Welcome to my website – here you will find information about my current projects and reflective writings.
I am a permaculture teacher, designer and writer. Permaculture came into my life in 1999 and awakened in me a creative life force. I have found it to be full of inspiration, magic and common sense. Permaculture has allowed me to meander on my own path supported by like-minded people, a sense of purpose and a belief that together we are bringing about positive change in the world.
One of the beauties of permaculture is that we can all use it in unique ways to enhance what we are doing already and to take us in new directions. To guide people in doing this I have written a book People & Permaculture which is the first permaculture book to look at how we can use the principles and design of permaculture in all aspects of life. The book emphasises how focusing on caring and designing for people can lead to greater and more effective planet care and repair.
In 2014 I published my second book 7 Ways to Think Differently. A concise and potent guide to shifting our personal and cultural thinking patterns towards more healthy regenerative ones.
I live in Herefordshire with my partner and two daughters. We have a stunning 20 acre smallholding – Applewood permaculture centre which is an education and demonstration centre. Most of my courses are run here. We have indoor accomodation and teaching spaces, as well as many diverse habitats including orchard, pasture, woodland, lake, gardens. Our home is also home to an abundance of birds including ravens and a parliament of owls that talk across the valley.
Since 2016 I have been working closely with Jon Young (founder of 8 Shields Institue) on the Cultural Emergence Project – finding news ways to facilitate cultural change. In 2020 I published my next book Activating Cultural Emergence – a toolkit for transforming ourselves and the world. I am now making the toolkit into the Cultural Emergence Empowerment Deck – available for pre-order now.
My path over the last 20+ years has been life changing and has affirmed the belief that we can all take positive action to benefit ourselves, our communities and our planet.