Permaculture designer, off-the-grid and self-sufficiency enthusiast, English conversation coach, song writer, musical producer and singer, Lee Soarez is a 48-year-old Brazilian and has twenty years of experience in teaching. The passion for self-sufficiency and off-the-grid living acquired in the three years he lived doing framing carpentry and playing music in California – from 1987 to 1989 – finally made him cross paths with cob building which very soon led Lee to permaculture in 2011.
He got his permaculture designer certificate from Geoff Lawton (P.R.I. – Permaculture Institute of Australia) in 2013 and has been doing permaculture consulting and field experimentations, mainly taking the fruitarian approach, in the Southeastern Tropical Highlands of Minas Gerais, in Brazil, where he lives and has taught his first PDC. Lee has come across the fruitarian life style through Loren Lockman, the founder and director of the Tanglewood Wellness Center in Costa Rica.
Lee’s approach to permaculture is a mix between that of the scientist as well as that of the artist, and his vision is that your plot of land is like a canvas… all you have to do is learn how to paint it.