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We are an ever growing community in Central Texas committed to resilience, collaboration, and catalyzing diversity and abundance.  We believe that although one person can’t change the world, together We can.
Gardens at Austin Permaculture Guild

So, what is permaculture?

It stands for Permanent Agri(culture). It’s an ideology that can be used as a guide when making major sustainable improvements to all areas of our life including our homes, our communities, or our work situations. This ideology offers human beings a way to harmonize with our environment, symbiotically. 

Many people first hear of permaculture in a gardening or farming context. But the terrain of permaculture extends far and wide, to include all other areas of human activity as well. Transportation, energy, building, manufacturing, business and finance, social organizations — you name it.

Another aspect that is not so much at the forefront that we believe is highly potent is social permaculture. We believe that an important element of permaculture is being able to facilitate a safe space where all people, marginalized communities, all genders and orientations feel empowered to restructure existing societal frameworks while regenerating ecosystems. 

Permaculture Ethics

Earth Care

The Earth is a living, breathing entity. Without ongoing care and nurturing there will be consequences too big to ignore.

People Care

If people’s needs are met in compassionate and simple ways, the environment surrounding them will prosper.

Return Surplus

Take what we need, share what we don’t, while recognizing that there are limits to how much we can give and how much we can take.

Meet Our Team

Taelor Monroe
OWNER, CO-DIRECTOR

Taelor Monroe is a mother, permaculture specialist, environmental advocate and health coach.  She is deeply passionate about helping others heal their relationships with their bodies, themselves, each other, and the Earth. 

Educating people about regenerative permaculture practices and design is Taelor’s personal way of seeding food sovereignty, happy soil, and strong communities for the future. 

She initially got into permaculture in 2011 as a response to learning how most food is created in industrial farms using toxic chemicals. Growing our own food helps people come together, share resources, and become independent of (or at least less reliant upon) the system. She began growing her own food and “living the permie dream” in an intentional community she co-created in San Marcos, TX called Sacred Roots. 

In the Fall of 2014, Taelor earned her permaculture teacher training certificate from Theron Beaudreau. She started doing publicity for the Austin Permaculture Guild, a business that promotes permaculture design courses. It wasn’t long before Taelor was co-running the guild, which she has been managing ever since.

Taelor also helped initiate Central Texas’ Permablitz events with Kirby Fry in 2013. As lead organizer for three years, she planned the monthly events, organized 100+ volunteers, designed the plans, organized the plants on site, and helped install berms, swales, and food forests at schools, churches, community centers, and individual properties. 

For a year and a half, Taelor lived on site at the Whole Life Learning Center, studying under master permaculturist Caroline Riley. Together they co-designed the transformation of the property into the flourishing food forest it is today.  Taelor helped double the size of the food forest, managed the 10K gallon rainwater catchment system, took care of the animals, and coordinated all the volunteer events that took place on site during her residency there.

To date, Taelor has helped hundreds of clients with assessments, digital designs, and installs of food forests, veggie gardens, rainwater catchment and more. Her success has her currently looking to expand her crew! They recently completed a full permaculture design for Hamilton Pool Vineyards, adding an impressive one acre organic farm to their expansive vineyards.

As a certified health coach, Taelor naturally uses food, herbs, and intentional practices to further help people with their health.  Taelor’s work in the world is generating empowered healthy people, thriving communities, and beautified sustainable spaces in her wake. 

When she’s not gardening or cooking nourishing meals, she is likely out dancing at live music shows or spending time with her family.  You can contact her directly at

taelor@austinperm.com

or (214) 448-6428.

Caroline Riley Carberry
CO-DIRECTOR

Caroline Riley is a Texas native who grew up in the garden and free ranging on the Texas gulf 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. She completed her first PDC through Austin Permaculture Guild in 2009. She has since studies with Jude Hobbs, Warren Brush and Geoff Lawton.

