Teachers 

Aranya

Aranya

Completing his Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design in 2003, Aranya started teaching the following year. He discovered this made his heart sing, so he made it his main focus. Since 2004 he has taught over 80 two-week design courses, something he has no intention of stopping. He feels that it's a privilege to have the opportunity to teach "something that can make a real difference in all our lives".
 
Aranya is also excited about new ways in which permaculture thinking can help us, developing new courses on using its principles to help us design for optimising our health and creating ethical livelihoods.
 
In the spring of 2012 Permanent Publications published his first book 'Permaculture Design - a Step-by-Step Guide', which evolved from a set of design course worksheets. He also writes occasionally for magazines and from time to time shares interesting items on his blog. Aranya is currently writing a second book, about a subject he’s especially fascinated by, the application of systems thinking and patterns in permaculture design.
 
‘As a leading practitioner Aranya understands what it’s like to begin to turn your life around and to continue learning as you put permaculture into practice'  Trish Taylor (Permaculture Design Certificate Graduate)
 
‘I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have been under the tutoring and guidance of such an inspiring and knowledgeable teacher as Aranya’  Mel Chambers (Permaculture Design Certificate Graduate)

Caroline Aitken

Caroline Aitken

Caroline Aitken is a permaculture teacher, designer and consultant and director of Patrick Whitefield Associates. She is qualified in design, permaculture design and horticulture and has a background in gardening and food growing.
 
Her experience includes managing two acres of intensive organic vegetable production, managing five acres of ornamental and food gardens at a meditation retreat centre and catering for groups, courses and retreats.
 
She lives with her partner and son on a four acre smallholding in Dartmoor where they are working towards self-sufficiency and creating educational spaces.
 
Caroline is also co-author with Martin Crawford of Food from your Forest Garden, a comprehensive guide to making best use of your forest garden produce.
 
Visit her website and blog Think.Grow.Eat for more information.

Pat Bowcock

Pat Bowcock

Pat grew up in the Gloucestershire countryside, with a beautiful garden, an orchard, open fields, streams & ponds around her. Over the last twenty years she has been saddened to see whole woodlands cut down and not replaced, old hedgerows taken out to create fields for large machinery. It reflected the lack of respect and consideration we show to each other and the planet we are so much a part of and dependent upon.
 
This inspired her to look for a piece of land to live in harmony with which she found in the form of a pony paddock in June 1999. Her aim was to create a haven for plants, wildlife, trees and people. Pat realized that she couldn't change the world alone, but she could take responsibility for what she ate, where she slept, her waste, and how she interacted with others. A central element of her intention was people care, planet care and fair share.
 
Pat set about creating the systems she would need to put these principles into action. She was supported and encouraged by her family and the many people who came to help make Ourganics what it is today. Ourganics Evolving Systems has become her portfolio of design work which in July 2006 earned her the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design.

Les Moore

Les Moore

Les holds the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design and specialises in urban regeneration.

Community currency design
He's an internationally recognised visiting expert in community currency development and responsible for innovation and the development of registration services using open money protocols across Europe. He has over 20 years of experience within community currencies, having set up and run a LETSystem and incentive programmes.

Sociocracy
In the UK he broadens the interest in Sociocracy (applied dynamic governance) and practices the techniques of sociocratic governance methods during facilitation and workshop sessions. He facilitates strategic and operational working circles of Sociocracy UK and delivers sociocratic training at permaculture courses and events.

Social Enterprise
He is the co-founder and managing director of UK social enterprises Common Resource Ltd and East London Food Access Ltd, where he leads on design, development and research. Using his experience of the UK social enterprise and community sectors, he specialises in applied CSR and innovation, and facilitates, chairs and manages a portfolio of community projects.

Jay Abrahams

Jay Abrahams

Initially trained as a Microbiologist/Biochemist Jay spent some time in the UK water industry designing and building conventional, energy and materials intensive, wastewater treatment systems. In 1990, upon reading Bill Mollison's magnum opus, Permaculture: A Designers Manual, he left the industry to use Permaculture Design Principles in order to design and create both Wetland Ecosystem Treatment or WET Systems (which are Regenerative Systems for Low-Entropy wastewater purification) and also water system designs within Sustainable Settlements for Human Habitation.

In 1992 he established and now continues to run Biologic Design Ltd, his ‘vehicle’ for the creation of both Whole Site Water Reticulation Systems and WET Systems, multispecies, soil based, constructed wetlands for integrated wastewater purification, resource production and habitat creation for enhanced biodiversity. These are both 'Functional Landscapes’ which are designed and constructed ‘natural systems’ comprising earthworks, densely planted with a wide variety of useful and appropriate species. These 'recombinant ecologies' are able to embed within the fabric of the land functions such as wastewater purification, rainwater harvesting and resource production.

