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Aesthetic Design for Ecological Landscapes with Jamie Wallace

Dive into the intersection of beauty and ecology in landscape design, emphasizing aesthetic principles that harmonize well-being with nature across diverse settings.

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A landscape has to be BEAUTIFUL!

Be it habitat restoration, food production, homestead, permaculture, regenerative agriculture or an urban yard, if a landscape is BEAUTIFUL it will be attended to.

Join the principal of award-winning JAAN Designs to learn how to integrate beautiful design in any ecological landscape!

This workshop of 6 sessions is designed for ecological landscape professionals and permaculture designers of various levels. We explore integrating aesthetic design principles with ecological considerations in landscape design. We delve into the importance of aesthetics in permaculture and regenerative design, demonstrating how beauty and functionality coexist harmoniously with nature.

Aesthetics is not just about visual appeal but also about creating spaces that stimulate all the senses, evoke emotions, and promote well-being while contributing positively to the environment.
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Learn how:

 to weave the age-old tales of historical aesthetics into modern landscapes for timeless beauty!

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Who is this workshop for?

This workshop welcomes ecological landscape professionals, permaculture designers at all levels, and anyone fascinated by the artistry of aesthetics and ecology in landscape design.

Aesthetic Enthusiasts:

  • Individuals keen on integrating beauty in landscape designs, from plantings to rain gardens.
  • Lovers of historical landscape themes and styles.

Water Feature Aficionados:
  • Those intrigued by the aesthetic role of water in landscapes, from rain gardens to swales.
  • Aspiring designers of rainwater harvesting structures.

Designers Focused on Movement:
  • Individuals aiming to design efficient pathways and access points in landscapes.
  • Those curious about the impact of material choices on aesthetic and functionality.

Plant and Soil Lovers:
  • Gardeners keen on optimizing soil for plant aesthetics.
  • Enthusiasts interested in plant structure, texture harmony, and color blending.

Detail-oriented Designers:
  • Those aiming to refine planting plans and hardscape elements.
  • Designers seeking to integrate diverse plant textures.

Permaculture Landscape Designers:

  • Individuals eager to develop their permaculture design skills with aesthetic design.

NOTE - No previous knowledge of aesthetic design is required for this workshop.
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Learn how to masterfully design pathways and access points that serve both beauty and practicality in your landscapes.

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Course Sessions and Content

Course Logistics


Any time that works for you! Digest the course content at your own pace, knowing that you have lifetime access to the material. This course becomes another valuable resource in your land management toolbox.


A series of video presentations, worksheets, assignments, and other resources to equip you to make best use of these pivotal landscape design elements. 




Online and accessible from anywhere in the world, with lifetime access to the course materials and recordings.
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Do you like to take your time and allow lessons to permeate? Don't worry, you have lifetime access!

Who is the course a good fit for?

This course may be for you if you are:
  • passionate about blending beauty in landscape designs and appreciating historical themes;
  • looking to increase your skill in designing beautiful landscapes;
  • ready to learn, with a preference for going at your own pace;
  • aiming for precision in planting plans, hardscape integration, and seeking feedback on their design journey;
  • realistic in your expectations, or willing to have your expectations of what's possible challenged.
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Who is this course NOT a good fit for?

This course may not be for you if you:
  • have no time, you're enrolled in 50 online courses this year and this will be but another course that you don't make use of;
  • think aesthetic design is a cool idea, but have no desire to build your skill or capacity to design and implement these essential elements;
  • have no design experience what so ever or would need the basics of landscape design explained.
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Learn from Instructors who can save you hundreds of hours of mistakes

"We all learn from mistakes, they just don't have to be our own."

Meet the instructor

Jamie Wallace

Jamie is co-owner of JAAN Designs, a regenerative landscape design and construction company on Vancouver Island. Jamie has been working in the landscape industry for over 38 years since starting his career with the Vancouver Parks board. Jamie completed a four-year apprenticeship, providing him with a wide variety of experience in places like Queen Elizabeth Park, Stanley Park, The Bloedel Conservatory, and Van Dusen Gardens. Following a keen interest in plants and their cultivation, Jamie secured a position in England working at Windsor Great Park for the Crown commission. While working in England, Jamie was privileged to visit Bhutan on a plant and bird trek. This trip inspired him to learn more about how these Himalayan plants thrive in this incredible environment.

