I moved to Plett when I was 6 years old, and experienced a beautiful childhood, where I developed a deep love and connection with the natural environment. This was instilled in me by my parents, who always took us on great outdoor adventures. I am now mother to an incredible 6 year old daughter. I also run a small swim school and am an integrated massage therapist and holistic body worker.
When Michelle and Chris shared their ideas about the eco program they have developed, I immediately wanted to be a part of it. I love sharing any knowledge I have on permaculture, and gaining new knowledge from teachers and students alike. I believe that permaculture is a viable option to help uplift quality of life for all and to create a healthy and thriving society and environment. Permaculture teaching facilitates a space for everyone to step into their role, wherever their particular strengths and talents may be, and encourages students towards solutions based thinking. What I love about permaculture, is that it shows us how much knowledge we already have, and it teaches us how to work together to affect positive, lasting change.
Since studying Business Science at UCT in Cape Town, I have lived in some pretty interesting and diverse places... from working in a mental health centre in Brixton Road in London, straight into running a private nature reserve in the middle of nowhere in the Kouebokkeveld for two years, where there was no electricity, cell phone reception, landlines were down 70% of the time, and the nearest town was 60km away. So I equally love being around a buzz and lots of people and action, and retreating into the solitude and quiet of myself and the natural world.
I have a widespread range of interests, and I find permaculture, being so diverse and expansive, satisfies different parts of myself, on an intellectual, physical, spiritual, emotional and social aspect.
In 2004, when I was searching for answers to the problems we face as humanity, and looking for solutions within my own life on this level, I found the world of permaculture. In 2005, I arrived for a visit on a beautiful farm in the Klein Karoo, Berg-en-Dal, an off the grid eco village started in 1999, designed on and guided by permaculture principles and ethics. I became a member of the KKSDPP (Klein Karoo Sustainable Drylands Permaculture Project) and moved to the farm. I completed my first PDC (Permaculture Design Course) in 2005 and embued in a permaculture lifestyle, I began to understand how you can use permaculture design to create positive change. I have developed a good permaculture skill set through the years, involved in many courses run on the farm, under the guidance of great teachers, Tahir Cooper and Alex Kruger. I have also been involved in community and eco village development; the design and implementation of the farm gardens, food forests, natural buildings & permaculture systems; making natural products, and running a small produce selling business; working with volunteers, and running and setting up my own site.
Permaculture has exposed me to a wealth of incredibly dedicated individuals and organisations who are actively taking responsibility for their role in the bigger picture. This inspires me immensely. Living in a permaculture community has taught me to constantly be looking at new ways in which I can implement these principles in my life and share this with my community.
Since being based back in the Garden Route, my passion has been to spread the word of permaculture, and act as a connector between the permaculture community, through running national events (integrating permaculture, music and arts), and organising small local community permaculture groups and skills share gatherings... Our collective mission through this is to share information and skills, and gather to connect, network, consolidate, celebrate and redesign the way in which we interact with each other and the natural world of which we are a part of... connecting people who are practising permaculture, as well as new comers, connecting teachers with students and community projects with volunteers and providing spaces for people seeking knowledge, to tap into.