Vanessa Taverentti

Adjunct Faculty


BA in Elementary Education - Adjunct Faculty


Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Sonoma State University
Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, Graduate Studies, University of Illinois
BA International Studies: Sustainable Development, Trinity College, Hartford, CT

Vanessa Tavernetti taught in k-12 schools for 10 years as a School Garden Coordinator, Curriculum Specialist, and Food Policy Advocate at the school and district levels. She received the Jack London Teacher of the Year Award in 2004. She has also taught at the New College of San Francisco, Sonoma State University, and Santa Rosa Junior College in their Environmental Education and Ecological and Sustainable Agriculture Programs.

Since 2003, she has taught curriculum to hundreds of teachers from all over the United States and the world at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center’s School Garden Teacher Training Program. She is a co-founder of the Sonoma County School
Garden Network.

She has consulted a diverse population of schools about best practices for outdoor learning. Her instruction encourages constructivist, place based, and experiential learning methods.

Vanessa’s true passion is to help people connect to themselves and others through developing their relationship with Nature. She believes that WE ARE NATURE and through remembering and developing this connection all humans and living beings
will be able to live in harmony with one another.

She and her husband run Earth Magic Academy where they assist people in being grounded, focused, nourished, and confident in their ability to succeed through developing their relationship with Nature.

Vanessa lives in the mountains above Boulder with her husband, daughter, black cat, and the many spirits of the forest. She enjoys being with Nature through: gardening, playing like a mermaid in the ocean, cross-country skiing, meditating, hiking, and camping. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, and doing various forms of creating through different mediums of art.

Other Certifications:

  • Thrive Academy Business School: Transformational Leadership and Marketing Mastery
  • Dhyana Center: Ayurvedic Nutrition, Aromatherapy, and Body Mapping Certificates
  • Crystal Rose: Clairvoyant Certification
  • New College of San Francisco: Permaculture Certificate