Hi, I am Jamie Self.  

Welcome to EcoCultural.net, the hub for my work in EcoCultural Stewardship!

I am a passionate teacher of ecological literacy and a leader in the vital arts of culturally inspired, ecologically-based stewardship of our local environments.

At the core of my work is an ethic of love and respect for the ecological fabric of life, an affinity for plants and plant-based resources, and a dedication to working compassionately with others to tend our home environments in increasingly good ways for the well being of all our our relations, and our children's children.

 

My primary services include: 

Ecological Consulting and Mentoring for clients through all forms of landscape relationship, development and maintenance;  

Environmental Design for new and existing land-use systems and sanctuaries;  

Stewardship Project Management for the coordination of people and resources in environmental enhancement, maintenance and planting establishment projects.

I specialize in plant identification, design, planning, planting and management of all kinds.

At this time I work primarily with private land owners and managers in West Sonoma County, CA. 

 

From intimate gardens to expansive grasslands, from orchards to food-forests and farms, from riparian corridors to oak savannas, from mixed evergreen woodlands to coniferous forests, I can help land owners and environmental stewards better understand the ecology of their place, and creatively design and manage for sustainable health, beauty, abundance, safety and economy.

 

I draw from over 25 years of experience in environmental studies and management; including botany, wildlife biology, ecology, restoration, ecological horticulture, Organic agriculture, arboriculture, landscape architecture and Permaculture Design.  From this background I can provide my clients with a wealth of perspective, tools and strategies to design and tend the life of their place in inspired ways that work with and honor nature.

 

Please reach me by phone or email to discuss how I may support you in growing your relationship with, and tending your beautiful part of the Earth.

Thanks and Blessings! 

 

 

 
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Jamie  Self

 

Ecological Consultant

Environmental Designer

Vegetation Specialist

Project Manager

Educator and Mentor

 

Credentials:

BA in Environmental Studies, Ecological Restoration and Organic Agriculture   University of California,     Santa Cruz

 

Certifications in:

Ecological Horticulture  Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems    

Permaculture Design            Jeff Lawton Online and the Permaculture Institute of Australia

Clinical Ayurveda                 The dhyana Center

 

 

 

 

~ Contact me ~

 

Phone

(831) 420 7084

 

EMAIL

jmeself@gmail.com

 

Location

Sebastopol, CA

 

Hours

M-F 9am-5pm
 

 

 

Check out these exemplary sites at which I have studied and worked:

The Esalen Institute

The Center for Agro Ecology and Sustainable Food Systems

The University of California, Santa Cruz

Environmental Design

 
 

Environmental Design concerns all aspects of interacting with the balance of nature around our homes, farms, businesses and community with awareness and intention.  

I draw upon Ecological principles and Permaculture Design methods to help organize and illustrate the potential of a property owner's vision with respect for the nature of their land.

As needed, I will produce simple, functional maps and illustrations to aid in land use planning to address wild vegetation management, productive garden and orchard design, perennial plant placement, tree care, access, water stewardship and irrigation, light and view shed management, wind mitigation, fire safety, native habitat conservation, animals inclusion, invasive species management, sanctuary making, and more.  

 

 

Stewardship Management

 

Sustainable landscape design, establishment and management depend on both a sound ecological basis and cultural values.  With years of experience doing and leading the work of landscape and vegetation management, and witnessing our scientific understandings and technologies evolve, I have found that our culture of relating to environmental management itself requires stewardship as well as the land.  Many of us are endowed with the ability to handle tools, but what is of deep importance is how we use our tools to affect the world.  And when.  Tending life is an art that benefits greatly from knowing life intimately.  I have come to appreciate the perspective on our collective relationship with altering landscapes as a deeply cultural act of influencing ecological balance, which I refer to collectively as EcoCultural Stewardship.  We can influence what species survive and thrive, including the establishment and abundance of culturally significant food and medicine, and other functioning plants.  Our actions can degrade or enhance habitat for native species, and likewise degrade or enhance the productivity of our home environments for our families and future generations.

I can provide the ecologically-based guidance and ethical leadership in stewardship management, coordinating with other professionals for defining and creating landscapes that reflect a harmony of the land manager's intentions of productivity, and conservation, order, economy and functional wildness.