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.
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.
Click each teacher’s name to see her full profile and link to her recent work.
You may choose any one of them to be your 1:1 mentor. Mentor selection happens during orientation, right after you enroll.
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.
Aline Van Moerbeke is a multi-lingual hiking and ecotourism guide and certified permaculture facilitator, with a Permaculture Diploma earned through her participation in a range of community-focused projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We reference and signal-boost many 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.
Jennifer Albanese and her husband, Cliff Davis, co-own Spiral Ridge Permaculture, a family-run education company and design and consulting studio. They also own Pig & Leaf Farm, selling organically grown produce and craft pork.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ridhi D’Cruz is a co-Executive Director of City Repair, a Portland, Oregon nonprofit working on community development, permaculture and urban design. Ridhi supports various initiatives in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, placemaking, capacity building, houseless advocacy, Native American allyship, cultural sustainability, and social permaculture.
Taj Scicluna is passionate and motivated to inspire and educate people to live more nourishing and regenerative lifestyles with a deep connection to Nature. Using her skills of Permaculture and Herbalism, she reminds those wishing for a deeper sense of purpose that individual and collective action can generate change and reformat the current state of humanity.
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. She’s an Environmental Scientist, Consultant, Parent, Mentor, Coach, Permaculture Teacher and Designer and student of healthy intact cultures and indigenous wisdom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Loretta Buckner has devoted much of her adult life to the study of ecosystems, in particular those which involve human development. Her current ecosystem remains on the Gulf coast of Florida, where she continues to create community gardens, teaches kids (in schools and survival camps), and sails, when her boat is floating.
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, failed rooftop farm entrepreneur, wholesale vegetable farmer, restoration agriculture earthworks assistant, and now livestock farmer and incubator farm program manager.
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