Designs By Doniga

 Sustainable Living Solutions

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Doniga was born and raised in the rural town of Fall City Washington. She was raised with the values of appreciation and care of all living things. From a young age Doniga was out in the garden with her mother growing food to support the family, milking goats and gathering chicken eggs. Doniga spent a lot of time in the Western Washington forests that surrounded her, camping, riding horses and hiking. During her upbringing she learned the plants and trees, which ones were edible, poisonous and medicinal. She had a strong connection with the natural world from a very young age.

As Doniga approached teenage years she started to explore her passions in the natural world. She lived and worked on an organic farm that supplied produce for restaurants, farmers markets and the community. In 1997 she started a full-time high school immersion program in nature, tracking, bird language and wilderness survival skills at the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall Washington. Here Doniga honed her skills in the natural world, completing the 2000 hour Kamana Naturalist Training Program. During this time Doniga shared her love of children by instructing at summer camps and youth home school programs through the Wilderness Awareness School.

After completing high school Doniga went on to study with world renowned tracker and writer, Tom Brown Jr. in rural areas of the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Here Doniga took part in 13 intensive courses on tracking, awareness, philosophy and wilderness survival. Doniga also helped start, direct and instruct the Tracker School youth summer programs, Coyote Tracks. From her intensive training in the arts of wildlife tracking and nature awareness Doniga went on to instruct groups of all ages.

Along with her mentor, Jon Young, Doniga coordinated and instructed courses in bird language, tracking expeditions, Cybertracker, the art of mentoring and wilderness survival. Doniga has helped lead workshops for US Fish and Wildlife Service, Kamahameha Schools, Hawk Circle, Omega Institute, Institute of Noetic Sciences, US Geological Survey, Victor Wooten’s Bass/Nature camps, Permaculture Institute of Northern California, Starhawk’s Earth Activist Trainings, and various non profits and schools around the United States, Canada and Europe.

Doniga then went on to gain a Bachelors Degree in Sustainable Community Development at Prescott College, Arizona. Some of the courses Doniga took were in subjects of Permaculture Design, Watercolor in Landscape Design, Regenerative and Sustainable Landscape Design. Doniga took part in a yearlong intensive training with Penny Livingston in Regenerative Design and Permaculture. www.regenerativedesign.org

With Doniga’s current enrollment in University of California Berkeley Extension program she is pursuing her certificate and license in Landscape Architecture. This cutting edge program focuses on sustainability in the built environment.

Doniga has also consulted on many projects including a permanent exhibit at the Museum of Science, Boston called, “A Birds World”. More recently Doniga has been consulting with the Exploratorium, San Francisco on a listening exhibit. Here Doniga leads viewers through how she, as a wildlife tracker and land management consultant uses her listening skills to aid in her work.

With Doniga’s extensive training in nature observation, Permaculture and regenerative design she is currently a land management consultant, consulting on projects in erosion control, organic gardening, Permaculture, wildlife, renewable energy, natural building and native species restoration. Doniga has an immense passion for the natural world and helping others live a life of sustainability and balance with the Earth and all living things and to lead a life of example where her own actions are deliberated into the health of the future generations.

Designs by Doniga
20080 S. Cabrillo Hwy., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
650 670 7984 ~ info AT DesignsbyDoniga DOT com