We believe developing RESILIENCE  is the key to a better tomorrow.

We offer integrated systems design and education based in permaculture for people of all ages throughout North America.

Earth Repair

Decades of poor management means that our soils, waterways, forests, and biodiversity are in critically failing conditions. By working with nature, you are repairing the Earth AND improving your health and wellbeing. 

Personal Wholeness

We can help you thrive in your home, your work, and your community. Through education, design, and mentoring, we empower you to develop high standards of self-care and contribution.

A Better Tomorrow

By helping you wisely invest your time, money, and energy into a life that works better for you; we're also improving life for future generations.

Sign up for our next permaculture talk

Secure your place in our free permaculture introduction and take your next steps toward resilience.

Next gathering: Thursday, January 25, 2024, 7-8 pm eastern


I'm  Rhonda Baird

I've been the lead at Sheltering Hills Design since 2006. It's been a wonderful way to keep learning about what is going on in the world, connecting to people, and exploring satisfying practices that enhance life. I love demystifying permaculture, helping people feel confident about taking action, and creating a better future for themselves and future generations. I have extensive experience with homesteading activities, homeschooling, and fiber arts. I'm passionate about ancestral skills, and I hold diplomas in Permaculture Education and Site Design from the Permaculture Institute of North America.

I also really enjoy working with groups and organizations to support organizational development. To that end, I offer consulting and facilitation. 

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Permaculture Design Client

Rhonda and the team helped us feel comfortable, confident, and excited about how we could use permaculture in our home!


Permaculture Design Client

My experience with the PDC was everything I'd wanted. When I compared it with my friend, who traveled out of the country for a residential PDC, I found I had more experience in my own region, more understanding of what to do next. Rhonda is doing exactly what she was put on the earth to do.