Meet the crew
Richard perkins, Co-Owner, director & Lead Designer
Richard is an internationally regarded teacher, innovative farmer and Permaculture leader, and Author of Making Small Farms Work. He has worked professionally in every major climate zone across several continents consulting to projects, farms & industry, and has also led over 45 solo Permaculture Design Course's as well as dozens of other specialist courses, practicums and seminars. Richard's project work includes design and site visits on over 100 varied projects in various climatic zones as well as contributing to over 1000 course participants’ site plans. Richard is a certified teacher with the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia (Certified Trainer No. 24) and the Permaculture Association of Great Britain. Having studied up to MSc level (IESD- Gaia U), leaving to establish the effective Integralpermanence (Design Consultancy & Education) internationally. Richard also holds a Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design (UK), HND Organic Crop Production (UK) and has studied extensively in the fields of Keyline® Design, Holistic Management®, Ecology and Anthropology. After leaving Organic Crop Production studies at Agricultural College in 1999 with more questions than answers, Richard began studying Permaculture and other ecological design systems alongside bio-construction in various vernaculars’. Now focused primarily on helping others with Regenerative Agricultural design work, Richard has worked on varied farm and project design and implementation projects from CSA production to whole- farm planning; agroforestry to water catchment & irrigation systems; regenerative business design to Keyline planning, Holistic planned grazing/ decision making/ financial planning to community building work. Building up a very diverse & rounded experience over the years, Richard also had the honour to run the first internationally accredited PDC training programs in Dominican Republic, Poland & Luxembourg; introduced concepts of Regenerative Agriculture in Poland, Belarus, Latvia and Finland as well as pioneered Keyline Design and aspects of Regenerative Agriculture in cold-climate Sweden. Known for his dynamic teaching, down-to-earth pragmatism, efficient project management and organisational skills, he is now primarily focused on establishing ridgedale PERMACULTURE. Richard is still sometimes available for trainings & consultancies internationally, especially in our winter season. Please be in contact well in advance to express interest.
yohanna amselem, co-owner and Director
Yohanna's passion and search for beneficial holistic solutions has led her studies to stretch broadly into the fields of ecology, gardening, Permaculture, medicine, massage, nutrition and care for people with special needs. Yohanna has a degree in Gardening specialized in Health and Design from the Swedish University of Gävle and has specialized towards perennial polycultures for extensive cropping. She also researches the historic and modern uses of wild Swedish indigenous plants as food and medicine. The last four years Yohanna has been a prominent figure in the pioneering eco-village initiatives happening around the commune of Gnesta, south of Stockholm and has valuable experience building community relating to social organization and economy. Yohanna was a key initiator and manager in the establishment of Gnesta Lanthandel, a cooperatively owned & managed local organic/ beyond organic food outlet in downtown Gnesta which also serves as a networking platform. Her tight accounting and planning serve as a solid and reliable foundation for the business. Yohanna is also a masterful chef, and has single-handedly catered the best food we have ever had on any of our trainings, surpassing even professional catering crews with her approach to wholesome, balanced and delightful dishes.