Meet our Team

Frances Osborn


Certified Educator for the UK Permaculture Association

Frances is an ecologist with a degree in Environmental Sciences from Southampton University, UK, and a PhD in Insect Ecology from the Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela. In 2014, after 10 years working as a research scientist at the Eastern University, Venezuela, she returned to Europe where she did her first PDC in Brighton, UK. She has been studying and practicing permaculture ever since, and graduated with a Diploma in Applied Permaculture in March 2021.

She has been teaching Permaculture Design Courses since 2019 at different venues, including Proyecto Rucula in Murcia and the Suryalila Yoga Retreat in Cadiz.  Frances has extensive experience in garden and agricultural systems at different scales, gained from her many volunteering placements, including two years at the first Ecosystem Restoration Camp in the dry highlands to the northeast of the Murcia region in southern Spain.

She is particularly interested in soil ecology and restoration. Frances is currently secretary for Urban Street Forest, an association based in Holland and Spain that seeks to reforest degraded dry lands, and is an active member of the Permaculture Network in south-eastern Spain. Frances has made volunteering her main lifestyle choice, a path which has led her to minimize her costs rather than maximize her income, and gives her the freedom to take up opportunities as they appear. Travel plays an important role in her life and the bicycle is her preferred mode of transport, as this enables her to slow down, appreciate the scenery, and enjoy the journey.


Jackson Knights


From the humid subtropics of Australia. Jackson was blessed with papayas growing in the back yard, playing with vermi-composting bathtubs and fascinated with plants, animals, and all things outdoors. He studied Horticulture and Land Management, but the conventional route left him a little lost for a while. While he was traveling, he discovered some alternatives like Permaculture, and it seemed to be what he’d always dreamed of! Animals and veggies in your backyard, a responsibility for the earth and all beings. He decided to pursue this further by volunteering in likeminded places throughout Central America and India, and Europe. He has participated in a PDC with Aranya Agricultural Alternatives in India, and also, the “Training for Permaculture Teachers” with Alfred Decker and Candela Vargas. This course gave him a lot of inspiration to start teaching, and guiding tours around the gardens where he works.
For the past two years, Jackson has been living in Algarve, Southern Portugal. He is enjoying the process of designing edible, useful solutions and helping peoples dreams come into fruition! You can check out some of the progress here!
He is also one of the team members of Orchard of Flavours, a newly accredited Edible Botanical Garden in Southern Portugal. Their focus is on edible, useful plants from around the world and providing open source information on how to grow these plants. He also writes for, a new open source database with growing guides and information on several topics related to permaculture.
While he’s not playing with plants and the likes, Jackson enjoys playing guitar and sharing music with others.
He also likes learning new skills, creating and playing with different tools and materials, and finding ways to mesh all of his interests into one.

Kasia Szymura

facilitator and host

Her passions were always centered around creativity, nature and people, so she spent most of her life trying to connect those aspects together. Kasia left home at a young age to travel and discover the diversities of the world. For many years she moved around like the wind, trying different schools, hobbies and lifestyles.

The dream to establish a place, where people gather to develop their passions and learn from each other has been with her for as long as she can remember. At some point it became clear that permaculture is the way to make it happen.

Kasia completed her Permaculture Design Course in 2018 in Alentejo, Portugal, when Quinta Kania Farm was just starting up. It gave her a boost of enthusiasm, structured her knowledge and connected with similar minded people from all over the Europe. That was the moment when she was inspired to become a teacher as well. In 2021 she took part in “Training Permaculture Teachers” designed by Rosemary Morrow and thought by Alfred Decker and Candela Vargas. Here she met Frances and Jackson amongst others and idea of facilitating a PDC became a reality.

She is currently studying Process Work, a methodology for working with people in therapy, coaching, organizational work, and art. That gives her additional tools to bring in the social and psychological aspects into the Permaculture Design Courses. She also loves herbal medicine, gardening and designing crazy shapes in her natural buildings.

Franz Wiedmann

facilitator and host

Growing up in the foothills of the German Alps, Franz developed his passion for being in nature from an early age. As a kid, hiking with family, he loved watching plants and animals along the mountain trails. He decided to study biology, but it wasn’t what he’d expected, as he soon found out. Spending all day in a lab, he missed getting his hands dirty. He wanted to do something real.

During semester breaks Franz traveled all over the world. Especially Thailand and India inspired him to live a free and humble life, independent of the haste of western culture.

In 2015 he came across permaculture and attended a Permaculture Design Course in Croatia. This gave a boost to his enthusiasm and sparked the feeling, that he is not alone with his vision for a better future. Knowing that hands on experience is the best teacher, he continued to travel around Europe and visited various eco projects — until he was ready to realize the dream of having his own piece of land. He settled down in Central Portugal and started Quinta Kania Farm project, which he runs with Kasia for over 5 years.

Alongside farming, his biggest passion is cooking, specially while enjoying some good music. Carpentry and natural building give him the satisfaction to create something unique and useful at the same time. His scientific mind still loves to experiment with new challenges, such as mushroom cultivation, repairing broken engines, or growing tropical fruit trees in a Mediterranean climate.