Lisa has a background in architecture, but went rogue after realizing that she needed a physically engaged life to feel like a whole human. She has been practicing and implementing the design of buildings, urban agriculture, robust gardens, and ecological restoration systems for over 25 years. She specializes in ecological design and permaculture, using environmentally sound design systems that emulates the stability, diversity, efficiency, and resilience found in nature. She has been the Head Horticulturalist at Menla for four years. As a practicing artist, Lisa works in several different media, including watercolor and ceramics, and completed an artist residency at the prestigious Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, a program that fosters creative and intellectual growth for emerging and established visual artists. Her artwork complements her studies of a greener, healthier world and regenerative design.
“You have to experience it to believe the kindness & caring concern shown, not to mention mind-blowing teachings.”
“Beautiful land, wonderful staff, awesome food…and plenty of it! The staff takes care of your every need. It’s a wonderful place to center and rejuvenate away from the hustle and bustle. I love this place!”
“Menla is an oasis of tranquility amidst vast natural forest preserves… The area holds a very special aura and energy which you can’t help but be affected by…”