We are writing a book and won’t be offering the Guided & Guaranteed program until 2020. Sign up for the Self-Study Program and you’ll receive an email when we launch the program.



Prices in Canadian dollars. Course fee is per property unit.  Multiple attendees / landowners allowed per registration.




JUNE 3RD, 2019



* Program is online, but there is an optional in-person Field Day at Coen Farm, in Ferintosh, Alberta, Canada. See the detailed schedule. 




WEEK LECTURES: Mondays, 6 pm Mountain Time STUDY HALL (Optional): Wednesdays, 6 pm Mountain Time
Week #0 Pre-Course Work: Intake Interviews and Introduction
Week #1 June 3: Visions, Values and Resources June 5
Week #2 June 10: Climate & Geography June 12
Week #3 June 17: Water & Access June 19
Week #4 June 24: Structures & Fencing June 24
July 1: BREAK July 3: BREAK
Week #5 July 8: Flora & Fauna July 10
Week #6 July 15: Business & Technology July 17
Week #7 July 22: Soil July 24
July 29 – Monday, Aug 26th: BREAK  July 29 – Monday, Aug 26th: BREAK 
**Saturday, August 24th: Optional in-person Field Day @ Coen Farm in Ferintosh, Alberta. More info. **
Week #8 Sept 2: Introduction to Design Sept 4
Week #9 Sept 9: Implementation & Monitoring Sept 11
Week #10 Sep 16, 6pm Mountain Time: Final Design Presentations
Monthly Thereafter Oct – Dec: Adaptive Habitat Monthly Mastermind, 3 month membership

Is The Guided & Guaranteed Program for You?

We’re not going to pretend we’re revealing hidden secrets here. Truth is, if you’re willing to view several thousands of hours of YouTube videos, and read a small library of books, you likely find all the information you’ll receive here.

But will you be able to create the context for it – and apply all the situational experience that a consultant takes years to amass? That’s another question…..

If you’re motivated and don’t need one-on-one support, guidance and accountability, our Self-Study Option is completely free and includes access to our tools, video resources, and one week of tips around the process as well as recommendations for you to take action, delivered via email.

Our guaranteed program, on the other hand, is a 10-week (or more) guided, day-by-day, interactive online curriculum (or 6-day in person course) that cuts through the noise to give you the tools and process you need and guarantees your results.

Yes, you read that right! If you show up, participate in the guaranteed program, do the work, and use the tools and resources we provide as instructed, your results are guaranteed.

We’re serious about investing our time and expertise to help you establish a lasting, resilient legacy on your land…and so we screen our applicants in the guided program. We speak personally with you by telephone to identify your goals, needs, and commitment, and then require a signed agreement to be sure that you’re serious, too.

So….if you’re looking to move past the obstacles that have been blocking you from creating your ecologically regenerative, financially sustainable, functionally resilient, and enjoyable property, and you’re willing to commit to doing the work, our Guided & Guaranteed Option is the program for you.

Graduates Share Land Design Stories…

Success Stories

Students share their Land Design success stories here...

  • Although we knew that we had acquired a good property, this course helped to see the incredible value embodied here. Paradoxically, through a focus on the weakest link, the course helped us to activate that value by focusing on one small part of the overall platform. Through this restrained and disciplined approach to design, the overwhelming became manageable. Rob and Takota take a unique approach to design which is proving very effective.

    Audrey Smith
    Audrey Smith Guided & Guaranteed Program Grad
  • I found Rob and Takota extremely helpful, encouraging, and interested in how each student was doing. I particularly enjoyed discussing our weekly assignments with my accountability partners. Overall, I would highly recommend this class to anyone interested in property design.

    Nick Marianos
    Nick Marianos Guided & Guaranteed Program Grad
  • Before the course, I felt like we were reacting to whatever seemed most important at the time.  Taking the course focused our efforts on the most important items we needed to address and gave us a framework to analyze new decisions and decide where they fit into the overall plan.

    Andrea Roccio Water Harvesting Canada


Rob and Takota offer lively and information-packed, interactive 90-minute webinars weekly for 10 weeks (all calls are recorded for later playback). In between, you’ll work on assignments applying the lessons of the class to your property, and you’ll buddy up with an accountability partner for peer support throughout the course. But that’s just the beginning of all you’ll receive…



Our Guided & Guaranteed Program has 10 primary objectives:

  1. You will constrain the infinite number of design and management possibilities available to you by clarifying your vision, values, and resources.
  2. You will diagnose the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of your current property in its ability to meet your vision and values.
  3. You will identify the weakest link in building your vision and create a design and implementation plan to strengthen it.
  4. You will identify where your lifestyle, habits, and systems don’t match your values and vision, and how to create the necessary changes to support your vision and values.
  5. You will learn process to make informed and strategic decisions with confidence and without remorse.
  6. You will learn how to use the appropriate tools, resources, community and technical support so that you can implement your vision with confidence and ease.
  7. You will learn a process for creating benchmarks to monitor the success of your decisions.
  8. You will learn a process to help you navigate any future problems as they arise, without overwhelm.
  9. You will learn how to use a data management system that will help you to manage the complexity of your life and land
  10. Your life energy and enjoyment will increase as a result of this program.

We guarantee you will achieve all these objectives if you complete our program.

Lastly, we’re serious about investing our time and expertise to help you establish a lasting, resilient legacy on your land…and so we also offer an unlimited return policy to our graduates. What does that mean? It means that as long as there is room, we allow our alumni to re-take the program again, and again. We we are truly vested in your success!



How do you create a masterwork? Simple – just chip away everything that doesn’t belong there.

