Richard Perkins is a highly regarded Permaculture teacher, designer, consultant and researcher in the UK and abroad, certified by the Permaculture Association of Great Britain. He also mentors Permaculture Diploma students through an intensive and innovative Action Learning based pathway developed from the existing UK Diploma framework.
Having studied up to MSc level (Integrative Eco Social Design- Gaia U), Richard holds a Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design, HND Organic Crop Production and Horticulture and has self- studied extensively in the academic fields of Anthropology, Sociology, Ecology and Philosophy. With years of experience in Organic crop production, integrative systems design and community development Richard is currently concentrating on teaching PDCs in the UK and abroad. Integrating Keyline Design and Holistic Management principles into a cohesive and dynamic design framework, Richards PDC trainings bring back the Design to Permaculture Design Courses.
With practical experience in various forms of food and resource production, from small scale community projects through to farm management; natural building with adobe, cob, straw-bale, timber and bamboo, and worked in temperate, semi- arid, Mediterranean, sub- tropical and wet tropical and maritime tropical climates. He has worked on extensive system design and implementation from agroforestry to forest gardens, water cleansing and irrigation systems, business design to soil building, edible landscaping to Keyline design as well as community building and empowerment.
2008-9 was spent managing food production and community governance at the Panya Project (a sustainability and education site) in Northern Thailand whilst working towards a MSc in Integrative and Collaborative Eco Social Design and Communication with Gaia University.
Currently focused on a family overland trip around the globe filming a PC based documentary on living and successful solutions, to be released online www.impermanencefilm.org
Anyone who has taken a PDC with Integralpermanence can go on to teach the course and pass on the knowledge of Permaculture (though it is strongly recommended that you get several years of hands-on experience first). Upon completing the course with Integralpermanence, you will receive a Certificate, which entitles you to use the word permaculture in your endeavors as well as to teach the course, or work as a permaculture consultant if you are so inclined.
July Gazquez Cantos has 20 years of experience in permaculture designs in Mallorca and Spain.
I was born in July 1966, in Alacant / Alicante, in the ancient kingdom of Valencia, grew up under a forest garden in Badalona arravales, where the city ends and the fields begin.”
“Under a canopy of roses, a rosewood, plum and jasmine ... I could contemplate on one scale a gigantic cement expanse and on another size old fields that were becoming wild and regenerating. In 1993 I studied at the Institute Permaculture Montsanta, and from this moment I have done a lot of investigations into the world of applied ecology to sustainability. My conclusion is that the most powerful tool for this purpose is to co-create with Nature edible landscapes, respecting the natural areas untouched by the hand of man, naturalizing urban areas, suburban, rural and agricultural landscapes that mimic nature, selecting productive species that are best suited to the place.”
Currently Julio is working on the project of the Foundation More Trees: “The Way of the Squirrels”.