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The Gentle Art of Joyful Productivity

Use Values Based Decision Making to enhance your quality of life and accomplish more.
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A Course For The Times We Live In

Over the course of human history, we have never been exposed to so many ideas, opportunities, requests and stimulae as we encounter today. It's no surprise that we feel like we always have too much on our plate, and not enough hours in the day.

Developing and applying a personal filter is a vital exercise if we are to survive and thrive in the modern world.

In this short course you will learn how to tailor a filter specifically for your life situation, so that you can accomplish more than you previously thought possible - and do so with a sense of ease and joy.

Drawing on the larger framework of Values Based Decision Making, you will become clearer about what's really important to you, and begin to rewire your decision making so that you can make choices towards the quality of life that you desire. 
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If you don't design your life, it will be designed for you.

Would You Like To...

Have A Practical Tool

From the very first week, you will develop a filtering tool that can be applied daily.

Make Better Decisions

Gain an understanding of what it's like to guide your life by your values.

Build Your Capacity

Learn how to accomplish more - with a greater sense of joy.

Declutter Your Life

Receive guidance on how to reduce what's on your plate and improve quality of life.

Have Clarity of Vision

Know what matters to you, and become more effective in attaining it.

Know Signs of Success

Create tangible indicators so that you can monitor your progress.
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Feel Like You Wear Too Many Hats?

Learn skills and processes that will allow you to decipher your priorities.
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Four Live Calls

Direct engagement with two skilled facilitators each week.

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Can't make one of the sessions? Recordings will be made available.

Weekly Assignments

Structures and tools to improve your daily life immediately.

Community Learning

Learn from the examples brought by your peers.
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This course is a good fit if you:

Always Feel Swamped

Life feels too full and overwhelming, making enjoyable moments all too fleeting.

Seek Greater Capacity

Wondering how you could be more productive and experience more joy in life.

Stress Is Affecting Health

The effects of too much mental and emotional strain are taking a physical toll.

Have Trouble Saying 'No'

Inability to turn down opportunities or requests feels scary and difficult.

Want Better Relationships

Having too much on your plate is affecting your ability to relate to those around you.

Suffer From Burnout

Running at full throttle has left energy levels severely depleted.

Course Logistics


Four live calls spread over the course of a month, each lasting 90 minutes via Zoom


Calls will take place on the following days:

Class 1 - July 5 2024
Class 2 - July 12 2024
Class 3 - July 19 2024
Class 4 - July 26 2024

1 Hour Presentation
30 Q and A


Calls will start at:

Friday 10am PST, 11am MST, 12pm CST, 1pm EST



How it started

It was 2012, and I had been running a regenerative land design business using tools like permaculture, dryland farming, and mycological restoration to design and install urban homesteads.

I had 37 projects running simultaneously and was beyond overwhelmed.

A friend asked if I knew the work of Allan Savory, specifically his Holistic Management for grazing.

I didn't.

Due to my work's urban and suburban gardening focus, I felt that Holistic Management was unnecessary.

He asked if I knew about Savory's approach to decision-making, "Holistic Decision Making"?

Again, I didn't.

He said it could radically change my life and my time management skills, or lack thereof.

I spent the next four months digesting the dense and weighty Holistic Management, second edition. Allan's language was difficult for me to understand at the time.

Slowly, I understood his approach to grazing, which at the time was lost on the work I was doing, and his approach to decision-making, which lit a fire in me to clarify the values for a project FIRST and then use those values to EVALUATE any action or decision that would lead me to the future I desired.

I added, subtracted, and curated to supplement his decision-making structure for grazing projects so that it would be universally applicable to all people and projects.

Values-Based Decision-Making was born.

With an understanding of the future I wanted and the values that would describe that future, I was able to chart a course and make tangible steps that made me feel like my desired future was becoming a reality.

The 37 projects were quickly whittled down to the essential 12, which were then quickly crossed off the list.

I started to invent daily tools to help keep me on track.

Today, I'm managing more than I did at the time, in more considerable diversity, including:
  • 90 permaculture design students in 2 courses;
  • 35 students in a current course;
  • developing five new courses with collaborating instructors for;
  • Five regenerative business design clients;
  • Four life design clients;
  • Two land design clients;
  • influx of 8 potential clients for both life and land design;

As well as the day-to-day chores we all have to address, plus some personal interests, including:
  • continuing my guitar practice;
  • working out 3-5 times a week;
  • participating in an online men's group once a week;
  • learning cello;
  • meditating 2-3 times a week;
  • and the laundry, food sourcing and preparation, and connection with my husband and dog that comes with living.

I attribute my productivity to the simple application of Values-Based Decision-Making, specifically the Daily Statement of Reality, which I've often used to focus on what I'm doing and the time I have to do it.

This course will give you an introduction to Values-Based Decision-Making by applying a Daily Statement of Reality, focusing on time management and productivity. It will be an opportunity for you to use the theory and practice of this approach to gauge whether it's a fit for you and your life.

You'll be walked step by step through envisioning the future you want for your time management and how to make that future a reality.

If you follow along with the process over our four sessions, you'll create a Daily Statement of Reality that focuses on time management and fine-tune the statement and the actions you take to make it a reality.

You'll have the opportunity for feedback if you so choose and interaction with your classmates.

It's easy to become overwhelmed by everything we are asked to address in our world. Much of what calls our attention is out of our control, but how we respond to these calls for our attention is in our control.

This course will provide you with a tool to take more responsibility for the actions that are within your control and step toward the future you desire.

I hope to see you in class!

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Sarah Grass

Community & Food security
I have learned so much about myself through this process. I have a better understanding of my priorities, and more realistic expectations of myself.

Elana Westers

Ecological Landscape Designer
You've given me invaluable tools that have already yielded results, and that I'll continue to work with and reference over time. I'm forever grateful.

Pablo Alcantara-Ferran

Biological Builder
It’s amazing to have gone from feeling absolutely lost in life to how I feel now, I’m excited for what’s next. Thank you so much.

Tine Rossing

felt so stuck this year. This process helped me see beyond what felt like a lot of failure to also see the important learning. Thank you for that.
Meet the instructorS

Javan Bernakevitch

Javan is a life and land designer helping clients globally to create abundant, diverse and profitable lives and landscapes that get better year after year. 

Since 2009 he has been pioneering new ways for clients to clarify their values, filter decisions through those values and develop thriving businesses, landscapes and lives.
Patrick Jones - Course author
Meet the instructorS

Tristan Holme

Tristan is a social designer, group facilitator and intentional community co-founder living in South Africa.

Having experienced consistent success employing Values Based Decision Making with individuals, forming groups and established communities, he now teaches collaborative groups how to identify their core values and make holistic decisions towards the future they desire.
Patrick Jones - Course author

Frequently asked questions

How long will I have access to the course material?

You'll have access to the course material for one year from the start date of the course.

Is the course refundable?

The course is non-refundable.

Can my partner or friend look over my shoulder while I take the course?

Yes! Your registration allows for one "over the shoulder" viewing of the course. We ask you not to share your login information with anyone else. 


Nikki Martens

It felt so good to have a compass and destination. I feel like things are easier to let go of and things that have the most potent return are re-energizing!

Helen Perks

Agroforestry consultant
Now I’m able to focus on my career goals, closely aligned with my values, and I realize how powerful this is. It’s helped enormously.

Sasha Faminoff

The questions Javan posed were thought-provoking and compelled me to look at myself honestly and with kindness. I appreciated all of it.

Marie-Pierre Bilodeau

Project Manager
Javan's wealth of knowledge is priceless. This course is a gift and will leave you inspired, confident and ready to face any challenge.

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