March 31 – April 14, 2019 Joshua Tree, CA

Warren Brush, Quail Springs Permaculture
Warren Brush is a global permaculture design consultant, educator, lecturer and storyteller. He has worked for over 25 years in sustainable systems design for communities, private and public organizations, households, small holder farms, and conservation properties worldwide. He is cofounder of Quail Springs Permaculture, Regenerative Earth Enterprises, Sustainable Vocations, Wilderness Youth Project, Casitas Valley Farm and Creamery and his Permaculture design company, True Nature Design. He is a consultant for USAID’s TOPS (Technical, Operations,
Performance Support) program where he trains technical field staff, for their African Food for Peace programs, in a Resilience Design Framework. He works extensively in North America, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Australia. He has taught the following courses: Permaculture Design Certification, Earthworks for Resiliency, Resilient Small Farm Design, Permaculture for International Development, Rainwater Harvesting Systems, Ferro-Cement Tank Building, Community Design Using Permaculture, Permaculture Investing, Spring Rejuvenation and Watershed Restoration, Compost Toilet Systems, Water for Every Farm, Drought Proofing
Landscapes, Ecological Restoration, Cultural Mentoring, Introduction to Permaculture Systems, Permaculture BioIntensive Gardening, Food Forestry, and a wide range of Origins Skills.

Robin Kobaly, The Power of Plants
Robin Kobaly is the Executive Director of the SummerTree Institute. Robin Kobaly has served as both United States Bureau of Land Management District Botanist for the California Desert District and Preserve Manager at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. A professional biologist with over twenty years of experience as an interpretive specialist Robin designs and presents award winning events and programs for adults and children.

After receiving her Master’s Degree in Biology from the University of California Riverside, Robin traveled the world continuing her lifelong fascination with plants, birds and wildlife. She worked as the Curator of Botany at the Riverside Municipal Museum and then began a twenty-year career with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as a botanist, wildlife biologist and natural history interpreter. Robin also served as Acting Chief of Public Affairs for BLM and has prepared and presented programs for television and radio broadcast as well as appearing as spokesperson for
many different programs focused on natural history. Robin co-founded and helped to develop The Wildlands Conservancy, one of the largest non-profit land conservancies in the United States.

Over the years, Robin has studied the indigenous native people in many areas and has researched, tested and taught the use of plants for food, medicine, tools, clothing and art.

Damian Lester, Opuntia Garden Farm
Damian Lester spent six years living in Eugene, Oregon in the early ’00s. During that time he worked for Permaculture Designer Heiko Koester of Urban Eco Gardens. He learned to take care of plants, trees and soil, along with composting and the value of diversity. He was deeply involved in Wilderness Awareness School’s Kamana Naturalist Training Program, which took a balanced, left AND right brain approach to learning about the ecology of one’s specific place on planet earth. When he moved back to his small, high-desert home town of Joshua Tree, California he began a process of integrating and transferring the knowledge he had gained in the drippy-wet
Pacific Northwest to this polar opposite dry, prickly and starkly beautiful desert. After several years of getting settled, watching the desert’s natural cycles and being a working musician formoney, he was moved to get involved with permaculture in a much deeper way. Partly, he credits the Transition Town movement for rekindling his love of permaculture, but for whatever reason, he felt an absolute need to start moving, little by little, towards a world where humanity lives in harmonious relationship with nature. Damian took Geoff Lawton’s PDC course, drinking in the
precious information, while contemplating the very dry desert he lives in. After his PDC, he continued his studies with a focus on drylands orientation: learning about desert plants, native cultures of the region, desertification, rainwater harvesting, and water issues in general. Damian practices permaculture design at Opuntia Garden Fars and is the Permaculture Director at Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology.

Nicholas Holmes, Solstice Eco Building Supply / Holmes Ecological Design & Construction
Nicholas Holmes is an ecological designer-builder and educator based out of the Mojave Desert community of Joshua Tree, CA since 2006, and has a passion for all things nourishing. He is Co-Founder and Director of The Nourishing Tree ~ Center for Healthy & Sustainable Living, located in downtown Joshua Tree, and is the owner-operator of Solstice Eco Building Supply. Nicholas runs an Architecture and Permaculture-based consulting, design and construction company, Holmes Ecological Design & Construction, creating healthy, comfortable, energy-efficient, waterwise
buildings, outdoor spaces and landscapes, utilizing natural building materials & methods and other ecologically-friendly, non-toxic materials & systems, greywater systems, rooftop rainwater catchment systems, and rainwater harvesting earthworks & landscapes. Nicholas received degrees in Architecture and Sustainable Development from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a Permaculture Design Certificate through Quail Springs Permaculture and the Permaculture Research Institute. To deepen the consulting, design & construction work he does, Nicholas became a certified Greywater Installer through Greywater Action, certified Rainwater Catchment Systems Designer & Installer through the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, and is also a certified American Clay Plaster Installer and Trainer, and certified Claylin Earthen Floor Installer.

Tim DeLorey, Eden Regenerative Design
Tim DeLorey is a highly published research scientist with a keen interest in exploring the “Natural Intelligence” expressed within the workings of the human “being” as well as through one’s relationship with the Nature. Tim has been highly involved in permaculture for the past six years and is regularly involved in designing permaculture initiatives. He is also a longtime member of the Transition Town Initiative in Joshua Tree (TJT). His current research interests range from the
design of drylands permaculture systems to exploring soil building strategies, water harvesting methodologies, building with earthen materials, assessing nutritional densities of native desert plants and readdressing the concepts of what it means to be truly healthy (biohacking). Through consultations, lecturing, workshops facilitation and publications, he is contributing his unique perspective to fostering a transition towards a more balanced way of being.

Jill Giegerich, Eden Regenerative Design, Consultant
Jill Giegerich is an artist, a certified permaculture design consultant, a founding member of Transition Joshua Tree (TJT) and the TJT Permaculture Team, and a retired Professor from the University of California, Riverside. She has been involved in permaculture for the last 6 years receiving her Permaculture Design Certificate from Occidental Arts and Ecology Center in June 2011. She has been designing and building permaculture systems for her own property while consulting, conducting workshops, teaching and giving lectures on drylands permaculture. She believes that the ethics and principles of permaculture can lead us from an extractive paradigm to
a regenerative one.

Mark Wheeler, National Park Expert Guide
Mark Wheeler is a naturalist and expert hiking guide. He was president of the Joshua Tree National Park Association. Other work has included taking behaviorally-challenged students on month-long wilderness adventure travel excursions to learn decision-making, anger management, and other hard and soft skills. Mark is currently on the board of advisors for the Morongo Basin Conservation Association.