Staff Bios

CAROLINE RILEY: CO-DIRECTOR

Her Story:

Caroline Riley is a Texas native who grew up in the garden and free ranging on the Texas coast with her family. She discovered permaculture design while living in Colorado in 2004 and soon incorporated the ethics and principles into her Montessori classroom as a foundation to learn from nature with youth.

Caroline has studied permaculture with many great instructors, including Geoff Lawton, Warren Brush, Judd Hobbs, Kirby Fry, Dick Pierce and more. Her goal is to create a unique learning opportunity for her students from her vast experience.

Today she owns the Whole Life Learning Center with her husband which is where she focuses her creative efforts, working to create and maintain a permaculture education center for people of all ages in Austin, Texas. There on site at the Whole Life Learning Center, Caroline has also been pouring her energy into the 7Feathers Apothecary where she sources plant medicine from the gardens directly on-site.

When not at the learning center Caroline can be found searching out cool waters for swimming and enjoying the retreat of her South Austin home with her family.

You can contact her at caroline@austinperm.com

TAELOR MONROE:  CO-DIRECTOR

Her story:

She studied under Caroline Riley, at the Whole Life Learning Center from 2014-2015, where she worked to transform the space into a full functioning permaculture design. She received her permaculture teacher training certificate from Theron Beaudreau in the Fall of 2014. She helped the Permablitz events get started in Central Texas, with Kirby Fry in January 2013. She still helps organize these informational workshops and volunteer events. She previously helped start a Permaculture centered intentional community titled Sacred Roots in San Marcos, TX. She has studied Permaculture design under Theron Beaudreau, Kirby Fry, Caroline Riley and Dick Pierce. Her main focus and drive is to create community and educate others about regenerative permaculture design and practice. Her home base is at Spirit of the Elms, a permaculture community property in South Austin.

You can contact Taelor at (214) 448-6428 or taelor@austinperm.com

CHLOE BUZZOTTA: ADMIN

Her story:

Chloe Buzzotta currently is an administrator of the Austin Permaculture Guild and the coordinator at the Global Ecovillage Network. She recently graduated with a BA in Permaculture and Ecovillage Sustainability. She also has gained accreditation via permaculture trainings, and ecovillage design courses from around the world.

Five years ago her path began during her involvement with an eco-organization that supports ecovillages and permaculture lifestyles called the Valhalla Movement, based out of Montreal. From there she explored many like-minded spaces throughout North America and Europe.

She is recognized as a facilitator of intentional community living, advisor on ecovillage start ups, and marketing strategist in eco-communities.

Contact her at chloe@austinperm.com

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