Jon Young grew up in Monmouth County, New Jersey, and was mentored from from the age of 10 as a naturalist, tracker, survivalist, and mentor in a native American tradition by the tracker and author Tom Brown, Jr. This mentoring forms the basis for Jon’s work. Jon worked off and on for many years at Tom Brown’s Tracker School as an instructor, specialguest and children’s program development specialist. In 1994, Tom reminded Jon that he was theonly one Tom had mentored the way Grandfather (Tom’s elder native mentor) had mentored Tom. This sparked Jon’s interest in trying to capture and preserve these special nature-connection mentoring skills. Jon received his BS in Environmental Science in 1983 from Cook College, Rutgers University, with particular emphasis on natural history and anthropology and a focus on how native cultures helped their children understand and connect with the natural world.
Lizzie Franklin is Director of the Continuous Health Institute, an organisation devoted to helping people discover new and useful physiological patterning, to support ongoing health improvements. This often involves re-aligning behaviours at the muscular and psychological level, removing compensation habits and helping the body discover a new balance. Her techniques integrate many and varied approaches from East and West alike. She draws on her many and varied qualifications in Dance, Sports Massage, Nutritional Therapy, Personal Training, Neuro-kinetic Therapy, Active Release Therapy and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga to produce these results. Lizzie completed her Permaculture Design Course with Aranya in August 2015, is a professionally trained performer, former national powerlifting champion and homemaker.
Phil began making compost by recycling grass mowings through an elephant. Since those years, caring for the gardens of his local wildlife park in Somerset he has qualified in horticulture, training & education. He discovered the 'P' word in the late 1980's & holds the Certificate in Permaculture Design. Originally inspired by a childhood amongst the plants & gardens of his mother & grandfather, Phil trained at Cannington College, Somerset.
Sharon Dismore completed her PDC in Feb 2009 whilst traveling in Ethiopia - since then she has been gardening and growing full time at Permaculture projects in various intentional communities. She feels that Permaculture gives the practical design tools and elements that she wishes to create in her life and that communities give the play ground to launch them from - place to work on the collective imagination, to pool resources and energy where sharing and co-operation can expand the boundaries to give unlimited yield.
Martin Crawford started his working life a computer programmer but his passion for organic gardening quickly led to a change in career. Martin has had broad and varied horticultural/agricultural experience over the last 25 years - he has worked for the Yarner Trust in North Devon teaching small-scale organic agriculture; grown food for a small hotel on the Isle of Iona; restored the walled gardens of a manor house in mid-Devon; and run his own organic market garden and tree nursery in South Devon. His experience led him to the concept of forest gardening as a sustainable system that can flourish in our changing climate conditions and it was this that led to the founding of the Agroforestry Research Trust in 1992, where he has been systematically researching plant interactions, unusual crops, etc over the past 15 years.
Bert grew up on the edge of a forest in Flanders. Very soon he played in that fantastic scenery with forests, fields, empty farms and enjoyed being surrounded by wilderness. A period of nature conservation campaigns and travelling ended up in Tazzie around 2000. Bert loved the permaculture immersion overthere during his wwoofing period. Inspired by visits to permaculture projects and people like David Holmgren and Robina McCurdy ,Berts heart kept on pushing towards the dream of a permacultural educational farm. And that is what still keeps speeding up his heartbeat.
Joel Salatin is a third generation, beyond organic farmer and author whose family owns and operates the 550 acre Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. The farm produces salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, forage-based rabbits pastured turkey and forestry products and direct markets everything to more than 3,000 families, 10 retail outlets, and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs. The farm features prominently in Michael Pollan's New York Times bestseller Omnivore's Dilemma and the award-winning documentarys, Food Inc & Fresh.
George Sobol Dip.Perm.Des.
