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Women leading Social Permaculture via Education- Early Childhood Eco-Literacy 

Big Sur, California, USA 

A Skype conversation between Kat Steele, Permaculture Activist/Educator and Sustainable Development Manager and Miriam Sauer a Permaculture pracitioner and teacher at The Gazebo Park School, a permaculture based pre-school at the Esalen Institute where they both work.

We will interview each other and converse on topics connected to Social Permaculture, Women's Permaculture on the West Coast of USA, Experiential Transformational Education, Eco-Conscious Transformational Leadership for youth and adults and Early Childhood Outdoor Education. (Video of skype conversation to follow)

We'd like to show this animation on Changing Education Paradigms 

Kat Steele is a permaculture activist, designer, educator and founder of the Urban Permaculture Guild in Oakland, CA. 

She facilitates workshops on ecological design, sustainability and permaculture as well as speaks about eco-social design, city repair and the power of placemaking. 

Trained in Ecovillage Design with the Findhorn Foundation of Scotland, Natural Building with Kleiwerks International, and Permaculture Design with the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, she also holds an MA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. 

She has formerly served on the boards of two San Fransisco Bay Area nonprofit organizations devoted to peace, justice and sustainability, including the NorCal Chapter of Architects, Designers, Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) and Bay Localize. 

In 2006 she became one of a 1,000 Climate Project trainees empowered to present a version of Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth slide presentation. 

In 2008 she became one of 22 Transition Town Trainers. Kat presently lives in Big Sur, CA and leads sustainability initiatives at the world-renowned Esalen Institute, a holistic education and retreat center. She is devoted to localization and community resiliency, believing it to be a key strategy towards sustainability and ""thriveability.”

Chico, California

Urban Permaculture Project Tour 2013

Gaia Creations owners, Stephanie and Brian, guide us through a local site they have designed and installed most features on over the past few years. This tour was given to celebrate International Permaculture Day and help raise awareness and inspire the community towards holistic and sustainable land management practices.


North Florida

Sustainable North Florida produced this video showcasing our local permaculture leaders a few weeks ago.  It showcases some of what we're doing locally as "Permaculture Jax." 

Further videos


Outdoor Gardening Workshop
Amherst, MA USA

Grow Food Amherst and the University of Massachusetts Permaculture Initiative offered an Outdoor Learning Workshop for residents of Amherst, MA at the UMass Permaculture Garden run by UMass students and staff.

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Outdoor Workshop a Success
Posted on May 6, 2013 by

Thanks to Sarah Berquist, Nora Seymour and Meg Little for contributing to the outdoor
gardening workshop at the Franklin Permaculture Garden at UMass on Sunday, May 5.
We celebrated International Permaculture Day by sharing permaculture gardening
techniques with 22 participants!


International Permaculture Day @ Spiral Ridge Homestead

Wow!  What a great day we had yesterday here at Spiral Ridge Permaculture Homestead. 
The rains held off and the people kept pouring in. Over 50 people were here to
build capacity for the permaculture movement.  Our intro talk went well, the tour of our site was too short
 (we did not get through half the landscape) and we sold over half of our nursery plants. 
A big thank you to all the people who joined us and
for those who graciously volunteered their time to help us set up the event.