Caroline founded One World Permaculture in 2010 with the mission to connect and serve people worldwide through the study and practice of permaculture design ethics and principles. OWP collaborates and inspires to create integrated regenerative community, ecology and economy. This project took her on world travels connecting with communities in need through permaculture design projects and evolved into local design and consultation work in Austin, TX. 

In 2011 she and her husband founded the Whole Life Learning Center in Austin, TX which is where she currently focuses her creative efforts. This site is an example of permaculture in action. Over the years as the learning center has grown and matured, so have the permaculture systems in place including animal systems, a beautiful forest garden and farm space, the outdoor living classroom and Mutable Earth Botanicals. Mutable Earth Botanicals is a seed to apothecary herbalism practice and small scale plant nursery offering community and clinical herbalism.

With a passion for experiential learning and creative design, Caroline instructs Permaculture Design Courses through Austin Permaculture Guild and herbalism classes through Sacred Journey School of Herbalism. Her goal is to create a unique learning opportunity for her students from her vast experience.

When not at the learning center Caroline can be found with her husband and two children while enjoying the retreat of her South Austin homestead. Contact Caroline at

caroline.riley.carberry@gmail.com

or 512-217-0661

Austin Permaculture Design & Install Services

We use permaculture design principles to turn your space into an oasis that is not only beautiful but can serve as a functional homestead.

A Glimpse at Our Design Team

Our Design Team

We seek to evolve the way people understand growing food. Often times gardening falls to the bottom of your list because it can be overwhelming. But we make it simple for you and provide plenty of hacks so you can work smarter, not harder. And of course the list of benefits goes on and on! Growing food and medicine brings a reverence for nature, benefits wildlife, provides food for you and you family/community, access to a backyard medicine cabinet, nutrient dense nutrition, more beauty and diversity in your landscape, and deeper meaning in your life.

If you elect to have a food forest, vegetable garden, or edible landscaping installed by us you can expect an exciting and simple process, tailored to your specific site. In permaculture design we understand that every site is unique, it’s all about context. Where is the sun, where is the water, what is the existing soil quality like, and of course what are the underlying needs of you, the client?

During your consultation we will ask a series of questions that really get to the bottom of all of these subjects, while inspiring you and allowing you to see the exciting possibilities of your space. We feel inspired when clients are coming from a place of making a difference in their own lives and/or their community. That is the type of attitude we all need to foster change in our wild world. The current food & energy systems in place are clearly not working. And it’s up to us to establish new systems that are supportive of the health of our bodies, minds, and souls.

Meet your Permaculture Design Team

Taelor Monroe

Senior Permaculture Designer

Megan Sanger

Permaculture Designer

Austin Permaculture Design

We use permaculture design principles to assess, design, and install anything from edible landscaping to a full functioning homestead or farm.

SPECIFIC POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR SPACE:
  • Companion Planted Vegetable Garden Beds
  • Poly-culture Orchard/Food Forest
  • Edible Landscaping
  • Chicken Coop
  • Holistically Integrated Animal Systems
  • Composting Systems
  • Ponds
  • Berms & Swales
  • Holistic Water Management & Integration
  • Rain Water Catchment
  • Irrigation
  • Holistic Building Assessment/Design
  • Grey Water
  • Composting Toilet/Humanure
  • Erosion Control
  • Holistic Soil Management

Project Site Assessment

One of our designers will come out to your location for a Permaculture Design Consultation.

Schematic Design Map

After your site assessment, we will create a to scale permaculture design map of your space.

Permaculture Installation

Our dedicated crew will install your tailored permaculture design under guidance from our design team.

Grow Food in your Backyard

Get all of the best varieties and types of plants that thrive best in our climate.

Tailored advice from Experts

Gain insight from our highly skilled designers who have been doing this work for a decade+.

Custom Design for your unique needs

Receive a to-scale digital design specially made for your yard.

Ecological Design and Install

Our install team uses locally sourced and ecological materials & plants.

