Shane Brill '03 M'11

  • Lifelong Learning and Communications Coordinator

Shane Brill

Shane Brill


Office Hours

By appointment.

Ecological design, fermentation, nutritional therapy, permaculture, wild foods.

Shane is a permaculturist, wellness advocate, and educator.


  • FNTP, Nutritional Therapy Association, 2021
  • MA, Washington College, 2011
  • BA, Washington College, 2003

Professional Work

In the role of Lifelong Learning and Communications Coordinator, Shane Brill ’03 M’11 brings expertise in the intersection between food, health, and environment to celebrate Washington College’s role in the cultivation of vibrant human beings. As a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, he teaches classes and workshops for the campus community and manages the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning, channeling a background in education and ecological programming. He supports programs to bridge institutional values that connect current students with alumni and community members.

Shane is the permaculture educator at Washington College. He can often be found digging in the campus garden and leading workshops and talks on fermentation, foraging, ecological design, and food literacy. He advises internships and projects conducted by students relating to environmental literature and film, ethnobotany, food justice, composting, and horticulture.

At Washington College, Shane guides campus sustainability efforts and promotes individual and institutional practices relating to regenerative living. He connects health and nutrition, waste reduction, energy conservation, fiscal responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and food literacy and access. He supports environmental initiatives in Chestertown and manages an urban homestead as a wildlife sanctuary with a variety of edible and medicinal plants.

Talks and Workshops 

  • Beekeeping: Colony Installation, Hive Maintenance, Honey Extraction, Swarm Capture
  • Brain Food for Kids: Enhancing the Gut-Brain Connection to Support Mood, Learning, and Attention
  • Enhance Sleep and Metabolism
  • Fermentation Fundamentals
  • Foods and Lifestyle to Prevent Chronic Disease
  • Landscaping with Edible Native Plants
  • Natural Pest Prevention: Ecological Tactics for Healthy Landscapes
  • Optimize Your Health
  • Permaculture 101
  • Rediscovering Food
  • Seasonal Foraging
  • Sustainable Human Energy
  • Urban Homesteading
  • Wild, Fermented, and Traditional Foods
  • Wild Foods in Native and Novel Ecosystems
  • Zero Waste Community Visioning 

Selected Publications

  • “Wild May,” Washington College Magazine (Summer 2018).
  • “Sophie, We Hardly Knew Ye,” Washington College Magazine (Spring 2017).
  • “Urban Homesteader,” Washington College Magazine (Spring 2014).

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