What I Teach
“It was truly amazing to see some of the more withdrawn and resistant participants in her leadership workshop soften. open up and share some very personal details as Didi established that this was clearly a safe and nurturing container for sharing. What a delight to see someone so talented at work, and to be able to observe such amazing personal transformations right before my eyes. “
"I thought that the workshop that Didi facilitated this weekend with Walter Jehne was stellar. I count it as one of the best educational experiences of my life. The intimacy and community-building of the three days at Lake Morey Inn was a significant part of the experience."
"HEART [Health, Empowerment, and Resiliency Training] taught me to become a whole person. The class helped me take pause to discover my own internal strength, embrace resiliency, empower a trust in myself, and gain tools to keep my body and mind healthy. It also gave me a sense of community to not feel alone in our shared journey of becoming a whole person."
Online courses through The Land & Leadership Initiative.
Currently I'm teaching a variety of courses about the soil sponge and issues of drought and flooding through my online school, The Land and Leadership Initiative.
I travel widely and am happy to do...
- book readings
- public speaking engagements
To schedule an interview or event, please get in touch with me directly through the Contact page.
I have several goals in my current work: one is to get people thinking about and exploring, in hands-on ways, how soil microorganisms, plants, our personal microbiomes, and other biological workers can restore health to our inner and outer landscapes. Another is helping current and emerging leaders get the support they need to be truly effective.
My classes and workshops take several forms:
- Introductory talks and presentations where attendees can get a glimpse of what is possible.
- One to two-day classes and workshops where we dig in to a specific topic in more depth.
- In-depth, multi-day workshops, retreats, and ongoing groups.
In all three formats, I facilitate in ways that build community as we work together.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or to begin a conversation about working together.
To view some of my teaching in action, check out these videos.
Some of my usual topics:
- Microorganisms, Unseen Workers of the World
- Healing Generation RX: Supporting Our Young People Without Psychiatric Drugs
- The Commons of Care: A New Paradigm for Human Health (and Agriculture)
- Climate, Water, Soil and Hope: A Whole Systems Approach to Thinking about How Landscapes Function
- Writing for Social Change: Using Your Personal Story to Shift the Social Narrative
- Are We In Charge of the Rain? Reversing Drought, and Naturally Cooling and Rehydrating our Landscapes
- Resilient Leadership: Creating Networks of Support in Challenging Times
- Land Listeners Training Program
- The Ecology of Care: Shifting from a Sterile to a Fertile Paradigm
- Soil Health as Public Health
For more detailed information about these topics, my teaching experience, and typical fees, download the PDFs below:
If you're interested in hosting or developing a class, contact me.
This past weekend I attended an intensive soil carbon monitoring workshop put on by Didi Pershouse and Peter Donovan of the Soil Carbon Coalition. I felt as though those of us who attended were a part of something that will make a huge impact on the livability of our climate as we experience more drought, floods and other environmental disasters (not to mention actually capturing carbon from the air to produce healthy, fertile soil!). I am filled with more hope than I have been in years. I am also inspired by our group of varying backgrounds, interests and ages, and am looking forward to seeing what happens next.
“You really opened my eyes to new perspective. I've always been interested in the environment and been an avid outdoor enthusiast throughout high school and have been pondering over possibilities for my future. The short time you were able to teach for us has played a part in guiding me toward a career path and given me the spark to do some research on my own. These things have really helped solidify the path I plan on taking, hopefully into an environmental or conservation career/life."