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Meet our guest teachers for our 2019 programs



Darby joined us in June as an Apprentice, and has since become a core member of the project through his penchant for hard work and good music. He has an industrial design background and passion for building relaxation spaces for music festivals, suffice to stay, he's always thinking about improving the user's experience of a space. As a student of the PDC, you will do hands-on work with Darby on one of our ongoing projects in the garden. A hard workout, to be sure, but lots of fun!


Guest Teacher

Inês Barros is a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach since 2008 and has been practicing since. She completed the Permaculture Teacher Training with Rosemary Morrow and other teachers include Max Lindegger and Treeyo Permaculture. She studied nutrition towards a healing perspective with Paul Pitchford (author of Healing with Whole Foods) and under the mentorship of Tomio Kikuchi (George Oshawa disciple). 
Inês holds a degree in Communication Design (MA) by the Lisbon University and has been integrating the ethics, principles, and tools of Permaculture in her work as a holistic chef specializing in fermentation. She has been teaching in different sites, connecting with the concept of Nutrient Dense Food and is a member of the Weston A Price Foundation.


Guest Teacher

A practitioner of deep ecology and permaculture with a background in Environmental Engineering, dedicated to zero waste, Catarina runs Raiz d’Oliva in Sintra, a project aimed at sharing a sustainable way of living by educating on traditional uses of local plants, including how to create natural personal care products. She will be teaching us how to create natural cosmetics. Catarina also practices Thai Yoga and abdominal healing massage, having studied massage therapies, magic herbology, and alchemy during her time in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Greece.


Guest Teacher

Market gardener André runs Sintra-based commercial micro-garden Chão Rico. Moved by the quest to "find the thread at the end of the skein", André left his job as Official Vetrenarian for the Food Standards Agency in the UK to learn about sustainable agricultural production in Portugal, working his way across the country as a volunteer, learning from projects in the Algarve, Aljezur and Lagos. It was after studying Permaculture with Richard Perkins at Ridgedale Permaculture in Sweden that André began directing his work towards regenerative agriculture. His project Chão Rico was born in 2017, conceived with French chef Sébastien Goupillot, in partnership with Ecoaldeia de Janas. From 2018 till present, André has been running his market garden with Henrik Ellerbrock, in partnership with Eugaria Country House.