The beginning

Cathrine took an interest in permaculture for the first time in South Africa in 2000 while working with Zulu farmers, and has studied and applied permaculture principles in her later work in Nepal and Vietnam. She worked with an international NGO to set up natural resource management systems and education in Nepal. In Vietnam, Cathrine worked to set up a network for poverty reduction in the Mekong Delta. She later worked at the Danish Embassy in Hanoi as a counselor for agriculture and rural development. She has also worked as a consultant evaluating and documenting rural development projects including permaculture projects and Farmer Field Schools.

Cathrine holds an MS in Geography with specialisation in Natural Resource Management in developing countries.

Permaculture education

In 2010 Cathrine participated in the Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at Rainbow Valley Farm in New Zealand with Darren Doherty as her main teacher.

Cathrine attended the Permaculture Educators' Course (PEC) at Friland in autumn 2010 and has since co-taught the PEC five times with Andy Goldring. She started teaching permaculture introduction courses and on PDCs in 2011.

Cathrine accredited to diploma holder in the English system in November 2014 and is a trained diploma tutor. She is also a certified educator.  

Permaculture Organisations

Cathrine joined the board of trustees for the Danish Permaculture Association in 2012 and is an active agent for permaculture in Denmark and Europe. She set up the Danish LAND project (Learning and Network Demonstration project) in late 2013 and facilitates workshops and meetings.

Cathrine was the national coordinator for the EU funded European Permaculture Teachers' Partnership (EPT) through two years and she keeps editing the European wide EPT Newsletter. She devises and manages the Erasmus+ mobilities. She is affiliated with the Permaculture College of Europe and a volunteer in the Communications group for the International Permaculture Convergence – IPCUK – in September 2015.