Meet the Terra Alta team
Founder & Host
An agent of cultural transformation and visionary founder, Pedro Valdjiu’s dream to build a model for regenerative culture began with founding the Terra Alta educational center in 2008. 10 years later, his dream has become a reality: Terra Alta has trained hundreds of people through its Permaculture Design Courses and is a model for off-the-grid living.
Within the Permaculture world, Pedro is a certified Permaculture teacher of the UK Association of Permaculture and a project consultant. A student of "rebel farmer" Sepp Holzer and adherent of the teachings of Permaculture co-originator David Holmgren, Pedro hosts and facilitates the PDC's by designing its programs, choosing the team, and giving sessions on the topics he is most passionate about.
He is also the founder of world-renowned band Blasted Mechanism, an award-winning filmmaker, co-founder of Escola da Terra--a Waldorf School that brings a love based education to children in the local community, and father of two beautiful daughters with life long companion Rita Seixas.
Rita Seixas is a dedicated educator and community leader who helps to bring about transformation by nurturing children through a renewed educational context and hosting visitors at Terra Alta with her attention to detail. Founder of Terra Alta and Escola da Terra--a Waldorf school near Terra Alta, she is highly 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--talent that translates into the ability to retrofit spaces to improve both function and aesthetics.
Devoted mother of 2 girls, she is on the cutting edge of education in Portugal, leading a school of 50 children with her full heart and soul.
Darby joined us in June 2019 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!
Steve is passionate about simple living in connection with nature and art. Trained as a professional tile mason in the city of Steckborn, Germany, it was after a moment of enlightenment that he realized a more natural and sustainable way of building was his life's calling. After being a nomad in Europe for about a year, he landed in Terra Alta in 2018 where he soon became an active crew member and a detailed and dedicated builder.
While a lot of things have influenced Nadia in joining the Permaculture movement, the most influential have been: the environmentally active groups in Athens, Ohio, her time at Terra Alta, and the amazing life-guidance the principles of Permaculture provide, encouraging many new friendships with other regenerative agents and projects all over the world. She started collaborating with Terra Alta following her volunteership at the August 2018 PDC after connecting with Pedro and the project, through numerous fire circle discussions.
She has a background in digital marketing, having written for two large-company blogs, and is much more fulfilled using her marketing knowledge to help regenerative communities such as Terra Alta spread knowledge about Permaculture.