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.”
“Going to Menla is like dropping out of time. The physical beauty and stillness of the place is unique. The accommodations are just right – comfortable but not ostentatious. The food is amazing and clearly made with attention and love. Thank you!”
“A place of exceptional beauty. A retreat center surrounded by nature, silence and beauty.”