Dr. Vandana Shiva
Dr. Vandana Shiva is trained as a Physicist and did her Ph.D. on the subject “Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory” from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. In 1982, she founded an independent institute, the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in Dehra Dun dedicated to high quality and independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times, in close partnership with local communities and social movements. In 1991, she founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, the promotion of organic farming and fair trade. In 2004 she started Bija Vidyapeeth, an international college for sustainable living in Doon Valley in collaboration with Schumacher College, U.K. Dr. Shiva combines the sharp intellectual enquiry with courageous activism. Time Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as an environmental “hero” in 2003 and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators of Asia. Forbes magazine in November 2010 has identified Dr. Vandana Shiva as one of the top Seven most Powerful Women on the Globe. Dr. Shiva has received honorary Doctorates from University of Paris, University of Western Ontario, University of Oslo and Connecticut College, University of Guelph. Among her many awards are the Alternative Nobel Prize (Right Livelihood Award, 1993), Order of the Golden Ark, Global 500 Award of UN and Earth Day International Award. Lennon ONO grant for peace award by Yoko Ono in 2009, Sydney Peace Prize in 2010, Doshi Bridgebuilder Award, Calgary Peace Prize and Thomas Merton Award in the year 2011,the Fukuoka Award and The Prism of Reason Award in 2012 , the Grifone d’Argento prize 2016 and The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016
Robyn Francis, permaculture pioneer, educator, designer, presenter and innovator has been working internationally for over three decades in 15 countries and diverse climates. She worked closely with Bill Mollison for many years including co-teaching the first permaculture course (PDC) in India with him in 1987. Among her many achievements she was the founder of Permaculture International, Permaculture College Australia, designer of NSW's first ecovillage (Jarlanbah), and co-initiator of the nationally accredited Permaculture Vocational Training in Australia. Francis balances international work with direct action in her local community and bioregion. Since 1994 she is based at Djanbung Gardens, purpose-designed Permaculture training centre in the lush subtropics of NSW, Australia. She is passionate about empowering people to become effective agents of change and mentoring a new generation of permaculture teachers and practitioners.
David Holmgren is best known as the co-originator of the permaculture concept following the publication of Permaculture One in 1978. Within the growing and international permaculture movement, David is respected for his commitment to presenting ideas through practical projects and teaching by example that a permaculture way of living is a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependant consumerism. As well as his involvement in the pragmatic side of permaculture, David is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability that are highlighted in his 2002 book, Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. His 2009 book, Future Scenarios: how communities can adapt to peak oil and climate change outlines energy descent futures that could emerge over the next few decades. David's refreshing and unorthodox approach to the environmental issues of our time has been a major influence on the Transition Towns movement.
David is currently writing a new book set for release in early 2017. RetroSuburbia: a downshifter's guide to a resilient future is focussed on rebuilding the household economy, and the ongoing and incremental changes we can make to our built, biological and behavioural landscapes.
David and his partner Su Dennett live at Melliodora, a one-hectare property in central Victoria. It is one of Australia's best-documented permaculture demonstration sites.
Andy Goldring is the Chief Executive of the Permaculture Association, the UK charity that helps people to learn about and use permaculture, and host of the 12th International Permaculture Conference which was held in London in 2015. Andy develops networks. He initiated the 'LAND network' of demonstration projects, supported Permaculture Wales and Scotland to form, and was one of the founding members of the European Permaculture Network. Andy is part of a team that is developing the 'Permaculture Collaborative Laboratory', an experimental online approach to helping permaculture networks become more coherent and effective across the world. Andy is a council member of Ecolise, a 'meta-network', that brings together transition, permaculture, eco-villages and other community led sustainability initiatives across Europe. Andy lives in Leeds, Yorkshire, where he is a director of 'Leeds Love it Share it', which explores new approaches to urban regeneration, and chair of Leeds Permaculture Network. Andy cycles to work and enjoys his time off with friends and family in the garden.
Narsanna Koppula is a permaculture pioneer in India. A lover of nature and environment, he was among the first Indians trained by Bill Mollison in the 1980s. With his mentor, Late Dr. Venkat, who has been his constant source of inspiration, they created the first permaculture farms in India and formed Permaculture Farmers Group across the country.
He founded Aranya Agricultural Alternatives with his wife, Padma, in 1999 with the aim to advocate permaculture principles and practices in India as well as all over the world.
They continuously work with farmers in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh with the goal to empower rural communities through the teaching of natural resource management and permaculture design. A highly energetic teacher on the field, Narsanna has a wealth of knowledge on traditional Indian agricultural practices and he is extremely passionate about disseminating this knowledge to his students and farmers.
From an early age, Tierra became interested in the conservation of nature, then started working as an educator and environmental interpreter in different places of Argentina. While he educated people within Environmental Education Program, he began to have a more intimate contact with nature working as a field naturalist in different environments. Later, he discovered Permaculture, which opened the possibility to a trip from where he decided never to return to the starting point. After traveling for more than a decade within a vast territory, Tierra has settled for five years in Argentina and South America, encouraging the creation of a movement that allows a vision beyond the power of the people and spread the seed of Permaculture. With over 15 years of experience in permaculture and more than 160 PDC conducted, Tierra is now focused on the creation of reference centers in different climates, ecosystems and cultures of Latin America and Caribbean Islands, enhancing the Latin Movement Permaculture and trying to manage a beautiful network of exchanging processes, students, programs, reference centers that empower and show the work that is being developed in different climates, ecosystems and cultures around Latin America. As a leader of the Latin American Permaculture Movement for Argentina, he is part of the organizing committee of the 4th and 5th Latin American Meeting of Permaculture and is part of the Support Group Meetings International Permaculture (IPC). Besides, Tierra is also the General Coordinator of next IPC 2020 Argentina.
Starhawk is the author or coauthor of thirteen books, including the classics The Spiral Dance, her visionary novel The Fifth Sacred Thing and its sequel, City of Refuge and her book on 'social permaculture': The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups. She wrote and co-directed the documentary Permaculture: The Growing Edge, and travels internationally, lecturing and teaching. Starhawk directs Earth Activist Training, teaching permaculture design grounded in spirit and with a focus on organizing and social permaculture.
She did her PDC with Penny Livingston-Stark in 1997 and holds a double diploma in teaching and design from the Permaculture Institute of North America. On her forty-acre ranch in Northern California, she integrates planned grazing perennial food forests and medicinal herbs in an evolving model of carbon ranching.
Sri Rajendra Singh
Rajendra Singh is a highly respected social activist working with water and river issues in India. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, in 1985 he went to live in rural Rajasthan, to introduce modern education and medicine there but soon the villagers made clear their primary need was for water. Harnessing the villagers’ capacities and their traditional wisdom, Johads (small earthen dams to trap water) were quickly built and the first fruits of these labours were realised in the very next rains when the nature began to flow again. The area dramatically transformed, progressively becoming more productive, and healthier. Rajendra and Tarun Bharat Sangh (TBS), the organization he chairs to further this work, began in each village by persuading the Village Council, a traditional body comprised of representatives from each household, where decisions are taken by consensus, to contribute labor and materials towards building and maintaining the johads. Over 30 years of working in that region, rivulets, dry for eighty years, were revived. He helped the villagers build several thousand Johads at strategic points. Major impacts of this sustained work have made the area rejuvenated with: Recharged aquifers, much improved ground water levels and more surface water; increased agricultural and milk production securing food supplies; thriving communities, especially for women and children; disciplined use of natural resources; ecological restoration. His application of this unique strategy of community-driven, decentralized water management & conservation has regenerated healthy, prosperous communities; strengthened democracy and political transparency; changed paradigm of water and climate change adaptation. Working with actual communities, Rajendra Singh demonstrates that using the inherent capacities of a community as well as introducing appropriate modern knowledge, strengthens a community’s capacity to adapt to existential threats such as climate change. Out of Rajasthan, Sri Rajendra Singh is actively involved with authorities of other states on water awareness and conservation issues.
I became aware half way through my PDC with Robyn Francis that permaculture was what had been lacking in my work in 'developing' countries such as India and Lesotho where I had worked in agriculture. I had had the experience coming up against the wall of conventional horticulture and destructive agriculture practices that were unable to solve the problems of food security and land degradation to which they had contributed so severely. I knew deeply that permaculture had applications beyond the situation of say, 20 people in a capitalist country converting to a more sustainable lifestyle. I was able to review my memories of poverty and powerlessness and recognise that permaculture can reverse these and its practices rebuild threatened and diminishing resources. such as water, soil and forests. I took permaculture with me to Viet Nam in those difficult post-war days. It provided the framework, through design, to allow the traditional knowledge and skills to be recovered and rebuild the country and its food supply. The success and my concern grew for similar national and local situations where people, for whatever reasons, were denied access to the knowledge that permaculture would give them. I passionately believe that as I have had the privilege learn, permaculture, is the RIGHT of all other people so they can buffer or transform their lives faced with capitalism and global warming. My present preoccupations and passions are to convert refugee camps into ecovillages which is necessary, humane and feasible; understand how to buffer the snow melt from glaciers to buy time for all farmers down stream; develop a curriculum and respect for the world's shepherds and their ecosystems; provide permaculture course materials for disaster planning for all communities worldwide; bring permaculture thinkers together for working on assuaging the accelerating problems of searise on the world's deltas. And I want to work with people, who want to work on these issues.
Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a caregiver, teacher, writer, designer and speaker. Her work emphasizes the benefits of applying ecological principles to social design. She studied at Columbia and Tufts University and with several permaculture and ecological design programs.Her writing includes a children's book, various curricula and a manual entitled "Shades of Green" for individuals wanting to teach green building to youth. She has keynoted and lectured both domestically and internationally on topics ranging from diversity, social justice, youth and women's leadership, social entrepreneurship permaculture and sustainability. She has designed curriculum for and taught groups all over the world as diverse as Iraqi and Indonesian youth to men serving in San Quentin and men and women returning home from incarceration. Her most recent projects include co-founding the Black Permaculture Network, working for 6 years with Toyota to design and serving as a coalition member of the Toyota Green Initiative which supports African Americans in understanding the benefits of adopting sustainable lifestyles; co-designing, teaching with and directing Pathways to Resilience - a permaculture and social entrepreneur training program that worked with men and women returning home after incarceration-, and co-founding Women Designing Resilience -a re-entry program for women returning home from prison. She has studied four languages and lived and worked in over twelve countries and her other achievements include being featured in the films The Future of Energy and Inhabit, presenting at Tedx Denver and San Francisco, and being awarded internships and fellowships to the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University, Green For All, the Bronx Zoo and the Applied Research Center. When she is not working you can find her spending time with her beloved mother and cats or in the redwoods.
