A professional site planner and landscape designer, Geoff Hall
is co-founder and co-owner of Sentient Landscape Inc. He is a licensed, bonded and insured landscape contractor who brings integrity, extensive experience and a progressive approach to the landscape and development industries. Hall’s landscape design illustrates a dedicated vision to build mutually beneficial relationships between infrastructure, the environment, and community. A leader in his field, Hall’s designs reflect a deep understanding of natural systems and his projects beautifully integrate ecological design principles with appropriate “green” technologies.This informed an innovative approach results in productive and resilient landscapes that emanate the inspiring and regenerative qualities of indigenous ecosystems.
Geoff Hall has been a major contributor in the design and operation of two primary permaculture centers in California
and he is a committed and effective educator in the fields of permaculture and ecological landscape design. Hall has a substantial background in ecological education and curriculum development for both
professional and introductory levels and he was the associate director of The Permaculture Institute of Northern California. An inspiring communicator, Hall articulates the possibilities and attributes of an
applied whole system approach, and he presents at professional conferences, and to public planners (informing policy change.) Hall continues to provide workshops and courses on topics including pond construction,
creating healthy water cycles, composting systems, mushroom cultivation, natural building techniques, operating a professional permaculture business, permaculture design, and ecological landscape design (including
A professional site planner and landscape designer, Kamala Bennett
is co-founder and co-owner of Sentient Landscape Inc. Inspired and informed by natural systems, Bennett creates whole system landscapes that are harmoniously integrated with human communities and infrastructure. Combining her fourteen years of experience, in the fields of landscape design and contracting, organic horticulture and set design for film and television, Bennett offers a unique and potent approach to ecologically effective land development. Bennett skillfully creates cultivated eco-systems emphasizing, healthy water cycles, habitat restoration and soil building, energy efficiency and food and resource production. This regenerative landscape philosophy is dramatically enhanced by her objective to create functional, living art. Bennett’s sensitivity, intuition and integrity, combined with a strong commitment to long-term ecological sustainability, manifests landscapes that successfully articulate project objectives and fully actualize the potential of a site.
Kamala Bennett was the Associate Director of the Permaculture Institute of Northern California in Point Reyes Station during 1998 and 1999, a pioneering educational and research organization promoting
sustainable technologies and methodologies. She continues to introduce a permaculture approach and an ecological design philosophy to professionals and public agency in the land development and management
industries. Bennett speaks publicly and teaches on topics including functional planting plans, natural pattern application in landscape design, soil building and composting systems, operating a professional
permaculture business, permaculture design, and ecological landscape design (including project tours.)
Working in conjunction with developers and city planners since 2001, Bennett and Hall
have been innovators in the field of regenerative land development for public and commercial projects. As site planners and landscape designers for two “green” hotels, the first of their caliber in the United States, Bennett and Hall demonstrate socially and ecologically sound design and management principles for the hospitality industry. These projects are applicants for the gold LEED rating from the USGBC “green building” accreditation system. In their role as ecological landscape consultants for the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, Bennett and Hall review and provide Landscape Design, Construction, Materials and Maintenance recommendations for commercial and public projects seeking ACWMA grants. In this capacity, the Sentient Landscape Design Team is helping to develop the “Bay-Friendly Landscape Guidelines,” a potent new tool for landscape professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area.