Shad Qudsi

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Shad Qudsi has almost 20 years experience in organic and commercial gardening and farming. He is certified in Permaculture Design and has over 10 years experience in holistic site development and homesteading. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a double major in Applied Mathematics and Psychology, Shad and his wife, Colleen, moved to Central America with only vague goals of farming at some point in the near future. In January of 2010, Shad and Colleen moved onto a very small piece of land located in the traditional Mayan village of Tzununa, which is on the north shore of Lake Atitlan, in Guatemala. They have since developed the land into a small but profitable farming enterprise focused on salad and cooking greens, eggs, poultry, goat dairy products, and agrotourism.  Shad is also a passionate facilitator, with over 5 years experience in leading groups and teaching permaculture. More recently, Shad co-founded the Bambu Guest House, which is an ecological retreat center that focuses on hosting groups and providing rich experiences in alternative living and regenerative design. When Shad is not hosting groups, butchering animals, or selling salads, he can often be found dancing in his garden or trading bitcoin and other crytpocurrencies.

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  • Colleen Donovan   August 31, 2017

      Knowledgeable and Passionate

    Shad not only has a wealth of knowledge to share with his students, but is driven by a true passion and belief in permaculture and holistic living. His course is inspirational and no one who takes it will ever look at the world in quite the same way again. Highly recommend

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