Vithal Rajan, Officer, Order of Canada, BA Hons (McGill), PhD (London School of Economics), was founder President Permaculture Association of India, and founder chair, Deccan Development Society which published ‘Permaculture A Designer’s Manual’ in India. He was the First Executive Director of the Livelihood Awards Foundation, Sweden [the Alternative Nobel Prize], and a personal friend of Bill Mollison. He has worked in industry in Canada and India; as a mediator for the Church in Belfast in the 1970s; and later as a member of the founding faculty at the School of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK; as Chair of World Studies, International School of Geneva; as Director, WWF-International, Switzerland; as founding Councillor, World Future Council, London, Hamburg and Brussels. He founded several Indian NGOs. In 2006, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for life-long service to humanity.
Cathe' Fish has been teaching Permaculture and doing Design Consultations since her PDC in 1987. She started teaching Passive Solar Energy applications in 1980, including building / designing passive solar greenhouses with the Arizona Solar Energy Association. Cathe' was involved in the renaissance of super insulated strawbale buildings in 1987, and has taught passive solar building design at straw bale workshops, Master Gardener classes, and Permaculture courses. She has been cooking extensively with the sun since 1996s. She was the founder and original editor of the Drylands Permaculture newsletter in 1987, which later evolved into the Permaculture Drylands Journal. She was also newspaper gardening editor. Cathe' holds a Professional Diploma of Permaculture Design in the disciplines of both Site Design and Education and is a Course Teacher for the Permaculture Institute of North America. Cathe' has a Permaculture teaching farm in Northern California, USA where she teaches Permaculture Design Courses.
Prof. Sultan Ismail
Dr Sultan Ahmed Ismail, M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D., D.Sc., (9.10.1951) is Managing Director of the Ecoscience Research Foundation, a not-for profit organization, in Chennai. He was the Head of Zoology and later the Department of Biotechnology, The New College, Chennai. Has done extensive work (both research and applied) on ecology and environment, earthworms and organic inputs since 1978. He has been associated with several farmers and self-help groups promoting the concepts of ecology, sustainability, organic concepts, waste management, waste water treatment, etc. He was awarded the CASTME award for 1994-95 in the UK, the Arignar Anna Award by the Department of Environment of the Government of Tamil Nadu for 2005, and the Award of Excellence presented by His Excellency Governor of Jharkhand in Dec 2010. Classified as one among the “TOP 10” people of Tamil Nadu for 2013 by Anantha Vikathan he has traveled widely in India and abroad, with rich expertise in environmental issues. His book “The Earthworm Book” is popular among both academics and others interested in earthworms, while his coordinated “simple tasks great concepts” is a boon to science teachers and students with 100 life science experiments which any child can perform without a laboratory. His earthworm book has been translated in Tamil as well as in Chinese. He has published more than 70 papers in National and International Journals, guided 32 M.Phil students and 17 Ph.D, students.
Margarethe completed her Diploma Thesis at the Innsbruck University (Austria) with the topic: "Permaculture as a model for a sustainable structurally change of the society with special consideration of education for sustainable developement" in 2007. She is a founding member (2004) of the Permaculture-Academy in the Alpine Regions, and now teaching at the Academy. Collaborating with Rosemary Morrow, Margarethe has set up the first Permaculture Teachers Training courses in Austria. Member of the former European Permaculture-Council, and member of the working group EUPN-EUPC since 2015, Margarethe participated in the IPC’s in Croatia, Brazil, Malawi, Jordan, Cuba and the UK. She is taking care of fundraising activities for delegates and working with the organisation of scholarships for IPC since 2007. Besides, Margarethe is the coordinator of the IPCC (International-Permaculture-Convergence-Council) together with John Nzira. She handled the fundraising part for the Permaculture Project PORET in Zimbabwe (Director: Julious Piti) - aiming to set up two Kindergarten-buildings - which officially opened in April 2015. In addition, Margarethe does lectures about Permaculture for several organisations, and participates in the organisation of a monthly Permaculture-meeting with others in Innsbruck since 2005.
Nipun Mehta is the founder of ServiceSpace, an incubator of projects that works at the intersection of volunteerism, technology and gift-economy. What started as an experiment with four friends in the Silicon Valley has now grown to a global ecosystem of over 500,000 members that has delivered millions of dollars in service for free. Nipun has received many awards, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service, Wavy Gravy's Humanitarian award, and Dalai Lama's Unsung Hero of Compassion. In 2015, President Barack Obama appointed him to a council on poverty and inequality. Nipun is routinely invited to share his message of "giftivism" to wide ranging audiences, from inner city youth in Memphis to academics in London to international dignitaries at the United Nations. He serves on the advisory boards of the Seva Foundation, the Dalai Lama Foundation, and Greater Good Science Center. Nipun's high-school goal was to either become a tennis-pro or a Himalayan Yogi. Instead, by the third year of his Computer Science and Philosophy degree at UC Berkeley, he started his software career at Sun Microsystems. Dissatisfied by the dot-com greed of the late 90s, Nipun went to a homeless shelter with three friends to "give with absolutely no strings attached." They ended up creating a website, and also an organization named ServiceSpace. In 2001, at the age of 25, Nipun quit his job to become a "full time volunteer." In January 2005, Nipun and Guri, his wife of six months, put everything aside to embark on an open-ended, unscripted walking pilgrimage in India, to "use our hands to do random acts of kindness, our heads to profile inspiring people, and our hearts to cultivate truth." Living on a dollar a day, eating wherever food was offered, sleeping wherever a flat surface was found, the couple walked 1000 kilometers before ending up at a retreat center, where they meditated for three months. Nipun's mission statement in life now reads: "Bring smiles in the world and stillness in my heart."
President of Permaculture Center of Japan, Kiyokazu Shidara did his PDC in 1995 with Max Lingdeger in Crystal Waters. He also got a diploma of Permaculture in the area of education in 1998. Since then, he organised more than 50 PDC for the last 20 years, and had more than 1000 graduates. Kiyokazu Shidara published two books on Permaculture ('Introduction to Permaculture Kitchen Garden' and 'Permaculture, Welcome to new sustainable farmer's Lifestyle'), and wrote articles on newspapers and magazines about both Permaculture and community movements.
Dr. Jigmet Yangchan
PhD on Soil Water Engineering from PAU Ludhiana, Dr Jigmet Yangchan has dedicated her work to sustainable water resource management in Ladhak area (North India). In 2005-2006, she served with PRAGYA organization as a Project Team Manager and acting Project officer at their Regional Office in Leh, being responsible for planning, implementation and monitoring of various projects related with National Resource Development and Management including community mobilization. During this period, she has conducted and facilitated various workshops and awareness camps. In 2006-2007 she worked with Harvel Irrigation PVT. Ltd, one of the leading company in Irrigation technology as a Business Executive in Irrigation Engineering, gaining significant knowledge and expertise on Sprinkler Irrigation, Drip Irrigation, Landscape Irrigation, and Gardening Irrigation. She was then handling different Irrigation and Landscape Projects. From 2007 to 2011, Jigmet worked with the KrishiVigyan Kendra Regional Agricultural Research Station SKUAST-KLeh, as a Subject Matter Specialist in Agriculture Engineering she was overall in-charge for planning, managing and conducting trainings, workshops, Kisan mela, front line demonstration, vocational trainings for farms women and rural youth.. Currently working with High Mountain Arid Agriculture Research Institute SKUAST-K in Leh (Ladakh), she is having responsibility of research on water and soil issues of Ladakh. Despite of this she is also conducting numerous trainings, skill development course and workshops for farmers and rural youth on number of topics, based on their needs.
Albert Bates holds a B.A. from Maxwell and Newhouse Schools of Syracuse University (1969), LL.B. and J.D. degrees from New York Law School (1972), Dipl.P in permaculture design and Dipl.P in permaculture instruction from PINA (>50 full PDCs), certification in Horsemastership from Silvermine School (1965), Emergency Medicine (1973), Permaculture Design (1994), Edible Forest Design (2009), Regrarian Design (2016), and specialities in natural construction, finance, social governance, conflict transformation, and ecovillage design. He serves as visiting professor to Nanjing Agricultural University, Gaia University, and Gaia Education Associates. He is author of 16 books on history, ecology and the future, including The Biochar Solution (2010) and The Paris Agreement (2015). He is co-recipient of the first Right Livelihood Award (1980) for the work of his organization, Plenty, in preserving the cultures of indigenous peoples. He designs cool villages, ecodistricts and economies for ECO2, a COOL DESIGN company based in the Dominican Republic.
Manisha Lath Gupta
Manisha is a marketer-entrepreneur turned self-taught permaculture farmer. Motivated by a desire to feed her family with uncontaminated food, and to build a sustainable ecosystem, she converted 10 acres of barren land into a lush green food forest. She chanced upon permaculture in 2010, and learning its design principles and philosophy through books and online videos. Lack of information on planting patterns for North India meant that she had to experiment with plants, while remaining true to the principle of permaculture. As a woman practising permaculture in Haryana, she faced the challenge to educate and inspire an all-male farm team, to take a leap of faith and pursue a path contrary to everything they knew about farming. Today, Manisha's efforts are a source of awareness and inspiration for farmers in the region who are eager to adopt permaculture techniques. She has blogged her experiences and journey on www.aanandaa.com over the last 6 years.
