Lisa Taranto

About The Teacher

Lisa Taranto 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. Currently she is the Head Gardener at Menla Mountain Retreat in the Catskills.

As a practicing artist, Ms. Taranto 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.

Ms. Taranto is a lifelong learner who relishes taking risks and pursuing new projects and ideas with other curious souls who seek to engage with nature, make creative use of available resources, and embrace change.


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