Gabriel & Lauren Martinez
Charlie grew up in South Florida, and throughout his schooling, he became interested in studying food systems from an anthropological lens, looking for ways to bring about equity and fairness in our food production and distribution systems.
After moving to Austin, Texas, he became increasingly interested in permaculture and organic gardening practices, and can be found with his hands in the garden just as often as with a knife and cutting board. He also studied nutrition and herbal medicine at The Wildflower School in Austin – focusing on herbs native to the central Texas region – in order to strengthen his palate of holistic healing modalities and to gain a greater understanding of food and herbs from a nutritional and energetic perspective. Charlie aims to cook and serve plant-forward meals which are highly nutritious and healing as an accompaniment to the plant medicine healing that takes place at the retreat.