NikiAnne Feinberg has over a decade of experience with experiential, nature-based program development in both the non-profit and academic sectors. She is co-founder and co-director of School of Integrated Living, an educational organization and social enterprise focused on promoting life-skills and sustainability education through residential service-learning programs, co-founder of the School Gardens Program in Santa Barbara, CA, which has been instrumental in implementing food production systems in over 30 public schools, and holds a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University. Traveling throughout much of Asia, The Americas, and Europe, helped ground NikiAnne’s formal education with “real-world” connections and have shaped her cooperative cultural values and commitment to being a responsible global citizen.
Zev Friedman is a leading permaculture practitioner, designer, researcher and teacher in Western North Carolina. He specializes in forest agriculture, myco-forestry, and the marrying of ancestral hand skills with whole systems thinking. Zev is active as a consultant and work manager in neighborhood and community scale projects in Asheville. He is the Vice President of Living Systems Design and co-founder of Permaculture in Action.
Chris Farmer realized at 20 years old that he had never eaten a single thing that he knew where it came from. At 22, he helped start an organic vegetable farm outside of Olympia, WA. Journeying home to the Carolinas to be closer to family, he moved to Earthaven Ecovillage. Since his arrival to Earthaven in 1997, Chris has cleared his own farm field, designed and built passive solar homes using the wood from the trees he has killed (including his own Microhut), held leadership positions, raised turkeys, grown vegetables, co-founded the Forestry Cooperative, designed and installed multiple off-grid energy systems, and a few other things. His newest excitement is dabbling in small-scale biochar production and wood gasification at Gateway Farm.
Patricia Allison, 30-year gardener and 20-year Permaculture teacher, will be one of the main instructors for the PDC. Patricia has been a member of Earthaven Ecovillage since 1996, where she co-founded the Medicine Wheel Collective neighborhood. After many years of teaching Permaculture and Consensus Decision-making throughout the country, she prefers to stay home and teach from her garden.
Program Strategist: Janell Kapoor is an avid mud mama, international activist, community organizer, motivational presenter, systems strategist and designer. As director of Ashevillage, Kleiwerks International, and the Whole Earth Summit, Janell recently co-founded Permaculture School. Since 1998, she has led hands-on trainings for people from over 52 countries, helping to catalyze permaculture movements amongst hundreds of thousands of people. Janell’s home in Asheville, NC is a transformed one-acre junk yard and crack house that has become a thriving eco-urban oasis, Ashevillage Sanctuary. Janell finds hope in people aligning their deepest heart’s desire with real action, thus joining the rising tide of humanity that is creating regenerative culture the world over.