Skills, technical expertise and areas of interest:
Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design (Dip Perm Des)
Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
Diploma in French as a Foreign Language (DELF)
Certificate in Horticulture (RHS) and HCC Oliver Menhinick and Senior Tutor prizes
NVQ L2 Horticulture with nursery skills
Permaculture Design Experience:
Land based designs in the UK, Italy, Portugal, and France
Design consultancy, implementation, and maintenance experience for garden-scale rural and urban projects in North Yorkshire
Development of personal right livelihood initiatives in the UK and France
Designs in Progress:
Pattern level Zone 00 design, with sub-designs including: health and well-being, social integration, and personal development, with pathway strands including: language development, photography skills, writing.
Pattern level land design, with sub-designs including: shared food forest, perma-potager.
Pattern level building renovation design, with sub-designs for each building.
Slow mode clothing design.
More information about my diploma and post-diploma designs may be found on my website. https://joholleranpermaculture.weebly.com/
Areas of Permaculture Design Experience:
In 2003, redundancy was the springboard for a major lifestyle change, and I relocated to beautiful North Yorkshire to embark on a new career in horticulture, subsequently specialising in organic techniques and edible gardens. I participated in a Permaculture Design Course in 2006/2007 in Leeds. This fundamentally changed my outlook, and I was inspired to re-design my life. My first livelihood design project was born in the form of ‘Envy Home and Garden’ a joint business venture with my husband, providing eco-cleaning and organic gardening services in our immediate area.
In 2008, we packed our bags and headed for Central Portugal, in search of a more self-reliant and natural life in the hills. We spent a year or so living and learning in the stunning mountain landscape before returning to the UK much richer in experience.
Between 2009 and 2014, I continued practicing and designing from our North Yorkshire base, working mainly with garden-scale sites and with the aim of introducing the mainstream to Permaculture and expanding the ‘edge.’ I also worked as a Lecturer at a land-based college for a time and produced land-based designs for a vegetarian B&B in Tuscany, Italy.
My Diploma was accredited in Leeds in 2013 and I embarked on my tutor pathway shortly afterwards. I have since relocated to rural South-West France where I am continually designing for all aspects of life and where I will never run out of things to do!