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11a Camino Ancon, Santa Fe New Mexico (USA)

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

Les Crowder

Les Crowder

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 been applying permaculture design in diverse bioregions from the deserts of Arizona to the fresh water lakes of New York for over a decade. He holds a BA in Sustainable Design as well as a Diploma in the fields of Permaculture Design and Education, and is known for his extensive knowledge of plant ecology, rainwater harvesting, agricultural biodiversity preservation, and integrated ecological design. Jason’s background includes developing a bioregional vegetable seed business, leading creative educational programs for a wide range of institutions, and consulting on how to apply permaculture principles to groups such as K-12 schools, community gardens, and conservation organizations. Jason currently teaches a permaculture program at Naropa University and instructs at numerous courses throughout the US. He has taught for many well-respected organizations including Denver Botanic Gardens, University of Colorado, Permaculture Institute USA, and the US EPA. Jason practices ecological design professionally through Real Earth Design on scales ranging from urban residences to rural agroecosystems.

Kelly Simmons bio – coming soon

Brook Levan bio – coming soon

Les Crowder bio – coming soon