There are several options when it comes to using water earthworks, each of which have their own characteristics and uses. In this course we will look at:

  • Dams
  • Swales
  • Drains
  • Ponds

We’ll uncover the role dams can play in storing water for a variety of uses. The course also looks at the various types of drains that you can construct to move water from one location to another on your site.

Water earthworks are also used to help recharge the soil with moisture, and one of the most common constructions for doing that is the swale. This course gives you the lowdown on this essential technique; outlining how you can measure the slope of your land, decide on the placement of the swale, and incorporate it into your overall permaculture design.

Drains are methods of controlling water flow and directing it to maximize effectiveness –we’ll look at some of the more common types of drains and how they can be utilized on your site. You’ll also learn about overflows and outlet channels to ensure your earthworks don’t threaten the integrity of your site.

The course looks into the role ponds can play on a permaculture property aswell. It discusses the functions a pond can have, and how to plant it for maximumbiodiversity – and also to get a yield from it.

For almost any water earthwork that you construct on your site, a good plantingplan will bring added benefits. Devising a suitable planting strategy can help stabilize your earthwork, provide a growing niche for a wide variety of plants, and provide food for your kitchen. Indeed, some water earthworks can support entire self-sustaining ecosystems. This course will show you how.

We will also introduce you to one of the more established system of water earthworks that combines several of these individual constructions into a cohesive whole – the Keyline system. If you have a larger site with some elevation to it, this could be just the answer you are looking for when it comes to diverting and using water more effectively. The course will demonstrate the suitable conditions in which the Keyline system will perform best, and give guidance on constructing your own.

Not only do you get a thorough grounding in the form, function and fruitful use of each of these earthworks, the course offers practical guidance and tips on constructing each of them on your site. You’ll learn how to identify your needs when it comes to water use, so you can use the most suitable earthwork for meeting them. You will also discover how a thorough analysis of your site and your local climate conditions will inform your design strategies, and influence the type and size of earthworks you select. Then when you are ready, you can use the instructions here to implement your design.

Build your self-sufficiency skills with a self-paced online learning experience:

We’ve focused on not just what you learn on this course, but how you learn it. We recognize that people like to learn in different ways, or appreciate being able to study information in a number of ways to help make information more tangible. That’s why this package incorporates a number of methods that you can use to work your way through the course. When you invest in this course, you’ll receive for one full year:

  • An eBook of the course
  • Access to a video animation
  • An audio-only recording of the course
  • Summaries to guide you through the sections
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge

You can use some or all of these methods to help you consolidate your learning and discover everything about water earthworks. Whether its reading the eBook on your tablet by the fireside, or listening to the audio while you are at the beach, you can learn wherever you are and whatever your schedule. And once you’ve completed the course successfully, you’ll receive a certificate to commemorate your achievement.

We want to share all this information with as many people a possible. After all, water is one of the most important elements on the planet, and we should all be seeking ways to use it more effectively, and avoid wasting it. That’s why we’ve kept the price of this course as low as we can. You can get everything in the package for just $199.

"Water is the driving force of all nature." –Leonardo da Vinci

Bonus #1: Essential Guide To Water Earthworks eBook

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  • Understand why the soil is the best place to store water
    You’ll learn why creating water earthworks is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your soil, your plants, and your site as a whole. From fuelling microorganism activity and irrigating productive ecosystems to providing fire and drought security, you’ll discover why water earthworks should be part of every permaculture design.
  • Analyze, observe and map your site for earthworks suitability
    For the best results and most efficient water use you need to select the ideal earthworks for your location. You’ll be given all the analytic and evaluative tools you need to survey your site, how water moves in it, and determine how to best harness water movement to meet your aims.
  • Construct the best water earthworks for your property
    Find out what conditions you need to build a successful dam. Mark out, dig, and plant swales to save water and grow crops. Devise drainage patterns that get water to where you need it most on your site. Discover the best shape for a pond and how to plant it for productivity and to attract wildlife.

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