Chuck’s CV

Chuck Estin

Curricula Vitae


Principal Teacher at Lokahi Community and Founder of Kumu Aina School
Kipahulu Valley, Maui, HI
Lead member of an off-grid, permaculture community on 7 acres, supervising apprentices for the production vegetable garden, food forest, and continued sustainable project development. Designing and implementing a unique “landed”, Permaculture Diploma School, Kumu Aina.

Farmer One Song Farm
Kilauea, Kauai, HI
Farmed and supervised apprentices on seven-acre permaculture farm, which included growing, marketing and selling produce from a market garden and food forest. Designed and built the infrastructure, buildings, earthworks and plantings for the farm and its community of six. Consulted as farm designer in the larger Kauai community.

 2007 - 2012
Permaculture designer/teacher at Bios Design, Bainbridge Island, WA
Founded a Permaculture Design consultancy, established a permaculture demonstration farm with apprentices. Residential edible landscape and farm design/installation, perennial nursery, taught Permaculture design workshops and courses. Co-founder of the Cascadia Permaculture Institute.

2005 - 2007 

Executive Director, The Wilder Institute, Port Townsend, WA
Co-developed The Wilder Institute, supervised interns, managed a perennial nursery, taught Permaculture design workshops and courses. Permaculture design consulting practice.

2004 — - 2005
Educational Consultant, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Bainbridge Island WA 
Consulted with MBA program for Sustainable Business for their accreditation process. Developed graduation competencies and assessments with stakeholder input. Worked with the academic faculty to integrate competencies into their coursework. Took coursework for Sustainable Business Certificate

2001 - 2004

School Consultant Small Schools Coaches Collaborative, Seattle, WA
Educational reform consultant to schools funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Consulted to assist schools to develop and implement restructuring. Coached principals and teachers for whole systems organizational change. Received extensive professional development in building professional learning communities.

High School Teacher and assistant administrator, Washington public schools
Conventional and alternative science teacher, integrated experiential, gardening and systems theory into science curriculum. Advisor. Facilitator for consensus-based decision-making (student and staff) committees which governed school.

Research Director, Bartels Diagnostics, Division of Baxter Healthcare, Bellevue, WA
Headed Immunodiagnostics Lab
To develop immune-detection tumor antigen kits.

Project Director, Oncogen Labs, Seattle, WA
Molecular biologist and immunologist for research team developing recombinant tumor immunotherapy vaccine.

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Immunology, University of California, Davis, CA
Immunology research fellow on synthetic peptide antigen recognition.


2004–– 2005
Bainbridge Gradate Institute, Bainbridge Island, WA
Sustainable Business Certificate Program
Seattle University, Seattle, WA
Education Administration Principal Credential
University of California Davis, School of Medicine, Davis, CA
Dept. of Immunology
Postdoctoral Fellowship

University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO
Dept. of Pharmacology - Developmental neurobiology
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Dept. of Biology - Biological coursework
Assistant wrestling coach

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Dept. of Earth Sciences
B.A. and Teaching Credential
Varsity wrestling captain

Boulder Valley School District
K-12 schooling


* permaculture farming: tropical and temperate, organic, biodynamic, Korean Natural Farming, JADAM, fruit, nurseries, livestock, VAC, fermentation, enology, pest management, soils, water, earthworks, solar, mycology.
*  people skills: mentoring, mediation, counseling, personal coaching, communications, team-building, group process, consensus building.
*  communication :writing and verbal. conversant in German and Spanish.
* leadership:, management, supervision and administration.
* organizational development consulting: workshop facilitation, whole systems design, professional development, strategic planning, futures scenarios.
*  alternative economics: local currencies, local living economies, sustainable business management, cooperatives
*  technology: computer literate, appropriate technologies.

*  construction: conventional carpentry and natural building. Heavy machinery.

*  education: k-12 through college teaching, administration, literacy, curriculum design, educational reform , professional development.
* grantsmanship: fund-raising and grant writing.

Raised in Boulder, I spent much of my adult life in the Pacific NW. Originally a research scientist, then a teacher and educational consultant, I am now a permaculture designer and teacher living communally in Maui. Journeying through these diverse careers has influenced me to be a life-long learner. These occupations have helped me to integrate diverse perspectives into my current whole-systems world view. As a scientist I learned to objectively analyze and organize observations. As a teacher, I learned ways to motivate people to learn. I discovered the same principles that govern Nature’s systems, can be applied to design and improve the health of any social system - be it a student, community or a business. As a mentor, I pose the questions: “Who am I?; What do I want?; How do I get there?”. As I’ve asked those questions of myself over the past ten years, I came to my current vision: a Permaculture School for helping others develop purposeful skills, find their soul’s purpose, and manifest right livelihood. I’m designing and co-creating this vision with best practices in permaculture design. This feels to me to be my soul’s purpose, and fulfills my passion for helping to make the world a better place.