Decolonizing Permaculture Information Session

Exploring Permaculture Principles Through an Equity Lens

FREE Recording

This online information session was hosted by Lee Warren, one of the workshop instructors who is also a member of Earthaven Ecovillage. The session will help you learn more about the upcoming five-part Decolonizing Permaculture series.

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Decolonizing Permaculture Teaching Team

Decolonizing Permaculture Workshop Description

As a community steeped in the ecological design model known as Permaculture, Earthaven is taking a good long look at the ways in which the “Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share” movement has fallen short on the inclusion of black and brown voices, on addressing systemic injustices, on acknowledging where most land-based wisdom has originated. At the same time, the permaculture principles carry important messages that encourage us towards right-awareness, right-relationship, and right-consciousness with both the human and more-than-human world.  The course will address the first four permaculture principles through the framework of African land-based wisdom, ᏣᎳᎩ (Cherokee) earth-based (non-European) language, and the common uses at Earthaven Ecovillage. We’ll also discuss how to use these principles to transform ourselves, our values, our behaviors, our projects, and our society by interpreting them through a decolonized lens. 

About the Instructors

Amakiasu Turpin-Howze


Amakiasu has been an educator for over 30 years. She served as garden educator and camp director at the Truly Living Well Center for Urban Agriculture for eight years. She is now focusing on her writing and on EarthShine, a business that exposes children and teens to the wonders of the natural world. EarthShine also includes her Eco-Hood Design-and-Build Project along with Soulstice, which introduces young folks to careers they’ve never heard of.

Tyson Sampson

Tyson Sampson


Tyson is a two-hearted and two-spirited person descended from the local indigenous matriarchy called the ᎠᏂᎩᎶᎯ (A-ni-gi-lo-hi)  based here in their aboriginal territory most commonly known as the Great Smoky Mountainsides.  Currently, Tyson is cultivating an apothecary for ethnobotanical accessibility and developing a broader collective to support traditional ecological knowledge.

Lee Warren

Lee Warren

Faculty and SOIL Co-Founder

Lee is a sustainability professional with twenty five years of experience envisioning, designing, and living innovative solutions to organic food systems, intentional community, and sustainability education. She’s been living in rural, land-based community since 1995 and at Earthaven Ecovillage since 2000.