Permaculture is a set of design principles centered around whole systems thinking. Permaculture simulates or directly utilizes the patterns and resilient features observed in natural ecosystems.
Permaculture design touches on all aspects of life. How do we acquire land? How are homes built? How do we create and use energy? Transportation systems? And more.
Come join the discussion and dig a little deeper into healthy, sustainable living.
Steven G. Ream, Moderator, has been focused on sustainable living solutions for decades. He is a former media company executive who has produced hundreds of sustainability related events and has served as CEO of real estate, mortgage, construction, and advertising companies. He is knowledgeable about the complexities of land acquisition and cooperative group structures. He will be available to answer your questions following this Panel.
David King Leading the way as founder of the Seed Library of Los Angeles, a UCLA teacher, and Director of The Learning Garden (the famous community garden on the campus of Venice High). An entertaining and knowledgeable speaker, David has given thousands of public talks, TV & Radio appearances, and is published in magazines and horticultural journals. Look forward to his new book Growing Food In Southern California.
Nicole Landers is an advocate for environmental and human health. Her mission is to guide people into meaningful action. Nicole is Co-Founder of Venice Community Healing Gardens (CHG). Its mission is fostering community through urban gardening, educating on planetary and human health, growing local food systems. Nicole is a TEDx Speaker, graduate of UCLA Sustainability Certificate Program, and completed training as a Climate Reality Leader under former VP Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corp.
Rehmannia Dean Thomas is a University of California Master Gardener and fifteen-year resident of Los Angeles Eco Village. He created the first gardens at Eco Village and soon was harvesting enough food to create a CSA for the community. He holds an official title of Superior Herbalist in the Gate of Life lineage of Chinese Tonic Herbalism, and has written nine books on Chinese herbalism, raw green juicing, and natural living. Mr. Thomas is creator and President of Shaman Shack herbs.
Steven Wynbrandt is a commercial compost maker, farmer, educator, consultant, and founder of Wynbrandt Farms, a one-of-a-kind gem of urban agriculture in Los Angeles known for its distinguished compost, signature growing techniques, and the quality and quantity of its vegetable production. Steven is the torch bearer of a lineage of some of the world’s most dedicated biodynamic compost masters dating back directly to Rudolph Steiner, the father of Biodynamic agriculture. His core conviction is that when compost-making is practiced as a high art form, the result is a profound product of alchemy that holds answers to some of the most critical issues humanity faces, from combating climate change to restoring and elevating the life-sustaining capacity of the living skin of the earth so plant, animal, and human populations can truly thrive. facebook.com/WynbrandtFarms
Since graduating from California State University, Northridge in 2006, Rick Perillo has been exploring and teaching sustainable gardening practices. He has worked on organic farms in New Zealand and Colorado, as well as earned two Permaculture Certificates, his Master Gardener Certificate, and a Certificate in Global Sustainability from UCLA. Rick is currently designing and teaching a garden-based curriculum at MUSE School in Calabasas. www.thecarrotrevolution.com
Ray Cirino fulfills his dream of making the world ecologically sustainable while enjoying each moment doing so. In 2012 he was awarded the City of Los Angeles Certificate of Commendation. With a particular interested in the patterns of nature and architecture, he learned before completing an architectural degree at Miami-Dade Architecture school. Ray founded two Water Woman festivals based on permaculture techniques and sustainable art. Permaman.com
Tyler Hess is a healer of land, culture, and soul. A certified permaculture designer, Work That Reconnects facilitator, and Way of Council space holder, Tyler interweaves ecological and social regeneration. He graduated college with a degree in Sustainable Agriculture, along with a self-designed major that included wide-ranging interests in Philosophy, Anthropology, Forestry, and Environmental Sociology. For over six years, he has traveled the country, apprenticing at many renowned permaculture farms, homesteads, and intentional communities. Recently engaged in Urban Permaculture creations of an educational center and gardens, he offers land design consultations, sacred circle facilitation, and herbal medicine crafts in the heart of urban Oakland.