DELVIN grew up in the Elphinstone Rainforest of British Columbia before bringing nature education into the local elementary school system and setting up a series of community gardens. He has designed the Heart Gardens, a social permaculture demonstration site specializing in plants with a history of use by the Coastal First Peoples, located in a tiny village next to the Pacific.
He has completed a PDC, Diploma and Masters Degree with Bill Mollison and done advanced teacher trainings with Rosemary Morrow, Toby Hemenway, Larry Santoyo, Looby Macnamara, David Holmgren, Geoff Lawton, Patricia Michael, Robyn Francis, the Bullock Brothers, Tom Ward, Jude Hobbs, Scott Pittman, Michael Becker, Robin Wheeler, Robina McCurdy, Starhawk, Robina McCurdy and Robin Clayfield. He is an accredited teacher through the Permaculture Research Institute (Australia), Permaculture Academy (UK) and a Field Mentor through the Permaculture Institute (USA). Recently he completed a PDC in Portland with Toby Hemenway, one in Greece with Rosemary Morrow and a second Diploma through the Permaculture Institute.
Currently he is doing graduate work under the mentorship of Larry Santoyo and Looby Macnamara. Creating curriculum, making media and crafting free, open source learning and teaching tools has been focus of his current Doctoral Degree in permaculture education.
Delvin lives and works at CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors serving on the Art Ministry. He helps project many many creative initiatives including working as senior managing editor of CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture. Here he runs the visionary permaculture program with his dear wife Grace Solkinson. Together they create free learning tools, books, cards, games, videos, podcasts and articles to share permaculture freely in a uniquely creative way.
GRACE was raised on a small family farm nestled on the edge of the woods in the wilds of Washington state. During her formative years she developed a keen love of nature and an appreciation for its many uses in everyday life. She has spent many years studying plant medicine and natural skincare while developing and selling a skincare line. For the past decade she has expanded her study of herbalism, and has studied with plant medicine maestras Susun Weed and Dina Falconi. Her study of permaculture has had a broad scope and includes courses in the USA, Canada and the UK. Grace’s passion and focus is on practical everyday uses of plant medicine to enrich daily diet and health routines. She loves all animals and has a lifetime of experience of animal husbandry with a focus on heritage breeds.
Grace is employed full time at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors where she helps make and market products and serves as the wedding co-ordinator. She also has an artful custom jewelry business of her own where she is able to play with the alchemy of stones and metal, specializing in engagement and wedding rings, geek jewelry and custom rings for all occasions.
Her chapters in the Permaculture Design Book on Animal Husbandry, Fermentation and Food Preservation reflect her role leading medicine making, food preservation and homesteading skills units in the Visionary Permaculture Design Certificate Program and many classes, courses and intro days that she co-facilitates with her husband Delvin Solkinson.