George Sobol is an experienced trainer and facilitator who has been organising and teaching permaculture courses since 1989. After growing up in a Russian-speaking family, George completed a Russian degree at Manchester University in 1973. Moving to Bristol, he then trained as a cabinet maker and had a key role in the establishment of Bristol Craft Centre – co-operatively run community workshops. Connections with the Dartington Hall Trust led to a move to Devon in 1983, where he worked as a designer for their furniture and joinery manufacturing company. Twenty-plus years’ work in permaculture design and teaching started in 1989. After completing a Permaculture Design Course with Andy Langford, George took on the role of co-ordinator for the Permaculture Association [Britain] for the next four years.
Darren J. Doherty has extensive experience across the world in Permaculture project design, development & management. A career-long focus on the profitable retrofit of broadacre landscapes has seen Darren acclaimed as a pioneer in this important & often overlooked field. He is a Certified Whole Farm Planner (University of Melbourne), Approved Keyline® Designer, Accredited Permaculture Trainer (APT®) & Certified in Workplace Training & Assessment and formerly a Registered Teacher of the ‘The Permaculture Institute’ (teacher registration system ceased in March of 2010).
Joe Atkinson is the learning coordinator at the Permaculture Association, where he organises events, supports teacher development, collates & develops teaching materials, and runs the group visit scheme. He also runs an organic gardening business and teaches permaculture. He acts as a director of a new low impact, affordable co-housing development in suburban Leeds, called LILAC. He holds an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental & Energy Studies, and was a contributing author of the Centre for Alternative Technology's 2007 ZeroCarbonBritain report. He completed his PDC in 2007 and will be completing his diploma in applied permaculture design soon...
Stefan believes that we now have the answers to all the global environmental problems in the world and have done for some time, and that it’s the communities and people that now need to catch up. He sees Permaculture as the thread that connects all the issues, can empower each of us find our own personal solutions and together build a creative sustainable future.
Stefan has been practising Permaculture for over 15 years now, starting with woodland management and bee-keeping - and now focuses more on Community, Urban and Organisational uses of Permaculture design. He completed his design certificate with David Holmgren and George Sobol, and completed the Teacher Training with Designed Visions, and has taught mainly in London and the South-East.
Pietro Zucchetti is the founder and coordinator of the Permaculture Institute of Italy. He has got experience in designing urban permaculture systems and his smallholding in Italy "The Rainbow Tree" that applies permaculture and keyline design principles. He has been trained in several disciplines connected to permaculture like: RegenAG, forest gardening, sustainable woodland management, coppicing, pruning old fruit trees, beekeeping and arboriculture. He holds a BSc Hon. in Environmental Studies and a Dip. Perm. Des. He writes for an Italian magazine about permaculture and he is on the teacher's register of the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.
In 2009 at the final inch of her studies Mari Korhonen was fortunate to come across Geoff and Nadia Lawton. She studied and trained with them at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia for three months as part of the practical training of her university degree, BSc in Environmental Engineering. This combined with another six months of experience in farm forestry, tree planting, biological landscape restoration and erosion repair around NSW transformed her whole world view and offered an entirely new approach to practical sustainability as well. Currently she is based in Finland.
Richard Higgins, raised on a Somerset farm in the UK, attained his NDA, degree equivalent, at the Royal Berkshire College of Agriculture. Later he completed a ten year postgraduate study of the works of Sir Albert Howard while travelling and teaching from China to Hawaii. Sir Albert is now considered the Grandfather of organic farming and his research was from the Permanent Agriculture of the east, which is where the term Permaculture was derived. Richard has become a world leading exponent of this work. He presented the Howard (memorial) lecture 2009 at the University of Coventry, for Nigeria to ‘Go Organic’ (transcript sent to HRH The Prince of Wales, who made an immediate response).
