I spent my formative years playing in the woods, then working with horses. From the age of seventeen, I spent spring and summer in white water, falls siting and cutting trails & building bridges, and winters teaching skiing. When I finally went back to school when I was 23/24, I studied biophysical geography, then water resource engineering. I graduated with a B.Sc. in Agriculture, and did most of a Masters in Environmental Planning. I am looking at completing the Masters this year, and moving on to do a PhD in whole systems design.
I started my work as a landscape ecosystem planner, and then got pulled into the development industry to show that that you don't have to destroy when you build - you can have human-scaled communities which can be regenerative to at least some of the land base.. I have been working with intentional communities, cohousing, and ecovillages for the past fifteen years or more, to help then understand wholistic planning and design. My work has always held space for the human aspects of wholistic design, and I have been facilitating deeper and deeper work with individuals and groups over the past decade.
I have been thinking like a permaculturalist since I finally formally took a two week course in 1996. I taught the first weekend workshop in Guelph the fall of that year, and was involved with teaching full courses where I was working at the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Tennessee the next year.
I founded and run a not-for-profit organization: The Sustainable Living Network, and the Sustainable Living Books community service books tore. I left that base in Toronto, and work internationally.
I have taught across Canada, and in various places in the U.S. I have worked in Central America (Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama), Ireland, the UK, several counties in Europe, and the Middle East.
As well as teaching and designing, I have been serving as a mentor to people since the early 2000s. I am open to working with people who want to grow as people, and learn to read human landscapes as part of a wholistic permacutlure practice.
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