Whether Michelangelo or Picasso or Andy Warhol said it, it applies just as much to land design as it does to sculpture.

So in this first step, we run a reality check on your wish list (for example, if you’d like a dam or pond, but don’t have the catchment to fill it, this is one possibility off the table!). By first creating your vision and value statements, then doing an inventory of the resources available on your property, you reduce the overwhelming number of design possibilities available to you. This step is about creating your personal infrastructure, the framework you will use throughout the rest of the course.

In addition to your three 90-minute interactive webinars where Rob and Takota introduce you to the Pro Version of their Adaptive Habitat Tool for Google Earth, you’ll also receive…

  • Templates and resources to create vision and value statements
  • Templates and resources to complete an inventory of all your resources
  • Weekly planner and weekly goal setting template
  • Weekly question templates for you and your accountability partner
  • Weekly online open facilitated work sessions


So you’ve weeded out your impossible wishes and identified the assets and liabilities you know on your property. But that’s just the beginning…

Does your property sit in a floodplain, with rich alluvial soil – and potential for disaster? Are its rich forests or grasslands a tinderbox for wildfire during drought? Is the permafrost under your property melting? Does your community have land use restrictions that would scuttle your vision? These are things that you might not know – and might not even think to ask.

In this step’s single 90-minute webinar, Rob and Takota will teach you to map your property to identify its Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) in relation to your vision and values. You’ll also receive…

  • A typical mapping package based on 25 m contour data (or better), worth ~$500 (more precise data is available at your cost)
  • Advanced Mapping Packing: includes maps for your property’s solar radiation, water catchment, aspect, slope, vegetation, soil polygons and 3D models, worth ~$300
  • Biophysical and soil reports
  • Video and text resources
  • Exercises to help identify your property’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • Land Use Bylaw template
  • Weekly question templates for you and your accountability partner


You’ve identified your values and goals, and assessed the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats on your property…now it’s time to run another reality check: how do your values and goals, and your property’s assets and liabilities, all compare to your actual lifestyle today?

For example, do you envision life as an agro-preneur, and think, “Ah, wouldn’t it be wonderful!”… you spend your days away at work and tend your land ferociously on the weekends? Or perhaps you dream of free time to spend with your family on a low-maintenance, high-production farm… but your homestead now requires three people working a full day just to manage daily chores, tending multiple species of livestock that are all consuming pricey store-bought fodder.

Believe us, we understand! We all dream of the life we want…and if your current lifestyle and systems are far removed from the lifestyle of your dreams, you need to evaluate what needs to change, and how you want to change it.

In this step’s three 90-minute webinars, Rob and Takota will provide you with the templates, tools, and other resources to help you identify and re-vision the behaviours and systems you will need to adopt, adapt, or eliminate to achieve your goals. You will receive….

  • Weekly question templates for you and your accountability partner
  • 1 hour private video call with Rob and Takota to review your design


We like to quote the old Japanese saying: Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.

Now that you’ve clarified your goals, values, and vision, diagnosed your property’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and designed the systems to achieve your vision, it’s time to work on the other half of this process: implementing your plan in physical form.
Each of the preceding steps has chipped away at the overwhelming range of options you saw at the outset, and now, with your design in hand, you are ready to start putting it into action.

One correction: when we say “you,” read “you and your support team!” Too often, we’ve seen DIY-minded landowners abandon their projects due to overwhelm, or simply fizzle out, thinking that they need to do it all themselves, from laying out the contours and digging swales, to building the greenhouse, to grading and paving the drive…the whole shebang, on their own.

That doesn’t happen here! We guarantee that if you show up for the program and do the work, you will end up with a great plan. If you need help implementing your plan, we will offer additional support on an hourly basis via phone or Zoom, or onsite (a value of $8,000 to $40,000). And we will open our entire professional network to you – from (agronomists) to (zoologists), to ensure you have the help you need. The value here? Incalculable!

You will also receive…

  • Three 1.5 hour webinars with Q&A over three weeks + recordings (value of $300)
  • Weekly question templates for you and your accountability partner


So when the design and implementation phases are complete, your work is done, right? Not so!

We’ve seen it too many times – how clients have a general idea of their perfect property, but no clear plan for how they want it to function when all the pieces are in place and operating over the long haul. The result? They don’t incorporate maintenance as a factor in their implementation, and wind up continually working against nature, forcing their property to do things that it was not designed to do….as you might say, leaving the rat race of the city only to jump into the rat race of the farm. It’s a recipe for drudgery, frustration, exhaustion, and in the end, poor or nonexistent profits for all the work expended.

How do you avoid this? Look closely at what the land is capable of, and work within those parameters. In other words, diagnose and project your desired level of hands-on involvement as a part of your planning, starting with Step One. This ensures you use your time and energy, as well as the resources of your property, to yield the greatest profit most efficiently.

If you’re feeling dismay at this prospect – no worries! Rob and Takota have you covered here also, with ongoing support…

  • Three 1.5 hour webinars with Q&A over three weeks + recordings (value $300)
  • A 50% discounted rate for Takota or Rob’s 1 on 1 phone/video consultation (the discounted rate is $100/hour)
  • Smartphone app resources for real time spatial, photo, and data capture
  • Digital and analogue data management systems
  • Visual Soil Assessment Template (value of $50)

Post-program, you’ll be given a three-month membership to the Adaptive Habitat Monthly Mastermind program (value of $200)

Field Day


It’s one thing to learn about design in a lecture and it’s entirely another to see and experience it in real-life. Enrolled students are invited to join both Rob & Takota for a private Field Day on Coen Farm, in Ferintosh, Alberta. Detailed information for this optional event will be provided to students post registration.

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