Jillian spent much of her younger years in the outdoors whilst growing up in the province of Quebec: riding and training horses, working as a white water river guide, teaching downhill skiing, and working in the bush. She was deeply imprinted by nature through these experiences, and they developed in her a facility to see and feel patterns and flows. Jillian went on to study the biophysical world at the University of Guelph in the province of Ontario, and followed her heart and gut through her studies which culminated in a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Though she enjoyed what she learned, she thought that there was much that was missing. Permaculture helped to remedy that when she took her Permaculture Design Course at The Ark on Prince Edward Island in 1996.
Steve Pritchard Dip.Perm.Des.
Steve has designed, set up and managed a pioneering agroforestry demonstration site, developed a programme of courses in sustainable land use and managed urban tree nurseries in Bristol.
He also spent two years as a manager at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust. This project being one of the countries first attempts at broad scale permaculture design.
Debbie is very active in the 'Sustainable Frome' community & initiated the series of permaculture days & design courses now running in the town. She is currently working towards her Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design & has just completed an MSc based upon Action Enquiry as a lifestyle process. Her main interests are alternatives in education, designing for small spaces & non-land based design projects.
Phil was brought up in the countryside & taught to live off nature's larder. He was taught to respect nature & take only what was needed (Sustainability since the 1950Ùs). He completed his design course in January 2007 he then went straight on & completed the Tutors course in July 2007 & is currently working towards his Diploma. Since then he has run his own design course & support tutored on several others. He has also run several introduction days. He writes a permaculture feature for an East Devon District Council magazine & is a part of the steering group for Sustainable Seaton. He is also a dowser.
Peter Cowman BArch
Peter is responsible for developing the EconoSpace - a low-cost building concept, that began the day he decided that a mortgage was not for him. From that place, he drifted off into the world of creativity, poverty and freedom. The original prototype EconoSpace was built as an Art Studio, but from that vantage point he imagined that it must be possible to construct a small house that was free of the tyranny of the mortgage. He has since configured various layouts, including 'living' versions as per his original idea of creating a small home free of borrowings.
Neil (known fondly as Huckleberry) is from the Olympic Peninsula, Washington State, USA. For the past 30 years he has been owner of and primary consultant for GREENWORLD, a company specialising in edible and sustainable landuse design in the northwest USA. Huckleberry has taught permaculture design in both North and South America, including community projects in Patagonia, Costa Rica and many states of the USA.
Tony Martin has been interested in alternative energy since he realised the water going into his paddling pool was being warmed by the suns rays on the black hosepipe and not by his mums gas boiler. Experimenting over the years with solar panels, compost heaters and clay ovens he likes to learn the principles and then build his own, be it a small solar powered “AA” battery charger, or a 3 ton Masonry stove. Heavily influenced by the Wombles he strives to waste as little as possible and would much rather have a set of old tables and chairs rescued from a skip than a polished wood dining set made from rainforest wood built by people paid slave wages. He dreams of growing all his own food including one day some exotics by making use of various permaculture principles and to produce all the energy needed to run his home and all events at this venue.
Dick Thompson is a Cognitive Scientist. Since his Cognitive Science degree, Dick has travelled the world, continuing to explore the acquisition of human expertise and cognitive enhancement... Learning about: Curriculum-based schoolteaching and one-on-one tutoring, meditation, yoga & related eastern disciplines, business consulting, strategic and conference facilitation, neuro-linguistic programming, video gaming, athletic coaching of individuals and groups, permaculture, and most recently, carpentry.
Dick believes that our challenge today is how quickly we can adapt, and that we can learn to accelerate that ability by applying the sciences of cognition. He seeks to help bodies to recover their naturally athletic capabilities, and minds to learn to apply ecological patterns at every level.
Sarah Pugh has been teaching Permaculture since 2004 after apprenticing with Mike Feingold and Patrick Whitefield. She is based in Bristol and teaches mainly in an urban setting with occasional forays into the countryside to teach with Patrick Whitefield Associates. She set up the first Transition city in Bristol in 2007. Sarah is Founding Director of Shift Bristol CIC where she co-ordinates and is lead tutor on the year long Practical Sustainability Course that empowers students to take permaculture out into their community. She is founder member of the Bristol Permaculture Group a thriving network of over 1000 members who share skills, resources and cider.
