MEET THE TEAM
Host and Lead Facilitator
Pedro Valdjiu is an artist, father, and visionary designer. Founding Terra Alta in 2008 was part of his dream to build a model for regenerative culture. 10 years later, he continues to shape and sharpen Terra Alta's output and offerings.
Pedro is a certified Permaculture teacher of the UK Permaculture Association. A student of "rebel farmer" Sepp Holzer and deeply committed to the teachings of Permaculture pioneer David Holmgren, Pedro hosts and facilitates Terra Alta's PDCs, and continues to shape this unique programme 10 years in the making.
Pedro is also the founder of world-renowned band Blasted Mechanism, an award-winning filmmaker, and co-founder of Escola da Terra - a Waldorf School in the community of Sintra.
Rita Seixas is a dedicated mother, 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 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 crew member, and dedicated natural builder and farmer.
Steve is responsible for our biointensive Kitchen Garden in which he facilitates hands-on sessions with the students, and produces healthy food for hundreds of people per 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.