Alan is the founder of the Eldenbridge Institute and currently acts as its Executive Director and Lead Instructor.
Alan has an extensive background in Permaculture design, having completed his Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) with Geoff Lawton in 2007. He has experience in Keyline Design, Holistic Management, Bio-intensive Gardening, natural building, off-grid power systems, earthworks, and bio- remediation.
With hundreds of nights spent in the field, Alan also teaches wilderness survival, tracking, bird language, ethnobotany, primitive fire making, and wildcrafting. As a result of studying herbal medicine for nearly 15 years, Alan also emphasizes how the proper use of real food and nourishing herbs can help build a foundation for lasting health.
Having worked with various churches and civic organizations, Alan has over 20 years’ experience in one- on-one mentoring and classroom instruction. He also brings almost 30 years’ experience as a martial arts instructor to the table, having achieved his first black belt at the age of 16 and becoming recognized as a certified instructor just three years later. Alan’s background as a mentor, martial arts instructor, author, and trained storyteller makes his classroom teaching style dynamic and engaging.
Alan completed his degree in Electrical Engineering in 1990 and has worked in the computer technology and digital telecommunications fields for the past 25 years. For more details on Alan’s formal training and qualifications, please see his CV page.
Community Design Specialist, Permaculture Designer
As a father of five, Josh has been thinking about community design, educational systems, and regenerative culture for many years. He brings a deep set of questions into the Eldenbridge community’s discussion of how things like nature connection, Permaculture, health & nutrition, and community dynamics play into creating happy and healthy people.
Josh has his degree in Computer Engineering and is an expert in embedded system programming. He is the Eldenbridge Institute’s communications specialist, holding an Extra Class amateur radio operator license, and acts as the lead instructor on our communication technology classes.
Josh is a certified Permaculture Designer with interests in resilient technologies, hydrology, and soil biology.
Lead Chef, Permaculture Designer
Michael has run the kitchen for the Eldenbridge community since the first meetings and workshops began back in 2005. Since we emphasize the importance of properly prepared real food, the kitchen is often a fully integrated part of our teaching space during any class that focuses on health and nutrition.
Michael has also studied nutrition and herbal medicine for almost 10 years, and integrates this understanding into the dishes that come out of the kitchen.
In addition to having an engineering degree and running his own IT consulting business, Michael is also a certified Permaculture designer with a interest in earthworks and the repair of hydrological systems.