In 1996 with a healthy plant knowledge base, Jamie and Angela moved to Lantzville on Vancouver Island where they started a landscape design and construction firm. The BC Landscape and Nursery Assoc., Canadian Nursery and Landscape Assoc., along with the Canadian Home Builders Assoc. of BC recognized their company for the unique and high-quality landscapes that they created.
Jamie’s current focus has been on regenerative or permaculture projects with a strong emphasis on aesthetics, water harvesting, soil biology and soil creation. Jamie has also been working with Oregon State University’s online Permaculture Design Certificate and Advanced Permaculture Design for Climate Resilience program as an instructor and recently worked with the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District on their Agriculture water use program, a topic close to his heart.
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Meet the Host

Javan K. Bernakevitch

Javan Bernakevitch is a life and land designer, who speaks, writes, teaches and consults with clients, businesses and farms worldwide through All Points Design and 

He believes that if we don't design our lives, they'll be designed for us, and not for our benefit. He says, “If humans want to have a long life here on our planet, we best act like we are part of the ecology.” He works to ensure that his clients' lives and landscapes get better every year.

Integrating Keyline Design, Holistic Management, Permaculture, the Soil Food Web, Myco-Integration, Project Management and Business implementation, he understands and emphasizes the importance of balancing biological systems - soil, water-harvesting, landscape rehydration, composting, growing food and biological waste-water treatment - with financial viability. A career focus on regenerative retrofits has taken him across North and Central America, Europe and Africa.
You offered a lot of great resources, insights, and a unique perspective and I am really grateful for you time and help. I really enjoyed the class!

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This course really brought together using permaculture principles and making them beautiful. Aesthetics are incredibly important in naturalized areas and sustainable plantings, as people care about beautiful things. Jamie has decades of experience and takes the time to walk you through his design process, helping you understand what makes something look aesthetically pleasing. Highly recommend! 
Sydney Toole
Alberta, Canada
Jamie, you’ve surpassed my expectations as an instructor and I appreciate all of your time invested in seeing that I succeed and took most out of this class as possible
This has truly been a wonderful experience. I have learned so much from you Jamie. Y'all are truly inspiring and I wish you the very best taking your work out into the world in new ways. 
This course provided me with inspiring and helpful information as I design a small retreat center. The Oregon State University Permaculture Pro course, which I am currently completing, has done a fantastic job of laying a foundation of design based on the 12 permaculture principles. However, I had been longing to take my design skills a step further to create a space of natural beauty and tranquility for the world-weary souls that spend time at this retreat. The Aesthetic Design course bountifully supplied the information I was seeking on how to work with patterns, textures, colors, hardscapes, water, and soil, and then integrate it all into coherent, beautiful ourdoor spaces. I highly recommend this course to any permaculture landscape designer who is wanting to level up their designs to enhance aesthetic beauty in their site. 
Oregon, USA
Jamie was incredibly knowledgeable, and had a wonderful way of deconstructing his design process to make it understandable during the course. The course website and tools/resources that Javan and Jamie provided were interactive and organized. A great course for people looking to bring more aesthetic unity and harmony to their designs.
Melissa FLINT  
British Columbia, Canada
Thank you Jaime for helping me get closer to achieving my goal of eventually designing eco friendly spaces for others.
Shout out to Mr. Wallace for being an amazing instructor. It’s so much fun working alongside a group of people uplifting people and the planet.
My reason for taking the course was to educate myself on how to beautify regenerative design. This course did just that. Learning how the landscapes are thought out with specific plants and hardscapes was especially useful. My favorite topic was the additional clips Jamie provided showing how he used the software to show his initial concept and add the layers for each level of planting. It is something I had zero experience with and the visual was so helpful!
Virginia, USA
I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in Aesthetic Design for Ecological Landscapes. Many different aspects to this type of design were covered thoroughly and informatively. The course was easy to follow and very helpful in expanding my knowledge in this area.
Kelsea SWEET
British Columbia, Canada
Jamie, thank you so much for sharing all of your knowledge and helping guide us through a complex subject.
Just wanted to reach out and let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Learned a ton from you (as usual), Jamie, and the students. Also, the shared resources are incredible and I'm already deep in a couple of the recommended books.  

Unfortunately, my schedule didn't play nice and I couldn't make most of the sessions live, but it's been great to follow along. Your website and platform have functioned flawlessly for me. 
It's amazing how my passion for this stuff is only getting stronger the more I learn and practice. It's been a really positive part of my life in recent months; so rewarding to me personally. 

Again, thank you. I look forward to the next one!
Matt Kaitila
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Frequently asked questions

Do I need any experience to take this course?

If you have no design experience what so ever or you would need the basics of design explained, this course is not for you. No previous knowledge of aesthetic design is required for this workshop. 

Is there any interaction with the instructors?

This is a SELF PACED course with all of the material being pre-recorded. There is no interaction with this version of the course. If you're interested in a LIVE version please ensure you have a free account with Regenerative Living to be notified when LIVE versions are available.

Will have lifetime access to the course material?

YES! You'll have lifetime access to the course. 

Is the course refundable?

The course is non-refundable.
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