Mandala Food Forest Design

Book your Permaculture Design Consultation Here

Hire Taelor & Megan for an initial consultation to discover and document the strengths, opportunities, weaknesses, and threats to your property. During this walk around the property, your specific wants and needs will unfold. Solutions will then be introduced to holistically solve any problems presented during the consultation. If you also desire an integrative design of the space, together we will map out the best fit your backyard makeover, homestead, community, and/or education center. We will make sure all essential elements including food, water, energy, and/or shelter are represented.

Service Fees:
  • Initial Design Consultation: $100/hr including drive time
  • Permaculture Site Design: $60/hr
To set up your initial consultation, click the button below. Or, email taelor@austinperm.com or call 214-448-6428.

Project Portfolio

All of these were designed and installed by the team at Austin Permaculture Design.

View our full Portfolio

See all of the projects we’ve created designs and installs for throughout the years.

Learn with Us!

PERMACULTURE
For Plant People

Partner with Plants for Every Occasion

This course will walk you through the process of designing and stewarding diverse polyculture gardens growing food, medicine and a thriving garden ecosystem. We are excited to share practical applications of permaculture design including cultivation, making herbal remedies, and fermentation. It includes an introduction to propagation, harvesting, processing, storing techniques and herbal remedy making. You will learn how to cultivate the living soil to grow nutrient rich plants and a thriving garden ecosystem. We will introduce specific plants, their needs and how they weave into the garden ecosystem. We are covering broad strokes on herbal energetics and actions and how they work to support our health and wellbeing. 

Participants who create and share a design project will receive a certificate of completion for this course. Each participant gains access to a drive full of resources. All classes are recorded and available for you to watch and rewatch for seasons to come. 

Let's Learn Together!

REGISTRATION AND TUITION

Cost: $800 – $1200. We provide a sliding scale tuition format. YOU choose the best amount within the range provided that works for your budget. We have found that this format supports accessibility to these offerings.

A $300 deposit is due at registration to reserve your spot in this class. The remainder is due by the first day of class. Click Register Now button above to register.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We offer scholarships for this course for our BIPOC community. These full scholarships require no payment in exchange for taking the course. If you would like to apply for this please submit a letter of intention attached in an email addressed to Caroline Riley at mommacaroline AT gmail DOT com.

 

CLASS MEETS

Monday & Wednesday afternoons 12-3pm on Zoom

In person sessions are 10:30am-3pm on Saturdays (excluding final day) in South Austin and South East Austin depending on the date.

*The final in person day is on SUNDAY 4/7*

More in person days on available Fridays during Community Herbalism Days. 

SCHEDULE

Session 1. Zoom 3/4/2024

The Permaculture Garden 

~Permaculture Ethics and Principles

~The Polyculture Garden

~Community herbalism and garden activism

Session 2. Zoom 3/6/2024

Design Methods for Plant People

~Get oriented with flows and sectors – sun, water, wildlife, people

~Zones of Use

~Create your vision and goal/context for your project

Session 3. Whole Life Learning Center  3/9/24 

Seed to remedy: Sit spot, Plant walk, Harvest, process and dry herbs, Tincture making, Oxymel,Tea

Session 4. Zoom 3/11/2024

The Living Soil

~ no-till, succession, as above so below

~ Small Scale Earthworks to utilize water

~ Growing healthy soil takes time – a soil succession story

~ Composting and medicinal plants through succession of your soil

Session 5. Zoom 3/13/1024

Companion Planting

~ Zone 1 – growing veggies and herbs

~ Mycology in the living soil and for edibles/medicinals

~ Site specific growing conditions for Central Texas and beyond

Session 6. Whole Life Learning Center 3/16/2024

Composting & Propagation – soap making, Home mushroom cultivation, potting soil, seed starting, divisions from the garden, mushroom block to take home

Session 7. Zoom 3/18/2024

Seed To Remedy

~ Herbal tastes, energetics and actions

Session 8. Zoom 3/20/2024

~ Farm to Table, from the garden to the kitchen, fermentation

~ Local resources and simple home solutions

~ Animals in design

Session 9. Cosmos Ranch 3/23/24

Fermentation & Cooking- herbal syrups, pickled radishes, cheese making, sourdough & sauerkraut

Session 10. Zoom 3/25/2024

~ Design Basics – creating an easy functional scale design to get the job done.

