Women Who Teach Permaculture

Permaculture Women’s Guild is cultivating global abundance for a new generation, through interactive education, regenerative leadership, and social systems design. We’re here to build personal and professional connections between women who grow food, build community, and care for the Earth.

If you guild it, they will come.

Permaculture Women’s Guild is cultivating global abundance for a new generation, through interactive education, regenerative leadership, and social systems design. We’re here to build personal and professional connections between women who teach, practice, write about, and live on the permaculture path.

Heather Jo Flores

Catalyst and Principal Cat-Herder

Heather Jo Flores has been studying, practicing, teaching, and organizing permaculture projects since the mid-1990’s. She is the founder and director of Permaculture Women’s Guild. She holds a BA focused on Permaculture Education and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, in which her Master’s thesis focused on using art, gardening, and somatic movement to help women heal from personal and cultural trauma. For more about Heather, go here.

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Our Permaculture Design Course Online Faculty

Our online double-certificate Permaculture Design Course is the most comprehensive and well-supported permaculture course in the world. Our teachers are experienced leaders, with strong ties in their local communities. Most of us have advanced degrees in a related field, many are published authors, and all of us are certified permaculture designers with decades of hands-on homesteading and social systems experience. 

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.

Pippa Buchanan

Pippa Buchanan

WA, Australia. Pippa is a resilience and sustainability educator and urban permaculturist who established the Permaculture and Disaster Risk Reduction working group in 2017.
Marit Parker

Marit Parker

Wales, UK. ​Marit 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.
Lichen June

Lichen June

Oregon, USA. Lichen is a writer, speaker, educator and stuntwoman. Raised on a dairy goat farm by a naturalist mother and gardening father, she was given a profound sense of ethics and relationship with the natural world.
Mandy Merklein

Mandy Merklein

Mallorca, Spain. Mandy studied permaculture since 1982 and is a founding and active member of Permacultura Mediterranea, Youth in Permaculture, Gaia Youth, Community and Ecology Resources, and Escola Kumar.
Meiling Colorado

Meiling Colorado

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

Kareen Erbe

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

Lucie Bardos

Kelowna, Canada. Lucie is a community project consultant, educator, course facilitator, and artist.
Luiza Oliveira

Luiza Oliveira

Italy, Brasil, Switzerland, California. Luiza is passionate about regenerative design, social justice, and how permaculture practices are a great way to reclaim our own nature and health.
Lydia Silva

Lydia Silva

Massachusetts, USA. 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.
Dana Utroske

Dana Utroske

Oregon, USA. 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.
Kim Deans

Kim Deans

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

Silvia DiBlasio

Vancouver, Canada. Silvia specializes in inner and social permaculture and is also a passionate practitioner, instructor and advocate for food sovereignty and disaster preparedness/planning.
Paige Payne

Paige Payne

Colorado, USA. Paige has a deep appreciation and understanding of nature, diverse ecosystems, and the influence of nature on mental and spiritual health.
Crystal Stevens

Crystal Stevens

Missouri, USA. Crystal is an author, an artist/art teacher, a folk herbalist, a regenerative farmer, and a permaculturist. She is the author of Grow Create Inspire and Worms at Work, published by New Society Publishers.
Jane Hayes

Jane Hayes

Toronto, Canada. Jane is a gardener, community developer, educator and coach with 25 years of experience.
Devorah Brous

Devorah Brous

California, USA. Dev (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.
Saskia Esslinger

Saskia Esslinger

Alaska, USA. Saskia is a certified permaculture designer, online gardening teacher, and regenerative entrepreneur. She teaches cold-climate gardening classes with her two sons.
Penny Krebiehl

Penny Krebiehl

Michigan, USA. Penny is a life-long 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.
Kelda Lorax

Kelda Lorax

Oklahoma, USA. Kelda is a PINA diplomat and trains next generation Permaculture leaders. She has a wide experience with designs, teams, and projects. She also sells veggies and medicinal herbs from her small food forest.
Jennifer English Morgan

Jennifer English Morgan

Tennessee, USA. Jennifer serves as a farmer, healer, facilitator, designer, project manager, and life coach. She 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.
Amy Stross

Amy Stross

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

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.
Loretta Buckner

Loretta Buckner

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

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.
Cynthia Espinosa Marrero

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.
Sarah Wu

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.
Rebecca Ellis

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.
Rowen White

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.
Maddy Harland

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.
Charlie Gray

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.
Hannah Hemmelgarn

Hannah Hemmelgarn

Hannah Hemmelgarn is an experiential educator and homesteader in Columbia, MO where she works for the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry and the Wild Folk Learning Community. After completing a degree in anthropology and sociology, she explored intentional community farm life.
Tinece Holman-Payne

Tinece Holman-Payne

Earth Feathur (Tinece Holman-Payne) is a Holistic Practitioner and Reiki Master with a deep passion for community and empowering people through education and healing. The projects she takes on and the people she works with are part of a worldwide network with a common goal of providing peaceful places and spaces for disadvantaged people.
Ridhi D’Cruz

Ridhi D’Cruz

Ridhi D’Cruz is a co-Executive Director of City Repair, a Portland, Oregon nonprofit working on community development, permaculture and urban design.
Looby Macnamara

Looby Macnamara

Looby Macnamara is the author of People and Permaculture, Strands of Infinity, and 7 Ways to Think Differently. She lives on Applewood Permaculture Centre, 20 acre smallholding in North Herefordshire, UK.
Klaudia van Gool

Klaudia van Gool

Klaudia Van Gool draws on over 20 years experience and study to express her lifelong passion for the environment through facilitating people care and social design programs across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
Karryn Olson

Karryn Olson

In over 20 years in permaculture, Karryn Olson co-founded a permaculture institute, teaches, organizes regionally and nationally, started her own design business, and writes about women’s leadership in permaculture, while raising her small family in an Ecovillage in Upstate NY.
Jessica Peterson

Jessica Peterson

Jessica Peterson holds an MA in socio-economics and is owner of two ecological businesses, Inside Edge Strategies and Design, and Wild Willow Wellness. She lives, farms, and works in Montana, and is restoring 40 acres of North Woods and installing pond systems and a food forest in Wisconsin.
Hannah Thorogood

Hannah Thorogood

Hannah Thorogood is a permaculture farmer, designer & teacher. Running her own farm (The Inkpot) selling award winning produce direct to customers. Hannah has 15 years of permaculture design experience on a wide range of applications.
Diana Sette

Diana Sette

Diana Sette is a a green infrastructure consultant, a certified arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture, a certified permaculture teacher, and an experienced leader with a diverse range of projects, from designing home ecologies to leading expansive community-oriented permaculture programs.

To see a list of all teachers who contributed to this course, go here.

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