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  • Barbara Folegati Barbara Folegati

    Kitchen Manager and Chef

    Barbara is the Kitchen Manager and Chef in the Pixton House kitchen.

  • Deborah Gravelle-Watts Deborah Gravelle-Watts

    Head of Educational Administration

    Deborah Gravelle-Watts ensures that Emerson's educational administration is transparent, clear and consistent.

  • Francesca Profeti Francesca Profeti

    House Manager

    Previously a student at Emerson College, Francesca returned recently to take over as House Manager, ensuring the smooth running of the Emerson College household.

  • Steve Briault Steve Briault

    Director of Development

    Steve supports and coordinates the development of the Emerson Living and Learning Community and is responsible for the College’s capital assets and finances.

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  • Trude Lauksund Trude Lauksund

    Lead Gardener

    Emerson`s biodynamic vegetable gardener, has been running the edible garden since September 2016.

  • Udo Ottow Udo Ottow

    Head of Site Management

    Udo manages the maintenance of Emerson's buildings and campus, as well as taking a hands-on role in much of the maintenance work.

  • Yvette Dellsperger Yvette Dellsperger

    Director of Operations

    Yvette Dellsperger manages Emerson's facilities and works with the house team to give all those staying at the College have a warm and comfortable experience.

Roi Gal-Or and Karmit Even Zur

Course Leaders

Roi Gal-Or

Roi Gal-Or (co-founder) of The International School of Storytelling) teaches the use of storytelling in service of the environment education, healing, peace and reconciliation. He works with the power of stories and the imagination to inspire connection and social transformation, foster vision, possibility and personal development. Weaving together storytelling, social games and biographical work he works and performs worldwide.


Karmit Even Zur

Karmit’s work history spans diverse experiences, interests and competences from the healing arts, and the arts & crafts world. Her unique skill-set provides a deep perspective for transformational work, and in working with soul searching questions. Her studies encompass human ecology and earth healing modalities as well as energy healing systems and shamanic practices. Her work is deeply informed and nurtured by a European shamanic tradition. 

Karmit is the founder of Earth speaks, an educational initiative combining geomancy (earth energy work) and creative expression. Earth Speaks offers seminars and journeys, where people explore holistic connections to the landscape, build a renewed relationship with Place and experience it's sacred aspects. Participants develop sensitivity to living systems in nature – cultivating an awareness of the wild, the unseen, and the conscious aspects of the Earth. 

Her work explores the sacred sources of Story in the realms of the Imagination where everything is possible! She is passionate about creating new narratives that combine ancient, nature based thinking with contemporary forms and needs. She believes the Oral Tradition acts as a healing salve; helping us to stitch together our fragmented perceptions of the world.

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