I grew up mostly in Canberra and parts of NSW including Sydney, Goulburn and Tumut, in a family of teachers and home vegetable gardeners. I was introduced to sustainability as a small kid; we moved to the bush when I was three to build a mud brick house and experimented with living off the land.
We eventually moved back to civilisation where I was introduced to skateboarding, television and the rest of 80s/90s culture.
Out of school I got a job at the CityNews and worked there in various roles including delivery boy, telemarketer (I only lasted a week in this role), graphic designer, production manager and photographer for 13 years. I decided I needed a change, so with my backpack and a one way ticket to Kuala Lumpur in hand, I set off on my around the world adventure.
Along the way I discovered workaway.info which was a revelation for me. It meant I could spend more time getting to know people and places by volunteering my time in exchange for food and board. I was naturally attracted to sustainability and especially Permaculture projects, reminding me of my childhood in the bush.
I spent two years this way volunteering through Asia, India and Europe until I found myself in a small village in Hungary volunteering for a Belgian couple who were living almost completely off grid. Whilst chopping wood, which I discovered helps you think, I realised that I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I promptly booked a ticket back home to study and work in Permaculture.
Commoner and design team member at Lyneham Commons - Current
Advanced Permaculture Design with Dan Palmer - 2015
“Perma-Tech” Renewable Energy Course at Permaculture Research Institute - 2015
Permaculture Design Certificate with Geoff Lawton - 2015
International Permaculture volunteer - 2013-2015