Our advisors are movers n’ shakers within the Permaculture movement. They are at the forefront of scaling this work to new levels. They bring deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities of these times. They are in the field, modeling the solutions, implementing projects and programs, integrating feedback loops, consulting on projects — globally and in their own backyards. They are our respected teachers, authors, keynote speakers, and organizational founders. We acknowledge and thank them for expanding the understanding and development of Permaculture in today’s world!
Penny Livingston-Stark has been an international teacher, designer, speaker and consultant in land management, regenerative design and permaculture for over 25 years. She specializes in ecologically-sound site planning and the design of resource-rich landscapes that integrate rainwater collection, edible and medicinal planting, pond and water systems, spring and habitat development, and watershed restoration. Penny is co-founder of the Regenerative Design Institute at Commonweal Garden, co-creator of the Ecological Design Program at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture and co-founder of the West Marin Grower’s Group, Farmer’s Market and Community Land Trust Association.
Brock Dolman is the Director of Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s WATER Institute and Permaculture Program. He co-directs the Wildlands Biodiversity Program, Basins of Relations, and permaculture courses, and co-manages the Center’s biodiversity collection, orchards, and 70 acres of wildland. Living up to his specialized generalist nature, and rekindling the dwindling art of peripatetic natural historian, his experience ranges from the study of wildlife biology, native botany and watershed ecology, to the practice of habitat restoration, regenerative human settlement design, ethno-ecology, and ecological literacy activism towards societal transformation.
Mark Lakeman is a national leader in the development of sustainable public places. In the last decade he has directed, facilitated, or inspired designs for more than three hundred new community-generated public places in Portland, Oregon alone. Through his leadership in Communitecture, Inc., and it’s various affiliates such as the The City Repair Project, The Village Building Convergence, and the Planet Repair Institute, he has also been instrumental in the development of dozens of participatory organizations and urban permaculture design projects. Mark works with governmental leaders, community organizations, and educational institutions in many diverse communities.
Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a teacher, writer, designer and speaker. Her writing includes “Shades of Green” for individuals wanting to teach green building to youth. Pandora co-founded Earthseed Consulting LLC, a holistic consulting firm whose work expands the opportunities for sustainable living for diverse communities. Her current projects include the Black Permaculture Network, Pathways to Resilience – a permaculture and social entrepreneur training program for men returning home after incarceration – and working with Toyota to design the Toyota Green Initiative, which supports African Americans in understanding the benefits of adopting sustainable lifestyles.
Dr. Laura Lengnick led the academic program in Sustainable Agriculture at Warren Wilson College, where she also served as the Director of Sustainability Education. Laura is fascinated by the behavior of social-ecological systems of all kinds, and especially those involving the production of food and fiber. For more than 25 years, she has actively explored the potential of agricultural systems to enhance community well-being as a researcher, policy-maker, community activist, professor and farmer. Her forthcoming book, Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate, will be released in February 2015.
Professor Will Hooker has been teaching permaculture & small-scale landscape design in the NC State University Department of Horticulture since 1979. He received his PDC from Chuck Marsh and Peter Bane at Earthaven Ecovillage in 1994. Since 1997, he has been teaching an Introduction to Permaculture course at NC State University ‘live’, and has offered it as a distance education course since 2003. He cultivates an urban permaculture homestead that is featured on the cover of the second edition of Toby Hemenway’s Gaia’s Garden.
Toby Hemenway is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, which was awarded the Nautilus Gold Medal in 2011, was named by the Washington Post as one of the ten best gardening books of 2010, and for the last eight years has been the best-selling permaculture book in the world. Toby has been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and has taught over sixty 72-hour permaculture design courses. He has presented lectures and workshops at major sustainability conferences such as Bioneers, SolFest, and EcoFarm, and at Duke University, Tufts University, University of Minnesota, University of Delaware and many other educational venues.
Sara Day Evans, Founding Director for Accelerating Appalachia and Co-Founder of Prosperity Collective, has worked with communities and small businesses across the southeast for over 20 years. She’s served over 300 communities and small businesses in economic development, entrepreneurship and environmental protection and leveraged over $250M in funding in service to the southeast and Appalachian region. She was awarded a presidential commendation from Bill Clinton for her work in the health and livelihood of women living in Appalachian Kentucky through her clean water efforts. In 2011, Sara Day co-founded the social enterprise Prosperity Collective and inspired by the textile, farming, forest products skills of Appalachians, the expanding world of social entrepreneurs and investing for good, she launched Accelerating Appalachia in 2012 to serve nature-based businesses in Appalachia and beyond.
Josiah Cain is a landscape architect with 16 years experience as an ecological design professional. He is currently Chief Design Officer at Design Ecology, a landscape architecture firm specializing green roofs, living walls, and on-site water management solutions. He founded his first design/build firm in 1997, and for 8 years provided ecologically-driven master plans and innovative green projects to hospitality, schools, developers, and residential clients internationally. He holds a BS in landscape architecture from University of California at Davis and a Master of Design Technology & Environment from Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Erik Ohlsen is Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Permaculture Skills Center, a licensed contractor, and Founder and Owner of Permaculture Artisans (Ecological farm and landscape company). Erik is a renowned Certified Permaculture designer, and Certified Permaculture teacher and has been practicing permaculture and ecological design since 1998 when he co-founded his first non-profit called Planting Earth Activation. In the field of ecological land development and management Erik has extensive experience with projects that range from small urban lots to 100+ broad acre design and implementation. His many years of experience, observation and listening of landscape patterns, managing installation crews and design teams, and his understanding of ecology make Erik a leader in the field of ecological landscape development.
Max Meyers is an experienced Ecological Designer, Permaculture Teacher, Consultant, Registered Aquaculturist, Aquaponic System Designer/Installer, Rainwater and Greywater System specialist, Farmer, and the Executive Director of the Mendocino Ecological Learning Center, a nonprofit educational organization and ecological reserve offering green job training and sustainable living skills to the public. Through his work as an instructor of Permaculture and Ecological Design he has successfully trained over a thousand students from more than 40 countries world wide. In addition to the work at MELC, Mr. Meyers provides Ecological design services to the public, organizations, and schools through Osiris Designs and Nor Cal Aquaponics. He is passionate about all things related to a more just and sustainable world. Most recently Mr. Meyers helped write the guidelines for the newly formed California Fish and Wildlife Aquaponics subcommittee. He has been studying, practicing and teaching Permaculture and Ecological Design for 15 years.