Agronomist and Doctor in Ecology, François Léger is professor of Agroecology at AgroParisTech (Paris, France) and expert adviser in agro-environmental policies for the French government. His research initially focused on the sustainability of pastoral practices (in Mexico and France), and then on ways of reconciling agricultural production with the conservation of wild and domestic biodiversity. Throughout his career he worked in direct collaboration with farmers who refused the industrial model of agriculture. This research attitude leads him to work now on these small farms, combining ecological innovation (agroecological practices, permaculture ...), economic innovation (short food circuits ...), and social innovation (mutual aid and self- empowerment networks…) which demonstrate today that it is possible to live from small-scale farming with dignity and ethics, helping to build healthier, more equitable food systems that respect cultural and natural heritage.
Beatriz Ramirez Cruz
Beatriz has been devoted to manual labor for a long time. This led her to work in different Mayan Women Cooperative Textiles in Guatemala (Solola region) and Mexico (Yucatan and Chiapas Region). She has been introduced to Permaculture approximately 12 years ago, through Tierra Martinez. Beatriz is now a Permaculture designer, with works on different Latin America and the Caribbean Islands climates, ecosystems and cultures. Recently she has been dedicated to work on creating a new education, being part of a movement of Alternative Education, with which she has Co-Designed The Course of Design of Educational Facilities based on Permaculture and Living Education, providing these courses in several countries and promoting the creation of these spaces. At the same time, Beatriz has been trained in various branches of Organic Architecture (Natural Patterns, Energy Flows, etc), the Natural Building (Construction in Bamboo, Reciprocal Structures, Raw Earth, etc) and Sacred Geometry (Sensitive Geometry and The Magic of Geometry), thereby achieving to build a solid foundation of theoretical and practical knowledges that she implements every day of her life, to which she is dedicated full time. Within the institute in the area of Organic Architecture and Natural Building and Social Permaculture, she is also in charge of works in several points that have to do with Nonviolent Communication, Dragon Dreaming, Consensus, Consent, Cafe World, Fish Ball, Open Space, etc. This activity has led her to be active in recent years in various parts of South America as Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina. Beatriz has taught about 50 Certified courses on Permaculture Design and she has been trained as a Master of Permaculture with several institutes. She has conducted several logistical Estate, Bioregional, National and International Meetings of Permaculture. She is currently the Co-Director of the Institute of Permaculture Na Lu'um for the area of Latin America, and also a co-founder member of the PermaneSer Alliance with which she develops projects in more than 10 countries.
Stuart R. Muir Wilson
Stuart grew up working on his grandfathers farm (Bill Mollison) where he worked for 11 years. Learning, practicing and teaching along the way, as well as managing WWOOFers on the farm, with his two brothers. This formed the foundation for his passion in sustainable architecture. Stuart finished his Master of Architecture degree with honors at the University of Tasmania in 2012. The honors thesis focused on integrating Permaculture, Architecture and Urban design, while helping out refugees, forming the portmanteau of permatecture. Stuart is currently a practicing Graduate Architect in Australia. He traveled to Brazil for International Permaculture Conference No. 8 where he went to the Amazon for an indigenous tour and learning experience. Continuing 2011 he went to Mexico for 4 months to teach 5 courses, teaching and consulting through out all of Mexico's climate regions. Stuart is going on to be nominated as young Australian of the year, continuing his grandfathers Legacy with the Right of Livli Hood Award (alternative nobel prize).
Manish Jain is deeply committed to regenerating our diverse knowledge systems and cultural imaginations. He has served for the past 17 years as Coordinator and Co-Founder of Shikshantar: The Peoples’ Institute for Rethinking Education and Development based in Udaipur, India and is co-founder of the Swaraj University, Creativity Adda, Learning Societies Unconference, Walkouts-Walkon network, and Udaipur as a Learning City in India. He is a featured speaker/advisory member of the Economics of Happiness network for localization. He recently helped to launch the Ecoversities Network. He has edited several books on Vimukt Shiksha (liberating learning) on themes such as learning societies, unlearning, gift culture, community media, and tools for deep dialogue. Prior to this, Manish worked as one of the principal team members of the UNESCO Learning Without Frontiers global initiative. He has also been a consultant to UNICEF, World Bank, USAID in Africa, South Asia and former Soviet Union. Manish also worked as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley. He has been trying to unlearn his Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University and a B.A. in Economics, International Development and Political Philosophy from Brown University. He and his wife Vidhi have been unschooling themselves with their 13 year old daughter, Kanku. Manish is passionate about urban organic farming, filmmaking, simulation gaming, bicycling, group facilitation and slow food cooking.
Rebecca Ellis is a permaculture practitioner and a PhD candidate at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. In 2010 she attended an Earth Activist Training PDC course with Starhawk and has enthusiastically practiced and promoted permaculture in her community ever since. Rebecca has an M.A. in Socio-cultural Anthropology from Western University. Currently she is PhD candidate in Human Geography at Western University. Her PhD research is focused on the relationship between people and bees in cities. Rebecca sits on the Board of Directors of London Cycle Link and is a founding member of the Squeaky Wheels Bike Kitchen. She is an active member of Friends of Urban Agriculture and the Carolinian Forest Garden Guild. Rebecca maintains the Permaculture for the People blog and is an environmental and social justice activist. In her free time, she is a small-scale beekeeper and maintains an extensive urban permaculture backyard.
Christopher Nesbitt has lived in Belize Central America for 31 years. For the last 28 years he has been a farmer on a piece of severely degraded former citrus and cattle land. It is now a stacked polyculture of around 500 species of plants. From 1997-2004 he was the director of the Toledo Cacao Growers, where he was working on issues from organic and fairtrade certification to grant writing for capacity building. He built up the farmers association from 200 members to over 750. In 2004 he formed Maya Mountain Research Farm, a registered NGO, on the land he farms, to train people in permaculture, biomimicry, agroecology and renewable energy. MMRF also works in energy poverty, especially rural electrical systems off grid for schools and water pumping. He has installed numerous photovoltaic systems in schools and clinics in indigenous communities and in 10 protected areas within Belize.
Raya Cole has been involved with organic agriculture, permaculture, sustainable systems and social justice since 1996. She developed two of her own farms with permaculture principles in California, which were homesteads as well as training centers. She has provided permaculture consultancy and implementation on farms in the United States, Costa Rica and India. Raya is also an herbalist with a medicinal herb product business, Simply Being Botanicals for which she grows and wildcrafts the herbs. In 1995, with the One World Global Education project, Raya had her first involvement in international development. Since then she has focused on living gently on the Earth while giving equal respect to all living beings; human, plants and animals. She contributes her knowledge of permaculture, group and community collaboration skills to Living Ecology's intern program, which works with Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, an incredibly effective development organization. Living Ecology provides advanced training and mentorship to permaculture students who learn by implementing a project with poor farmers in India. Raya completed her Permaculture Design Course in 2003 in the Earth Activist Training with Starhawk. Educational highlights include a 10 week internship with Geoff Lawton at The Permaculture Research Institute in Australia and 8 months at The Regenerative Design Institute in the Cultural Mentoring Program where she helped train the first year students in the Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness program with Penny Livingston-Stark and Jon Young. She also completed Aquaponics Design with Max Meyers, Holistic Management with Kurt Gadzia, Holistic Orchard Management with Michael Phillips, Keyline Design and Land Management with Darren Doherty, Advanced Permaculture Design Consultancy with Robyn Francis, and a Soil Food Web training with Elaine Ingham.
Bhuwan is a farmer from Gumi village in Eastern Surkhet district. He started his permaculture journey with the Jajarkot Permaculture Program with Chris Evans in 1993 as a livestock "barefoot" vet. By 2001 he was assistant coordinator of JPP's programs in Surkhet, part of a 4-district, 65-village network with 12000 farmer-members. He then co-founded a spin-off village NGO, the Himalayan Permaculture Group which he helped to develop in remote areas of Surkhet and Humla districts. In 2010 he then co-founded a further spin-off, the Himalayan Permaculture Centre, where he now works as Executive Officer. HPC works in 32 villages of Surkhet & Humla in areas of food security (agro-ecological regenerative systems), health, education, livelihoods and capacity building. His experience has seen him need to coordinate permaculture activities throughout the Maoist insurgency in Nepal between 1996 to 2006, travelling between the Maoist-controlled villages and government controlled district centres, at times when no other (I)NGOs were allowed into rural areas.
Paulo has been designing food forests and experiencing community living, for more than 10 years. He established permaculture projects in Iceland, Austria, Portugal and Scotland. In Iceland, he pioneered a food forest far north in an intentional community, teaching hundred of students, and launching his line of organic herb cosmetics. In Portugal, he planted food forests with more than 250 edible species, addressing the topic of climate change and beginning a conservation project of endangered plant species. In Austria, he designed a food self-sufficiency project for 25 people in a meditation center. He currently lives with his family in Findhorn ecovillage. He loves to share seeds and storytelling the successes and failures of his community and permaculture adventures.
Amani is interested in projects that develop farmers' capacities in sustainable agricultural practices with the aim of reducing pesticide use in crop systems and improving their livelihood. After completing her PDC with SOILS in 2015, she first collaborated with the NGO on designing and conducting agro-ecology workshops with farmers. She is now a member and project coordinator at SOILS where she implemented a pilot project for solid waste management and a sustainable micro-garden project in Syrian refugee camps. She co-developed a manual on agro-ecology and a fully illustrated booklet on micro-gardening in the camps. Amani manages an apple orchard in North Lebanon at an altitude of 1,500 m, converted to organic agriculture 3 years ago. She previously worked on the cultivation and valorization of aromatic plants in an agro-development project. She also worked as an environmental scientist in a consulting firm. Amani holds two master's degrees in environment and sustainable agriculture.
Nicholas Mc Guigan
Nicholas (Nick) McGuigan is an Associate Professor in Accounting at Monash University and a PDC holder. He co-founded The Accountability Institute with Thomas Kern. The Accountability Institute is a progressive forward thinking educative platform for fostering collaboration between art, science, technology, and economics in a new context: Accountability. Nicholas' interest is in changing the language of business - accounting - from one of ac'count'ing to one of accountability creating more collaborative and integrated futures of business, accounting and economic systems. Through the Accountability Institute, are trained permaculture designers and educators, learning how to incorporate permaculture design principles in the way we govern our economic systems that afford a deeper level of analysis across ecological, sociological and economic decision-making. Nicholas believes that if we can change the language we can change behaviour. Apart from his work to transform accountancy to include more than profit (one of his proposed courses is Accounting post Neoliberalism) his grasp, interest and knowledge of alternative and ethical money is exciting and optimistic and very well informed. Transforming our economy in large and small scale is fundamental to conserving and regenerating earth's resources and the future of us all.