Robina is a New Zealander who also identifies herself as a planetary citizen. She is co-founder / resident / trustee of Tui Land Trust & Community and founder / trustee of the Institute for Earthcare Education Aotearoa. She is a state and Steiner-trained primary school teacher, and has a Permaculture Diploma in Trusteeship, Media and Education, and qualifications in Seed Technology.
Gary Finch Dip.Perm.Des
Gary Finch completed his Design Course in April 2005 and spent the next seven years writing up his design work to earn the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design in March 2012. He has led several introductory weekends & guest tutored on three full design courses. His work involves him in supporting people to live independently in the community & his aim is to provide low cost examples of urban permaculture and to support closer ties between the town and country. He is currently retrofitting his urban semi into an eco-home.
Lien de Coster
Lien first came across permaculture in the summer of 2008 in Totnes when writing a story on the transition movement. Her curiosity was sparked at once. During her traveling and living in different places with wilderness within hand reach, such as Scandinavia and the Canary Islands, permaculture remained a recurrent theme. Eventually she gave in to its attraction and started a design course in the Voedselbos (food forest) in Belgium with Bert D’Hondt. She completed the course with a design about facilitating a solo retreat, an event based on an old coming of age ritual during which people spend a couple of days by themselves in the wilderness. Because of her fascination for peoplecare Lien returned to England in 2012 for a People and Permaculture Course with Looby Macnamara. Before that, she was involved in peoplecare through working with the Corepower method for personal leadership, about which she helped writing the book ‘Corepower. Zelfsturing vanuit de Kern’, and which she is currently translating into English.
Kirk Gadzia is the foremost Holistic Management (HM) Certified Educator in the world. With over 25 years experience in the field across 6 continents, Kirk has worked closely with HM founder Allan Savory and is an associate of the Savory Institute. Kirk has formal qualifications in Rangeland Management and has co-authored several books, the most notable being 'Bullseye! Targeting you Rangeland Health Objectives', which land managers around the world use as a primary resource. Kirk is a thorough and engaging trainer and together with his wife Tamara Gadzia, Publications Director of the Quivira Coalition Quivira and an experienced landscape restorationalist, makes HM easy.
Eugenio Gras is a dynamic 30 year veteran of regenerative agriculture with vast experience across the world, particularly in South America, Australia & Europe. His organisation MasHumus has an alumni of thousands of people, with their primary focus being to bringing cost-effective and simple regenerative agricultural technologies into the hands of every producer. A master communicator who speaks 5 languages, Eugenio engages all manner of audiences wherever he goes with his broad skill and wide experience. Eugenio is the author of 'Cosecha de Agua y Tierra' ('Working with Water and Land') which has sold thousands of copies around the world. A native of Guadalajara in central Mexico, Eugenio is an experienced builder, dairy farmer and cheese maker, consultant and trainer.
Jo Barker Dip.Perm.Des
Jo has been passionate about Permaculture and its possibilities since 1990. She first did a Permaculture Design course in 1992. In 1998 she did the course: 'Teaching Permaculture Creatively' and recently completed her Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design. She has designed around 20 Permaculture gardens and projects. The design ethos also informed her work as a Landscape Architect in 100's of other projects.
Andy Goldring is a long term activist with permaculture in Britain and has been the Development Co-ordinator of the Permaculture Association (Britain) for several years. Previously he served on the Association's Council of Management & later as Chair. His main areas of experience are organisational and administration; using thinking tools & design processes.