Having lived with no mains services (off-grid) for over 30 years Jay has both practical and experiential knowledge of low-impact living. He's a member of the ‘Blueprint Alliance’, a loose confederation of Regenerative Technology Practitioners based in Tamera, under the auspices of this group he has worked with both established and nascent Ecovillages in the UK, Greece and Portugal, as well as looking at the inclusion of Biologic Design systems during the reconstruction of villages destroyed by the earthquakes in Nepal. Jay is about to start the second year of a PhD research project at CAWR (The Centre for Agroecology, Water & Resilience), in which his aim is to introduce the concept of 'Low-Entropy Systems Design' into the peer reviewed literature.

Hannah Thorogood

Hannah Thorogood

Hannah is a permaculture farmer, designer and teacher. She has set up and runs her own 18 acre permaculture demonstration farm in Lincolnshire, The Inkpot. She has taken the farm from a depleted, compacted, toxic arable field into the diverse, abundant farm it is today demonstrating permaculture, regenerative agriculture and producing nationally award winning farm.
 
Hannah is a senior tutor with the permaculture diploma system and was one of the lead designers in creating the current system and she co-designed and leads the tutor training within that system. She has also been teaching permaculture design courses since 2002 and has been teaching permaculture teaching courses since 2007. She has a reputation for creating a very accepting and fun learning environment, putting people from all backgrounds at ease to enjoy their learning together.
 
Hannah has a BSc in Environmental Studies from Manchester University & an MSc Organic Farming from Scottish Agricultural College. She also loves to knit and crochet using her own Inkpot wool.

Klaudia van Gool

Klaudia van Gool

Klaudia has had an interest in growing things as long as she can remember and has incorporated Permaculture ideas for the last twenty, since accidentally picking up Bill Mollison's book in the library.
 
In 2006 she completed the Sustainable Land Use and Permaculture Design Certificate at Ragmans Lane Farm with Patrick Whitefield followed by her Diploma in Permaculture Design in January 2009. Klaudia also has a degree in Environmental Science from University of Plymouth and has worked as an Environmental Business Services Adviser for the Groundwork Trust for eleven years.
 
Klaudia has taught 31 PDCs to date. She has been increasingly drawn to the People Care ethic of permaculture, using the design framework, ethics and principles for personal and social designs.  When Looby MacNamara published her book People & Permaculture, she was privileged to teach the first People Care PDC (permaculture design course) with Looby and Stefan Geyer in 2012. Followed in 2013 by a week’s People Care Design immersion with Looby and Peter Cow.
 
One of the original members of Thriving Ways, a collective of facilitators and designers dedicated to working with natural principles to create sustainable organisations, livelihoods and projects Klaudia has a wealth of experience to give.

Looby Macnamara

Looby Macnamara

Looby was first inspired by permaculture when eating a flower salad from a 6 foot square patio garden bursting with vitality in the middle of an urban jungle. She went on to do her permaculture course in Brighton, but it was not only the content of the course, but how it was taught that led her on the path to teaching permaculture. Her path since has been life changing and has affirmed the belief that we can all take positive action to benefit ourselves, our communities and our planet. She is interested in how we can use Permaculture principles, ethics and design in all aspects of life, and as part of her Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design she included several non land-based designs.
Her book 'People and Permaculture' was the first book to directly explore the application of permaculture design and principles to our lives and relationships. She teaches a diversity of permaculture courses, including introductory, full design, advanced design, teacher training and peoplecare courses. In 2016 she moved to Applewood Permaculture Centre, a 20 acre smallholding in North Herefordshire with her family and partner Chris Evans. She is also a senior diploma tutor and experienced in people based designs.
Looby has been developing the Cultural Emergence toolkit for positive cultural evolution for individuals and communities. The understanding of both systems and patterns is a fundamental part of the effectiveness of this toolkit. 
 

Chris Evans

Chris Evans

Chris has lived and worked in Nepal since 1985, co-founding the Jajarkot Permaculture Project, which successfully spread new ideas in line with existing cultural traditions. Chris started his career as a VSO volunteer in a community forestry programme in Nepal after graduating in Forestry in the UK. Based in the remote western district of Jajarkot, he quickly realised the shortfalls of international development and so in 1988, when he came across the concept of Permaculture, he embarked on an ambitious alternative. Starting with a local friend, £500 and an acre of degraded farmland in the district centre of Jajarkot he founded a demonstration and training centre which grew organically into the Jajarkot Permaculture Programme (JPP), a diverse array of projects spanning 4 districts, 65 villages, 8 resource centres (working farms), 120 staff and volunteers, and a membership of 12,000 farmers.
 
