Scott Steedley – Founder & President
Scott is an author, artist, builder, and educator with an Associate of Arts degree (1993) and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education (1995) from College of Charleston. After designing/building his “dream” log cabin on Edisto Island, SC (1996) he explored Costa Rica, Central America (1999), eventually becoming a landowner and envisioning the LaComunidad development (2001-Present). With 30+ years experience in landscaping, it was natural to blend experiences by becoming a certified Natural Builder (2004) and Permaculturalist (2005). Along this path, he met true pioneers in the permaculture, education, eco-village, natural building, intentional community worlds-who he’s pleased to consider friends.
As founder of International Center for Sustainability, Inc. (ICS, Inc.), he co-created CRICS, (2007), a permaculture learning center in Costa Rica. Volunteering as Public Outreach Chairman for an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful (2008-2015), and as a continued representative of ICS, Inc., allows opportunities to enter school systems to develop organic gardens, recycling programs, outdoor classrooms, micro-businesses, sustainability models and permaculture initiatives. Currently, a collaboration known as AIR-(Abundant Immersion Retreats), a learning center and event space in Colleton County, South Carolina is in development. Here resources are preserved, treehouse/wildlife observation units constructed, natural building methods employed, trail systems defined, and workshops and event planning underway. To connect with Scott directly, please visit Facebook or LinkedIn
Rod Rylander – Co-Founder and Vice-President
For the last 40 years, Rod has lived in 7 developing countries helping people to help themselves in the areas of agriculture, low cost vernacular housing, community development, appropriate technology, and ecotourism. He has had over 60 writings published and has given technical papers in the US, Australia, Papua New Guinea and Nepal. He is currently researching and writing on an agriculture system to feed the people of the world locally grown organic food. He can be contacted on his Facebook or LinkedIn