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.
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.
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.
Farida Akhter has carried out extensive research in the field of women's development, health issues, agriculture, fisheries (marine), handloom industries, garment industries, population and other related development issues. Since 1985, she has been actively involved in the national level women's movement and is an active member of various international networks such as FINRRAGE (Feminist International Network for Resistance against Reproductive and Genetic Engineering) etc. Since 1996, Farida Akhter has been an member of South Asia Network on Food, Ecology and Culture. Farida Akhter is the Founding Executive Director of UBINIG established in 1984. UBINIG (Policy Research for Development Alternative) is a policy and action research organization in Bangladesh. Its main work is research, campaign and advocacy and to undertake action programmes in the field of social development. UBINIG runs a biodiversity-based farming system called Nayakrishi Andolon with over 300,000 farming families are involved in the programme. Since 2010, Farida Akhter is also the Convenor of Anti-Tobacco Women's Alliance (in Bangla called Tamak Birodhi Nari Jote TABINAJ) which is active in over 40 districts. She is author of several books written in English and in Bangla. She is a regular column writer in national dailies on issues of agriculture, biodiversity, environment and women in particular.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Promoting permaculture and community living Paulo Bessa is a 35 years old Permaculture Designer from Portugal. When he was 6, he discovered a passionate interest in gardening, growing flowers and trees when he returned from school. In 2003, he graduated in Biology and later developed a PhD in medical research. In 2006, Paulo initiated his journey in the Permaculture, while travelling. He did his PDC with Geoff Lawton and studied forest gardening with Martin Crowford. Paulo has established several Permaculture projects over the past decade, he lived 5 years in Iceland, where he pioneered permaculture this far north, teaching hundreds of young students and launched a business with organic herbal cosmetics, while living at Solheimar ecovillage. He wrote this story in the Permaculture Magazine, UK. In 2015 Paulo Bessa established two food forests in central Portugal, with more than 200 species, addressing the topic of climate change and beginning a conservation project of endangered plants. During this time he became involved with a few community forming initiatives. In 2016 he moved to Austria with his family, they lived in TamanGa retreat center and small community, designing a permaculture project there, and since April 2017 they moved to Findhorn ecovillage in Scotland. Paulo loves hiking, astronomy, meditation and gift economy.
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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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.
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 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).
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.
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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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.
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.
Johanna works as a Lecturer in Peace Studies at UNE, Armidale. Her research focus is on environmental adult education, youth, development and environmental peacebuilding. Her PhD discussed grassroots environmental peacebuilding initiatives in the nascent democracy of Myanmar with a focus on permaculture. She has presented papers at the Islamic University of Indonesia in Jogyakarta, Sydney University, the University of Canberra and Murdoch University, Western Australia. She has published in the Peace and Conflict Review, Food Studies Journal and New Community Quarterly. She is a member of the Australian Political Studies Association, The Australian Sociological Association and Permaculture Foundation, UK. She is part of a growing, global community of critical educators, environmentalists and activist scholars, working towards a more ecologically sound and just, global future.
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.
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.
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.
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.