Michael began his permaculture journey about 25 years ago when he picked up a copy of Permaculture One and the Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison.
He has applied the design principles and ethics of permaculture to his personal life. He is now enjoying the wonderful opportunities of being able to apply them to my workplace and my community.
He enjoys learning about the many different facets of permaculture and design. Through his learning, he has also come to love teaching.
He finally jumped in after reading and applying what he had learned and have since done several PDC's. This was followed by a Permaculture Teacher Trainer with Rosemary Morrow and Nick Ritar, Dynamic Groups and Teacher trainers with Robin Clayfield. He has also completed the Advanced Permaculture Design Principle workshop with David Holmgren, Advanced Permaculture Design with Dan Palmer and the Forest Garden Design Intensive with Dave Jacke as well as the REX10 online with Darren Doherty plus many more. He aspires to be as inspirational and practical as my teachers.
He continues to do other courses to advance my knowledge and to increase the value which he provides in both my teaching, projects and consultations.
Victoria grew up in the garden of England, a little town in Kent surrounded by hop farms and apple orchards. All of her family grew food, whether in the local allotment gardens, in the back yard or on the small hobby farm that her grandparents tended, and this created a firm love of being in the garden and an understanding of its importance.
When embarking on a gap year in Australia before pursuing a design degree, she discovered a passion for hospitality, working in prestigious restaurants that focused on produce and sense of place, learning about producers and their practices for growing local food, raising animals ethically and fishing sustainably. It was a great opportunity to affect the choices guests made not only in the restaurant but when they went home.
Consequently that gap year turned in to 20 and a long career in restaurants in Australia.
In the year 2020 changes had to be made. Starting with Permaculture Living with Milkwood and then diving into her Permaculture Design Course with Savour Soil Permaculture & a Diploma in Garden Design, Victoria brings her extensive professional skillset and detail to her passion for permaculture and design.
Robin Clayfield is a Permaculture Pioneer and international educator,
group facilitator and author specialising in Social Permaculture,
creative, interactive facilitation, teacher training and group
leadership while living Permaculture, Deep Ecology and social change.
Her legendary book 'You Can Have Your Permaculture and Eat It Too' has
sold over 5000 copies and her educational card games, teacher training
Manual and resources support educators globally.
Tim is a perennially ash and grease stained appropriate technology tinkerer with a professional mechanical background. A long time Permaculture practitioner in the past he has worked at The Permaculture research institute Australia as farm manager and teacher , with the the Koanga Institute(PRI) in NZ, Paul Wheatons rocket mass innovators events in the US and with long time friends The crew at Very Edible Gardens (VEG) in Melbourne where he teaches two or three times a year. More recently he has begun teaching the Appropriate technology section of the Northey street farm's thrice yearly PDC. He has a dual Permaculture diploma in Appropriate technology and teaching with a specialty in efficient wood combustion. He has also written the Ebook "The rocket powered oven" a step by step guide to building your own super efficient wood powered oven.
Associate Professor Nicholas McGuigan Monash University and Co-Founder of The Accountability Institute
Nick works as an innovator, instigator and disruptor to create future-oriented business education programs that focus on innovation, creativity and design thinking. He has a particular passion for accountability where he co-founded The Accountability Institute - a progressive platform with the aim of fostering collaborations between art, science, technology and economics, bringing these fields into conversation to create a new language of business – a language of accountability. He researches in the areas of integrated thinking, learning technologies, holistic systems design and regenerative economics. This has led to the awarding of competitive research funds of over a million Australian dollars, including Federal State level grants in both Australia and Germany. He has published widely in international accounting and education journals, been invited to present at research centres and professional organisations in the UK, US Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He serves on boards and committees of the American Accounting Association (AAA) and the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ). Nick is an Associate Editor of Accounting Education, Issues in Accounting Education and Higher Education and Research (HERD) journal. He instigated Monash Business School’s newly created Artist-In-Residency program, conceptually designed the world’s first ever accounting perfume and together with the accounting profession is embarking on research that investigates a Queer perspective of accounting. Thomas Kern Co-Founder of The Accountability Institute
Thomas is co-instigator of The Accountability Institute.
He is a speaker, facilitator, permaculture activist, and community event-maker. Thomas co-instigated The Accountability Institute to push forward accounting education in creative and dynamic ways. Thomas has held positions in financial accounting across Australia, New Zealand and Germany. He was Head of the IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) Competence Centre of an international commercial bank based in Hamburg, Germany, and taught at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. He recently headlined the 2018 Australasian Conference of Social and Environmental Accounting Research (A-CSEAR), facilitating transdisciplinary conversation with internationally renowned permaculture designer and 2017 Advance Global Australian Agriculture Award Winner, Rosemary Morrow