Gregory Landua

Gregory is a permaculture educator, designer, documentarian, facilitator and ecosocial entrepreneur. Gregory was the lead coordinator for the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Tennessee in 2008 and 2009, where he helped to coordinate, develop and deliver solutions-oriented sustainability courses on a range of topics, including permaculture and green energy. More recently, Gregory has focused his energies on entrepreneurial activities. His beyond-fair-trade chocolate business, Booya Cacao, is a working part of Running Fox Farm, a start-up ecovillage in the Berkshires, Masachussetts, and provides an excellent example of functioning regenerative enterprise.

Gregory has practiced and taught permaculture from the Ecuadorian Highlands to Alaska. He works towards local and planetary regeneration through Terra Genesis International, the Financial Permaculture Institute, the Center for Holistic Ecology, Living Mandala and the Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute.

Prior to his enrollment in Gaia University, Gregory received a BSc in Environmental Science from Oregon State University, with minors in Spanish, terrestrial ecology and ethics. Before applying to Gaia University to gain skills in regenerative design he served as a translator for guides in the Amazon, studied marine ecology in the Galapagos Islands, and worked fighting wildfires and fishing for Salmon in the wilderness of Alaska.

Gregory's Gaia University post-graduate diploma was focused on organizational design, education and network building. He worked to build action learning models, activate the permaculture and ecovillage networks of the Pacific Northwest (USA), and design coherent structures for cooperation on a strategic level. After graduation, Gregory chaneled his organizational abilities towards creating a cooperative to run the Ecovillage Training Center and convene the 10th Bioregional Congress. Additionally he organized several cutting edge design courses, including the world’s first carbon farming intensive: Broadacre Permaculture and Holistic Management for Carbon Negative Agriculture, which was a collaborative effort with fellow Gaia U graduate, Ethan Roland.

You can read more about Gregory's work on his blog, Gaia Emerging, which explores regenerative solutions for the wellbeing of our planet.

Gaia University allowed me to learn at the speed of life. Engaging in action learning with the support of mentors and peers is a powerful way to gain skills and learn truly important lessons that cannot be taught in a classroom.

Gaia University is really a revolution disguised as a university. By working with other engaged individuals on projects of strategic importance to heal ecosystems and cultures, and sharing the learning, lessons, and best practices, Gaia U is creating regeneration, cooperation and empowerment on a global scale.

After attending a conventional college and obtaining a 4-year degree, I was barely ready to engage in the kind of learning and practice that Gaia University offers. Gaia U is not for everyone! You have to be self motivated, self aware, visionary and practical to succeed in the arduous task of engaging in strategic project work and documenting it for yourself and others. This is quite possibly the most challenging degree program you could ask for. Be prepared to grow to meet the challenge.

Gaia University has allowed me to craft a relationship of integrity with the world and with myself. Through my Gaia University learning pathway, I deepened my understanding and practice of permaculture, and began delving into the intricacies of regenerative education.I am now utilizing skills such as group facilitation, curriculum development, organizing and coordinating group projects. Thanks to Gaia University, all of my projects are firmly grounded in the ethics of permaculture, and the organizational designs and business plans that I am actively unfolding are designed to weave together into a seamless project for strategic ecosocial regeneration.