*Permaculture design course (PDC), 2010, with Richard Perkins, Leeds, UK.
Skills, technical expertise and areas of interest:
*Diploma in permaculture design, 2011-2015. With the British Permaculture Association, UK.
*Permaculture training of teachers (ToT), 2015. With 'Designed Visions', at The Inkpot, Lincolnshire, UK.
*Children in Permaculture facilitators training, (On behalf of the CiP Erasmus project), 2016, Slovenia.
*Diploma tutor training, began 2016 and ongoing. With the British permaculture Association, UK.
*The University of Edinburgh/Open University, 2020, Bsc Hons Ecology and climate science (distinction)
*Gaia University, 2017, 'Creating regenerative livelihoods' certificate 1.
*Forest School leadership training, 2015, Archimedes, UK.
One of my focus's for the past few years has been in developing permaculture design for children, re-imagining school grounds to facilitate nature connection, encourage wildlife and biodiversity, and to provide a great environment for permaculture education to take place. I now work as a trainer with Children in Permaculture, and run regular courses in sharing permaculture with children, including a PDC for educators. I balance this all out with also running a variety of courses and workshops for adults.
Areas of Permaculture Design Experience:
I live on a 7 acre smallholding and am immersed in developing regenerative agriculture practices, such as mob/rotational grazing, windbreak planning, tree management, perennial food forest planning, and no dig gardening. I love to find inventive ways to find solutions to any problems that arise.
I use the design process in all areas of my life, so have a great deal of experience in living through my designs, and especially of using the design web process, by Looby Macnamara.
I love teaching, and sharing permaculture design with those interested to learn with me. I practice action learning techniques and strive for my courses to be creative and highly participatory.
Children and adult permaculture education and teacher training
Designing and implementing spaces for children to enhance their permaculture education
Regenerative agriculture practices
Edible landscape design (perennial food forests, no dig gardening)
Using permaculture design for life- decision making, relationships, business planning etc