Penny Livingston-Stark

Penny Livingston-Stark is internationally recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer, and speaker. She holds a MS in Eco-Social Regeneration and a Diploma in Permaculture Design. Penny has been studying the Hermetic Tradition of alchemy and herbal medicine making in Europe and the United States for 4 years.

Penny is co-founder and director of Regenerative Design Institute and has been teaching permaculture and community resiliency internationally as well as working professionally in the land management, regenerative design, and permaculture development field for 30 years. She has extensive experience in all phases of ecologically sound design and construction as well as the use of natural non-toxic natural building materials. Penny specializes in site planning and the design of resource-rich landscapes integrating, rainwater collection, edible and medicinal planting, spring development, pond and water systems, habitat development and watershed restoration for homes, co-housing communities, businesses, and diverse yield perennial farms. She is also a fiber artist and musician.

Workshops & Presentations

  • Earth Arts and the Interconnectivity of Life

    90 min | Altar of Earth

    Mother Earth needs our help and understanding now more than any other time in human history. She provides for us in ALL ways that a good mother does for her children. We are her children and now she needs our help. The best way to serve Mother Earth is to first learn about her cycles, patterns and living systems. With this understanding we can make sound decisions on how to interact with her and provide for our needs and the needs of all of creation. In this workshop we will explore the living soil from a biological, spiritual and physiological perspective. We will gain skills in simple ways to build fertility in order to increase productivity in our gardens and landscapes. We will explore non-toxic earthen building systems as well as various soil structures and textures.

  • Intergenerational panel discussion

    120 min | Altar of Spirit

    What role does the rites of passage play in our evolution from cradle to grave? How has the meaning of the “rites of passage” shifted in modern times, and how can we honor the rites of passage in a culture that doesn’t have conscious ritual around the ongoing changes of a person from youth to adulthood and beyond? How do we bridge between youngers and elders to create a strong inter-generational connection rooted in our understandings of individual and collective growth?


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