Our Team

Our group-facilitators embody a diversity of backgrounds, experience and skill-sets, and have utilized the principles of Permaculture to design this 16-day adventure into the heart of the Himalayas, and the Human Experience held therein.

Buddhi Ratna Sherchan


Known by many in Nepal and worldwide as “Apple Father”, or “Nepali Jonny Appleseed”, B.R. Sherchan, Chief Horticulturist, was the first to introduce apples, walnuts, and many other important foods to Nepal and founded the Horticulture Research Center in Marpha, Nepal. Now an advisor at the Shree Jana Adarsh School in Kobang, he is well loved and respected as a teacher, mentor, father,and friend. Having lived in this region for his entire life, his guidance is invaluable. “To serve man is to serve God. Humanity is my religion.”

Find out more about B.R. Sherchan Here

                                              Brandon Bodhi Denton

BodhiPortraitFarmReducedBotanist, Permaculture Designer, and teacher, Brandon Bodhi Denton has traveled extensively in Asia and Latin America practicing and teaching Permaculture design and building community. He taught Organic Gardening and Yoga at a high school in central Texas before founding the PermaculTourism Initiative.  His mission in creating this project was to bring together the essential nature of human beings from different cultures, for the benefit of the Earth and all of Life. He is now continuing to lead Permaculture Adventures, teach Permaculture Design Courses and do Permaculture Consultation work in various parts of the world.

Bhupen Pun

Bhupen1Bhupen Pun is native to Nepal, and lives in Tatopani, Myagdi, Nepal, where he has created a Permaculture farm. A recent Permaculture Design Course graduate with a passion for the natural world, and a sincere dedication to humanity, he is setting a profound example of regenerative livelihood in the Himalayas of Nepal. His family’s farm is one of the major host sites for the PermaculTourism Initiative’s service-learning adventure.

Michael Smith

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Before his deep involvement in student travel to Nepal, India, and Tibet began in 2003, Michael was a trekking guide for the Boy Scouts in the mountains of New Mexico.  He was a Fulbright scholar to Nepal in 2006-07, completed Masters in International Social Work and Public Health in 2010, and served as a founding board member of the New Orleans Food Cooperative from 2008-2012.  He has since organized and taught courses in social activism, religion, and culture for Tulane University, Loyola University, and Centenary College abroad programs in India.  His passions include language study, trekking, gardening, and cooking, which he hopes to continue to share with others as often as possible.

Brian Lev Friedman

IMG_3103Brian Lev Freedman is first and foremost a student of life. Some of the hats he wears are those of a humanitarian, entrepreneur, musician, health enthusiast, and youth mentor. He has worked with the Amala Foundation for more than 8 years and is the co-founder of the Bhatti Mines school partnership in India where he nows helps to facilitate a yearly yoga and service retreat. Lev has studied Permaculture in Austin, Tx and Asheville, NC. He is dedicated to helping humans find a more fulfilling and balanced way of living on and with the planet.