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Seetha Ananthasivan is founder trustee of K.N.A.Foundation and Bhoomi College. Her areas of interest include Explorations in inner and outer ecology, Ecological Education, and working with community building and management processes based on principles of Nature. She is the editor of the Bhoomi magazine and the Founder of Aastha Foundation and Prakriya Green Wisdom School.
Eston Mgala is a permaculturist who lives in Malawi coming from passion in environment and Natural resource Management and sustainable community development. Since trained in permaculture by Kristof Nordin and Rosemary Marrow, Eston has taken permaculture as a life career and is the co-founder of the Kusamala Institute of Agriculture and Ecology which was born from from IPC9. He has worked on the development of the organization for 8 years and now working under ECPermaculture consultancy as a freelance permaculture consultant who helps local and international organisations who are working with people both in rural and urban areas. The work Eston does is crosscutting in conservation, resiliency, climate smart sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition security, environment and natural resource management, community resource mapping, regenerative design, agroforestry, reforestation. He believes the way to solve many of the challenges we are facing is to respect and understand the language of the environment through listening to the language of the land, plants, water, animals and people.
Maddy Harland is editor and co-founder of Permaculture magazine, an international quarterly in print, digital and online at www.permaculture.co.uk. Maddy co-founded Permanent Publications, established in 1990, and tasked with publishing cutting edge, practical information that encourages people to live more healthy, self-reliant and ecological lives. At is core is permaculture both in terms of subject and operationally in the company's design. Since 1995, Maddy has been involved with The Sustainability Centre in Hampshire, UK, once a military base, and now a thriving immersive learning centre. She is a founding member Gaia Education who have developed the Ecovillage Design Education course endorsed by UNESCO. Maddy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is a Visiting Knowledge Exchange Fellow of the Institute of Theological Partnerships at the University of Winchester University in the UK.
Yuan Qinghua holds Master’s degree in Agriculture. He has committed himself to practicing and spreading ecological agricultural technologies for more than a decade. In 2003, he started to encourage and to organize peasants to study ecological farming technologies in a rural NGO. Later, he systematically studied the theories and technologies of ecological agriculture in Thailand for a year. In 2010, he was granted the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) in Hong Kong. He then started to practice and spread Permaculture in Mainland China. For the past 10 years, he has not only organized sustainable workshops of Permaculture for many times, but has also participated in the designs and works of ecological construction programs, composting toilet programs, and urban garden constructions. Yuan Qinghua is one of the co-founders of Little Donkey Farm in Beijing, which is the first CSA farm of Mainland China. He still shares partnership of the Farm. In 2017, he has newly established a social enterprise in Shanghai, i.e. Our Way to Permaculture (Dao Nong/道侬in Chinese). Seeding the City (Cheng Zhong Yang 城中秧 in Chinese) is the core brand of the Enterprise. The mission of the Enterprise is to introduce Permaculture to urban communities. Gradually, the practices of Permaculture can take root in cities like Shanghai. Programs of Micro Transformation of Urban Community are in progress.
Mugove Walter Nyika
Environment to listen, encourage and share with everyone, especially the children to be empowered to look after themselves and the environment for the common good. Over the last twenty years Walter has played a central role in the development of the integrated land-use design (ILUD) process as a tool for whole school land design and the establishment of school food forests. He is also an Eco-village Design Education (EDE) facilitator and a member of the Global Eco-village Network (GEN) Africa Advisory Council. Walter has enjoyed reconnecting with nature, culture and the past and sharing on ecologically sustainable land-use with school communities and numerous government and non-government agencies in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. He facilitated the founding of the Regional SCOPE (ReSCOPE) Programme in 2007 and the hosting of the International Permaculture Convergence in 2009 in Malawi. Walter is the Founding President of the Friends of International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC). The focus of his work is based on valuing the young people as the custodians of the future and helping them to participate in building resilient communities.
Courtney Brooke currently lives part time in New Zealand and part-time in the United States, ‘cross-pollinating’ the permaculture movement between the South Island and the South-eastern Appalachia mountains. She co-organizes, coordinates and tutors Permaculture Design Courses with The Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa (New Zealand) & The School of Integrated Living (USA), and holds a B.S. in Ecology and Anthropology of Human Food Systems.
Courtney is an experiential educator with a passion for creating cultural health with living hearths as the heartbeat of change. She teaches nature-based curriculum through experiential eduation to children, young adults and adults. At the moment, she is in pursuit of her Professional Diploma in Permaculture Education with Permaculture Institute North America (P.I.N.A).
Dr. Marty Branagan
Dr. Marty Branagan is a qualified Permaculture Consultant (Permaculture Institute, Nimbin NSW) and the Convenor of Peace Studies at the University of New England, teaching a range of units including ‘Active Resistance: Contemporary Nonviolence’ and a new unit ‘Creating Cultures of Peace’, which he created. He initiated the Master of Environmental Advocacy degree (now Master of Arts [Environmental Advocacy]) and the annual Nonviolence Film Festival, now in its ninth year. His research interests include nonviolence developments, artistic activism and Australian eco-pax movements. In 2013 he released a book Global Warming, Militarism and Nonviolence: The Art of Active Resistance (Palgrave Macmillan), informed by his long-term experiences in nonviolent civil disobedience in environmental, peace and social justice campaigns. Among the conferences he has organized was a 2013 UNE conference ‘Mining in a Sustainable World’, which resulted in a special edition of the International Journal of Rural Law and Policy (see http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/ijrlp/issue/view/303).
Alex Kruger has engaged with Permaculture for about 24 years. She attended a PDC at Fambidizanai Training Centre, Harare, Zimbabwe in 1993. Subsequently she has worked in urban and rural contexts in South Africa in a developmental context, as well as facilitating PDCs. She also involved herself with the developing the integration of Permaculture into schools curriculi for the organisation SEED, and generating a range of training materials around Permaculture, being engaged in a youth programme for some years. Alex joined the Klein Karoo Sustainable Drylands Permaculture Project in 2006, where she runs PDCs, Internships and natural building courses since then on the training farm and ecovillage. In addition, she grows and manages a small seed bank. Alex's passion is people’s growth through Permaculture and mentoring people, especially women, in their journey.
Mr. K.S. Gopal Is Director of the Centre for Environment Concerns, Hyderabad. He has three decades of experience in rural development, especially in low rainfall drought prone and was Founder Director of Deccan Development Society. His academic background is an MBA with further specialization in International Trade, was Faculty Member at the Administrative Staff College of India and Scholar in Residence at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He was Member of Central Employment Guarantee Council and Chair of the Committee on Works on Individual Lands in MGNREGS. CEC has innovated first of its kind moisture centric water at the plant root technology that has won two global awards in the first year of its market introduction.
After gaining the opportunity to conduct a research study on the Ghanaian cocoa market and the benefits of permaculture designs for cocoa farmers, Cadi joined the sourcing team at Lush. This is where the Company sources ingredients from around the world for cosmetics production. Cadi has since been the coordinator for their Sustainable Lush Fund, a fund which invests in ecological agriculture and regenerative practices around the world – supporting the creation of demonstration sites, education hubs and capacity building to support eco-farming groups.
With an educational background in Physical Geography (BSc) and Climate Change and Sustainable Development (MSc), Cadi has also done her PDC with the Permaculture Research Institute Kenya in 2014.
Julious Piti is a permaculture teacher, designer and trainer, and conflict facilitator. He is a founding member of the Chikukwa Ecological Land Use Community Trust (CELUCT) and the Director of PORET, an organization formed to support farmers in the low rainfall area of Chimanimani District, Chaseyama, Zimbabwe where he now lives, by replicating the strategies of CELUCT. In 2009 Julious was hired by Global Resource Alliance, an NGO based in Ojai CA, to facilitate a permaculture design project for a village of 5000 on the shores of Lake Victoria, Tanzania, featured in the film, From the Mara Soil. Film producer with Gillian Leahy and Terry Leahy, author of Permaculture Strategy for the South African Villages (University of Newcastle, Australia), produced documentary film about Chikukwa, Julious was also a presenter at the International Permaculture Convergences in Brazil, Africa, and Jordan, and has been invited to teach Permaculture Design Course for International Development & Social Entrepreneurship at Quail Springs Learning Oasis and Permaculture Farm in California United State, July 2012.
Hommaya started as a weaver in the Jajarkot Permaculture Program in 1992 when she was 16, and as well as becoming an expert technician in organic farming, agro-forestry and land design, went on to specialise in women's health, studying about local herbs and their use and ways of using and growing them. She was an active member of JPP and it's spin-off Himalayan Permaculture Group, and is currently a top-level "barefoot consultant" for HPC, advising them on their women's health programs and facilitating health trainings and women's health camps in Humla and Surkhet, while also providing women's health and organic farming support for (I)NGOs and community groups in other parts of Nepal, including earthquake-affected regions.
Freedom Cole is a Vedic scholar practicing Jyotisa and Ayurveda. He has a background in the cultivation of herbs and trees in Ayurveda and their production and usage as medicines. His present research is integrating mental health treatment from Ayurveda into modern clinical practice. Freedom lives on a homestead farm with his wife, Raya Cole, who leads the international permaculture aid internship at Aranya Agricultural Alternatives.
Karen de Vries
Karen de Vries is co-founder and project manager of the La Loma Viva Permaculture Centre in southern Spain, since 2009. Karen is involved in all aspects of creating and running a permaculture farm, demonstration site and educational facility - researching many aspects of permaculture in a semi-arid climate setting and teaching permaculture.
