Current work - My present work is in Permaculture education - teaching and convening Permaculture introductory weekend courses and 72 or 90 hour Permaculture Design Course in a variety of venues and formats. I am also an active designer and consultant for various land based projects and communites in the UK and Portugal. I am part of the UK Permaculture Association 'Education Working Group', assisting in the development of quality, effective Permaculture education in the UK. I also offer a personal mentoring service for individuals, and am involved in and highly inspired by the 8 Shields Institute's 'Art of Mentoring' program, which is currently working in the UK, building nature connection and regenerative culture.
History - After being involved in the direct action protest movement in the 1990's for several years,I became inspired by the idea of 'Positive impact living', and went to the first Natty Gathering at Brickhurst farm in August 1998, where I did my Permaculture Design Course. I then went on to co-found the Steward Community Woodland sustainable living project in Devon, where I lived for seven years, learning to live in community, and learning how to grow, build, compost and manage a woodland. I left the community in late 2007 to move to London, and now divide my time between Southern England and Portugal - teaching, learning, designing, singing and cycling.
Qualifications and Trainings -
completed my Permaculture Diploma in May 2007 after three and a half
years of designing, recording and learning. My Portfolio included
for events, low impact building constructions, land management and
perennial gardening. I am trained and registered as a Permaculture
Diploma Tutor, now mentoring others through their DIploma journeys. I
graduated the Designed Visions 'Training
of Teachers' course in 2006 to prepare me for teaching and running courses.
I co-founded, lived in and helped develop a UK eco community,
learning about myself, the realities and joys of land-based simple
living and how to live in community. I have been actively teaching
since 2007 - I have convened and taught full Permaculture Design
courses (72 + hours over 10 days - 2 weeks, or series of weekends),
nature connection introduction events and People and Permaculture
courses. I am a founder member of the Thriving Ways social permaculture teaching collective.
You can also view my profile on the Permaculture Association website.