~ Scaled designs to help us see the bigger picture and support our budgets and time

~ How to build different types of gardens

~ Earthworks & Ponds

Session 11. Zoom 3/27/2024

~Perennial food forest gardens

~Polyculture to grow edibles and medicinals

Session 12. Cosmos Ranch 3/30/24

-Planting Day – salve making, planting perennial and annual food and medicine plants, a polyculture garden

Session 13. Zoom 4/1/2024

~Propagation stations for small scale needs

~Seeds, seed saving, cuttings, division and grafting

Session 14. Zoom 4/3/2024

~Design shares and celebrations

Session 15. Whole Life Learning Center – Sunday 4/7/24 

~ A time to harvest and enjoy the fruits of our labor together – Press tincture, Press Oxymel, enjoy foods and medicines together, Certificate of Completion, Be the Fulcrum ~ Break ground – A Declaration!

 

Permaculture Students Fall 2023
Permaculture Graduates Fall 2023
Permaculture Design Course Graduates Spring 2023
Caroline teaching a PDC at the WLLC food forest

Meet Your Instructors

Caroline Riley

Taelor Monroe

WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING

Tabitha Tatterbach
PDC Student

“This course change my life from a very deep place in my soul. It gave me the courage to believe in the Earth’s future and my ability to help.”

Victoria Schwartz
PDC Student

“I am inspired to steward the Earth more than ever. Even though I have been organic gardening and bio-dynamic gardening for years, I have never felt closer to Mother Nature.”

Eric Huggins
PDC Student

 “This class equipped me with the confidence to utilize the knowledge and realize I already have a great knowledge base and can do what I’ve set out to do! I’m ready to get busy! It has also made me realize that I have a passion for teaching!”​

How to Build a Veggie Garden

Companion Planting, Soil Biology, Irrigation, Plant Selection and Varieties, Integrated Pest Management

April 15th, 17th, & 19th

This April 15th, 17th, & 19th join us in planning out your Spring garden! Austin Permaculture Guild’s Co-Director Taelor Monroe will be teaching an in-depth workshop on how to companion plant and design out your Spring garden.

This workshop is for both beginners and seasoned gardeners. You will learn how to build a very efficient and productive permaculture garden for annual food production, with medicinals and culinary herbs. This type of garden is naturally pest resistant and brings in beneficial insects, keeping the pests at bay. You will learn specific varieties that are naturally more productive in our unique Central Texas Climate.

We are what we eat, same goes for plants. So we will begin with the soil and the bed space. A successful and productive garden always starts with the home in which these plants live. Without a happy home and community of plant friends, you will not have a thriving productive garden. We will also cover different aspects of watering and irrigation, what is most beneficial for your plants, and how to decide what makes the most sense in your own space.

Permaculture design is always contextual. So you will gain the tools to analyze your own yard and decide for yourself what the best garden bed type and what vegetables will work best for you, and if you are a garden designer, for your clients.

Companion Planting is a crucial aspect to implementation of permaculture design principles. The practice of companion planting uses the selection of specific plants organized in such a way that they are in symbiotic relationship with one another. Instead of planting the same plant over and over again in rows, which attract pests and reduces the nutrient density of the growing vegetable, a polyculture of intermixed plant types is planted. It is crucial to understand plant families to grasp the inter-workings of companion planting. A detailed description of many food producing plant families is covered in this workshop, providing a solid foundation for mapping out support species for your veggie garden beds for yourself.

These beneficial support species increase the strength and nutrient density of the plants in your garden, and reduce pests. For instance, legumes are planted to provide nitrogen to the surrounding plants and alliums are planted on the outside of each bed to deter pests and weeds from coming in.

