Ethan Roland

Ethan is a permaculture designer, teacher, and researcher based in the Hudson River Valley in New York, USA. He has studied and practiced regenerative design across the world, from the wild apple forests of Kazakhstan to the tropical ecosystems of Thailand. Currently, Ethan builds resilience for local and global communities through the design firms AppleSeed Permaculture and Terra Genesis International, and was recently hired to work for the Lush cosmetics SLush fund, which is used to start sustainable farming and community projects. Ethan also helps to organize the Northeastern Permaculture Network and serves on the boards of Permaculture Across Borders, the Apios Institute and the Mindful Living Initiative.

Prior to his enrollment in Gaia University, Ethan received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Haverford College and was the recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study the global diversity of apples and the Ariel G. Loewy Research Award for excellence in biochemistry.

The leading focus of Ethan’s Gaia University MSc degree work was collaboration – co-creative research, design, and implementation strategies for regenerating external/physical and internal/emotional landscapes. Since his graduation from Gaia University, Ethan has remained active as a collaborator both in his design and teaching work. Ethan often teams up to co-teach with world-renowned permaculture designers such as Geoff Lawton and Dave Jacke, and successfully organized the world’s first carbon farming intensive, Broadacre Permaculture & Holistic Management for Carbon Negative Agriculture, with fellow Gaia University graduate, Gregory Landua. You can read about Ethan’s research on carbon farming and ecosystem investing on his blog, Regenerative Designs.

Gaia U supports my work in the field of ecosocial regeneration through a dynamic mentoring system and a thriving global network. I have experienced nothing like it for collaborative learning, integrative design training, and the passionate deepening of our connection to natural systems and each other.

I love advising at Gaia University because I get to support the people behind the projects that are moving our world. Advising builds long-term mentoring relationships of mutual support and collaboration -- weaving together the fabric of a regenerative ecosocial culture.