Ecovillages, Cohousing, and Intentional Communites

Permaculture

Eco Design & Construction

Environmental Planning

Facilitation

Mentoring/Tutoring/Summer Students

Conferences

Presentations in Colleges & Universities

Television & Radio Appearances

Volunteer Work

Organizations Involved With (past and present)



  • Active Core Group member, Permaculture Community Action Worknet 1997-99
  • Active member, Eastern Permaculture Teachers' Association, 1997 & 98
  • Founder, Permaculture Working Group, OPIRG-Guelph, 1996

  • Encuentro de Permacultura, Punta Mona, Costa Rica, February 2003
  • Facilitator, Permaculture Professionals Gathering, Bioneers Conference, San Rafael, CA 2000
  • Participant & Ad-Hoc Facilitator, Eastern Permaculture Teachers' Association, Maryland 1998 &1999
  • Permaculture Convergence, Ontario September 1996

  • Permaculture: Images from Around the World, Slide Show, Fund Raising Event, TerraVie Community Land Trust, St. Hippolyte, Québec, Canada 2003
  • Going Beyond Organics to Whole Farm Sustainability, Organic Agriculture Conference, University of Guelph, 2003
  • Speaker, Overview of Natural Building Techniques, Natural Life Festival, Kortright Renewable Energy Centre, 2001
  • Speaker, Ecovillages from Around the World, Hamilton Chapter of Canadian Organic Growers 2001
  • Presenter, Sustainable Communities and Permaculture, Cypriot Consulate 1999
  • Slide Show Presentation, Natural Building, Ecovillages & Permaculture, Genesis Farm, PA 1999
  • Guest Speaker, Communities Course, Ramapo College, NJ 1999
  • Slide Show Presentation, Natural Building, Ecovillages & Permaculture, Environmental Planning Class, UC Berkeley 1999

Multiple Hour/Half-Day Workshops

  • Intro to Permaculture and Wild Design, Joanna Macy 12 Day Intensive, Pema Osel Ling Tibetan Buddhist Retreat, Watsonville, CA 2000
  • Presenter, Leader, Introduction to Permaculture and Y2K Workshops, State of Our Earth, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON 1999
  • Y2K Awareness and Preparedness Workshops, Various locations around Ontario 1999: Helping groups and communities to understand Y2K and its potential impacts on their lives. Emphasis on using Y2K as an opportunity to shift the paradigm towards more sustainable practices for the future.
  • Educator and Farmer, Neeyashiingaymiing Kwe (Native Women's Group), Cape Croker, Ontario 1999: Facilitated workshops in: sustainable food systems, natural buildings, renewable energy and alternative waste and water treatment systems, Y2K awareness and preparedness. Led development of community gardens and planting of traditional field crops.
  • Intro to Permaculture Workshop, ENVS 3800.03, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, ON 1999: Designed and delivered a three hour introduction to permaculture design workshop to third and fourth year Environmental Studies students.
  • Intro to Permaculture Workshop, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto 1998: Three hour introduction to permaculture for naturopathic medicine students.
  • Intro to Permaculture Workshop, OPIRG-Guelph, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON 1998: Interactive workshops for university students on the subject of permaculture as a strategy for a sustainable future.
  • Workshop Facilitator, Permaculture Community Action Worknet, Ontario 1998
    Facilitated Ad Hoc, interest-driven workshop, Institute for Social Ecology conference, Guelph, ON 1996

One-Day Workshops

  • Taller de Permacultura, Universidad de San Jose, San Jose, Costa Rica, Sat., March 22, 2003
  • Permaculture workshop taught with Stephen Brooks and Silvio Bonomelli to 30 Costa Ricans.
  • Permaculture Teacher, Eco-Spirituality Institute, Arborvitae. Hart House Farm, ON 2002
  • Taught a group of 15 youth about permaculture and it connection to their lives.
  • One-Day Introduction to Permaculture (Jude Hobbs & Toby Hemenway in attendance), Lost Valley Education Center 2000

Weekend Workshops

  • Teacher, Introduction to Permaculture, with Education for Liberation, and special guest Claude Genest of Green Mountain Permaculture, Joy Hill Retreat, Frelighsburg Quebec 2003
  • Teacher, Natural Building and Renewable Energy for Women Workshop, Everdale Environmental Education Centre, Hillsburg, Ontario 2001
  • Intro to Permaculture, CARP Community, Carp, Ontario 2000
  • Facilitator/Educator/Designer, Permaculture Design Workshop, Sunward Co-Housing Community, Ann Arbor, Michigan 2000
  • Permaculture Teacher, Co-facilitator with Brock Dolman, Weekend Permaculture course, Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, Occidental, California 1999
  • Facilitator, Sustainable land Use and Permaculture Design Workshop, Davies Property, Uxbridge, Ontario 1999: Developed and delivered a workshop for land owners on how to be good land stewards, from revitalisation of natural areas to intensive organic food production and renewable energy and waste and water systems, and community and watershed connectivity.
  • Facilitator/Teacher, Permaculture Design Weekend, Pittet/Ord Property, Thornbury, Ontario, Canada 1999: Organized, facilitated and taught a design workshop for people who had taken the Fundamental of Permaculture week-long course.
  • Facilitator, Permaculture Design Charette, Irwin Property, Lancaster County, Pennsylvannia, U.S.A. 1999: Led and participated in the design for an 80+ acre organic farm and aspiring permaculture demonstration site and educational facility.
  • Instructor, Sustainable Village Design Course, Sun Run Farm, Cameron, Ontario, Canada 1998: Facilitated and led a weekend workshop for thirty people with support from other members of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas.
  • Organizer, Facilitator, Teacher, Intro to Permaculture Workshop, with Monica Kuhn, and special guests Richard Griffiths and Colette Murphy, in association with the OPIRG-Guelph Permaculture Worksing Group, Guelph, Ontario, Canada 1996