Karen holds a Bachelors Science (Honours) degree in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Medical Anthropology. Her main research in these fields was on “transformation”. Karen is committed to transformation of both inner and outer landscapes and demonstrating how working with nature and using permaculture are also tools for building healthy people and societies. Karen places an emphasis on people care - because being kind to ourselves is the root of being kind to our world and this would revolutionise all our current systems for the good. Karen has studied with Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton and many inspiring female permaculture teachers.
Ghassan Al Salman
Ghassan's passion for agriculture started in 2009 on the subtropical coast of Adloun in South Lebanon when he started managing his family's 1-acre banana orchard. This led him to seek and learn sustainable practices to benefit the land and the people living off it. Ghassan was part of the first PDC class in Lebanon, organized by SOILS in 2014. Since then he has been continuously developing his knowledge and skills in permaculture and agriculture. In 2015, he began working with SOILS on agricultural development projects. In 2016, he joined the association as a full-time member and agricultural expert. He led a pilot project for a learning garden in a school for refugee children, designing the site and developing a comprehensive training program. Ghassan recently returned to university to earn a second diploma in agricultural science. He is still increasing the diversity and mutual benefits in his family-owned orchard with fruit trees, wild herbs, vegetables and aromatics.
25 years and has extensive experience in all phases of ecologically sound design and construction as well as the use of natural non-toxic building materials. She specializes in site planning and the design. Penny co-manages Commonweal Garden, a 17-acre organic permaculture educational botanical garden on the Northern California coast. Penny co-created the Ecological Design Program and its curriculum at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture, co-created the Permaculture Program at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center with Brock Dolman and she co-founded the West Marin Grower Group, the West Marin Farmer Market, and the Community Land Trust Association of Marin. She has worked with the Marin County Community Development Agency and Planning Department to develop recommendations on sustainability for updating the Community Plan. She is currently serving on the Marin County Building Appeals Board after being unanimously approved by the Marin County Supervisors. She has been featured in the following films: Symphony of the Soil by Lily Films and Deborah Koons Garcia, 2012: A Time forChange by Joao Amorim and Daniel Pinchbeck and Permaculture: The Growing Edge by Belili Films and Starhawk.
Chris has lived and worked in Nepal since 1985, co-founding the Jajarkot Permaculture Project, which successfully spread new ideas in line with existing cultural traditions. Chris started his career as a VSO volunteer in a community forestry programme in Nepal after graduating in Forestry in the UK. Based in the remote western district of Jajarkot, he quickly realised the shortfalls of international development and so in 1988, when he came across the concept of Permaculture, he embarked on an ambitious alternative. Starting with a local friend, £500 and an acre of degraded farmland in the district centre of Jajarkot he founded a demonstration and training centre which grew organically into the Jajarkot Permaculture Programme (JPP), a diverse array of projects spanning 4 districts, 65 villages, 8 resource centres (working farms), 120 staff and volunteers, and a membership of 12,000 farmers. He stayed with the JPP until 2001 when he started to work with community groups which were spawned from the original programme. In 2001 he co-published the Farmers' Handbook in Nepali, a compendium of over 40 farmer-friendly techniques and approaches based on best practice learned in Nepal, but applicable globally. He directed the Nepal programmes for a UK charity from 2002 to 2008, working in the districts of Surkhet and Humla, one of the remotest and most challenging areas of the country. He currently works with a 3rd generation progeny of the JPP, the Himalayan Permaculture Centre (HPC). Beside his grass-roots experience in Nepal, Chris has taught permaculture in the UK, Europe, India, U.S.A. and Mexico. He is also a UK assessment level tutor for apprentices working towards their diploma in applied permaculture design. Chris lives at Waterloo Farm in north Herefordshire with his partner Looby and daughters Shanti and Teya. There, he is co-owner/director of Applewood Permaculture Centre, a demonstration, training and resource centre promoting regenerative landscapes, livelihoods and lifestyles.
Linda is a graduate forester and environmentalist who holds a three-year Forestry and a four-year BSc (Hons) Geography and Environmental studies Degree, an MSc in development studies and currently studying a PhD in sustainability. She currently serves as the national Coordinator for Schools and colleges permaculture – SCOPE Zimbabwe. She is responsible for taking overall charge of the planning, budgeting and implementation of permaculture activities with children and youth in Zimbabwe. She is also involved with female youth nutrition enhancement permaculture gardening project in Western Zambia. Before joining SCOPE in February 2012, she had spent 10 years working with international NGOs on food security and livelihood development targeting vulnerable households, woman and children. She has held various positions in both implementation and managerial level in the field of natural resources management, agriculture, land use planning and design, mainstreaming HIV/AIDS and child protection issues. She attended a Gaia education weeklong permaculture training as part of the Ecovillage design education course in South Africa (2012) and later attended a permaculture design course in Ethiopia in 2013. She strongly resonates with practical based approaches that focus on addressing people's daily challenges. She has dedicated and committed her life to work with grassroots groups of women, youth and children through environmental activism, education and training of sustainable practices focused on water, food, energy and nutrition security. Linda also serves as a Global Ecovillage Network Ambassador for Zimbabwe since December 2012. She sits on the GEN Africa Council. Linda also serves as a Climate reality leader; a role she has taken up from March 2014.
Thomas Kern is the Co-Founder of 'The Accountability Institute', a PDC holder and educator. Founded in 2015 as a thought tank for the futuring of accounting and its requisite education. The Accountability Institute aims to foster collaborations between art, science, technology and economics, bringing these fields into conversation to create a new accounting language - a language of accountability. Thomas' work involves public speaking, teaching into formal and informal education, permaculture activism, and community events. Prior to this, Thomas held lecturing positions in financial accounting across Australia, New Zealand and Germany. Until 2008, he was Head of the IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) Competence Centre of an international commercial bank based in Hamburg, Germany, taking shared responsibility for the technical implementation of IFRS and teaching at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.
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Leigh Brown did her PDC with Geoff Lawton in 1996 and has worked tirelessly at pioneering Outdoor Classrooms in under-resourced schools across South Africa. From the schools program has grown a youth education and activation program that connects young people to themselves and the positive action they can take in the world. Leigh is passionate about resilience for all.
Brock Dolman is a wildlife biologist and internationally recognized as an innovative watershed restoration ecologist and Permaculture designer. Brock co-founded the Sowing Circle, LLC Intentional Community & Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) where he resides and acts as a director of OAEC’s Permaculture/Resilient Community Design Program, Wildlands Program and WATER Institute. Since 1995, he has co-instructed over 60 Permaculture Design Courses in the USA and internationally, including two International Permaculture Convergence PDC’s: IPC8 in Sao Paulo, Brazil and IPC11 in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Over the past two decades he has worked as a permaculture designer/educator/consultant internationally in Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, U.S. Virgin Islands, Spain, Brazil, China/Tibet, Canada, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba, Haiti, Malaysia, Nicaragua and widely in the U.S.A. He holds Permaculture diplomas from both the Permaculture Institute of North America and Permaculture Institute USA. In 1992, Brock graduated with honors from the University of California Santa Cruz in Agro-Ecology and Conservation Biology.
Robina is a dynamic Permaculture educator and community development facilitator with over 30 years experience. She is founder of: Tui Land Trust (www.tuitrust.org.nz), The Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa (www.earthcare-education.org), the Permaculture in schools project ‘SEED’ in Southern Africa (www.seed.org.za), and the Localising Food Project (www.localisingfood.com). She is the producer-director of ‘Growing Schools’ and ‘S.O.S: Save Our Seeds’ documentaries, and author of the community facilitation manual 'Grounding Vision, Empowering Culture'. Her most recent employment was as a sustainability consultant in post-earthquake Christchurch, NZ, where she worked with ‘Project Lyttelton’s ‘Harbour Basin Food Resilience’ project. Robina has worked internationally with a diversity of ecovillages and intentional communities, at various stages of development, from conception to maturity. She has applied her powerful community-building methods with households, neighborhoods, schools, farms, ecovillages and entire bioregions, in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, Southern Africa, Great Britain, France, Brazil and North America. She is currently part of a small development group working on the creation of a large-scale ecovillage in NZ, which is drawing from the best models globally.
Wycliffe Otieno is a citizen of the earth, who is at the forefront of change in assisting raising the vibration on the earth. He is born in Kenya in May 1992, and completed his permaculture design qualifications at the world renowned Permaculture Research Institute (Kenya). He also attended the permaculture course at Oregen State University. Wycliffe's prime focus is to work with the rural people and support them in escaping from extreme poverty by returning back to basic permaculture principles, guiding them towards a more sustainable life. Through the development of an organic natural lifestyle, he aims to empower the youth and children at home and in their future communities. His projects focus on sustainable land use and design with ecological techniques, using patterns that occur in nature. As a earth worker, Wycliffe tends to enhance maximum effects while minimizing wastes. He is convinced that permaculture with youth is not just about gardening, but can also be a holistic approach to life. As per Wycliffe, "Tomorrow's fruits are in today's seeds", and true sustainability will only happen through a whole life change - so let's be the change and make it so!
Marcia Amidon is an editor and author who writes for many audiences, from children through adults, with over 150 published books and 500 magazine articles. She works in sustainable development with her colleague, J. Tedrowe Bonner, through his company Rubicon Seven, LLC. They write a blog at www.gnosticgreen.com. She is also a founding member of the board of Friends of IPC.
Paolo Rosazza Prin is a PhD on aerospace engineering, and an engineer with specialization on system design. He participated in several collaboration with NGOs, with Engineers Without Borders and academic institution, teaching and consulting in relation to projects of international cooperation in the energy, environmental and food safety, sanitation, agriculture and Permaculture. He performs his research on Permaculture starting from a PDC at the Italian institute of Permaculture, recognized by the Permaculture Research Institute Australia, then getting experience on several Italian organic farms, then performing a permaculture intership on sustainable architecture and farming at Permaculture Institute TAGARI – Australia. He is a founding director of EcontAct, an association made up of people who believe in the overall development of the quality of life through projects that take as a reference point the respect for the culture, the identity of each people, awareness raising, development education, the research and the application of the most appropriate techniques for better management of land resources. Paolo was building a Permaculture Learning Centre in Egypt, Sinai since 2014, offering PDC course as a means of supporting the wonderful work of Bedouin Community. Paolo is nowadays involved in research and development on permanent systematic design methodologies.
