May 22, 2014

Nicholas Burtner

Nicholas Burtner

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Nicholas is an established permaculture designer, consultant, practitioner, advocate, teacher and speaker with a large portfolio of work in all of the major climate regions in the USA and abroad. His certification is from Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. Nicolas’s internships at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia were under the leadership of Geoff and Nadia Lawton. Under the guidance of Michael Reynolds, he attended the Earthship Academy for natural and recycled building construction in Taos, New Mexico.
(Nick and Geoff having a photo op for Texas)

(Nicholas Burtner and Geoff Lawton having a photo op for Texas)

In late 2012 Nicholas opened the Working With Nature Permaculture Learning, Research, and Healing Center. It has since been rebranded to School of Permaculture. The school has both an urban and a rural demonstration / educational site which offer hands-on experiences as well as classroom learning opportunities. The School of Permaculture website offers permaculture related tips, videos, and articles on a weekly basis. Make sure to sign up for the newsletter here!

(Nick and Bill Mollison)

(Nicholas Burtner and Bill Mollison)

Aside from permaculture, sustainability, and ecology-related activities, Nicholas is a devote follower of Jesus Christ, a husband, and a father. He is also a nidan and instructor at the Flowing Circle Aikido Center, a major proponent of peace, and he believes that through the application of permaculture, people can find a more meaningful and purposeful existence.

(Earthship Academy Summer 2012 - holding a sledge hammer)

(Earthship Academy Summer 2012 – holding a sledge hammer)