Delvin Solkinson is a community gardener, student and teacher from British Columbia, Canada. Collaborating with his wife Grace, a homesteader, herbalist and creative cook, he creates free learning and teaching tools, writes articles and makes videos.
Completing a PDC, Diploma and Masters Degree with Bill Mollison, Delvin has also done 13 advanced courses and 13 teacher trainings with Permaculture Pioneers across the planet like David Holmgren, Robin Clayfield, Geoff Lawton and Robyn Francis. Life long learning includes a PDC with Rosemary Morrow in Greece, with Toby Hemenway in Portland as well as a second Diploma through the Permaculture Institute.
Over five years he did an experimental Doctoral Degree with mentorship of Larry Santoyo. Serving as a Field Mentor through the Permaculture Institute, Diploma Tutor with Permaculture Association and an accredited teacher through the Permaculture Research Institute, Delvin continues to learn and to teach.
Extensive learning with Looby Macnamara included numerous courses and a third Diploma through Permaculture Association. They have co-facilitated the CEED course and currently co-facilitate a Group Diploma Adventure for people perusing Permaculture Design Diplomas.
Living and working at CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors for 3 years, after more than 10 years of seasonal volunteering was a life highlight. Delvin continues to work remotely for CoSM as part of the art ministry and runs the @visionary_permaculture program @ CoSM.
Currently Delvin serves as the Diploma Program Co-ordinator for the Permaculture Institute, supporting peoples learning journeys with permaculture. He pursues a Post-Doc in Permaculture Education through the Permaculture Academy along with Diploma Tutor training and Continuing Professional Development through the Permaculture Association.
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 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.