Annual North American Rewilding Conference

Here is some info from Rewild Portland about the upcoming conference. I’ll be facilitating one of the hands-on sessions on Sunday morning at sites around North Portland. I’m super excited about this event, hope to see you there! 

Annual North American Rewilding Conference

Friday, January 25–Sunday, January 27
St. Johns Community Center – 8427 N Central St, Portland, OR 97203

The term “rewilding” covers a broad spectrum of ideas and solutions for a world in the throws of the sixth mass extinction—from wildlands conservation to the reintroduction of species, from the practice of ancestral skills to ancestral diets, from indigenous sovereignty to traditional ecological knowledge. As we search for meaning and tangible actions in this pivotal point in the human story, rewilding and the many subjects it encompasses are drawing attention from a wide range of communities. To help foster connections among these communities and build social capital across differing practices, Rewild Portland presents the Annual North American Rewilding Conference (ANARC).

ANARC is a grassroots, non-hierarchical, collaborative, social conference. At the conference you will find laypeople and experts sharing ideas, experiences, and knowledge across fields, connecting solutions, clarifying visions, and broadening their perspective while rooting it to place. It’s a think tank of the most innovative rewilders, where people walk away feeling motivated, inspired, and connected to the larger picture of social and environmental justice.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Creating diversity, equity, and inclusion in rewilding.” Rewilding is an important and urgent movement addressing the many challenges we are facing simultaneously. Yet if the movement is to succeed, we need to make it more accessible for everyone. This year we will be looking at how different people are opening up doors to rewilding in various communities, and brainstorming ways to make rewilding attainable for even more folks.

The format of the conference is as follows: Our Friday night opening includes structured social networking to encourage connections, ten lightning-round presenters to inspire dialogue, and a keynote speaker to connect some of these dots and create a shared vision. The Open Space portion of the conference takes place Saturday and Sunday, with participants creating the sessions and programming collaboratively at the onset. This open-format conference is unlike any other. It’s something you have to experience for yourself to really understand. Don’t miss out, register now!

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Fall 2018 Workshops

I’m super excited to announce my fall workshops with the Portland Underground Graduate School. Like all of my courses, these are offered with the intention of exploring together our relationship with the land we live on and the earth’s cycles – and how we can reconnect with nature and find our role as humans within our ecosystems. Two powerful paths for this work are embodied by these courses: coming together in community to learn about indigenous ecology, and observing/listening (in this case, by drawing) to plants and seasonal rhythms. Please join us!

Drawing Plants: Fall  Session  – Connecting to Place by Slowing Down
Dates: Wednesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24
Time:  7-9 pm
Location: People’s Co-Op || 3029 SE 21st Ave
Space limited to 20 students
Registration and details at

Drawing can be a way of knowing a place, a season, a moment. Drawing is a connection between eye, hand, heart and mind that can allow us to tune in to nature’s rhythms and the “more than human world.“ It’s a simple practice that can bring us to a mindful state anywhere we go. In this course, we’ll cultivate an openness to unexpected outcomes as we celebrate the deepening of the year.

Braiding_Sweetgrass_MMM_2_sqReading Braiding Sweetgrass – Restoring our world and ourselves through ecology and Native American wisdom
Dates: November 6, 13, 20, 27
Time:  6:30-8:30pm
Location: Wayfinding Academy, Portland, OR
Instructors: Christine Dupres and Mulysa Melco
Space limited to 25 students.
Registration and details at

Are you compelled by the thoughts on reciprocity and meaning that run so deeply through Braiding Sweetgrass? Do you want to deepen your attachment to the living entities of this land? Are you aware that your thinking on indigenous knowledge could be much deeper? Are you searching for ways forward given the current crises of personal and planetary health? Join PUGS’ highest rated teachers Christine Dupres and Mulysa Melco for a four-week class they’ve created to help you more fully embody the lessons of Braiding Sweetgrass.

