We work with creative and collaborative processes to facilitate learning and systems change. We work with individuals, families, organizations, and coalitions. Our methods are based on ecological principles and systems thinking. We operate from an ethical framework informed by permaculture that holds care for Earth, care of people, sharing of surpluses and awareness of limitation are equally important.
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Rachel Lyn Rumson, Activator & Arranger
As a network weaver, Rachel Lyn is action-oriented. She practices network facilitation and coordinates ‘self-organized’ projects including gathering events and conferences. Rachel Lyn currently co-creates the Cooperative Design Lab program, a one-of-a-kind leadership development course for community organizers based on social permaculture.
She also practices permaculture design on a limited basis out of at George Perley House B&B in Gray Maine, where her family are innkeepers and part-time homesteaders. She also serves on her local planning board.
Rachel Lyn embraces the complexity of each project and works to maximize the goals of her clients. She uses high-engagement, participatory methods as vital components of each project. She brings twenty years of experience facilitating and educating people with a systems thinking perspective.
Rachel Lyn received her Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) and Advanced PDC with Lisa Fernandes before joining The Resilience Hub in Portland Maine. There she helped grow the organization and worked in the roles of educator, facilitator and designer. While at the Resilience Hub, she co-led many community-scale and regional projects including The New England Transition Gathering, Portland Tool Library, Greater Portland Community Land Trust, The Art of Participatory Leadership Training, a Northeast Permaculture Convergence, an The Omega Institute Permaculture Retreat. Prior to studying permaculture, Rachel Lyn was faculty at Kaplan University, teaching sociology and psychology, and personal development courses. She was also a trainer with Maine General, a serial entrepreneur and freelance business coach over the years while raising a young child.
Rachel Lyn earned a masters in Applied Behavioral Science with a focus on Leadership and Organizational Development from Bastyr University in 2008. Her thesis titled Regenerative Change: Core Values Work in a Childcare cooperative is about building resilience through engagement and participation, and intervening in a system wisely.
While in Seattle for schooling, Rachel Lyn served on the board pf directors for the Pacific Northwest Organizational Development Network. In the role of Program Director, she produced relevant monthly events for the association, served on the national OD Network Conference Committee, and conducted a collaborative research project on dialogue for the national event. Also while in the Northwest, she worked with mentors in the Community Consulting Partnership consulting area non-profits, and founded the Community Conversation Project with colleagues in response economic collapse of 2007.