Dylan Ryals-Hamilton practices and teaches Permaculture and sustainable design in Asheville, NC and throughout the southeast U.S. He has been an active member of Transition Asheville (TA) since the initiating group phase in early 2010, co-founding the TA Food Network in January 2011. Since then he has helped to forge important alliances and coalitions with nonprofits and grassroots organizations doing transition-related work throughout the French Broad river watershed, Katuah bioregion and beyond. He is the co-founder of the Permaculture In Action education model, a class format with a focus in hands-on practical implementation of sustainable land use and design. Working in the field of “Social Permaculture”, he has extensive training in group process and Dynamic Self Governance (aka Sociocracy) and Compassionate Communication (or Nonviolent Communication), and generally spends his free time exploring ways to apply permaculture principles to cultural repair and community collaboration. Dylan runs an ongoing apprenticeship program, wherein participants learn skills in Earth-based living, Transition, and community organizing. He is a member of the Asheville Food Policy Council, Buncombe County Fruits and Nuts Club, and has helped to initiate and organize several community gardens as well as edible plantings in public spaces. He is a co-founder of the Southeast Permaculture Trade Association, a professionals’ guild (forming in 2012) with an emphasis on collaboration, education, and public outreach. He is the current editor of Transition Asheville’s e-newsletter and manages the TA website. He is leading efforts to strengthen collaboration between Transition efforts throughout the region. He holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Ashevillage Institute, a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University, and many invaluable experiences from the school of trial and error.