Vidya is the soul and visionary of the project. As the CEO of Suryalila Retreat Centre she takes pride in loving the land and treating it with care and respect. She strives to create beautiful spaces for guests to enjoy and also wants to move towards more self-sufficiency.
As a yogui she is very aware of how our actions need to contribute to the greater good and that is the main motivation behind the creation of Danyadara.
Chief Designer and Project Manager
Trained as both a Permaculture Designer and Fish and Wildlife Manager, Doug has extensive knowledge about landscape planning and food production systems. His implementation of regenerative design has spanned the globe, ranging in various contexts and climates, including tropical agro-forestry, Mediterranean organic gardening, and temperate suburban edible landscaping.
To facilitate this work he founded TreeYo Permaculture, thus utilising his other formal training, in small business management. Incorporating this knowledge and experience into educational programmes on sustainability has now become Doug’s main focus, as he continues his ecological design and holistic development in various ecosystems.
Doug was invited to Suryalila to carry out the tasks of design and implementation. He soon became an important member of the family and started teaching his world renowned courses in the Danyadara project.
With his enthusiasm for his craft and passion to reverse desertification, Doug is an agent of change and a mentor to the entire Danyadara team.
Farm Manager (and The Wizard of Permaculture)
Having stepped out of mainstream life in England at quite a young age, Jacob Evans has been on a journey of cultural exploration for many years now.
His travels led him to Spain initially, where he began to develop his bi-lingual capacity with the Spanish language. Afterwards he traveled to Latin America, where he first encountered permaculture, and since that time he has been dedicated to learning, studying and implementing permaculture techniques.
He has a well rounded experience in many climates and contexts and continues to train both in the field and in the classroom. He is driven by a passion for regenerative agriculture, which he is now implementing at Danyadara, as the Farm Manager.
His wit and humour balance his serious and dedicated approach to bringing forth a new culture in harmony with nature.
Jon happened upon Suryalila Retreat Centre when transitioning from a corporate environment, into a more nomadic lifestyle. He liked it so much that he decided to stay and contribute his decade of experience in digital strategy and blogging to the permaculture project.
His personal dream is to tell a story of transformation and hope. He wants future generations to look back at this website and see with their own eyes how a desert can become a source of health and abundance, whilst respecting and caring for natural systems.
Being a Spanish man with strong family ties to Andalusia, he is emotionally invested in leaving a legacy that his fellow countrymen can be inspired by and learn from. He was completely ignorant about permaculture, but is now inspired by its message and the world of possibilities that have opened up before him.