How do you make Paradise?

In this article, I am going to give you two things:

  1. Education. Tips so you can create paradise.
  2. Inspiration. How I’m turning a 160-acre mountain property into paradise. 



Water is life.
Where it meets land, it creates the most bio-diverse landscapes in the world.

Think of the coral reef. Think man-groves. Think of the Nile, the Amazon, and the Mississippi. 

Where water is abundant is also where humans thrive.
More water = more plants = more animals (like us).

It should be every person’s goal to create water-rich lands around themselves.
To make it so rich, they can live on the interest. Not the capital.

Re-read that last paragraph.
I can not stress how important that concept is.

So how do we go about growing that wealth?
WATER + three simple words:

  1. Slow (it down)
  2. Store (it in ponds and dams)
  3. Soak (it into the soil)

Let’s give you some inspiration + show you the top 4 water assets I’m building for a client. 
P.S. Want a Permaculture designer & installer in your corner? Let’s make your paradise. >CLICK HERE<



My most exciting client when it comes to water is Azhen Sanctuary…. we are putting in 30 ponds!
(One of them is even called Paradise Pond).

Here are the 3 most important ponds:
(We are working on them right now!)

1) Source & Sink Ponds

“Source” = The highest point you can hold water on a landscape. 
“Sink” = The lowest point on your property you can hold water. 

This client got LiDar and topographical maps so this was SUPER easy to find. 
While I have the equipment to do this, it’s awesome to just hire a pro-surveying company and get software like this:

Permaculture Design

See the little blue dot on the top mountain?
That is the “source” / highest source of water. We named it the “Oasis”.

And see that little patch of blue in the bottom left corner?
That’s the “sink” / lowest source of water. We named it after their friend. 

But get this:
We built them both last week! Check it out:

2) “The Keypoint”

In every slope, there is an ideal pond spot to get both volume + head pressure.

Why is it that important? To fight fires, for irrigation, and for micro-hydro.

I won’t get into the technical details of how you find it… but to over-simplify, let’s just say it’s “midway” on a slope.

We have 2 locations “midway” locations picked out…
Fire Dam & Power Pond. Here they are on the map:

Landscape Designer

3) Best Bang for Buck

The most common practice in the pond/dam industry is to dig the biggest hole as cheaply as possible.
I advise clients to be careful taking this approach. Racing to bottom dollar is not always best.

However, it DOES make sense to be economical where you put a pond and its shape.
For example, place it where water already pools and in a valley (valley ponds need only one wall).

I want to introduce you to “Paradise Pond”.
It’s a huge valley. And water already pools there. 

Today I started digging this pond with the excavator…
…then I wrote this for you. 🙂

Water Storage



Water is critical to life.

The best time to invest in water was 10 years ago.
The second best time is now. 

Remember… no matter your property size:

  1. Design from Source to Sink.

Your consultant & designer,

Kenton Zerbin
(P.S. Want a paradise? Contact me >>>HERE<<< for my services.)

(Kenton is a passionate educator  & consultant for sustainable living. Kenton runs a wide array of workshops on tiny homes, sustainable living, and Permaculture. He lives in his off-grid tiny house in BC and does consulting internationally.)

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