WHO WE ARE
Our education programs are delivered by a dedicated team of master practitioners including co-founding and early members of Regenesis Group, who have co-developed and extensively field-tested the Regenerative Development practice methodology together over 25+ years.
Core Faculty | Paonia, Colorado, United States
Joel Glanzberg is a founding member of Regenesis who has contributed over 30 years’ experience as an applied naturalist to land and community development projects throughout North America. Through assessing, understanding, and communicating the patterns present in natural systems, Joel helps clients and communities identify principles for regenerating the places they inhabit.
As a resource to regenerative development, Joel has worked for clients including communities, universities, government agencies, and private developers. He is core faculty at the Regenesis Institute, delivering The Regenerative Practitioner and Regenesis School courses to students worldwide. He is an active author and educator in permaculture and ecological design.
Core Faculty | Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States and Berlin, Germany
Ben is a core faculty member at Regenesis Institute and a co-founder at Regenesis Group, where he has worked on a diverse range of regenerative development and planning projects and delivers educational programs to a global network of practitioners. He is the co-author of the books Regenerative Development: A Framework for Evolving Sustainability (with Pamela Mang) and Indirect Work: A Regenerative Change Theory for Businesses, Communities, Institutions and Humans (with Carol Sanford). Ben specializes in a holistic, systems-based approach to understanding and building upon the complex human, natural and economic relationships that create and sustain the vitality and viability of a place. Ben splits his time between Santa Fe, New Mexico (O’gah’pohgeh Owingeh, the unceded ancestral lands of the Tewa people) and Berlin, Germany.
Core Faculty | Ojai, California, United States
Nicholas Mang is a principal at Regenesis Group and core faculty member at Regenesis Institute, where he has co-developed and taught developmental education programs for practitioners around the world. As a practitioner, Nicholas’s work has its roots is in community planning and organizing with a focus on urban regeneration work, developing leveraged intervention processes for reigniting community involvement in the stewardship of place.
Nicholas’s educational background includes masters and doctoral level work in cross-cultural studies, living systems thinking, social transformation theory, ecopsychology (the bridge between psyche and ecological place), and spiritual psychology.
Core Faculty and Director of Education | Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Pamela is a founding member of Regenesis Group and Regenesis Institute for Regenerative Practice, where she has worked with project development teams and community groups to build critical systems thinking skills and holistic planning processes and designs that can address complex systems problems and opportunities. She has taught The Regenerative Practitioner series since its inception in 2013, and is the co-author of the book Regenerative Development and Design: A Framework for Evolving Sustainability, published in 2016.
Pamela’s work draws on four decades’ worth of experience in managerial and consulting capacities in both the public and private sector. Her experience includes community development, leadership and team development, design and implementation of effective meeting processes, strategic and operational planning, marketing and public relations, and community and cross-cultural relations in government, non-profit and corporate settings.
Core Faculty | Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Bill Reed is an internationally recognized proponent and practitioner of regenerative development and integrative design. He has been a founding board member of the USGBC, a co-founder of LEED and a thought leader in the sustainability movement over the past three decades. He is a principal at Regenesis and has been a lead faculty member at the Institute, delivering The Regenerative Practitioner series since its inception in 2013.
Bill has consulted on over two hundred projects across six continents. He is the author of the book The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building: Redefining The Practice of Sustainability as well as dozens of articles and papers on integrative design and regenerative development, and has delivered keynote addresses and workshops at hundreds of conferences throughout the world.
Core Faculty | Pasadena, California, United States
Beatrice Ungard, Ph.D., is a core faculty member at Regenesis Institute and the founder of Soma Integral, a practice that offers regenerative business development services to both for-profit and non-profit organizations across diverse sectors. Beatrice brings 20+ years of strategic thinking and management experience, including a deep expertise in living systems approaches to organizational change, strategic management, and leadership capacity development.
Beatrice has taught strategic management and systems thinking for diverse MBA programs in the United States. She is a core faculty member at the Regenesis Institute. She holds a master of science and a doctorate from the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, USA and a diploma of architecture from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She lives near Los Angeles, California.
Executive Director | Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Shannon has been an early member of Regenesis since 2006, and has stewarded the development of the organization from our early years pioneering the methodology of regenerative practice, through the development of our earliest education programs beginning with The Regenerative Practitioner in 2013, to the development of the nonprofit Regenesis Institute as a new organization dedicated to furthering the mission of growing the field of regenerative practice in communities around the globe. With a diverse background in business management, community organizing, grassroots art and environmental education, Shannon brings a multidisciplinary approach to her work at the Institute, and contines to steward the evolution of our programming as the field of regenerative practice grows and gains traction around the world.
Director of Community Engagement & Education Programs | Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Avery is an interdisciplinary regenerative land stewardship practitioner, educator, and advocate. For the last 15 years she has studied, applied, researched, and educated on land regeneration, permaculture, agroecology, and ecological design across a variety of projects, including overseeing land stewardship research for academic institutions, designing small-scale regenerative farms, leading science-based educational programs on these and related topics, and more. She has a B.S. in Natural Resource Management and Forestry, two minors in Sustainable Environmental Design and City & Regional Planning, and a certificate in urban agroecology research, all from UC Berkeley. She has worked across a diversity of organizations at the nexus of regeneration and science, including at the University of California’s Natural Reserve System, where she previously served as the assistant director of a 6,000 acre reserve. She has worked for the Institute since 2020 and serves as the Director of Community Engagement and Education Programs.
