There is a power when this teaching team gets together. The synergy brings decades of experience into a unique Guild of Permaculture Teachers. Within this group, the cutting edge of each individual’s passions are met by the skills of another. Together they paint a mosaic of interdisciplinary practices and teaching styles that create a holistic course. With the power of Permaculture Design, this teaching team can help you to Elevate your Awareness!
Avery Ellis is an Ecological Designer with a whole systems approach to life. Avery was raised in New Jersey, the Garden state, by a master gardener. He has always felt a kinship with nature and the natural processes. He spent the past decade pursuing his passion for sustainability with experience ranging from permaculture design to natural building practices, solar installation to biodynamic farming, ecological waste treatment to communication dynamics and he loves to share his knowledge with the world. He holds a Masters degree in Ecological Design and a Bachelors of Science in Biology. He studied permaculture in India in 2006 and in the Rocky Mountains he has been learning and practicing permaculture since 2010. He has earned several Advanced Permaculture Design Certificates (2012-2014), and obtained his Permaculture Teacher’s Certificate in 2012. He was honored in 2017 to recieve a Diploma in Permaculture Design from the Permaculture Institute of North America Integrating these skills into diverse businesses, he now focuses on designing ecosystems that serve humanity by mimicking natural processes. As an eco-entrepreneur, his business endeavors include: Avery Ecological Design, Colorado Greywater, and Integrated Aquaponics, where he brings science and craftsmanship together in his designs and installations.
Marco Chung-Shu Lam
Marco has been practicing and teaching permaculture and sustainable living skills for over twenty years in diverse climates from the Andes to the Hawaiian islands. Originally trained by the founder of Permaculture, Bill Mollison, Marco’s teaching style moves away from the lecture format and emphasizes getting people’s hands in the Earth. Marco is the founder of the Mandala Integrative Medicine Clinic and a renowned acupuncturist and herbalist who grows many of the herbs used in his practice. His vision is a melding of ecological sustainability and nature-based health care where our personal healing and our land stewardship are deeply intertwined.
Marco has been an active creator of new permaculture curriculum for the last twenty years. He pioneered “Permaculture through the Seasons” course with Sandy Cruz and through the 8 month permaculture course planted seeds for a more robust permaculture community. Marco created the permaculture curriculum for the Environmental Studies department at Naropa University in 2006. He is passionate and committed to teaching a new generation of earth stewards and healers to show up with their gifts and presence to help regenerate the relationship between people and the Earth.
Patrick Padden, a graduate of Colorado State University, studied natural systems building design in Namibia and urban food forest implementation in Johannesburg, South Africa (2007). Patrick received his design certificate from the International Permaculture Design Course in Harare, Zimbabwe in 2009 and in 2014 completed a Master’s Degree in Integrative Eco-Social Design with Gaia University. He spent five seasons growing organic food for the community at Sunrise Ranch. Patrick is currently living in Fort Collins with his wife and children. He is a practicing permaculturalist, consultant, public speaker, and educator through his company Padden Permaculture, where he offers residential landscape designs and installations.
Daniela completed a Permaculture Design Course in 2017. The experience seeded profound and rapid changes in her life. By the end of that year she and her husband had retrofitted a garden shed into a tiny home and currently enjoy the simple life with their small community. She is passionate about soil stewardship, growing good food and medicine, and resilient communities as we shift the paradigm into a more abundant future for all. In 2018 she began to work for the Boulder PDC and garden for Alpine Botanicals’ biodynamic garden in Boulder. She has completed a biodynamics intensive with Sustainable Settings and is continuously exploring, learning, and experimenting with new techniques to co-create with her community and the Mother Earth. Daniela also enjoys teaching yoga and interweaves her practice with Permaculture, helping people design balanced and purposeful lives.
Tara Rae Kent
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Tara Rae currently garden-farms on the Front Range of Colorado. She began studying Permaculture in 2003, receiving her first certificate in 2010 and a Permaculture Teachers Certificate in 2012. Since, she has received numerous Advanced Permaculture Design Certificates (2013-2017). She teaches around the State of Colorado offering various Permaculture and urban farming classes. She has managed several greenhouses, as well as Organic and Permaculture farms with experience across 3 climate zones. Over the last 20 years, Tara Rae has worked in varying fields of biology, agronomy, and environmental science including laboratories, nature centers, farms, deserts, and jungles. She holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in ecology, is a Certified Ecologist, and works as an environmental scientist as well as taking on a couple permaculture design clients every year. Her passion for sustainable living has led her to volunteer for the Sustain Arvada Advisory Board to City Council, making recommendations for sustainable community development and vitality. Besides permaculture, her interests include herbalism, sewing, traveling, camping, photography, and music. She can be found at her website Tara Rae Designs.
Kate Miller is a bioregional community herbalist. She studied Permaculture at Occidental Arts & Ecology Center in California in 2010, and she continues to practice and teach permaculture across the west. She is passionate about teaching diverse topics in the fields of Herbal Medicine, Dry-land Herb Farming, Biodynamics, Regenerative Soil Stewardship, Mountain Ecology, & Ethical Wildcrafting. Kate began studying alternative medicine, herbalism, and nutrition over 15 years ago, after spending much of her life dealing with chronic illnesses. She is now a Certified Herbalist from the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. She holds a BAS in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a focus on Environmental Policy, Organic Farming, and Ecology.
Based in Nederland, Colorado, Kate owns and manages the artisan herbal apothecary Alpine Botanicals. In addition to offering an assortment of house-made herbal teas & body care products, her store stocks local herbal artisans from around Colorado specializing in beyond organic and ethically crafted small batch body care, herbal products, and more. Integrated within the scope of the retail apothecary is a community healing clinic that rents to local holistic practitioners, an attached 900 square foot forest garden greenhouse, and an herbal production kitchen. Keep up to date with Alpine Botanicals by following on Facebook and Instagram.
Brian and Amanda Scott
Brian and Amanda Scott have a passion for Permaculture farming and building community. Together they own 63rd Street Farm, where they support a 150 family CSA with vegetables, fruits, local meats, and so much more…The Boulder Permaculture Design course has worked with this farm for almost a decade as it has transformed into a space of abundance. Amanda and her team of young farmers support a thriving community and show others how to incorporate regenerative systems of agriculture into their home & business. Brian executes beautiful and multi-functional hardscape with his business, Boulder Stonescapes, where he focuses on old world craftsmanship. Amanda and Brian both have Permaculture Design Certificates and work the farm through these methods. They regularly host local events, farm-to-table dinners, and classes in sustainable farming. Together they are able to combine their skills to help develop properties for people who want their own permaculture based landscapes and farms.
Amy Scanes-Wolfe is native to South Africa but called Longmont home for most of her childhood. She left to study cultural anthropology at Middlebury College and didn’t come back for nine years – eventually she did, per Chief Niwot’s curse. In the interim, Amy interned on and eventually co-managed two organic farms, helped found an urban eco village, worked as a docent at Thomas Jeffersons Monticello, taught backyard gardening workshops, and developed an enduring fascination with permaculture. She finally took the Boulder PDC in 2018. Amy currently works at Harlequin’s Gardens and the Agricultural Heritage Center in North Longmont. She is committed to exploring food systems appropriate for our high, dry steppe environment, and as such spends a lot of time learning about and observing native plants and ecosystems. She also has a deep fascination with local history and how it can inform out future way of life. In her spare time, Amy enjoys hiking, writing, contra dancing, and dabbling in historic trades, from driving horses to blacksmithing.