The soil and microbial life at the plants’ roots also determine the health of each plant. If you have healthy soil biology, then you will also deter blights, harmful pathogens, and fungal infections growing on your plants. Even a home gardener can spend a terrible amount of time and money trying to kill off these pathogens and pests to keep their plants alive. A better practice is one that is preventative, less time consuming, and free!

In integrated pest management, specific plants are selected to deter pests from entering your garden. Often times the best plants are very aromatic plants with strong smells to confuse pests. Within these companion planted systems, the plants are stronger than in mono-cropped gardens increasing their integral pest deterrents. Weaker plants attract pests. Making it useless to apply pesticides, even natural ones, if the problem resides within the plant itself.

All of these incredible tools help all of us to work smarter not harder, by learning to work in harmony with nature. Our mother earth is highly intelligent, and if we can tap into that wisdom, we will receive her abundance.

Companion planting using cosmos for pollination of the cucumbers, picture from Hamilton Pool Vineyards, designed by APG

Class Structure

This workshop is a three part event, covering the specifics of companion planting, plant selection, plant placement, integrated pest management, how to prevent weeds, feeding the biology in the soil, water, and maintenance.

The first two lessons are via zoom on Monday and Wednesday from 12-2:30pm. These will cover the classroom instruction, the raw material. These zoom lessons will be recorded so that you may view them on your own time. But please watch all lessons before our hands-on day! Then on Friday from 6-8:30pm we will actually build one of these types of gardens from start to finish.

Come out to this dynamic, holistic garden management design workshop, to build a better Spring garden! There will be a focus on the design of Spring Companion Planting but these methods can be applied to any season.

 
Companion Planting Class 2020 planting out the garden!

Schedule & Tuition

Monday, April 15th, 2024 via Zoom

12-2:30pm: Soil science & biology

-Building your Garden Bed

-Sun, Mulch & Water

-Composting (brief)

Wednesday, April 17th, 2024 via Zoom

12-2:30pm:

-Edible and Medicinal Plant Families

-Companion Planting

-Plant Selection

-Plant Varieties

-Plant Placement

-Root Depth and Structure

-Support Species

-Dynamic Accumulators

-Seasons, with a focus on Spring

-Integrated Pest Management

Friday, April 19th at Cosmos Ranch 78617

6-8:30pm: Outdoor Hands-on Planting of a Companion Planted Garden Bed

Hands-on planting will take place outside. 

COST: Sliding Scale, $66-$111

You pay the highest amount you can afford. This model allows for more diversity and accessibility.

Click the Button below to pay your tuition and Register

LOCATION:

The Cosmos Ranch Foundation, Del Valle, 78617

Click the Button to Register!

Become a Contributing Member of the Guild!

A donation to the Austin Permaculture Guild means more outreach in all areas of our organization. We get to host more workshops, have more community building events, sponsor events and other non-profit organizations

Austin Permaculture Guild is a societally supportive platform meaning it is our main goal to help Austin thrive by growing in environmental awareness and action. We do this through our education courses, supporting our local neighbors grow food, and by creating an outlet that connects people to regenerative organizations.

Membership Tiers and Perks included (this is a tax deductible donation):

**These perks are based on a yearly membership commitment. They can be taken away at any point in time if a member decides to cancel their membership before a year’s worth of contributions.***

Cultivate Plant Nursery

Membership Tiers and Perks included:

 

$5 a month Tier:

  • APG swag and newsletter sign up
  • Buy two get one product free 7 Feathers Trading Post “apothecary”.  Made with local medicinal herbs!  
  • 10% off Texas Coffee Traders Website
  • 20% discount for a five class pass at Sanctuary Yoga

 

$15 a month Tier:

 

$20 a month Tier:

 

$30 a month Tier:

 

$50 a month Tier:

Donate Today to our 501c3 non profit!