He stayed with the JPP until 2001 when he started to work with community groups which were spawned from the original programme. In 2001 he co-published the Farmers' Handbook in Nepali, a compendium of over 40 farmer-friendly techniques and approaches based on best practice learned in Nepal, but applicable globally. He directed the Nepal programmes for a UK charity from 2002 to 2008, working in the districts of Surkhet and Humla, one of the remotest and most challenging areas of the country. He currently works with a 3rd generation progeny of the JPP, the Himalayan Permaculture Centre (HPC). Beside his grass-roots experience in Nepal, Chris has taught permaculture in the UK, Europe, India, U.S.A. and Mexico. He is also a UK assessment level tutor for apprentices working towards their diploma in applied permaculture design. Chris lives at Waterloo Farm in north Herefordshire with his partner Looby and daughters Shanti and Teya. There, he is co-owner/director of Applewood Permaculture Centre, a demonstration, training and resource centre promoting regenerative landscapes, livelihoods and lifestyles.

Martin Crawford

Martin Crawford

Martin Crawford started his working life a computer programmer but his passion for organic gardening quickly led to a change in career. Martin has had broad and varied horticultural/agricultural experience over the last 30 years - he has worked for the Yarner Trust in North Devon teaching small-scale organic agriculture; grown food for a small hotel on the Isle of Iona; restored the walled gardens of a manor house in mid-Devon; and run his own organic market garden and tree nursery in South Devon. His experience led him to the concept of forest gardening as a sustainable system that can flourish in our changing climate conditions and it was this that led to the founding of the Agroforestry Research Trust in 1992, where he has been systematically researching plant interactions, unusual crops, etc over the past 25+ years.
 
He currently manages a 2 acre Forest Garden in Dartington which he planted over 20 years ago, he runs a commercial tree nursery specialising in unusual trees and shrubs and has an 8-acre trial site, researching fruit and nut trees. He also teaches courses on Forest Gardening and Growing Nut Crops, writes books and edits a quarterly journal, Agroforestry News. He is a director of ‘Gaia’, a Trust formed by James Lovelock to further his work.  He lives in Dartington with his wife and 2 children.
 
Visit Martin's website for more details of his work.

Phil Gamble

Phil Gamble

Phil began making compost by recycling grass mowings through an elephant. Since those years, caring for the gardens of his local wildlife park in Somerset he has qualified in horticulture, training & education. He discovered the 'P' word in the late 1980's & holds the Certificate in Permaculture Design. Originally inspired by a childhood amongst the plants & gardens of his mother & grandfather, Phil trained at Cannington College, Somerset.
 
As head gardener on a large estate in North Somerset, he maintained ornamental grounds & raised vegetables in a one acre walled garden - all by 'traditional' methods. He was asked back to Cannington to join the lecturing staff & found himself on his true path. Qualifying as a further education lecturer the following year he took up his first full-time teaching post at Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester in 1987.

Offshoots from his courses - spanning the next ten years - included the formation of the West Dorset Organic Gardening Group. Tutoring mainstream courses, not least Groundsmanship & Sports Turf Management taught Phil how to see the damage such industrial methods & practices are causing to our environment & social culture. The sun garden, moon garden & rainbow gardens he looked after for several years in East Devon inspired visitors in an entirely new & refreshing way. Offering talks, demonstrations & tours of all kinds of gardens & teaching the practical skills needed to create them is where Phil's background & the revelation of permaculture join together. As a popular & experienced speaker he has offered illustrated talks to groups on various subjects, including the varied activities of the local group; Turn Lyme Green.
 
Visit Phil's website Garden Reassurance for more details.

Lizzie Franklin

Lizzie Franklin

Lizzie Franklin is Director of the Continuous Health Institute, an organisation devoted to helping people discover new and useful physiological patterning, to support ongoing health improvements. This often involves re-aligning behaviours at the muscular and psychological level, removing compensation habits and helping the body discover a new balance. Her techniques integrate many and varied approaches from East and West alike.
 
She draws on her many and varied qualifications in Dance, Sports Massage, Nutritional Therapy, Personal Training, Neuro-kinetic Therapy, Active Release Therapy and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga to produce these results. Lizzie completed her Permaculture Design Course with Aranya in August 2015, is a professionally trained performer, former national powerlifting champion and homemaker.

Dick Thompson

Dick Thompson

Dick Thompson is a Cognitive Scientist. Since his Cognitive Science degree, Dick has travelled the world, continuing to explore the acquisition of human expertise and cognitive enhancement... Learning about: Curriculum-based schoolteaching and one-on-one tutoring, meditation, yoga & related eastern disciplines, business consulting, strategic and conference facilitation, neuro-linguistic programming, video gaming, athletic coaching of individuals and groups, permaculture, and most recently, carpentry.
 
Dick believes that our challenge today is how quickly we can adapt, and that we can learn to accelerate that ability by applying the sciences of cognition. He seeks to help bodies to recover their naturally athletic capabilities, and minds to learn to apply ecological patterns at every level.

 

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