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 contains content from more than 100 female experts in 30 countries, and includes an active faculty of dozens of women from a wide variety of climates and cultures, making this 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 anywhere from 5-40 years of hands-on homesteading and social systems experience. 

Your PDC tuition includes 1:1 support with the mentor of your choice, plus access to our private forum where all of the active faculty are present to answer questions and guide your design. 

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Active Teachers

Click through to see her full profile and link to her recent work. You may choose any one of these teachers to be your 1:1 mentor.​ Mentor selection happens during orientation, right after you enroll.

Please keep in mind that, while we had many others contribute to the content of our course, only the teachers listed on this page are currently available for mentorship.

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.
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.
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.
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.
Jane Hayes

Jane Hayes

Toronto, Canada. Jane is a gardener, community developer, educator and coach with 25 years of experience.
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 started learning permaculture in 1995 and has had advanced permaculture trainings in a variety of topics. Her college focus was in Sustainable Communities.
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.
Would you like to join the Permaculture Womens Guild faculty?

Would you like to join the Permaculture Womens Guild faculty?

Mentor students for their whole-system design project.

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

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