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**All donations made in partnership with Whole Systems Network**

Whole Systems Network: A national nonprofit dedicated to funneling funding to environmental grassroots causes. They do this by hosting events, providing educational trainings, and managing an online resource platform. Our main goal is to help livelihoods thrive within the movement. We are a fiscal sponsor of the Austin Permaculture Guild.

Taelor Monroe
OWNER, CO-DIRECTOR

Taelor Monroe is a mother, permaculture specialist, environmental advocate and health coach.  She is deeply passionate about helping others heal their relationships with their bodies, themselves, each other, and the Earth. 

Educating people about regenerative permaculture practices and design is Taelor’s personal way of seeding food sovereignty, happy soil, and strong communities for the future. 

She initially got into permaculture in 2011 as a response to learning how most food is created in industrial farms using toxic chemicals. Growing our own food helps people come together, share resources, and become independent of (or at least less reliant upon) the system. She began growing her own food and “living the permie dream” in an intentional community she co-created in San Marcos, TX called Sacred Roots. 

In the Fall of 2014, Taelor earned her permaculture teacher training certificate from Theron Beaudreau. She started doing publicity for the Austin Permaculture Guild, a business that promotes permaculture design courses. It wasn’t long before Taelor was co-running the guild, which she has been managing ever since.

Taelor also helped initiate Central Texas’ Permablitz events with Kirby Fry in 2013. As lead organizer for three years, she planned the monthly events, organized 100+ volunteers, designed the plans, organized the plants on site, and helped install berms, swales, and food forests at schools, churches, community centers, and individual properties. 

For a year and a half, Taelor lived on site at the Whole Life Learning Center, studying under master permaculturist Caroline Riley. Together they co-designed the transformation of the property into the flourishing food forest it is today.  Taelor helped double the size of the food forest, managed the 10K gallon rainwater catchment system, took care of the animals, and coordinated all the volunteer events that took place on site during her residency there.

To date, Taelor has helped hundreds of clients with assessments, digital designs, and installs of food forests, veggie gardens, rainwater catchment and more. Her success has her currently looking to expand her crew! They recently completed a full permaculture design for Hamilton Pool Vineyards, adding an impressive one acre organic farm to their expansive vineyards.

As a certified health coach, Taelor naturally uses food, herbs, and intentional practices to further help people with their health.  Taelor’s work in the world is generating empowered healthy people, thriving communities, and beautified sustainable spaces in her wake. 

When she’s not gardening or cooking nourishing meals, she is likely out dancing at live music shows or spending time with her family.  You can contact her directly at

taelor@austinperm.com

or (214) 448-6428.

Caroline Riley Carberry
CO-DIRECTOR

Caroline Riley is a Texas native who grew up in the garden and free ranging on the Texas gulf 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. She completed her first PDC through Austin Permaculture Guild in 2009. She has since studies with Jude Hobbs, Warren Brush and Geoff Lawton.

Caroline founded One World Permaculture in 2010 with the mission to connect and serve people worldwide through the study and practice of permaculture design ethics and principles. OWP collaborates and inspires to create integrated regenerative community, ecology and economy. This project took her on world travels connecting with communities in need through permaculture design projects and evolved into local design and consultation work in Austin, TX. 

In 2011 she and her husband founded the Whole Life Learning Center in Austin, TX which is where she currently focuses her creative efforts. This site is an example of permaculture in action. Over the years as the learning center has grown and matured, so have the permaculture systems in place including animal systems, a beautiful forest garden and farm space, the outdoor living classroom and Mutable Earth Botanicals. Mutable Earth Botanicals is a seed to apothecary herbalism practice and small scale plant nursery offering community and clinical herbalism.

With a passion for experiential learning and creative design, Caroline instructs Permaculture Design Courses through Austin Permaculture Guild and herbalism classes through Sacred Journey School of Herbalism. Her goal is to create a unique learning opportunity for her students from her vast experience.

