Marylena C. Sevigney, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador, Allied ASID
Chief Solution Officer of MMaD
Marylena is a student and a teacher, a woodworker and a sculptor, a project manager and a permaculturist, an Advanced NH Master Gardener and a reformed disgruntled office worker. It isn’t this diversity that makes her distinctive; it’s how comfortable she is dwelling in the edges, where dichotomies converge.
The Edge Effect is an ecological concept and a permaculture design principle. It holds that life is most potent at the edges, where unlike things meet: water and land, mountain and sky, nature and the built environment. Wherever two ecosystems overlap, there is greater abundance: more resources, more life, more harmony. That’s why permaculture strives to expand the edges, emulating the way a river winds through fertile farmland, increasing energy and productivity.
We know humans crave nature. There’s even a term for it: Biophilia. So why do we spend 90% of our time in the built environment? What if we maximized the space where the two meet?
That is the mission of Mindful Making & Design: to create spaces that naturally increase energy, productivity and health – ours and our earth’s. To grow the edge, the space where we revel in our interdependence.
MMaD is the culmination of Marylena’s life experiences to date. It is the convergence of a lifelong love of nature, her design education and aptitude, and an acute awareness of how much time we spend in interior white boxes, void of biophilic relationships. These three strands are inextricably woven together, driving Marylena to expand the edge.
Marylena has a BFA from RISD, where she studied Interior Architecture and Furniture Design, and a MFA in Artisanry from UMass Dartmouth. She completed her Permaculture Design Certification and Teacher Certification at DAcres Permaculture Farm. She teaches independent workshops, courses at Plymouth State University and more recently at the Holderness School. Marylena completed a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma Certification at University of New Hampshire.