Welcome! I’m Erik Ohlsen.
Permaculture Designer. Author. Teacher. Father. Friend. Activist. Regenerative Thought Leader.
I am an internationally renowned certified permaculture designer, practitioner, and teacher. I have written several books and am a seasoned activist organizer, working within social and environmental movements since 1998.
Having worked around the world with a focus on Mediterranean climates, my extensive experience encompasses projects that range from small urban lots to large broadacre-scale design and implementation. My decades in the field have led to a deep knowledge of all aspects of ecological design and land development. I am a specialist in water-harvesting systems, regenerating land, food forest design, community organizing, vocational education, and more.
I live in Northern California, where I enjoy writing, managing my homestead, and raising my family.
Dedicated Permaculture Leader
My business ventures are grounded in permaculture ethics: care of Earth, care of people, and return the surplus.
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Permaculture Skills Center
As Permaculture Skill Center’s Executive Director, I serve as the main instructor for our flagship Eco-Landscape Mastery (ELM) School—an online program that offers advanced vocational training in ecological design and landscaping. We are honored to have permaculture teacher Penny Livingston as a core faculty member.
PSC’s 5-acre demonstration site is located in Southern Pomo and Coastal Miwok territory nestled in the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed near the town of Sebastopol, in Sonoma County, California.
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1:1 Virtual Coaching
Sometimes, you just need that sounding board or some hand-holding from someone who’s been there. Or maybe you’re stuck on a problem and could benefit from a new perspective from someone experienced—with an objective point of view?
I’m excited to offer private coaching sessions to proivide you with specialized support.
I find one-on-one sessions are the best format for working together on developing your landscape or farm project, getting started as a professional in the fields of landscape design and permaculture, or growing and maintaining your contractor or design business.