When not at the learning center Caroline can be found with her husband and two children while enjoying the retreat of her South Austin homestead. Contact Caroline at

caroline.riley.carberry@gmail.com

or 512-217-0661

Taelor Monroe
OWNER, CO-DIRECTOR

Taelor Monroe is a mother, permaculture specialist, environmental advocate and health coach.  She is deeply passionate about helping others heal their relationships with their bodies, themselves, each other, and the Earth. 

Educating people about regenerative permaculture practices and design is Taelor’s personal way of seeding food sovereignty, happy soil, and strong communities for the future. 

She initially got into permaculture in 2011 as a response to learning how most food is created in industrial farms using toxic chemicals. Growing our own food helps people come together, share resources, and become independent of (or at least less reliant upon) the system. She began growing her own food and “living the permie dream” in an intentional community she co-created in San Marcos, TX called Sacred Roots. 

In the Fall of 2014, Taelor earned her permaculture teacher training certificate from Theron Beaudreau. She started doing publicity for the Austin Permaculture Guild, a business that promotes permaculture design courses. It wasn’t long before Taelor was co-running the guild, which she has been managing ever since.

Taelor also helped initiate Central Texas’ Permablitz events with Kirby Fry in 2013. As lead organizer for three years, she planned the monthly events, organized 100+ volunteers, designed the plans, organized the plants on site, and helped install berms, swales, and food forests at schools, churches, community centers, and individual properties. 

For a year and a half, Taelor lived on site at the Whole Life Learning Center, studying under master permaculturist Caroline Riley. Together they co-designed the transformation of the property into the flourishing food forest it is today.  Taelor helped double the size of the food forest, managed the 10K gallon rainwater catchment system, took care of the animals, and coordinated all the volunteer events that took place on site during her residency there.

To date, Taelor has helped hundreds of clients with assessments, digital designs, and installs of food forests, veggie gardens, rainwater catchment and more. Her success has her currently looking to expand her crew! They recently completed a full permaculture design for Hamilton Pool Vineyards, adding an impressive one acre organic farm to their expansive vineyards.

As a certified health coach, Taelor naturally uses food, herbs, and intentional practices to further help people with their health.  Taelor’s work in the world is generating empowered healthy people, thriving communities, and beautified sustainable spaces in her wake. 

When she’s not gardening or cooking nourishing meals, she is likely out dancing at live music shows or spending time with her family.  You can contact her directly at

taelor@austinperm.com

or (214) 448-6428.

Caroline Riley Carberry
CO-DIRECTOR

Caroline Riley is a Texas native who grew up in the garden and free ranging on the Texas gulf 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. She completed her first PDC through Austin Permaculture Guild in 2009. She has since studies with Jude Hobbs, Warren Brush and Geoff Lawton.

Caroline founded One World Permaculture in 2010 with the mission to connect and serve people worldwide through the study and practice of permaculture design ethics and principles. OWP collaborates and inspires to create integrated regenerative community, ecology and economy. This project took her on world travels connecting with communities in need through permaculture design projects and evolved into local design and consultation work in Austin, TX. 

In 2011 she and her husband founded the Whole Life Learning Center in Austin, TX which is where she currently focuses her creative efforts. This site is an example of permaculture in action. Over the years as the learning center has grown and matured, so have the permaculture systems in place including animal systems, a beautiful forest garden and farm space, the outdoor living classroom and Mutable Earth Botanicals. Mutable Earth Botanicals is a seed to apothecary herbalism practice and small scale plant nursery offering community and clinical herbalism.

With a passion for experiential learning and creative design, Caroline instructs Permaculture Design Courses through Austin Permaculture Guild and herbalism classes through Sacred Journey School of Herbalism. Her goal is to create a unique learning opportunity for her students from her vast experience.

When not at the learning center Caroline can be found with her husband and two children while enjoying the retreat of her South Austin homestead. Contact Caroline at

caroline.riley.carberry@gmail.com

or 512-217-0661