Miki Dedijer devotes his life to helping people deepen their connections to nature, self and others. A trained ecologist with a bachelor of arts from Princeton University, he has 20 years experience as journalist, photographer and documentary filmmaker focusing on man's relationship to nature. A former board member of Sweden's Survival Guild and a certified permaculturist, he now runs programs and trainings in nature awareness, holistic tracking and conservation biology through Vild Kultur. Among his long-term mentors in nature awareness and community building are Jon Young, founder of the Wilderness Awareness School and the 8 Shields Program, and Mark Morey of the Institute for Natural Learning.
Abby has a background in Design and Horticulture. She completed a Permaculture Design course in 2006, and the Permaculture Teacher Training in 2008.
Where she lives in Bristol, Abby is an active member of the local Transition Initiative, organising awareness raising and reskilling events. Currently, Abby is working with a local Permaculture project, developing an allotment site into a community garden, and over the last two years she has been teaching gardening and horticulture in an inner city school.
Peppi has been interested in natural environments from a very young age. He grew up on the island of Malta close to the beach and spend most of his young days around traditional farmers and villagers. His interest in living closer to the earth took him on various travels. In 2001-2002 he worked on a number of permaculture farms in Australia and that was an excellent chapter in his life. Peppi is a certified permaculturist and also the Founder of the Permaculture Research Foundation for Malta. He started an ambitious permaculture project on a dry, windy and arid landscape eight years ago, which has attracted many individuals, groups, reporters, documentary makers etc. Although, much has been achieved, he believes that the bloom is still underway.
Jules Heavens is an experienced workshop leader, facilitator, therapist and coach. Trained in many varied avenues of healing, personal development, spiritual practice and wellbeing she offers facilitation and support based on her belief that we hold all our answers in our wisdom within. Combining creative processes, voice and sound work, movement and meditation she creates the space and catalyst for the enquiry journey and remembering of the true self.
Graham Burnett Dip.Perm.Des.
Graham is an experienced permaculture practitioner, designer and teacher. He is a member of the Council of Management of the Permaculture Association (Britain), and holds the Diploma in Permaculture Design (Dip Perm Des). In addition he has written, illustrated and self-published a number of books and pamphlets through Spiralseed, a small business enterprise dedicated to promoting permaculture and earthright living using illustration, literature and other media.
Gladys is from Holland and has been living in the UK for 13 years. She has a background in Fine Art and environmental education for children. She completed a Permaculture Design Course in Brighton in 2003, and is currently in her fourth year of undertaking the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design. She is a mother of two. Before moving to Frome, Somerset in 2007, she worked for the riverOcean Foundation - an environmental education charity in Brighton.
Kate came across permaculture only at the beginning of 2008 but had been living and dreaming it for years without knowing it. As a secondary school teacher, the natural progression in her life is to teach permaculture so she did TOT '08 straight after her PDC in Frome and also attended the 2008 Convergence. Kate lives in the New Forest with her partner and cat and is forever on the lookout for a field or woodland to call her own.
Alanna has over 20 years experience of dowsing and geomancy. She was a founder of the New South Wales Dowsing Society in 1983 and has taught 'probably thousands' of people how to dowse. She practises geomancy professionally and lives in central Victoria. Alanna is the author of 'Dowsing and Healing', 'Divining Earth Spirit', 'Stone Age Farming', a correspondence course (Diploma of Dowsing for Harmony) and publishes a quarterly 'Geomantica' magazine.
Andy Langford Dip.Perm.Des.
Andy Langford is a former Designed Visions partner and a long term activist with permaculture in Britain and Northern Europe. He worked up the early British permaculture teaching resource (supported by Lea Harrison of Australia and, later, George Sobol), organised and taught design courses and ran significant design projects for Local Government and private clients. Andy is an enthusiast for inclusive learning, decision making and action methods and has facilitated Future Searches, Open Space Technology and Planning for Real events.
Tomas has been working in permaculture since 1997. Over the years he has designed and helped to create private and communal gardens, commercial and amenity woodlands, wildlife reserves and ecological restoration sites. He has taught many courses in permaculture and related subjects, both in the UK and across Europe.