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Women Leaders in Permaculture Education - featuring Monica Ibacache, Marisha Auerbach, Shantae Johnson and Patty Parks-Wasserman

  • Carvlin Hall 2408 Southeast 16th Avenue Portland, OR, 97214 United States (map)
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Ranging from educating young children through youth and adults, these four women have made a huge impact in permaculture education. 

Monica Ibacache -  Monica, a native of Chile,  has been a New York City–based organizer, sustainability educator, and ecological designer since 2007. She has dedicated her life to working with diverse and marginalized communities in education and local development in the U.S. and abroad. Monica has advanced certifications in Permaculture Design and Teaching, with a focus on children and young adults. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Permaculture for Children (IPEC), Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA), the International Permaculture Convergence Committee (IPCC), and the Permaculture Action Network (PAN). Monica is the founder and Executive Director of Beyond Organic Design.

Marisha Auerbach - Marisha Auerbach is an internationally recognized permaculture educator, designer, and speaker based in Portland, OR.  Marisha is an avid gardener, herbalist and seed-saver. Marisha Auerbach has taught over 50 permaculture design courses and numerous advanced workshops on a diversity of topics, including college-level courses at Oregon State University, Portland Community College, and Pacific University. Marisha also teaches a PDC in Belize and is the co-founder of Permaculture Rising

Shantae Johnson - Shantae Johnson is a certified community health worker, doula, breastfeeding peer counselor, urban farmer and food justice warrior. She is a cultural bridge builder with strengths in community organizing, project management and program creation with a public health lens. She is a parent, healer, chef, and referee to six beautiful children. Shantae is the Co-Founder/Owner/Lead Manager of Mudbone Grown LLC. Mudbone Grown believes in creating kinship, cultural pride and self-sufficiency through the cultivation of land ownership and land use. 

Patty Parks-Wasserman - Patty has designed and taught permaculture programs to toddlers through the university level in public, private, homeschooling and other non-formal educational environments since 1998. She is the founder and instructor with the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children and holds a Permaculture Education diploma from the Permaculture Institute USA. Patty currently runs educational programs at Geercrest Farm in Silverton, OR, and is the ecstatic mother of three gentle-hearted and critically thinking young adults.