Andrew Leslie Phillips — Studied permaculture with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton, in New Orleans and Melbourne, Australia. He is a certified permaculture teacher and founder of the Hancock Permaculture Center located in Hancock (Delaware County), NY, dedicated to the philosophy and practice of permaculture in the upper Delaware and western Catskills bioregion Hancock Permaculture Center He consults, organizes and teaches permaculture courses, running workshops throughout New York and internationally. In 1997, Phillips launched Stone and Garden, a garden design and permaculture consulting service in Brooklyn.Stone and Garden. 1986-2002, he taught journalism and sound-image at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. A native of Australia, Phillips spent seven years in Papua New Guinea as government patrol officer, radio journalist and filmmaker before coming to New York in 1976. He produced award-winning investigative radio documentaries on numerous environmental and political issues for Australian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio and Pacifica Community Radio, New York City where he was program director (1989-93) and General Manager at Pacifica's KPFA, Berkeley (2011-2013).

Maria Grimaldi — received her permaculture design certificate with Hancock Permaculture    Center. She is a  graduate of     the CUNY Graduate School and University Center in New York City with a degree in Environmental Psychology. Maria  has a diversified background in teaching gardening, farming, plant science and cooking courses with the New York Botanical Gardens, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden,  Cornell Cooperative Extension, NOFA-NY and Sullivan County Community College. In the 1970's Maria was a community organizer involved in spearheading the Urban Gardening Movement throughout the 5 Boroughs of New York City. Hundreds of  gardens continue to flourish today. Maria now lives in Sullivan County New York where she continues to garden in harmony with nature. She is on the steering committee of Transition Town Sullivan County. She has served on the Board of the Sullivan County Soil and Water Conservation District and on the Board of the Sullivan County Farmers Markets Association.

Andrew Jones — Andrew is developing a project in Baja Mexico. Baja BioSana,  an international healing-arts education intentional community, located at Choros at the base of the Sierra de la Laguna in rural Baja du sud. Andrew helped establish the Permaculture Research Institute in Australia and the U.S and has co-taught courses with Geoff Lawton. A background in international emergency response and post-conflict development and rehabilitation, he is a native of Australia. He teaches internationally and is an international permaculture consultant and alternative health trainer. He ran a 40,000-person refugee camp in Macedonia for CARE International and spent three years on the ground in Iraq following the first Gulf War. Andrew has seen the devastating affects of natural disasters working with the U.N. in Aceh Province, Indonesia on tsunami rehabilitation and in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. A native of Australia, Andrew is a leading U.S. based teacher and international consultant.

Albert Bates — Director of the Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology since 1984 and the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Tennessee since 1994, where he has taught sustainable design, natural building, permaculture and restoration ecology to students from more than 50 nations. A leading permaculture speaker, writer, practitioner and activist here and around the world.




Ethan Roland —Ethan is a permaculture designer, teacher, and researcher based in the Connecticut and Hudson river valleys. He studies and practices regenerative design in all corners of the world, from the wild apple forests of Kazakhstan to the tropical monsoon ecosystems of Thailand. Ethan builds resilience for local and global communities through the ecological design & development firm AppleSeed Permaculture (, and helps to organize the Northeastern Permaculture Network ( He holds an M.S. in Collaborative Eco-Social Design from Gaia University, and is working towards launching a regional node in Northeastern US focused on Eco-social Agriculture.


Geoff Lawton — A world-renowned permaculture practitioner. Emigrated from England to Australia and studied permaculture with the originator, Bill Mollison, in Tasmania. Founded the Permaculture Research Institute on Tagari Farm in New South Wales, Australia, a 147-acre farmstead previously developed by Mollison. Since 1985, Geoff has designed and implemented permaculture projects in 18 countries for private individuals and groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, and multinational corporations. He has taught the Permaculture Design Certificate course in 20 countries.




Darren Doherty — Since 1993 Darren has been one of Australia’s busiest permaculture designer’s, delivering high quality sustainable property design services to over 1,100 clients throughout Australia and S.E. Asia. He gained his Permaculture Diploma in 1995. His specialization is designing & developing broad acre properties and he is a highly experience terra former/earth worker and designer of sustainable forestry systems. He has published many articles on these topics. He is also expert in GIS/GPS/CAD mapping technology applicable for large-scale planning, and an experienced machinery operator and agricultural machinery designer and developer. An approved Keyline Design® consultant, Accredited Permaculture Training™ and Whole Farm Planning Trainer, Daren has co-taught permaculture courses with the originators, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. Darren also manages two working broad acre permaculture research farms in Australia and Viet Nam on behalf of corporate clients.

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