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"Permaculture Futures: Design Three Ways" with Mario Yanez, Bridget O'Brien, and Dr. Charlie Brennan

  • Markim Hall, Davis Court 1595 Grand Avenue Saint Paul, MN, 55105 United States (map)

In these rapidly changing times, we are constantly challenged to redesign our lives, systems, and places. But how do we do this? Permaculture supplies a range of tools and skills to redesign current ways of living towards survival, resilience, and flourishing. As Permaculture designers, we have discovered three methods to address our complex and growing challenges: replication, "wholistic" systems, and Radical Redesign. This workshop will be an interactive exploration of implementable methods and solutions.

Mario Yanez

Mario Yanez is dedicated to enabling life-sustaining, resilient human communities. His background is in finance, information systems, sociology, and ecology. He applies systems thinking to developing and funding cutting-edge initiatives supportive of a much-needed cultural evolution. As a Permaculture practitioner, he applies regenerative design at various scales: productive landscapes, enterprises, and organizational/social systems.

Bridget O'Brien

As a caring steward of life, Bridget O'Brien strives to explore resilience through many pathways. Her studies and work focus on self-care, social, and land-use design. While utilizing her diverse skills, experiences, and training in horticulture, floristry, Permaculture, fermentation, Yoga, and marketing to provide a dwholistic approach to culture repair. Bridget shares her passion for playful, impactful, and loving service through her work as an educator and designer with Resilient Spirals LLC and Sacred Places. She is the Program Director for New Rising Sun Farm (an educational retreat center and community in Ganges, Michigan), and is the creative inspiration behind "Adapt: A Design Game," created in collaboration with

Charlie Brennan

With 30 years applied experience, Dr. Charlie Brennan is passionate about "bringing the land alive." From farming, landscape design, and garden-making, and conservation project work, to supporting Aboriginal Cultural Caring for Country, his passion for and fascination with this works has deepened. He is a social ecologist and researcher that has lectured about ethics and sense of place and worked as a facilitator for a range of conservation and sustainability alliances. Charlie offers innovative workshops and is a speaker at events and conferences, bringing together inspiration and experience to create joyful, abundant, and practical outcomes.