Instructor Bios

Erin Innes is a radical educator, Permaculture activist, and cultural changemaker with roots in communities around the Salish Sea, unceded Coast Salish territory in what is now known as British Columbia. Her background in anti-capitalist and environmental justice struggles informs her practise of Permaculture as a radical realignment of human social processes with the living earth that we are a part of. From natural building to urban farming to nonhierarchical organizing and direct democracy, Erin’s work centers around creating skillbuilding and empowerment within communities to create justice, beauty, and abundance; to meet our own needs in harmony with our ecologies and outside of the destructive machinery of capitalism and the corporate state.

Ron Berezan brings together a lifetime of exploring wild spaces with his passion for growing food and building community into the practise of permaculture design. Nine years ago, he started The Urban Farmer, a permaculture design and organic gardening business that serves communities throughout western Canada and beyond.  In addition to teaching permaculture and organic gardening workshops, Ron works as a consultant on community projects focused on nurturing local food systems.  Ron has developed strong connections with the permaculture and agro-ecology movements in Cuba and regularly takes groups of Canadian farmers, students and food security advocates on educational trips to Cuba. He is a writer, a musician, a cyclist and a paddler.


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