Meet the Women Who Built Our Online Permaculture Design Course

We reference and signal-boost hundreds of women in all our courses, but these are the ones who made content specifically for our Permaculture Design Course. Click through to their profiles, read recent writing, and link to their local programs.

Heather Jo Flores

Heather Jo Flores is the founder and director of Permaculture Women's Guild, Food Not Lawns, and the freepermaculture project, and creates about half of the content in our course.
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Pippa Buchanan

Pippa Buchanan is an Australian resilience and sustainability educator and urban permaculturist who established the Permaculture and Disaster Risk Reduction working group in 2017.
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Lichen June

Lichen June is a writer, speaker, educator and stuntwoman. Raised on a dairy goat farm by a naturalist mother and gardening father, Lichen was given a profound sense of ethics and relationship with the natural world.
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Marit Parker

​Marit Parker, from mid Wales, has been learning about permaculture for over 25 years. She has been part of Paramaethu Cymru/Permaculture Wales since 2011 where she has worked to ensure it’s a bilingual organization that places equal emphasis on all three ethics.
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Mandy Merklein

Mandy Merklein studied permaculture in 1982 for her thesis in environmental studies at Well College. She is a founding and active member of Permacultura Mediterranea, Youth in Permaculture, Gaia Youth, Community and Ecology Resources, and Escola Kumar.
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Meiling Colorado

Meiling Colorado has studied and taught permaculture in a diversity of settings. She lives on the island of Mallorca, Spain. Her new book, Aftermath, was published this Spring.
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Kareen Erbe

Kareen Erbe owns Broken Ground, a permaculture education and design business in Bozeman, Montana, USA, that teaches people how to grow their own food and become more self-reliant.
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Lucie Bardos

Lucie Bardos is a community project consultant, educator, course facilitator, and artist, who lives on unceded Syilx Territory in the Okanagan region of British Columbia, Canada.
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Luiza Oliveira

Luiza Oliveira is a permaculture designer, practitioner, writer, teacher, and enthusiast. She is passionate about regenerative design, social justice, and how permaculture practices are a great way to reclaim our own nature and health.
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Lydia Silva

Lydia is an Adjunct Faculty member at Suffolk University, Roger Williams University, and the University of MA, Dartmouth where she teaches Permaculture Design and Sustainability.
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Natalie Limwatana

Natalie is a permaculture practitioner, consultant, artist and teacher in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She specializes in natural building and regenerative design in the tropics.
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Dana Utroske

Dana is a sustainability educator, designer, and consultant, who is deeply passionate about uniting people and planet to usher in a new era of regeneration.
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Kim Deans

Kim Deans is an educator, facilitator and coach with over 30 years experience working in biodynamic and regenerative agriculture in Australia.
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Silvia DiBlasio

Silvia Di Blasio is a permaculture practitioner, teacher and consultant and life and career coach. Silvia specializes in inner and social permaculture and is also a passionate practitioner, instructor and advocate for food sovereignty and disaster preparedness/planning.
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Paige Payne

Paige Payne has a deep appreciation and understanding of nature, diverse ecosystems, and the influence of nature on mental and spiritual health.
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Rachel Lyn Rumson

Rachel Lyn Rumson practices participatory action research and permaculture, such as teaching permaculture with the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy, training and curriculum development.
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Crystal Stevens

Crystal Stevens is an Author, an Artist/Art Teacher, a Folk Herbalist, a Regenerative Farmer, and a Permaculturist. Crystal is the author of Grow Create Inspire and Worms at Work, published by New Society Publishers.
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Jane Hayes

Jane Hayes is a gardener, community developer, educator and coach with 25 years of experience, primarily in the Greater Toronto Area / Southern Ontario.
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Devorah Brous

Dev Brous (s/hers) is a regenerative urban homesteader, an environmental educator, and a frontline community organizer that is deeply rooted at the nexus of soul-care, earth-care, and community care in order to grow equity and self-sufficiency.
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Aline Van Moerbeke

Permaculture Design Course facilitator and Diploma tutor, living the permaculture life in Catalunya, Spain and on the Balearic Islands.
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Saskia Esslinger

Saskia Esslinger is a certified permaculture designer, online gardening teacher, and regenerative entrepreneur. Saskia recently returned to her roots in Alaska where she teaches cold-climate gardening classes with her two sons.
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Penny Krebiehl

Penny is a life-long Michigan garden-farmer, woods-wanderer, and arts educator. She has been educating and consulting as a Certified Permaculture Designer since 2005, and is a graphic-recorder for courses and presentations.
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Kelda Lorax

Kelda Lorax started learning permaculture in 1995. She was an intern for two years at the Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead, in the San Juan Islands, and has had advanced permaculture trainings in a variety of topics. Her college focus was in Sustainable Communities.
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Jennifer English Morgan

Jennifer English Morgan serves as a farmer, healer, facilitator, designer, project manager, and life coach. Jennifer helped create Gaia University in 2006, where she helped create the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design and developed and offered the 120-hr Advisor, Mentor and Life Coach Training.
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Amy Stross

Amy Stross is a permaculture gardener, writer, educator, and author of The Suburban Micro-Farm, with a varied background in home-scale food production in Ohio.
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Taj Scicluna

Taj is well versed in Permaculture Design, specialising in Ornamental Edible Gardens that mimic natural systems for beauty and efficiency.
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Tara Rae

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Tara Rae currently garden-farms on the Front Range of Colorado. She began studying Permaculture in 2003, receiving her first certificate in 2010, and a Permaculture Teachers Certificate in 2012.
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Loretta Buckner

Loretta Buckner has devoted much of her adult life to the study of ecosystems, in particular those which involve human development.
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Natalie Topa

Natalie Topa is an Urban and Regional Planner by training. She moved to East Africa in 2005 to work on post-war town planning and reconstruction in South Sudan.
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Cynthia Espinosa Marrero

Cynthia Espinosa Marrero is a food systems scholar and activist, helping diverse communities grow and learn more about food systems. Her passion was seeded with her family and neighbors in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, where she grew up.
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Sarah Wu

Sarah Wu is a clinical herbalist of 17 years, and is the Director and Educational Curator of the Punta Mona Center for Regenerative Design & Botanical Studies, an 85-acre permaculture farm in Costa Rica.
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Rowen White

Rowen White is a Seed Keeper from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and the educational director and founder of the Sierra Seeds, and National Program Coordinator and advisor for the Indigenous Seed Keeper Network.
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Rebecca Ellis

Becky Ellis, PhD, is a permaculture educator and community activist in London, Ontario, Canada. Becky maintains the blog Permaculture for the People and teaches about urban permaculture, community gardening, and gentle beekeeping.
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Maddy Harland

Maddy Harland is the editor and co-founder of Permaculture Magazine, the director of Permaculture Media, and the publisher at Permanent Publications. She is the author of several books, including Fertile Edges: Regenerating Land, Culture and Hope.
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Charlie Gray

Charlie Gray is a linguist, ethnobotanist and teacher. She co-founded Horton Community Farm, where she runs horticultural therapy, forest schools and volunteer sessions growing food.
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Dayna Burtness Nguyen

Dayna Burtness has been working on all things food and farming since 2005 as a farm intern, student farmer, a farmers market assistant manager, a local foods policy wonk, wholesale vegetable farmer, and livestock farmer and incubator farm program manager.
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