Jay Markert (“Jay Ma”)
Jay is the Founder and Director of programs at Living Mandala – and has co-produced or facilitated over 100 educational programs, conferences and community development projects for over 15 years with many different organizations, and has co-lead 10 Permaculture Design Courses. Jay is the director of Sustainability Education & Events at Empowerment Works – a global sustainability think tank in action dedicated to the advancement of whole-system, locally-led solutions for a thriving world. Jay is also the co-producer and production manager of the Building Resilient Communities Convergence, and was co-producer and production manager of The Global Summit IV: Women, Power, Money, & Politics in 2014.
Jay received his first Permaculture Design Certificate in 2001, received a B.S. through New College of California in Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Community with a concentration in Eco-Dwelling & Natural Building in 2005, and is a Master’s Candidate at Gaia University in Integrative Eco-Social Design. Jay is a two-time graduate of the pioneering two-year training intensive in Regenerative Design & Nature Awareness “(RDNA)” through the Regenerative Design Institute. Jay is also a fire walk instructor through Sundoor International, and is passionate about renewing Rites of Passage experiential programs for people of all ages. Jay is a skilled community organizer as well as an engaging educator passionate about sustainability, nature connection, social entrepreneurship, and creating a culture of human beings living harmoniously with each other and the environment. More information on Jay Ma can be found on his Linkedin Profile.