PINA Administrator 2012-2020
Administrator PINA Diploma Program Committee
Melanie Mindlin is a permculture teacher and designer in Southern Oregon, where she is a partner in Siskiyou Permaculture. Melanie has worked with permaculture design, home design, group facilitation, land use planning and intentional communities for many years.
She was the founder, designer and project manager of Ashland Cohousing Community, a community of 13 passive solar homes with a common house and community garden. She has been intimate with the process of creating community from the first discussion groups through completion of construction. She has been doing group facilitation and consensus process for over 30 years.
Melanie was the founding chair of the Board of Directors of Recode, an Oregon nonprofit working to legalize sustainability, founding member of Transition Town Ashland, and was on the Ashland Planning Commission from 2006-2019, serving multiple terms as chair.
Melanie has long held the ambition to build an ecovillage in the Pacific NW. Most recently, Melanie is working with Ecosystem Restoration Camps, bringing permaculture forest tending to Southern Oregon.