Hui-i Chiang is a leading environmental education and permaculture pioneer in Taiwan. She is the founder of Earth Passengers, which has organized Taiwan’s first environmental education leadership trainings and permaculture courses. During the past two decades, she has focused on energy education, redesigning cities for resilience and food production, and developing appropriate technology. She is active in East Asia environmental networks and has been a consultant for community development, train-the-trainers initiatives, school garden projects and rural revitalization projects in Taiwan and China. Together with her colleagues, Hui-i is now developing a permaculture learning center on the east coast of Taiwan and is currently organizing community projects including a seed library, a local market, a local skill-sharing project, and a women farmers’ cooperative
She regularly teaches permaculture workshops and PDCs in Taiwan and China. Hui-i is the co-author of “Design for Life,” (向大自然學設計) the first permaculture book in the Chinese-speaking world, based on local permaculture practices and experiences.
For the past 20 years Mr. Zook has been a Permaculture designer, consultant and educator working with private individuals, farmers, villagers and local organizations in India, Cambodia, northern New Mexico, the Middle-east and Europe. This work focuses on assisting all levels of our global community to create culturally and environmentally appropriate life systems that are resilient and regenerative. He has also worked with local and indigenous cultures to help preserve traditional knowledge and technologies while adapting to and becoming active members of our globalized world. With work in different climates and cultures, Rico has established himself as one of the new leaders and innovators in Permaculture worldwide. This is further supported by his work with global Permaculture organizations, as well as being a founding member and managing partner in Permaculture Design International, a global design, build, and train firm focused on large-scale globally significant projects.
Mari Stuart is an ecological designer, educator, researcher and writer. She is the founder at Project Grounded, an initiative that facilitates consumer engagement and community investment in regenerative agriculture and carbon farming. Originally from Finland, Mari moved to the US as a college student and went on to live and travel on five continents while pursuing graduate study in religion. She has spent several years living in India. She holds a PhD from Harvard University, and taught South Asian religions at Reed College and the University of South Carolina before transitioning to her current work in ecological design. She completed her PDC in 2010 with Robyn Francis and Penny Livingston, a Permaculture Teacher Training in 2012 with Jude Hobbs, and the Ecological Landscaper training at the Permaculture Skills Center in 2016.
Born in Belgium, Bert has been in the Philippines since 1989. He worked in the education sector and has been hosting groups, individuals, professionals and volunteers in the Philippines on a regular basis ever since. Later he started designing products to improve living conditions for people in rural areas. He developed and set-up development projects with Tribal communities in several places of the Philippines for more than 15 years. He studied and developed synergy models between nature and designing. Systems thinking is Bert's motiviation in cooperation with people in order to elevate designing to a sustainable development level. The Permaculture framework is then his favorite design method and approach for combining available natural sources and simple technologies into relevant and sustainable design solutions. At present, he is training people to develop skills and to take (in a positive way) charge of the changes happening in their environment. Bert has been coordinator for a volunteer network and a international solidarity network. Later he became the program coordinator for a foreign support development program. In 2000, he started the permaculture development site of Cabiokid foundation in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, and also founded the Philippine Permaculture Association and created more recently the Isabela Permaculture Development center in Northern Luzon. More networks are in the pipeline to ensure a well rooted permaculture fabric in the Philippines.
Robin Clayfield is an internationally respected facilitator, educator, author and social change practitioner who regularly facilitates courses in Australia and overseas. She is best known for training and coaching a diverse cross-section of educators, facilitators and group leaders to effectively engage their audiences through creative, interactive and empowering processes and using innovative and dynamic learning methods. She is a respected 'Elder' and pioneer within the Permaculture movement and these days specialises in Social Permaculture. She loves to design and present uniquely crafted workshops and experiences for community organisations, social enterprises, festivals and conferences based on the needs or theme of the group. Robin has authored 2 books including 'You Can Have your Permaculture and Eat It Too', created a CD of guided visualisations and produced the 'Creative Community Governance and Decision Making Resource Kit'. She co-authored the 'Manual for Teaching Permaculture Creatively' and several resource kits for educators with Skye 22 years ago. Robin has more recently framed up her own learning and group work methodology, 'Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning' and has run the social enterprise 'Earthcare Education' for over 28 years. The ‘NEW Permaculture Principles Card Game' and the 'Creative Process Wild Cards' are her latest publications, both launched in 2015.
Patrick Evelio Mucia
Patrick Evelio Mucia, is a young permaculturist, Maya Kaqchikel from Guatemala, Centro America. Since the last five years he is part of IMAP team as the Seed bank Manager and coordinator of the biodiversity program. IMAP promotes Native and heirloom seeds as the fundamental base for the sustainable development of the indigenous community and the future of the Mesoamerican region. Patrick has been a key figure for IMAP to be able to preserve and improve 36 species of edible plants and the distribution of 500 pounds annually to the communities of Mesoamerica. Patrick will be presenting the work of IMAP with indigenous community in Permaculture Education, Cultural and biological biodiversity, and Food Sovereignty. He will be sharing his knowledge and experience on how to stablish community seed Banks and the challenges that are confronted to preserve and promote native seeds in Guatemala.
Anna Bartoli, PhD, theoretical physicist, naturopath and school teacher, in March 2009, decided to attending the PDC 72. In August 2009 she subscribe to the Italian Permaculture Academy Association and in April 2010 she enters like secretary of the Association. In July 2011 she attended the Teachers' Training Course with Rosemary Morrow and in April 2012 she received the Diploma in Applied Permaculture. Anna participates actively in the dissemination of Permaculture through the teach PDC courses 72 hours (at now 25) and the participation in the European Permaculture Teachers Partnership and Permaculture Council of Europe since 2012. From this opportunities she designed and organized the EUPC2016 in Bolsena city. Another challenge was to share her teaching methodology through an International Teachers Training Course in Italy according to Rosemary Morrow’s teaching and the first Teachers training Course was at EUPC2016 in Bolsena and the second in Borgo Stremiz (may 2017).
Jeremiah's passion and education in Permaculture, natural building and alternative technologies began in the late1980’s. He completed his first Permaculture Design Course in 1992 and many advance classes leading to a Diploma from the Permaculture Institute. Jeremiah was a partner with Living Structures, one of the first Permaculture and green building firms in the USA, for five years. In 2000 he established San Isidro Permaculture in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a design and installation company focused on water catchment, permaculture education, grey water systems, native and edible plant landscapes, erosion control & land restoration. In 2014 he formed Permaculture Design International with seven other leading regenerative design consultants. Jeremiah has volunteered and consulted in the USA, Latin America, Caribbean, Africa and Asia on several projects.
Dr. Julia Wright
Coming from South London, Julia undertook her PDC in 1990 and since then has attempted to integrate it into her professional work in sustainable agriculture both in the UK and internationally. She currently holds the post of Agroecological Futures at Coventry University, and is supervising doctoral research on the potential of arable permaculture. She also sits on the Research Advisory Board of the Permaculture Association UK. Her own current main research interest is in Quantum Agriculture.
A global citizen, Erle Rahaman-Noronha is the Kenyan-born owner of Wa Samaki Ecosystems. Tracing his roots to Goa, India, he has lived in Canada and now resides in Trinidad where he has regenerated a former citrus estate through permaculture design. He teaches and practices Permaculture, producing indigenous food crops, tropical fish and cut flowers on his farm which has won Agricultural Entrepreneur awards for forestry, aquaculture and horticulture. Erle holds a BSc in Applied Biochemistry and a MSc in Zoology from the University of Guelph. He was trained in Permaculture Design, Intensive Aquaculture, Dendrology, Natural Building and Tropical Landscaping. As co-director of Caribbean Permaculture Consultants Ltd., he spearheaded initiatives using permaculture to rehabilitate degraded lands, to create forest buffer zones around industrial estates and to educate students and teachers, on regeneration, throughout Trinidad. He is a trail-blazer in the field of Permaculture, in the Caribbean, which he refers to as “the quiet revolution that is happening”. His TEDx talk (http://tedxportofspain.com/portfolio/erle-rahaman-noronha/) has inspired many to begin the change. He is currently overseeing one of the first quarry regenerations in the Caribbean using Permaculture design. Walkers Reserve (www.walkersreserve.com) is a 300 acre sand mine that is transitioning to a food forest.
Dr. Benjamin Habib
Dr. Benjamin Habib is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Ben is an internationally published scholar with a current research interest in environmental movements, international climate politics, and Northeast Asian security. He teaches environmental politics subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and runs the Environment and Sustainability in East Asia study tour for La Trobe University students and sustainability professionals, in collaboration with CERES Global. He teaches into the permaculture design course at CERES Community Environment Park in Melbourne, and his permaculture practice focusses on the application of permaculture design principles to socio-economic systems. He is also an active blogger at Ben@Earth.
Alejandra Liora Adler
Alejandra Liora Adler, M.Ed. is a visionary social permaculture designer, actionist, facilitator, psychologist, holistic nutritionist, event organizer, photographer and dancer. Raised in the era of the 1960’s social movements in the USA, she came to understand that protest alone was inadequate for making substantive societal changes. Consequently, throughout the 1970’s and 80’s she explored social permaculture through intentional community as a means to create a basis for culture that provides both for physical needs and the basic human need to belong to an intimate, purposeful community. She has shared her experience and knowledge in 30 countries, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Ecovillage Network, its representative to the UN, and as a co-founder of two ecovillage projects in Latin America, Huehuecoyotl Ecovillage in Mexico and La Caravana Arcoiris por la Paz, a mobile project which traveled throughout Latin America for 13 years supporting and activating permaculture, ecovillage and other alternative and indigenous movements. With Andrew Langford. she co-founded Gaia University, now in its 11th year. She lives in the Capay Valley in California, USA where she and Andrew have spent the last two years researching the regenerative farming of almonds and the creation of water retention landscapes as consultants to LUSH cosmetics. She is CEO of Cambia, a new ecosocial enterprise dedicated to reversing climate change while increasing farm income and minimizing water waste. She serves on the Board of the Global Village Institute and the Permaculture Institute of North America.
