Events and Classes

Mulysa teaches landscape, botany and permaculture workshops that all revolve around the theme of reconnecting with nature and being good stewards of the ecosystem we’re in right now. Join the Resilience Design mailing list to get seasonal updates.

Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.

– Robin Wall Kimmerer, from Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Decoding Plants: Seeing Urban Trees with New Eyes
Sat. and Sun. Oct. 14-15|| 10 am – 3 pm
Meets in Overlook Neighborhood || North Portland
Two days, $120-$180 || Space is limited to 20 students.
Registration and details at Portland Underground Grad School

North American Rewilding Conference  2017
October 20 – 22, 2017
St. Johns Community Center
8427 North Central Street, Portland, Oregon 97203
Details and Registration at

Drawing Plants: Urban Flora in Winter
TBD, February 2018
Registration opening in late autumn at Portland Underground Grad School

Have suggestions for workshops you would like to attend or looking a speaker for your event? Contact Mulysa here.


Soil Not Oil
Tuesday, June 13, 7 pm || The Cleaners at Ace Hotel
1022 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205
Panel discussion with soil scientists on climate change, soil ecology and carbon sequestration. And I’ll be talking about building resilience landscapes to address environmental crisis and rebuild communities.

Decoding Plants: Seeing Urban Flora with New Eyes
Tuesdays, July 8th – August 1st || 6:30-8:30 pm
Meets in Overlook Neighborhood || North Portland
Four weeks, $100 || Space is limited to 20 students.
Registration opening soon at Portland Underground Grad School

Plant Sale
Marisha’s Nursery – Woodstock Neighborhood, Southeast Portland
Sunday, June 11, 10 am – 2pm
4816 SE 50th Ave., just north of Raymond St.
Garden Tour at 11 am
I’ll be joining Marisha and Zane as a guest vendor this Sunday! Come see their wonderful permaculture homestead with food, medicine, animals and more. Their neighborhood scale permaculture nursery offers both common and unique varieties of plants that have been bred to thrive in our climate and provide reliable yields.

Resilience Design Open Garden and Plant Sale 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017, noon to 6 pm – 5523 N. Detroit Ave, Portland, OR 97217.  View recent landscape design and ecological restoration projects, take a self-guided tour of Mulysa’s garden and shop for plants and seeds including edible, medicinal and native plants and local meadow pollinator flowers.

Organic Alternatives to Pesticides
Hosted by Rewild Portland
I’m excited to co-teach this workshop with Tao Orion, author of  Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration. We’ll discuss organic landcare practices from a whole system design perspective, the current state of pesticide regulation and use – and the link between the conservation movement and the chemical industry, how to recognize signs of pesticide use, and what we can do now to help turn the tide towards healthy, ecological land care practices.

Sunday, April 30th || 10:00am – 4:00 pm
Trillium Charter School || 5420 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217
One Day, $55 || Space is limited
Register here. 

Botany with Siskiyou Permaculture Institute – May 7-12, 2017
A six-day immersion at Wolf Gulch Farm in the Little Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon. This advanced permaculture course is a chance to unplug in an amazing off-grid setting in the Siskiyou Mountains and deepen your knowledge of and connection with plants and their communities. Course description, logistics and registration info here.   Early bird registration ends April 7. Instructors Tomi Hazel and Mulysa Melco.

Drawing Plants: Urban Flora in Midwinter
Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25|| 2 pm – 4 pm
Meets at SE Uplift || 3534 SE Main St, Portland, OR 97214
Four weeks, $100 || Space is limited to 20 students.
Register here through Portland Underground Graduate School

Plant Families Walk – Atlan Center Village Building Convergence and Fall Equinox Celebration
Sunday September 25, 1 – 2:30 pm – Meet in Forest Camp
We are kin! Plants have families too, and recognizing the patterns of each group is the key to getting to know them and understanding their relationships. Join us for a walk through several habitats to explore the characteristics of the fall blooming and fruiting plants we find. We’ll observe how plants are responding to the changing season. And we’ll talk a bit about their ecology, ethnobotany and medicinal uses as well. Bring drinking water, a notebook if you wish and dress for the weather.

Decoding Plants: Seeing Urban Flora with New Eyes
Saturdays, September 10th – October 1st || 9:30-11:30 am
Meets at Overlook Park Picnic Shelter || 1599 N Fremont St.
Four weeks, $100 || Space is limited to 20 students.
Register at Portland Underground Grad School

Resilience Design Open House and Plant Sale – Saturday, April 23, 2016
3 pm to 6 pm – 5523 N. Detroit Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Check out my gardens and little green house, see recent landscape plans by Resilience Design, sample snacks and drinks from the garden and shop for plants and seeds including my favorite fruit trees, berries, perennial veggies, herbs and native pollinator flowers.

Edible Plant Sale –  April 18, 2015
Pre-order plants: from February 21 to March 31. Find order forms HERE.
Plant Pick up: Saturday, April 18th, 10 am to 4 pm at the Sustainable Overlook Spring Gardening Fair at New American, 2103 N. Killingsworth Ave. or by appointment.

Resilience Design is partnering with Sustainable Overlook to hold a spring plant sale with everything you need to start your own food forest! Offerings will include fruit trees, berry bushes, herbs, veggies, seeds and more! All the plants are locally sourced and are organically grown and/or Salmon Safe Certified. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Sustainable Overlooks outreach programs.

Center for Earth Leadership – March 17, 2015, 7 to 9 pm
A gathering of folks interested in working towards pesticide free neighborhoods, toxics reduction and advancing natural gardening methods. Mulysa is presenting with Carl Grimm from Metro on how to start a pesticide-free neighborhood effort.

Overlook Neighborhood Sustainability Summit – February 21, 2015, 11:30 am to 4:30 pm
The first sustainability summit in Overlook will be held at Beach Elementary and will address three dimensions of local-scale sustainability and resilience: equity, economy and ecology. Mulysa will be moderating the ecology session with panelists Nikkie West of the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, Ruth Oclander of Friends of Overlook Bluff and Mary Peveto of Neighbors for Clean Air. $10 suggested donation. Register at

Center for Earth Leadership – February 10, 2015
A forum on pollinators in crises will include presentations from local honey bee expert Glen Andressen, horticulture instructor Gail Gredler. Mulysa Melco will share the story of starting the Pesticide Free Overlook project, the first effort of its kind to create a voluntary, neighborhood-wide, non-toxic landscape zone to protect health, pollinators and water quality.

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