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,…
Marjory House

Marjory House

Marjory House has been gardening and farming in the Willamette valley of Oregon for over twenty years, with an emphasis on biodynamics and seed saving.
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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.
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.…
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.
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.
Devorah Brous

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,…
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…
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…
Jennifer Albanese

Jennifer Albanese

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 &…
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.

Contributing Teachers

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.

Pippa Buchanan

Pippa Buchanan

Pippa Buchanan is an Australian resilience and sustainability educator and urban permaculturist who…
Lichen June

Lichen June

Lichen June is a writer, speaker, educator and stuntwoman. Raised on a dairy…
Marit Parker

Marit Parker

​Marit Parker, from mid Wales, has been learning about permaculture for over 25…
Cynthia Espinosa Marrero

Cynthia Espinosa Marrero

Cynthia Espinosa Marrero is a food systems scholar and activist, helping diverse communities…
Natalie Limwatana

Natalie Limwatana

Natalie is a permaculture practitioner, consultant, artist and teacher in Chiang Mai, Thailand.…
Silvia DiBlasio

Silvia DiBlasio

Silvia Di Blasio is a permaculture practitioner, teacher and consultant and life and…
Sarah Wu

Sarah Wu

Sarah Wu is a clinical herbalist of 17 years, and is the Director…
Taj Scicluna

Taj Scicluna

Taj is well versed in Permaculture Design, specialising in Ornamental Edible Gardens that…
Tara Rae

Tara Rae

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Tara Rae currently garden-farms on the Front Range…
Rebecca Ellis

Rebecca Ellis

Becky Ellis, PhD, is a permaculture educator and community activist in London, Ontario,…
Ridhi D’Cruz

Ridhi D’Cruz

Ridhi D’Cruz is a co-Executive Director of City Repair, a Portland, Oregon nonprofit…
Rowen White

Rowen White

Rowen White is a Seed Keeper from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and…
Natalie Topa

Natalie Topa

Natalie Topa is an Urban and Regional Planner by training. She moved to…
Looby Macnamara

Looby Macnamara

Looby Macnamara is the author of People and Permaculture, Strands of Infinity, and…
Loretta Buckner

Loretta Buckner

Loretta Buckner has devoted much of her adult life to the study of…
Maddy Harland

Maddy Harland

Maddy Harland is the editor and co-founder of Permaculture Magazine, the director of…
Klaudia van Gool

Klaudia van Gool

Klaudia Van Gool draws on over 20 years experience and study to express…
Karryn Olson

Karryn Olson

In over 20 years in permaculture, Karryn Olson co-founded a permaculture institute, teaches,…
Jessica Peterson

Jessica Peterson

Jessica Peterson holds an MA in socio-economics and is owner of two ecological…
Charlie Gray

Charlie Gray

Charlie Gray is a linguist, ethnobotanist and teacher. She co-founded Horton Community Farm,…
Crystal Stevens

Crystal Stevens

Crystal Stevens is an Author, an Artist/Art Teacher, a Folk Herbalist, a Regenerative…
Hannah Hemmelgarn

Hannah Hemmelgarn

Hannah Hemmelgarn is an experiential educator and homesteader in Columbia, MO where she…
Hannah Thorogood

Hannah Thorogood

Hannah Thorogood is a permaculture farmer, designer & teacher. Running her own farm…
Diana Sette

Diana Sette

Diana Sette is a a green infrastructure consultant, a certified arborist through the…
Penny Krebiehl

Penny Krebiehl

Penny is a life-long Michigan garden-farmer, woods-wanderer, and arts educator. She has been…
Jennifer English Morgan

Jennifer English Morgan

Jennifer English Morgan serves as a farmer, healer, facilitator, designer, project manager, and…
Tinece Holman-Payne

Tinece Holman-Payne

Earth Feathur (Tinece Holman-Payne) is a Holistic Practitioner and Reiki Master with a…

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