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Shortly after completing a permaculture design course at the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Summertown, TN in 2006, William co-founded Ars Terra, a sustainable homestead project in Palmdale, CA, where he taught several permaculture courses and workshops before moving to Chicago, where he co-founded the Chicagoland Permaculture Guild in 2012, and completed an advanced permaculture design course at Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture in Fountain City, WI in 2014. In 2015, he completed an advanced permaculture teacher training at Kinstone, became board president of the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, co-facilitated the first ever vegan PDC in the U.S. at Wild Earth Farm & Sanctuary in Irvine, KY and also launched Genius Loci Permaculture, a full-service Design, Build and Education firm. In 2016, he began work toward the Permaculture Diploma in Education through the Permaculture Institute of North America (expected to complete in 2018), as well as co-facilitating the first ever permaculture design course in Chicago city limits, as well as another vegan PDC in Kentucky. 2017 will bring more courses, more education and more design and implementation.
William regularly gives presentations on permaculture at libraries, colleges and universities, eco/green fairs and festivals and private events, including several radio interviews on the subject.
Current projects include:
- Teaching introductory gardening course
- Teaching two permaculture design courses in Spring/Summer and Fall 2017
- Implementation of two urban (Chicago, IL) and one farm-scale (Indiana) designs
- Several urban design consultations
- Designing an urban micro-ecovillage (currently in development/est. build in 2018)