First exposure to permaculture was in 1994, volunteering at Gardens for Africa (GFA), a ghetto based permaculture project near Durban in Kwa-Zulu Natal province of South Africa. The project seemed to embody the dream of a new South Africa as expressed by Nelson Mandela.
1996 - Australian travels, attended EcoVillage design workshop hosted by G.E.N. at Crystal Waters EcoVillage, and represented SA at IPC 6 in Perth. Woofed with EarthCare Education and Jangbung Gardens. Part of core team that developed GFA into permaculture training and resource center.
1997-2005 organised GEN Eco Village Design and Earthcare Education Teacher Training workshops in SA. Developed first community based tertiary permaculture qualifications in Landcare with University of Natal - Pietermaritzburg. Developed indigenous medicinal plant cropping models with indigenous Zulu healers at GFA. Developed seed security programs and training courses with PELUM network in SA. Worked on several SA schools permaculture programs and competitions. Organised and facilitated on many PDCs at Rustlers Valley farm and other locations across SA.
2005 Graduated from Thokoza lineage of sangomas (african traditional medicine practioners) and developed models and training programs for urban food security and primary healthcare gardens as AIDS prevention and treatment strategy across SA.
2005-2009 became coordinator and dance chief for "Dance For The One" (DFTO), an international cross cultural and interfaith cermonial peace dance, which aims to connect all people across these traditional boundaries using cermonial dance. Worked for DFTO in SA, Egypt-Sinai, Israel, Germany, Norway, Bosnia.
2009-2010 Designer and project supervisor for Rustlers Valley Farm ecovillage project.
2011 promoting, practising and giving it full power to help launch permaculture in Cairo and Egypt; supporting Permaculture Egypt and Nahdet El Mahrousa's Green Arm.
|Permaculture Design Certificate Course|
|Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course|
|Verifying teacher: Kent Muhammad Tahir Cooper|
|Other Teachers: Tim Houghton, Malcome Draper, Erna Kruger|
|Location: Rustlers Valley Farm, South Africa|
|Date: Dec 1995|
|Permaculture Teachers Facilitation Course|
|Type: Teacher Training|
|Teacher: Robin Clayfield|
|Date: Nov 1998|
|Eco Village Design Workshop|
|Verifying teacher: Albert Bates|
|Other Teachers: Max Lyndegger, Declan Kennedy|
|Location: Crystal Waters Eco Village|
|Date: Aug 1996|