Prerequisite: Prior to class, read the first section of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Christine Dupres (Cowlitz/Cree), Ph.D., is a writer, teacher, and Native citizen. She is the author of Being Cowlitz: How One Tribe Renewed and Sustained Its Identity (University of Washington Press). She has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oregon.

Mulysa Melco is an ecological landscape designer, horticulturist, and artist with a lifelong passion for plants and exploring our connection with the land. She teaches botany and ecology classes for PUGS. 

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Echos in Time

Oregon’s oldest ancestral skills gathering is coming up July 22-28th in the Willamette Valley. I’ll be teaching a plant drawing class there. We’ll be exploring plant families in the shady flood plain and river banks and sunny meadow to learn more about the native and introduced plants of the area including many edible and medicinal species. We’ll discuss their relationships with pollinators and other fauna.

Come for the whole week or drop in for a day or two. There will be fantastic instructors leading basketry, metal work, wood crafts, archery, leather work, medicine making, tracking and much more. This family-friendly event is one of the highlights of my summer!

Details about the event here. 

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Plant Sale at Marisha’s Nursery

Plant Sale at Marisha’s Nursery – Woodstock Neighborhood, Southeast Portland
Saturday, June 23, 10 am – 3 pm
4816 SE 50th Ave., just north of Raymond St. (Please avoid alley, turn onto 50th from Raymond)

Join us for our last plant sale of the spring season. It’s time to fill in any holes in your garden to maximize growth and water during this summer.  I’ll be joining Marisha and Zane as a guest vendor this weekend!

Garden Tour at 1 pm

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.

Browse the Resilience Design plant and seed catalog HERE.
Resilience design accepts cash, check or credit/debit/paypal.

Check out Marisha’s Nursery list at
Marisha’s nursery accepts cash and check.


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Drawing Plants: Summer Session

My next workshop is coming up in June though the Portland Underground Graduate School. It’s blend of art, science and medicine. We’ll be celebrating midsummer and learning about local, edible and medicinal plants (from my food forest guilds plus cool plants at Thicket Nursery) by drawing them. Like my winter drawing class, it’s an invitation to slow down and be present with the season and details of the natural world. A time to set phones aside and practice connecting hands, heart, eye and mind.

All experience levels welcome. Now with more drawing demos, per request!


Drawing Plants: Summer Session
Drawing has a special way of allowing us to tune in to nature’s rhythms. It’s a simple practice that can bring us to a mindful state anywhere we go. In this course, we’ll celebrate the bounty of summer and the high energy of the longest day of the year.
Dates: Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27
Time:  7-9 pm
Location: Thicket Nursery, 4933 NE 23rd Ave || Alberta Arts District
$199 || Space limited to 12 students
Registration and details:

PUGS believes education should be accessible to all. Radical pricing is available.

Register with a friend and you both get 20% off. Code: YOUVEGOTAFRIEND 


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Spring Plant Sale!

Spring Plant Sale ~ A Fundraiser for Beach School Garden
Beach Elementary School, 1710 N Humboldt St, Portland, OR 97217
Fri. May 11, 3 to 6 pm
Sat. May 12, 10 am to 6 pm
Resilience Design’s spring plant sale will benefit the garden program at Beach School. Come see the renovated garden and pollinator meadow and shop for native plants, fruit trees and berries, herbs, seeds, tomatoes and more!

Cash, check or credit/debit accepted.

Do you have 3.5″ or 4″ plastic pots in good condition? We will reuse them! Bring them to the sale or contact Mulysa. Thanks for helping keep costs down and plastic out of the waste stream.

More info here. 



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Design Your Own Yard Workshop

Design Your Own Yard! 
Create a plan for your yard using permaculture design principles. A series of 6 collaborative work sessions will guide you through the design process, plant selection, budgeting and making a plan of action. Starting with a look at the flow of energy, water and nutrients in our household ‘systems’, we’ll chart a path towards a more efficient, useful, beautiful and realistic yard for you. This class will build on what you already know and draw on Mulysa’s extensive experience designing, building and maintaining urban homesteads. You’ll leave with a plan for your yard!

