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Design Services - Resume/CV
Cultural & Ecological designing

Experience and Activities

Ecological Design and Permaculture Teaching

Peer counseling assistant instructor
La'akea Permaculture Community winter 2010 internship program - assistant instructor/facilitator for peer counseling classes led by Amara Karuna - Puna district, Hawai'i island, Hawai'i.

"Reflective Designing for Teaching and Learning"
An experiential workshop in collaborative designing, applicable to a wide variety of contexts.
Implementations to date: Antioch University Seattle permaculture design course, 2001 and 2000; Orcas Island permaculture design course, 1999.

Rural and semi-rural Ecological Design
Permaculture and keyline consulting and design practice working with a variety of clients' needs, desires and land bases in rural and large-lot suburban contexts. Alternative & natural building - earth/cob, ferrocement, local pole-wood, salvaged materials etc.. Holistic site assessment, designing and implementation of integrated food, water and shelter systems. Appropriate technology systems design and implementation - water catchment, off-grid solar power and related elements.

Urban Ecological Design
Urban lot scale Permaculture design and implementation including integrated 'food forest', Biointensive garden, herbs, berries, composting, native species. Location: Seattle, Washington, USA.

Living Culture Gathering
Design of an experiential exploration of cultural and social change factors and opportunities incorporating council process, large and small group dialog, design and implementation of alternative cultural and social systems, and communal living skills practice (Summer 1999).

Cob & natural building
One week assisting Cob Cottage Co. advanced workshop project at Breitenbush hot springs resort, OR; assorted one and two day work parties in Sonora, CA and at Pragtri Farm, Arlington, WA.

Building material salvage & re-use
Deconstruction of multiple structures and re-use of materials in duplex dwelling, including lumber, metal roofing, and assorted fixtures and furnishings; Whitefish, MT (1991-92).

Education and Training

Advanced Dynamic Governance Facilitation - six-session webinar/teleclass taught by John Buck/Governance Alive, April-May 2010.

Dynamic Governance - Introduction to Principles and Facilitation - six-session webinar/teleclass taught by John Buck/Governance Alive, January-February 2010.

Natural Decision Making - two-session introductory Dynamic Governance teleclass sponsored by Natural Building Network, December 2009.

Non-Violent Communication introduction - two-day NVC workshop taught by Christa Morf, May 2nd-3rd, 2003.

Joy and Grief - Good Grief Rituals®, tools for self care and compassion (half day workshop), taught by Elaine Childs Gowell, ARNP, PhD; Seattle, WA, May 2002.

Healing Sexual Issues using Energy Systems - Meridian Tapping, Accupressure, Brain Gym (full day workshop), taught by Joan Casey, MSW; Seattle, WA, March 2002.

Advanced Permaculture Design & Keyline Water Management course (10 day residential intensive), taught by Tom Ward & Randy Carey at Seven Seeds farm; Williams, OR, Summer 2001.

Master of Arts in Whole Systems Design.
Degree focus: Cultural and Ecological Designing.
Antioch University Seattle, Seattle, WA, December 1999.

Boundaries - Where You and I Meet: a workshop for creating healthy boundaries and relationships that work (two days), taught by Joan Casey, MSW; Seattle, WA, May 1999.

Shamanic Journeying workshop (half day), taught by Joan Casey, MSW; Seattle, WA, March 1999.

Permaculture Design Certificate course (two week residential intensive), principal instructors Brock Dolman & Penny Livingston; Occidental Arts & Ecology center, Occidental, CA, Summer 1997.

Biointensive mini-farming workshop (three day intensive), taught by John Jeavons and Ecology Action staff; Willits, CA, Summer 1997.

Cob & Natural Building workshop (one week residential intensive), taught by Ianto Evans of Cob Cottage Company and Elke Somers; Sooke, Vancouver Island, BC, Summer 1997.

Sustainable Selective Forestry workshop (two day intensive), taught by Merv Wilkinson at the Whidbey Institute, Whidbey Island, WA, Fall 1997.

Ecotherapy: The Place of Nature in Psychotherapy and Counseling (two day intensive), taught by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon (sponsored by Antioch University Seattle Graduate Psychology program), 1997.

Nuat Thai, Level One - Thai medical massage workshop, taught by Anthony B. James, Ph.D., Hilo, HI, 1995. Repeated as assistant instructor, 1996.

Level I Reiki training and initiation, Hilo, HI, 1995.

Bachelor of Arts, Computer Science at the University of California, San Diego, 1985.
Minor in Visual Arts Media.
Junior year exchange student at the University of Lund, Sweden.

Outdoor recreation teaching and leadership clinics and workshops in snow sports (nordic and downhill skiing and snowboarding), sea kayaking, whitewater kayaking, rock climbing and mountaineering.

Internationally recognized Professional Ski Instructors of America snow sports instructor certification, multiple disciplines.

Teaching Experience & Activities

Outdoor Recreation classes/clinics/workshops in snow sports, kayaking, climbing, mountaineering, backpacking.

Community College and Adult Education in computer literacy, business graphics and publishing, educators' in-service training.

Individual tutoring & consulting (computer technology)

Articles and Publications

"From Ecotourism to Grunt & Grow in Hawai'i" - The Permaculture Activist #69, Autumn 2008

"How a Hawai'i community rescued a marimba studio from the bulldozer" - Communities journal of cooperative living #139, Summer 2008

"PolyCultural Ponds, Hawaiian Style" - The Permaculture Activist #52, Summer 2004

"Culture out of Daily Life" - The Permaculture Activist #48, Fall 2002

"Towards Clarity and Honesty - part II" - Communities journal of cooperative living #114, Spring 2002

"Towards Clarity and Honesty - part I" - Communities journal of cooperative living #113, Winter 2001

"In a Hawaiian rainforest - living the good life" (w/sidebar "Using water wisely at Malu 'Aina") - Communities journal of cooperative living #111, Summer 2001

"Designing for Sovereignty" - The Permaculture Activist #42, December 1999

"Natural Building and High Winds" - The Permaculture Activist #41, May 1999

"Use It Again, Sam: salvaging building materials" - Communities journal of cooperative living #99, Summer 1998; reprinted in Utne Reader, Jan.-Feb. 1999

"The Most Efficient Engine" - originally published in "Affordable EcoTransportation Sourcebook," a publication of the Big Island Electric Vehicle Association, 1994; on-line at

"What is 'Natural' Building?" - on-line at

"Inside a Bamboo Conference" - on-line at

Assorted snow sports articles and columns in periodicals and newspapers, 1990-1992

Information Technology Experience

Fourteen years' combined experience in industry and academic contexts - see Eco-Living Technology Services for details.

Cultural Adventures

Antioch Open Mic Coffeehouse - co-founder, facilitator and performer in this student-driven coffeehouse-style performance venue, open to the public, which offered a forum for poetry, prose and music performance in a supportive and informal environment (1998).

Music/storytelling - guitarist, singer, songwriter

Youth Shelter Volunteer - University District Youth Shelter, a grassroots operation offering a safe place to sleep for homeless/street youth in Seattle, WA.

Additional skills

All-purpose handyman & Jack of all trades - carpentry/framing, electrical, plumbing, tile/concrete, cabinetry, appliances, auto repair, mechanical design & repair, creative salvaging & repurposing, etc.

Language skills

Speak, read and write Swedish fluently.
Elementary reading/writing and conversational knowledge of German and Spanish.

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