Erik Dean 's Profile
Erik Dean
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Joined:
07/05/2013
Location:
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States
Climate Zone:
Cold Temperate
Gender:
Male
Web site:
www.mulberriesinmypocket.blogspot.com





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Adam Dutchak Bryan Mets Mikhail Shikhmanov
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About Erik Dean

I was born into suburban Michigan, USA, where I lived for two decades. As my head was filling with trivial information during thirteen years of public schooling, I began to grow discouraged and frustrated. After a brief trial at a traditional university in 2010, I decided to change teachers. Swapping my sterile academic professors for the awe-inspiring teacher that is nature, I started seeking my own truths. So began a journey of discovery that has since led me to permaculture.

I attended my first PDC in 2013 with Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture, where I was exposed to attractive alternatives to the problems of my modern western lifestyle. Though my eyes and heart were opened, I was still unsure of the direction to proceed. As advised, I returned home to get my own garden in order.

After a year of continued self-learning, I decided to fully commit my life to permaculture. So, in January 2014, I participated in Geoff Lawton's ten-week internship program with the goal of finding the permaculture career that was right for me- my "right livelihood". What I experienced during my time at Zaytuna Farm was inspiring and life-changing. More than that, I met twenty three fellow interns who quickly became my best friends over the next two and a half months. I owe a lot to these people and strive to build on the momentum they helped to create.

I am continuously working to build my skills so that I might be a valuable asset to our global community. Even though I am new to this game, I am very interested in helping as many people as I can by teaching them the life skills they need to affect positive change in their own lives. Additionally, I seek to establish permaculture demonstration sites in damaged communities, exposing people to a more joyful, honest and fulfilling way of life.

Just remember...

"You don't have to live your life the way other people expect you to." - Chris Guillibeau

Now go change your world,
Erik

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My Badges
Consultant Aid worker I'm male, single, and looking for a permaculture partner
My Permaculture Qualifications
Verified
Midwest Permaculture PDC
Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course
Verifying teacher: Bill Wilson
Other Teachers: Becky Wilson, Milton Dixon
Location: Stelle, Illinois
Date: May 2013
Other course verified
10 Week Permaculture Internship Program
Type: Internship
Verifying teacher: Geoff Lawton
Other Teachers: Nadia Lawton, Salah Hammad, Dave Spicer, Paul Taylor, Tom Kendall, Christopher Darker
Location: Permaculture Research Institute, Zaytuna Farm, NSW
Date: Jan 2014
Other course verified
Sustainable Soils Management
Type: Soil Biology/Compost
Verifying teacher: Paul Taylor
Other Teachers: Geoff Lawton
Location: Zaytuna Farm
Date: Mar 2014
Other course verified
Permaculture Project Aid Worker Course
Type: Aid Worker
Teacher: Geoff Lawton
Location: Zaytuna Farm
Date: Feb 2014
Other course verified
Permaculture Urban Landscape Design Course
Type: Other
Teacher: Geoff Lawton
Location: Zaytuna Farm
Date: Mar 2014
Other course verified
Permaculture Teacher Training Course
Type: Teacher Training
Teacher: Geoff Lawton
Location: Zaytuna Farm
Date: Feb 2014
Other course verified
Permaculture Earthworks
Type: Earthworks
Teacher: Geoff Lawton
Location: Zaytuna Farm
Date: Feb 2014

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