TEACHERS AND EXPERTS
Don Titmus has lived and worked in the east Phoenix area since 1981. Prior to that he lived near London, England. It was there he received his education in Horticulture. Three year apprenticeship, starting in 1975, with college certificates in Basic Horticulture. Then a full year for a National Certificate in Horticulture – Landscaping. Upon arrival in the U.S. he worked for a landscape company for 12 years. Then in 1993 started his own business in garden maintenance. He has over 30 years experience in the horticultural field.
Don attended his PC Design Course with Scott Pittman and Larry Santoyo at Ecoversity, Santa Fe, NM during the summer of 2003. Then one year later attended the PC Teacher Training with Jude Hobbs and Tom Ward in OR. Then in 2008 attended a second PC Teacher Training in Big Sur, CA with Ben Fahrer and Kat Steele. Don was one of the founding members of the Phoenix Permaculture Guild, a 501(c)3 non-profit. Don created and ran the Permaculture Design Course for 4 ½ years or 9 PDCs.
Additionally Don has taught Massage, Reiki, Dancing, and Camping skills. Facilitated "Rainbow Lodge" ceremonies for many, including David Dibble’s Four Agreements in the Workplace, and as a minister he has conducted weddings, held ceremonies, and drumming circles. Don is now working towards a full time role in permaculture – teaching, consultation and design, with his PC business, Four Directions PermaCulture. Don recently took his love of dancing and music to become a DJ, a Conscious Dance DJ [DJ PermieDon] - "Peace"
Don’s home is truly becoming a reflection of "Walking his Talk," he has created the "Bee Oasis" [as an Intentional Community] at his Mesa home, demonstrating sustainability, holding classes, growing food/community, and he lives from the Earth and holds a deep respect for all on it.
Cris Franco has spent most of her life in the Southwestern desert with excursions throughout Asia. Her homeland is the Sonoran Desert and she enjoys deepening her indigenous desert roots through wild harvesting, growing traditional crop varieties, and seed saving.
Her interests in permaculture lie more in the social realms of family, culture, and traditional health (Zone 00). In August 2012 she created Rio Salado Seedshed Library, a seed library network for the greater Phoenix area.
Martine Meuret born in Germany, lived 4 years of her childhood in Australia and moved to Albuquerque NM in 1988. From there she moved to Gilbert in 1998. Martine has home studied holistic healing modalities for over 25 years, fifteen of them while raising and home schooling her four children. January 2005 she received her degree as a Holistic Health Care Practitioner from Southwest Institute for Healing Arts.
Already as a young woman, Martine has been lead to the holistic healing approaches. She is an excited owner of "Earth Healing Creations" offering holistic healthcare and education. Creating awareness and healing one person at a time or one group at a time.
Her passion to help others help themselves is what motivates her. The famous saying "Give a hungry man a fish today and he shall be hungry tomorrow again, but teach him how to fish and he shall not be hungry again" is the principle her sharing builds on. "I love to give people tools they can use to help their lives become more fulfilling" she expresses.
2010 Martine was introduced to the concepts of permaculture and made the connection between the healing modalities and permaculture. She had a life long yearning to raise chickens and bought her first baby chicks. Slowly adding other permaculture concepts into her way of living has brought other aspects of healing and purpose into her life. She loves to share and pass on her experience with enthusiasm to others.
Ryan Wood is a Certified Water Harvesting Practitioner, Permaculture Designer, and Master Watershed Steward. With an Associates of Applied Technology Degree from ITT Ryan has a background in architecture and landscape design and is currently working as a Project Manager and Program Coordinator for Watershed Management Group. Ryan applies his talents while educating the public through hands-on workshops, presentations, consultations, and integrated design services. Along with his passion for water, Ryan also enjoys creating useable landscape features out of simple supplies and discarded items that would otherwise be headed for the landfill.