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Teaching Team

Scott Pittman

Scott Pittman

Larry Santoyo

Larry Santoyo

Jason Gerhardt

Jason Gerhardt

Durga (Natalia Vega Araya)

Durga (Natalia Vega Araya)

Kelly Simmons

Kelly Simmons

Brook Levan

Brook Levan

Scott Pittman, one of the foremost teachers of permaculture in the US, has taught the subject extensively worldwide on four continents. He is the founder of the Permaculture Drylands Institute and co-founder of the Permaculture Credit Union. Scott co-taught with the founder of permaculture Bill Mollison, and helped to establish permaculture movement in the US Southwest. His experience includes working with indigenous and traditional people worldwide, design projects that range from backyards to thousand-acre farms and activism in promotion of sustainable living. Scott is the lead teacher for most Permaculture Institute programs. He holds Diploma in Education, Permaculture Design, Site Development, and Community Service.

Larry Santoyo is an artist, land use planner and green business consultant; founder of City of Angels Permaculture Academy. He is among the most experienced permaculture designers and dducators in the US and has taught environmental design at colleges and universities nationwide, including UC Berkeley and California State Polytechnic University. Larry is Director of EarthFlow Design Works, a community planning and design firm that integrates economic development strategies with ecological systems management. Larry is a recipient of Permaculture Diploma in the fields of education, community development, site design, community service and research.

Durga (Natalia Vega Araya) studied agriculture at EARTH University, Costa Rica, followed by MSc. in Holistic Science at Schumacher College in England. Looking for ways to apply this knowledge in an integral and real way, she found Permaculture and loved it! Permaculture has been the most useful tool for Durga in her work as an independent environmental consultant and business-woman. Durga founded a permaculture-inspired Ashram where she is in charge setting up working examples for sustainable waste management, water use and designing food forests and perennial productive ecosystems. While working with composting toilets, herbs, animals and soil biota, Durga searches for inner peace to share with all humanity the infinite beauty and wisdom of nature.

Jason Gerhardt has professionally applied ecological design for well over a decade from hyper-arid deserts to lush temperate forests to dense urban centers. He holds a BA in Sustainable Design as well as Diplomas in Permaculture Design, Education, and Research. He is known for extensive knowledge of plant ecology, green infrastructure, regenerative agriculture, and urban design. Jason’s portfolio includes higher education campus planning, farm and ranch site development, ecological curriculum consultation with K-12 schools and conservation organizations, and developing a bioregional vegetable seed business. He has taught for notable organizations including the US EPA, University of Colorado, Utah State University, Permaculture Institute, and Naropa University, among dozens of others. Jason’s passion is at the intersection of the natural world and human culture. He applies his keen study of ecosystems and society to his work through Real Earth Design in Saint Louis and around the globe.

Kelly Simmons bio – coming soon

Brook Levan bio – coming soon

Brigid Meier bio – coming soon