Koreen has extensive experience in both permaculture design and in education. She has taught permaculture design at Pine Ridge Lakota reservation, Miami, Los Angeles, the first Florida Earthship, Tampa Bay, Sarasota, Gulf Coast University, Cuba. Costa Rica, and Tuskegee University.
She is a sought-after public speaker and has given hundreds of hours of lectures on permaculture. Her areas of expertise and passion are food forestry, small farms and food security, designing for resiliency, community building, and regenerative economics.
She has been involved in alternative education for 20 years and has been teaching permaculture regularly since 2006. She uses a variety of creative techniques and approaches to address different learning styles. She focuses on isolating the most important aspects of the subject – the ones that will create a context for understanding the entire subject and give students concrete tools they can and will think with and use. In a society with information overload, she believes that it is not the amount of information one has, but the context, relevance and quality of it that creates competence and understanding. Her goal is to assist students to achieve a deep understanding of the fundamentals of the subject that will allow them to apply the techniques in a broad array of situations and to make that learning process enjoyable.
As a designer, her focus is on helping people create abundant edible landscapes, self-sufficient urban or rural homesteads, resilient and high yield small farms, and successful intentional communities. Specialties include soil building and remediation, water catchment and use, edible landscaping, planning urban and rural integrated farming, reducing energy needs, and building more resilient finances and communities. She deeply appreciates the value of both beauty and utility, and so strives to meld aesthetics and practicality together to create designs that last, that work, that minimize care and expense, that produce abundantly, and are beautiful.
Koreen has a wide range of experience and expertise, including master planning, growing hundreds of species of edibles in a variety of conditions and climates, running an edible nursery, business incubation and holistic economics, whole systems strategy and design, community development, and facilitation, organizing events, and life coaching, so finds herself taking on diverse projects at times. She organized permaculture style disaster relief for thousands of Haitians living in camps after the earthquake in 2010, has planted thousands of trees in different locations in the US, created dozens of gardens, coordinated the formation of the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition St Petersburg, has organized natural building projects (straw bale, earth berm walipini) at Pine Ridge Lakota reservation and is a founding co-organizer for the North American Permaculture Convergence.
She has advised on public projects at schools, universities and on the Florida House “Green Home” project in Sarasota and is currently working on the strategy project “The Next Big Step” for the upcoming International Permaculture Convergence. For larger design projects, she is a partner with Permaculture Design International, a full-service design and installation firm.