We are now in the fourth season of full-blown permablitz activity here in the Portland Maine area.
Started in Australia, permablitzes are essentially the mother of all work parties, permaculture-style. With permablitz events we tap into our own local “barn raising” ethos to help each other install edible landscapes, renewable energy, water collection systems and more all in one day.
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Permablitz Coordinator – Heather Foran
Since she was 13 years old, Heather has been balancing a love of travel with a passion for home in Maine. Her exploration of economic, social, and environmental justice has led her to travel both personally and professionally around the world. Her education has included a B.A. In Religious Studies and Neuroscience from Williams College in 2004 and she is currently a candidate for a Master’s in Environmental Studies with a focus in Systems Thinking from Prescott College. Additionally, she has spent time living with indigenous and faith communities in the United States, Central and South America and has repeatedly sought ways to bridge the education she has received while traveling with academic settings.
Heather earned her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2009, and worked as the Education Coordinator and Summer Camp Director at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, an educational farm in Freeport, Maine. She oversaw a program that served over 15,000 people in the course of a year, and directed a summer camp staff of 10 counselors and 20 junior counselors. In addition, she managed and cared for the farm’s full barnyard and initiated a permaculture design process at the farm.
Heather is the co-founder and Program Director of the Field Academy – an academic traveling high school program that brings together diverse groups of students to explore the United States. Previously, she was the Academic Program Director for the Traveling School, a study-abroad semester program for high school girls. She has led over 100 students in 12 different countries around the world and designed experiential and place-based curricula around the United States and internationally.
In addition, Heather has an extensive facilitation and peer counseling background. She is currently the youngest corporate coach for Coverdale, Inc and is a certified Myers-Briggs practitioner. Heather is a Wilderness First Responder and has taught classes in outdoor skills and adventure, leadership, group dynamics, canoeing, and kayaking. She has led whitewater canoeing, backpacking, and mountain biking wilderness trips throughout New England as well as internationally. When not trying to figure out how permaculture and travel-based education fit together, Heather loves playing Ultimate Frisbee, cross country skiing next to the ocean, cooking good food with friends, dancing to 80’s music, and finding new rope swings.