MEET THE TEAM
Host and Lead Facilitator
Meet Pedro, host and lead facilitator at Terra Alta. Pedro is an artist, musician and permaculture designer dedicated to continual growth and education. Being a natural storyteller he designs the Permaculture Design Courses to be unique and dynamic, offering courses where one is never quite the same as the other.
He is a certified Permaculture teacher of the UK Permaculture Association and deeply committed to the teachings of Permaculture pioneer David Holmgren.
Founding Terra Alta in 2008 was part of his dream to build a model for regenerative culture. Another part of this dream manifested in co-founding Escola da Terra - a Waldorf School in the community of Sintra.
Rita is a dedicated educator, community leader and artist. As co-founder of both Terra Alta and Escola da Terra, she is committed to transformation through a renewed educational context.
Rita is deeply connected to Anthroposophy, a spiritual science created by Rudolf Steiner and the belief system underlying Waldorf education. She is also a skilled artist in the areas of crafting, painting, and drawing, with a strong eye for function and aesthetics. These qualities have filtered into all her output, whether personal or professional.
Co-Facilitator and Co-Host
Henrik Ellerbrock spent years as a social activist before shifting his energy to growing social change from the ground up. He moved to Portugal in 2010, met Pedro and his family and joined the Terra Alta project, purchasing the neighbouring land where he resides today. Aside from co-hosting at Terra Alta, Henrik runs a successful biointensive market garden in the area using Permaculture techniques.
Gardener & Co-Facilitator
Steve is a dedicated natural builder and farmer passionate about simple living in connection with nature and art. Led by the wish for a natural and sustainable life, he arrived at Terra Alta in 2018 and soon became an active perennial crew member.
As a gardener and co-facilitator, Steve is responsible for our bio-intensive kitchen garden in which he facilitates hands-on sessions during the courses, and produces healthy food for hundreds of people every year.
Michèle is a permaculture teacher and environmental activist, with a degree in Permaculture & Sustainable Horticulture. She has a seasoned relationship with Terra Alta, having completed an apprenticeship in June of 2019 and co-hosted six courses in the summer of 2020. Now, we are thrilled to welcome her back as a guest teacher for some of the key modules of our course.
Inês Barros is a friend, community member and educator working at the intersection of food science and permaculture. We are thrilled to have her as a guest teacher hosting sessions on fermentation and nutrient dense food.
Ines completed a Permaculture Teacher Training with Rosemary Morrow as well as being a certified Health and Nutrition Coach, having studied with Paul Pitchford (Healing with Whole Foods) and under the mentorship of Tomio Kikuchi (George Oshawa disciple).
CATARINA RAIZ DE CARVALHO
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 life by educating on traditional uses of local plants, including creating natural personal care products.
Like all our guest teachers, Cat has a long relationship with Terra Alta where she joins us to run introductory classes on Herbalism.
Co-host & co-facilitator
Committed to constant growth and education, Jenny's journey has led her to permaculture into which she incorporates her passion for music, arts and interconnectedness. After discovering various projects around the globe she is now dedicating her path to sharing the teachings she has received.
She took her PDC at Terra Alta in 2021 after which she became a perennial crew-member creating course content, taking care of social media, supporting in the maintenance of the gardens, and sharing her love for a simple, sustainable lifestyle with the children of the Waldorf school.
Co-host & co-facilitator
Within the permaculture movement, Laura has always felt a deep love for forests and intuitive gardening. Having always had the impulse to change the world, she understands the sprouting importance of sharing her enthusiasm.
In 2020 she took her permaculture design course at Terra Alta and continued her studies in other projects before returning to Terra Alta in summer 2021 to facilitate hands-on sessions in forest gardening during our PDC season. She then stayed and became a perennial crew-member supporting in the maintenance of the gardens, taking care of the administrative work and spending time in the garden with the children of the Waldorf school.
Benjamin is an autodidact who quit nanotechnology engineering to become a cook and a bread baker, then travelled the world to be inspired by other cultures and learn about permaculture, natural building and handicrafts.