Faculty | Mankato, Minnesota, United States
Katie was born in a river gorge and grew up in a river valley. She has been journeying for the last 20+ years trying to understand what it takes to support the vitality, viability and evolution of collective well-being for people and planet; learning this is an ongoing, lifelong practice. She’s worked with nonprofit, business, and government sectors to help build transformative collaborations that foster the conditions needed to develop and support regenerative ways of thinking, being and doing together. She works in and with community to evolve ourselves and the places we call home to be more caring, equitable, just and regenerative. She’s also a mother, life partner, PhD student, qualitative researcher, regenerative evaluator, and community-engager in her full-time role working for the State of Minnesota as well as in deep partnership and relationship with the communities that call this place home.
Nuno da Silva
Faculty | Lisbon, Portugal
Nuno da Silva is highly committed, caring and enthusiastic about being a resource to people and organisations in supporting the development of their capability to move towards economies in service of “wellth” (well being and health). Nuno has extensive experience in designing and hosting engaging, participatory processes, both locally (with communities of place) and trans-locally (with communities of practice). He has worked with various national, international and intergovernmental entities in a diversity of fields ranging from youth development, adult education, organisational development and in living systems approaches to harmonize human activities with ecosystems. Nuno has been a faculty member for The Regenerative Practitioner Series since 2021 while also supporting the development of communities of practitioners across Europe. He is a co-founder of LÚCIDA – Regenerative Thinking for Clear Actions, a collective of professionals in Portugal supporting people, organisations and institutions in their development towards regenerative approaches.
Faculty | Melbourne, Australia
Drika Horton is a living systems artist, mother and educator with a background in fine arts/sculpture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, permaculture and the healing arts. She is a host and faculty member for Australia’s The Regenerative Practitioner Series, nested on the traditional lands of the Boonwurrung people. Drika’s visual arts practice transitioned early on from art-making to designing for Life. For the past two decades, she has focussed on creating the energetic conditions for Life to heal itself; exploring birth and earth-based practices, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and working nodally to address socio-ecological issues.
Learning from the wisdom of Aboriginal Australia, her relationship with Country, her own woven ancestry and her young children continue to be Drika’s greatest teachers for how to be a human being in reciprocity with the nested systems, essence and spirit of place. As a designer and resource through regenerative development practices and technologies, Drika is in service to helping unveil authentic expression and perceive greater sources of healing for individuals, communities, their places and projects.
Faculty | Sacramento, California, United States
Chris Lopez is a father, educator, practitioner of “old way” skills, and contributing faculty member at Regenesis. One track of his path has led to the field of psychology and education, where he worked as an educator for both typically developing and neurodiverse youth for over a decade. The other track has led to the field of ecological design and research, where he worked as a permaculture designer, water harvester, restoration artist, and educator.
Chris has since returned to the field of education, and his work today is sourced by the premise that when humans lose conscious connectivity and visceral intimacy with their places, “right relationship” with that context becomes compromised and all suffer. Chris helps his students lend the world their admiration by reconnecting with place viscerally through various “old way” and applied naturalist skills. He is always humbled when he watches students learn just as much about themselves, standing in their own tracks, as they do those they learn to follow across the landscape.
Faculty | Christchurch, Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Lucy-Mary is nested within the Ōpawaho Heathcote river catchment, known as South Christchurch (South Island, Aotearoa/New Zealand), where she lives with her partner Michael. She acknowledges the kaitiaki (indigenous custodians of this land) Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Māmoe, and Waitaha.
Previously a child and adolescent therapist, she now works as a developmental facilitator, supporting turning-point moments for community groups and organisations aspiring to create regenerative impact. She has worked with the likes of Greenpeace, Callaghan Innovation, For The Love of Bees, and many others. She is also faculty and local host for Aotearoa cohorts of The Regenerative Practitioner Series. She continues to draw on her therapeutic skills, arts background, Celtic ancestry, and the mentorship of the late Caroline Robinson (regenerative pioneer in Aotearoa) to create meaningful co-creation towards co-evolution and oranga (wellbeing).
Faculty | Columbia, Pennsylvania, United States
Marcus Sheffer promotes the application of a living systems, regenerative approach to projects and organizations. After 12 years at the Pennsylvania Energy Office, he founded Energy Opportunities in 1993 to provide technical consulting on building energy issues, renewable energy systems, and the environmental impacts of human activities. Marcus is also a partner in 7group, a multi-disciplinary team of professionals developing the capacity of projects and organizations to affect how humans regenerate life through building. Marcus is a LEED Fellow, LEED Project Reviewer, Living Future Accredited Professional, and faculty for The Regenerative Practitioner Series. He co-authored The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building (published by Wiley in 2009) and The Pennsylvania Solar Manual (published by the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection in 2006). Sheffer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a Master of Science degree in Public Administration.
Faculty | Yaegl Country, Australia
Alana is a Meriam woman motivated to be a conscious link in the chain of humanity. She is humbled to contribute to relational equity for regeneration in Australia, the Deep Pacific and further afield. It’s her personal, contemporary expression of the thousands of years of stewardship from Australia’s Traditional Custodians, which continues today and into the future.
Moving with biorhythms, Alana’s offerings are RAW (Regen, alalouie, and Wayapa). Self, co- and eco-regulation, as a nested observer, enliven Alana’s becoming. She is happily honing herself vertically, horizontally and diagonally to be that sound, peaceful and evolving link within our species.
Faculty | Lisbon, Portugal
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Faculty | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Faculty | Alice Springs, Australia
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