We are family

Rhonda Baird

Owner, Lead Design and Education

Maya Baird

Design, Facilitation

Corbin Baird

Design, Logistics

About us

While we enjoy collaborating with teachers, designers, and organizers from many fields, our business is a family-run affair. Rhonda Baird began Sheltering Hills Design, LLC shortly after taking her permaculture design course in 2005. Corbin Baird took the course in 2009 and later joined the company. Maya Baird took the permaculture design course when she was 11 and has been living and working with permaculture since the age of 5. Together, our skills and understanding of permaculture make us a unique and exciting team to work with--whether you are interested in design or education.

Rhonda's Journey

Graduate programs in: 

American History - Labor and Social Reform Movements (with some focus on "modernization" and "women's studies'); Indiana State University - Eugene V. Debs Fellow

Religious Studies - South Asian Religions - movement of Buddhism from India to China; gender studies; Indiana University-Bloomington - Presidential Fellow

Experience with:

Indiana Forest Alliance - co-originator and coordinator 1997-2000; director from 2010-2012

Heartwood - collaborative non-profit uniting environmental organizers across the Eastern Hardwood Region - 1997-2012--and always in my heart

Middle Way House - AmeriCorps; case worker - 1997-2004

Sheltering Hills Design - formed 2006 - teaching and design throughout North America

Permaculture Design Magazine - since 2008; senior editor since 2017.

Great Lakes Permaculture Design Collaborative - formed education group in 2016

Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute - co-originated in 2014; coordinated until 2019

Permaculture Institute of North America - diploma committee from 2015-2018; Field Advisor - 2016-present

Gaia University - EcoSocial Design certificate; MA program 2017-present

Indiana University - Adjunct Faculty teaching the permaculture course, Spring 2018-present

Story Shift podcast - ideated 2018; incubated and forthcoming

Bringing Permaculture to Our Communities - collaboration with Penny Krebiehl and Little Artshram - 2020

Touch the Earth - a community of people practicing permaculture and healing work - 2020