Advanced Mapping at Atlan Center

Last month Atlan Center, an ecovillage forming in the Columbia River Gorge near White Salmon, WA, held a weekend-long advanced permaculture course in mapping. Andrew Millison of Permaculture Design International led the group in exploring large-scale site assessment and layout. I attended with about 10 other designers, planners and permaculture students. The Atlan Center served as the model for design exercises on topography, water systems, road layout and more. Design work was presented to members of the ecovillage group as a contribution to future site development processes.

The course also covered professional practice issues and held helpful discussions about mapping tools, high- and low-tech illustration methods. It was an inspiring weekend and I came away with new tools, resources and best of all, connections with passionate fellow earth-repair stewards.

To find out about upcoming courses at the Atlan Center, check out their calendar or sign up for their newsletter.


Site analysis walk to assess topography.


Wild strawberries in the white oak meadow.


An orchid blooming in the dry coniferous forest.


The oak woodland at dawn.


Medicine Wheel garden planted with perennials.


Course instructors Andrew Millison and Keala Young on a site analysis walk.



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