WEA Partners in Action
Graton Rancheria Territory
Occidental, California, USA
Affiliations & Roles
Permaculture Design Program Director, Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
Kendall Dunnigan is the Director of the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s Permaculture Program and co-teaches the Permaculture Design Certification courses with Brock Dolman. Her work focuses on facilitating collaborative ecological design processes with priority given to supporting economically and environmentally marginalized communities in the US, Latin America, and the Caribbean with a focus on indigenous communities, women’s leadership, and youth programs. Kendall is an ecologist and organizer with a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a master’s degree focused on participatory community design. She holds a California teaching credential and a diploma of permaculture from PINA. Kendall has taught sustainable design at Dominican University and New College of California and environmental education at Walker Creek Ranch and OceanSong. She lived in Mexico and Guatemala working with indigenous Mayan communities on sustainable agriculture. She is co-author of the book Growing Communities: How to Build Communities Through Community Gardening. She is currently writing a book about Resilient Community Design. She lives at OAEC with her partner, Dave Henson, her son, Kelsey, and their pet cuys and quail.