Dates: 6 sessions, Wednesday evenings, April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23
Time:  6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Thicket Nursery, 4933 NE 23rd Ave || Alberta Arts
Cost: $480 || Sign up with a friend or partner for $680 total! || Work trade and sliding scale available.
Space is limited to 12 students.
Register here:

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Permaculture Workshop at Xera Plants

Planting the Multi-functional Garden:
A Permaculture look at the Xera Plants catalog 

Update: The workshop is full! Thanks for all your interest. Check the events pages for more upcoming courses.

Sat. March 24, 10 am – noon 
Xera Plants
Retail Shop 1114 SE. Clay St. Portland,  Oregon 97214
Instructor: Mulysa Melco
Cost: Free!
Space is limited. Please register below to reserve your spot.

Xera Plants’ mission is to grow unusual and high quality plants – and to espouse  “a viable alternative to the water-intensive gardening aesthetic.” You probably caught on from their name that many of their plants can withstand our summer dry (xeric) season without a lot of supplemental water. But did you know they offer many plants that are benefical in other ways?

Among Xera’s beautiful selection are plants for soil restoration, carbon sequestration, food, drinks, medicine, dyes, crafts, creating a regional sense of place – and plants that can help create habitat for birds, pollinators and wildlife in the Pacific Northwest.

Explore Xera’s incredible plant offerings through the lens of permaculture (a design methodology based on natural systems). Learn some ways ecological thinking can be applied to create multi-functional gardens such as creating guilds of plant species.  Join us to discuss how gardens and gardeners can have a positive role in the ecosystem!

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Design Your Own Yard ::: Landscape Design Coaching

Landscape Design Coaching session!

Landscape Design Coaching work session!

Do you have ideas about how you’d like to use your yard, how it could look, feel and what kinds of plants you might like to grow – but you’re not sure how to plan it out?

Resilience Design offers a coaching service that can help bring all your ideas together into a realistic plan of action.

Landscape Design Coaching is a budget-friendly option for those who need a plan for their yard and want to be hands-on with the planning process. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of your site and get experience with the permaculture landscape design process.

Through a series of coaching sessions, you’ll create your own landscape plan tailored to your budget, time and interests – and the microclimates of your site. It’s an opportunity to learn about whole systems design while exploring the possibilities of your site with expert guidance and support. You’ll receive resources in each phase to expand your knowledge of sustainable landscaping, permaculture, water systems, urban ecosystems, pollinator habitat, growing food and herbal medicine and organic gardening methods. By the last session you’ll have created a custom master plan and plant list for your site.

Session 1 – Base map, site analysis, zone and sector analysis
Session 2 – Concept planning of landscape elements, spaces and systems
Session 3 – Layout plan and material choices
Session 4 – Planting diagram, guilds and plant list

The fee for the individual coaching program is starts at $850 for typical urban residential lots and includes 4 work sessions at your site (90 min each). Talk with Mulysa about pricing for other types of properties and group rates.

Get the confidence and tools you need to transform your yard into a place you love to be, that supports your needs and the local ecosystem.

Compare to master planning and other available services here.

Contact Mulysa with questions or to schedule your first session: mulysa [at]

Resilience Design Landscape Coaching brochure (PDF) DesignCoaching_ResilienceDesign_2018

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Drawing Plants: Winter Meditation

Join me for a winter drawing retreat on Wednesday evenings in January. Unplug for a couple hours and tune-in to the often overlooked beauty of winter in Portland.

Using simple materials like pencil, charcoal, and ink, we’ll trace the arc of late winter, marking the weeks by exploring the details of seeds, jewel-like buds, and the signs of spring’s approach. All experience levels welcome.

Drawing Plants: Winter Meditation 
Dates: Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31 
Time:  7-9 pm
Location: People’s Co-Op || 3029 SE 21st Ave
$149 || Space limited to 25 students
Registration and Details: Portland Underground Grad School

Scholarships available.

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