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.

Mandy Merklein

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.
Meiling Colorado

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.
Kareen Erbe

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.
Lucie Bardos

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.
Luiza Oliveira

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.
Lydia Silva

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.
Natalie Limwatana

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.
Dana Utroske

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.
Kim Deans

Kim Deans

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

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.
Paige Payne

Paige Payne

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

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.
Jane Hayes

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.
Aline Van Moerbeke

Aline Van Moerbeke

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

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.
Penny Krebiehl

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.
Kelda Lorax

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.
Amy Stross

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.
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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