From the earliest age, Dr Charlie Brennan has been fascinated with the land. From the moors, woods, hedgerows and fields of Devon, England, to studying in Asia as a teenager and eventually living, studying and working in Australia. Through farming, landscape design and garden making, Permaculture/Edible Streetscapes consultancy, Landcare conservation project work, to supporting Aboriginal culture Caring for Country, this passion and fascination has deepened. He is a Social Ecologist, community educator, researcher and lecturer, has helped to create several conservation and sustainability alliances – whilst always keeping his hand in the soil. With 30 years applied practical experience, Charlie has dedicated his life to ‘bringing the land alive’ through garden-making, design and consultation, weaving together landscape and Permaculture design, conservation, ecopsychology and more. …He offers a range of innovative workshops and is a speaker at events and conferences, bringing together inspiration and experience to create joyful, abundant, practical outcomes.
Ardhendu Sekhar Chatterjee
Ardhendu Sekhar Chatterjee graduated in Commerce from Calcutta University. In the mid-seventies he studied Rural Leadership in Japan. On his return he worked in various aspects of Community Communication and Development. Since the mid-80's he has been working in the field of Sustainable Agriculture with particular focus on the small and marginal farmers in India, as a practitioner and trainer. In the late 80's, he trained in Ecological Farming and Permaculture in Auroville. He has worked as a trainer in various countries of South and SE Asia. He has also written and edited a large number of Booklets and other study materials in Bengali and English.
As a caring steward to life, Bridget O'Brien strives to explore resilience through many different pathways. Her studies and work focus on self-care, social and land-use design. She shares her passion for playful impactful loving service as an educator and designer, utilizing her diverse experiences and trainings in horticulture, Permaculture, Yoga, fermentation, and marketing to provide a ‘wholistic’ approach to culture repair. Bridget directs Resilient Spirals LLC, and works with Sacred Places Design; she is the Program Director for New Rising Sun Farm (an educational retreat center and farm developing in Ganges, Michigan USA), and the creative inspiration for the engaging design game 'Adapt', in collaboration with PermaculturePrinciples.com.
Dani is a "kiwi" (New Zealander) living in Australia. She started out her journey as a building designer and very quickly became aware of the waste and ‘unsustainable’ practices in the Australian conventional building industry. Dani attended internships and academy’s in alternative and natural building techniques around the world such as Earthships, Strawbale, Cob, Mudbrick, Lightearth & Hempcrete as well as tiny and recycled materials. Then she returned to Australia, did a Permaculture Design Course and landed on 120 acres in Victoria. There, she and two friends started a permaculture farm, Agari Farm, and an intentional community where they lived for 3 years growing their own food and building their own homes. From that the natural building business bloomed, and she is now travelling around the globe designing natural homes and teaching others earth building through workshops.
After 20 years involved on social movements Helder is more inspired than ever. As he often says, "It is of great joy that many of the young are becoming natures leaders ...this is the seed of healthy communities in the future". Helder is a dedicated permaculture explorer and has a passion for regenerating degraded landscapes and developing food forests. On this he found the energy for a commitment on practicing the permaculture way of being. Born on a farming family Helder finds a big source of inspiration on the traditional people, this lead to many hours in observation of the "old people" all over the world. For the past 10 years Helder has been working on pioneer learning tools for empowered education and using it on the creation and maintenance of many permaculture schools, Institutes and demonstration sites. Helder is also very passionate tree doctor.
PhD candidate in Dryland Resource Management in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), Nairobi of University, Kenya. Mr. Nicholas Syano is Kenyan, born on 24th August, 1977. He holds a MSc. Natural Resource Management awarded by the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point (UWSP), USA. He is a Permaculture/Agroecology teacher, a consultant and has been practicing and teaching permaculture since 2011 across Kenya and East Africa and especially Tanzania where he taught the first ever Permaculture Design Course (PDC) in Kiswahili. After his graduate studies in the USA where he was the “Outstanding Graduate Student of the year”, Nicholas went back to his community where he set up a local NGO known as Drylands Natural Resources Centre to work with his people to address both environmental, economic and social challenges faced by his community which is in the drylands of Kenya. Currently is working with 600 households (about 3,000 members) and 6 schools with an average population of about 1,500 students. The current main projects are: tree planting where more than 500,000 different local trees have been planted in the community, rain water harvesting project where 92 cisterns each of 10,000 litres have been installed and are providing clean drinking clean water which is shared in the community, green charcoal production project, agroecological food production project, moringa processing and carving and basketry projects. Nicholas is also one of the co-founders of permaculture Research Institute Kenya and he has been helping the Institute to develop the Research Program. Nicholas has extensive experience in project management from his time as a tutor and Centre manager at Kenya Institute of Organic Farming (KIOF) as well as Nyumbani Village-kitui where he acted as Programme Manager for seven years. Nicholas is currently in his fourth year of study for a PhD in Dryland Resource Management at University of Nairobi. His topic is on “Ecological and socio-economic evaluation of dryland agroforestry systems” and he is currently collecting data and writing.
Brad had lived a lot of his life raising chickens and growing food loosely following permaculture principles without really being aware of it. About four years ago he did his PDC and has never looked back. In that time he's studied under people such as Robyn Francis, David Holgrem, Robina McCurdey, Robyn Clayfield, Raya Cole and Narsanna Koppula, travelled most of the world, and seen an awful lot of gardens everywhere.
Clea Chandmal studied biological sciences at University of Cambridge, UK. She did her PDC with Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton and Greg Knibbs in Melbourne in 2008. She currently teaches and runs a farm in Goa. She has given a TED-x Talk entitled “Permaculture – From Farm to Forest.” She has developed a novel soil regeneration method, called the ‘Forest Floor method’.
Rafter Sass Ferguson
Rafter is an agroecologist, focusing on both the ecology and the politics of sustainable agriculture. He completed his PhD in December 2015 with a dissertation entitled “Permaculture as international grassroots network and farming practice: a multidisciplinary study.” He came to graduate study after a decade in the global justice movement, and four years of involvement with permaculture. Since 2005 Rafter has been developing and sharing the Liberation Ecology workshop, a curriculum that helps participants develop strategies for integrating social justice and sustainability goals. He is a passionate about teaching, participatory research, edible mushrooms, and dance parties.
Paumal is a farmer from Madana VDC in Humla district, one of the remotest parts of Nepal, where his farm is at an altitude of 2300m. He started his permaculture journey as a technician with the Himalayan Permaculture Group in 2004, at the height of the Maoist civil war where the remoteness and poverty of Humla made it a breeding ground for the insurgency. He quickly learned skills of organic farming and permaculture design techniques, and in 2010 became coordinator of Humla programs for the Himalayan Permaculture Centre, as well as continuing to develop his own farm as a demonstration and training centre. He is currently developing short videos based on the Farmers' Handbook for use in teaching low-literacy groups in remote areas.
Dave Hursthouse is a New Zealand based Ecological Designer, Political Scientist, Facilitator and Permaculture Educator. He brings a critical and revolutionary eye to all that he engages with, and is resolutely committed to improving senescent human systems via rigorous and wholesome processes of design. Dave is enthusiastically focused on sowing the seeds of passion and courage among those world-shakers and world-makers dedicated to developing human systems more in tune with wider ecological patterns. He is passionate about forest ecologies, systemic patterns, critical theory, design philosophy, design process and radically creative change-making. Dave considers the Permaculture Movement to be one of the most potential-laden social movements of all time, and is determined to see that potential acted on all around the world with humility, authenticity and integrity.
Nisha Srinivasan & Ragunath Padmanabhan
Nisha and Ragunath are a couple who along with their 11 year old son Aum Sathva have been living for the past 8 years at GreenLocal, an organic farm in Alandurai, a village in Coimbatore district, Tamilnadu. As a family and as members of the non-profit Service Space (local and global), they practice a be-the-change way of living in domains and activities that include natural farming, holistic healing, farm schooling, green architecture, native energy and local services. Prior to moving into GreenLocal, Nisha and Ragu have worked in India and the US for fifteen years with MNCs, Startups and Non-profits in the areas of Information Technology, Marketing, Advertising, Management Consulting and Sustainable Development.
Andrew Millison has been studying, teaching and practicing permaculture since he took his first design course in 1996. He began teaching permaculture design at the college level in 2001 and has been an instructor at Oregon State University in the Horticulture Department since 2009. Andrew currently teaches the Permaculture Design Course at OSU on campus and online. He first learned permaculture design in the drylands of Arizona, where he studied for his undergraduate and master's degrees at Prescott College. His focus was on rainwater harvesting, greywater systems and desert agriculture. He started a permaculture landscape design and build company and also worked in an ecologically-based landscape architecture firm. In recent years, Andrew's focus has been more on broad scale farm planning, permaculture housing developments, obtaining water rights and planning water systems.
Valeria started her career within the medical field and also as a artist-designer. In 2009-10 she studied Permaculture on the course of Sepp Holzer in Austria, Portugal, Italy, and then began to organize practical training courses. She is now the director of the Russian Permaculture Center Holzer. Since 2013, she participated in comprehensive consultations which have been given for 35 sites of different areas and economic purposes, and 9 projects have been created for different farms ranging from 2 to 30 hectares.
Brett Pritchard has been a Permaculture Design Consultant since 1990 and a Permaculture teacher since 1993. In 1992 he received the Permaculture Community Services Award for his pioneering work introducing permaculture to Malaysia. Born in Australia he has worked in every major climatic zone from cool temperate to desert to wet tropics and is currently based in the dry tropics, where he has developed the carbon-negative low-maintenance BioWicked method of urban food growing. In addition to his Diploma in Permaculture (1993), Brett studied climate change at the Australian National University as part of his science degree, a Bachelor of Natural Environments and Wilderness Studies (2007). His main interest is the role of permaculture in mitigating climate change through closing urban food-waste-food cycles, though more recently it has expanded into the 'field of rice fields'.