Long (3 Day) Weekend Workshops

  • Teacher and Designer, 3 Day Permaculture Design Workshop, Victoria Compost Education Centre, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 2000
  • Instructor, Intro to Permaculture Weekend Workshop, Windrise Spiritual Retreat Centre, Michigan, U.S.A. 2000

Longer Workshops and Courses

  • Coordinator and Teacher, Sustainable Sanity Youth Week, Southern Ontario, Canada 2000: Developed and led a nine-day intensive for environmental youth leaders focused on sustainable living.
  • Designer and Educator, Cross Village Food Farm, Cross Village, Michigan, U.S.A. 1999: Led a five day workshop and consultation for the development of an organic Community Shared Agriculture farm and an experiential environmental education facility.
  • Teacher/Coordinator, Sustainable Design, School of Architecture, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1998: Facilitated and taught a semester course in sustainable planning and design for third and fourth year architecture and building science students. Focused on sustainable communities and ecovillages: environmental site plan, permaculture design, buildings.
  • Resource Person, Toronto Urban Permaculture Course 1995

Design Courses Co-Taught

  • Permaculture Design Course, Bullock Brothers, Orcas Island, Washington, U.S.A. 2001
  • Educator, Fundamentals of Permaculture Design Course, Hockley Valley, Ontario, Canada 1999: Designed and delivered, in co-operation with Peter Bane and Keith Johnson, a week-long residential course on biophysical and socio-economic aspects of sustainable systems design.
  • Teacher/Co-ordinator, Sustainable Design, School of Architecture, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1998: Facilitated and taught a semester course in sustainable planning and design for third and fourth year architecture and building science students. Focused on sustainable communities and ecovillages: environmental site plan, permaculture design, buildings.
  • Fundamentals of Permaculture Design (2 separate courses), with Chuck Marsh, Peter Bane, Patricia Allison, Andrew Goodheart Brown, Albert Bates, Bob Kornegay, The Farm, Summertown, Tennessee, U.S.A. 1997


(Requests for site consults and design are usually turned into workshops where the larger community can learn)

  • New Life Retreat, Lanark, Ontario, Canada 2003: Raw-food focused permaculture planning for 100 acre organic farm and retreat centre
  • Preliminary Site Assessement for Sustainable Land Use Plan, Plan B Organics, Branchton, Ontario, Canada 2002: Initiated preliminary site assessment for developing a comprehensive land use plan
  • Facilitator/Educator/Designer, Permaculture Design Workshop, Sunward Co-Housing Community, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A. 2000
  • Cross Village Food Farm, Cross Village, Michigan, U.S.A. 1999: Led a five-day workshop and consultation for the development of an organic Community Shared
  • Agriculture farm and an experiential environmental education facility.
  • Landscape Assessment and Design, Bethany Baptist Church, Nepean, Ontario, Canada 1999: Site evaluation and work with the landscape and environment committees to envision a sustainable landscape for the church property: naturalization, edibles, wildlife habitat, people places, community gardens.
  • Permaculture Designer, Warburton Property, Hockley Valley, Ontario, Canada 1999: Consulted on the design of a homestead/landscape designer office and nursery/permaculture demonstration site.
  • Consultant, Land Use Plan, Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Rutledge, Missouri, U.S.A. 1997
  • Facilitated the development of an environmentally sensitive and sustainable land use plan and corresponding goals and objectives for a leading edge ecovillage community group.
  • Land Evaluation and Permaculture Design, East Wind Community, Arkansas, U.S.A. 1996: Led a site evaluation and community meeting for an egalitarian community to explore design possibilities for a recently acquired large acreage adjacent to their existing community.
  • Consultant, Ontario Hydro Grant for Alternative Development, Spragge, Ontario, Canada 1996: Field work and consultation for a grant recipient in the feasibility study for the development of a community-based organic agriculture enterprise, entirely run by renewable energy sources.

  • Manager, Sustainable Education Program, Ecovillage Trainer Center, The Farm, Tennessee, U.S.A. 1997: Co-ordinated, facilitated, and instructed portions of the program of permaculture, sustainable village design, and alternative construction courses held at the Farm. Developed the intern program, and college student visits.