Mario Yanez is dedicated to envisioning and inspiring a transition toward life-sustaining, resilient human communities. He has a background in finance, information systems and ecology. He has several decades of experience applying systems thinking to developing and funding cutting-edge programming and creating provocative and relevant active-learning curriculum supportive of a much-needed cultural evolution. As a Permaculture practitioner, he is applying design at various scales, implementing regenerative productive landscapes, enterprises, and organizational and social systems. Mario is native to the Greater Everglades.
Rosie Harding and Peter Fernandes
Rosie and Peter have a particular interest in working towards encouraging home kitchen gardening with a strong leaning towards forgotten foods and spreading awareness of how to work with unfamiliar foods. They have established kitchen gardens and food forests in Goa on the west coast of India.
Graduated from the Kiev Institute of Civil Aviation Engineers and Kazakh State University, Alexandr has primarly specialized in engineering physics in the field of radiophysics and electronics. In 2009, he began learning permacultural design in Austria and Portugal with Sepp Holzer. In 2010, he and his team created the Russian Permaculture Center Holzer and then organized more than 30 training and practical courses in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Italy. In 2013, he organized the permaculture design bureau NaturBook. For seven years 52 complex consultations of sites from 6 hectare to 200 hectares were carried out. The main attention is paid to work with water balance: more than 30 water objects with geo-plasticity have been built (dams, ditches, lakes, ponds, wind-protecting rollers, terraces, climatic (crater) gardens), including on difficult culverts, gravel-pebble, sandy, on swampy areas and in floodplains.
Born in Denmark, Jette is a committed project developer, communicator and fundraiser and has a special interest in agriculture and environmental issues. Her small firm Envice has a vision to contribute to a green transition of society, minds and activities – locally and globally. Jette works with development and realization of projects in cooperation with organizations, enterprises and private persons, and offers help to fundraising, development of ideas, analyses, communication and realization of projects and activities. She used to practice organic farming for many years. Besides, Jette has also extensively contributed to communication in Denmark about Aranya and to fundraising.
Andrew Langford combines strong practical experience with academic skills. He developed this blend by interspersing periods of work in manufacturing, farming and professional practice with post experience Diploma and Graduate studies. Because of this blended pathway he is both a skilled practitioner and persistent advocate for action based, experiential learning. That is learning (and unlearning) supported by leading edge thinking in which the purpose of doing the thinking is to inform the doing. Indeed Andrew finds theory without the grounding value of practice somewhat incomplete. Andrew pioneered permaculture in England in the 1980’s becoming the first UK Permaculture Teacher. Since then he has worked to embed permaculture in the conventional academic world and, simultaneously, created the independent UK Diploma of Applied Permaculture Design system, now in it’s 22nd year. Andrew has since expanded this tried and tested methodology as the basis of the Gaia University action learning approach now used to support resilience practitioners around the world in their efforts to create sustainable farms, ranches and associated community projects.
Orla O'Donovan us a lecturer in the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, Ireland, and is also directly involved in the struggle over water taking place in Ireland. Over the past number of years she has become interested in the commons and the commons movement, and co-edited a 2014 special supplement to the Community Development Journal on the commons (see https://academic.oup.com/cdj/issue/49/suppl_1 ). Together with her friend and colleague Rosie Meade, in 2017 she took on the role of editor of the Community Development Journal, published by Oxford University Press. Orla has been involved in the organisation of three thinkeries on the commons. The first of these took place in 2014 and involved conversations with the post-development theorist and commoner Gustavo Esteva (see http://www.oxfordjournals.org/cdjc/resources/commons/videos/ ). “Commons against and beyond capitalism” was the theme of the second thinkery, which took place in 2015 and involved contributions from commons theorists Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis (see http://www.oxfordjournals.org/cdjc/resources/commons-against-and-beyond-capitalism/ ). The most recent thinkery took place in June 2017 focused on “Water, Anti-Privatisation Struggles and the Commons”. A brief report on this event is available on the website of Feasta: The Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability (see http://www.feasta.org/2017/06/27/water-commons-thinkery-report/ ), which co-organised the thinkery.
Ian Lillington has been working alongside David Holmgren for 25 years, and interacting with the global permaculture movement, through permaculture education, networking and assisting other permaculturists who are establishing centres of excellence in many countries. Based on a one-acre farm near David Holmgren in Castlemaine, SE Australia, Ian combines a love of fruit-tree growing with work on global promotion of permaculture. The Castlemaine community [about 20,000 people] - living in small towns and farms, have created an attractive mix of local food systems community and social enterprises, and social activism that appeals to many who are leaving Melbourne and Sydney metropolis for a country-town life. Ian has three children, raised in small farm and permaculture environment. Now they are adult, Ian is spending more of his time travelling and teaching, and still maintains a small farm of 3,000 sqm with his partner, Marita; and 7 chickens and 3 small dogs. Ian is currently leading one of the first permaculture design courses in Shanghai, where universities, professional designers and farmers are taking a strong interest in permaculture. Ian likes to paint a picture of how simple household and community level strategies can build resilience to the emerging realities of economic contraction, peak oil and climate change.
Christoff is a former teacher for the permaculture institute of Bill Mollison and now teaching internationally PDCs in the name of the PRI. Holding as well New Zealand Diploma of applied permaculture and running at present a horticulture company, he is giving consultancy in future proof and sustainable agriculture systems as well as building edible & forest gardens. Christoff is helping interested families, farmers and groups to become more self-sufficient and independent. In 2015, after a year of further education and training in soil & humus development, CMC composting, plow less, low tillage and conservative soil management, soil homeopathy, with Urs Hildebrand, Angelika Lübke, Siegfried Näser aso, he took the lead in one of the largest composting plants in Lower Austria with the primary focus on improving compost quality and soil development. www.natuerlichkopp.at. Improving working conditions for employees and compost quality whilst increasing compost production by 25% to about 17500 m3 within a year. The product range of special purpose soils was extended from 3 to 12 in a season.
Katherine Szuminska is a director of the OpenAustralia Foundation and co-founded the OpenAustralia Foundation. The OpenAustralia Foundation is a pioneering charity that aim to give Australians the tools they need, and build capacity to effect the changes they want. The foundation hacks democracy, creates opportunities to encourage and enable people to participate directly in decision making on a local, community and national level. Their work targets existing channels, make them easier find, access and more rewarding to use. These technologies are open source digital tools and available to anyone, anywhere. Working with the Open Government Partnership; an international community, she’s helping people reconnect with their Governments, and helps them ask for what they need in clear and direct ways, and help Governments to work with people again. More recently she’s been working Civil Society and Federal Government leaders in Australia to help raise awareness of Open Government movement, and is helping to increase Government's capacity to respond to citizens' expectations of openness and participation. Kat studied permaculture with Milkwood Permaculture, Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton, Robin Clayfield and Rosemary Morrow. She’s served on the board of Permaculture Australia, co-ordinated local permaculture meetings & organised community gardeners, facilitated PDCs and established an education program at her local & wonderful Blue Mountains Food Co-op. Kat has a background in art & film, previously working as a Visual Effects Supervisor, mostly on mainstream Hollywood movies.
J. Tedrowe Bonner
Most of Mr. Bonner’s training is as a sociologist, where he focused on global studies. In 2008, he moved into working in regenerative development and public sociology, developing a sociological approach to permaculture and land use. As energy and climate change crises have continued to emerge, he has moved further into the built environment, training in Passive House Development and advanced net-zero energy/carbon habitat. Mr. Bonner’s work is best described as syncretic socio-ecological regeneration and development. He marries numerous traditions, professions, and disciplines to create a multi-layered, holistic development strategy that seeks to restructure structures and regenerate systems health. In general, his projects incorporate processes of human consciousness development as a component of regenerative or built environment development, and often are purposefully spiritual by design. Mr. Bonner works and speaks in multiple countries, and was the 2009 International Permaculture Conference keynote speaker. He currently is focused on projects in Ukraine, Alabama, and Connecticut. Mr. Bonner coauthors the blog Gnostic Green with Marcia Amidon, which currently has 6000 readers. He is a founding member of the board of Friends of IPC, and currently sits on the Connecticut board for Regional Plan Association.
Immo Fiebrig has been working as a Research Fellow studying the sustainability of permaculture systems at Coventry University's Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience since early 2015. He holds degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSc) and Biochemistry (PhD) and has worked for many years in various health care related industries. He had arguably been the first pharmacist to import Indian ayurvedic medicine prepared from Mucuna pruriens beans to Europe in 1996, thus making it available to treat Parkinson patients through herbal means. In 2008, he learnt about permaculture and Austrian Sepp Holzer's land restoration work in Portugal and Spain. He obtained his Holzer PDC certificate in 2011 followed by a Permaculture course with Rosemary Morrow in 2013. Immo's aim is to put figures to Permaculture's acclaimed benefits through ongoing scientific research and to help upscale the principles of Permaculture in commercial settings in a strive for regenerating environment as well as society.
Kendall Dunnigan is the Director of the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s Permaculture Program along with Brock Dolman. She has taught thirty 72-hour permaculture design courses and is a certified instructor with the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA). Her work focuses on facilitating community-based ecological design processes with economically and environmentally marginalized communities in the US, Latin America, and the Caribbean with a focus on indigenous communities, women’s leadership, and youth programs. Kendall is an ecologist and organizer with a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a master’s degree focused on participatory community design. She holds a California teaching credential and a diploma of permaculture from PINA. Kendall has taught sustainable design at Dominican University and New College of California and environmental education at Walker Creek Ranch and OceanSong. She lived in Mexico and Guatemala working with indigenous Mayan communities on sustainable agriculture. She is co-author of the book Growing Communities: How to Build Communities Through Community Gardening. She is currently writing a book about Resilient Community Design.
Steve Hart has 50 years experience in the design industry combining the disciplines of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design through Permaculture. Having a visionary approach mixed with field practicality a grasp for the big picture and all the elements that make up the whole. Originating from New Zealand, Steve shares experience from many differing projects of a wide scale through several countries and many environments. He is a natural networker connecting with all people to advance collective positive outcomes. He is a very practical designer, passionate about organic solutions connecting all layers of community. Not afraid of leading debate on any topic to wet the appetite of controversy, moving complacency on topics needing exposure while considering principle before personal gain.