I have a background in both Landscape Design and outdoor education. I've been exposed to and had an interest in permaculture techniques all of my life. Recently I came to understand permaculture ethics and why these are so relevant.
In 2008 whilst practising as a landscape designer & project manager, my associates & I started looking for ways to offer more sustainable landscape design services to the mainstream. In early 2012, as I began to understand the broader ethics & principles of permaculture, I was introduced to the permablitz concept shortly before attending the Australasian Permaculture Convergence. This event cemented by belief in the ethics of permaculture and my desire to connect with and contribute to the permaculture community.
After returning from the convergence, I set about preparing a permaculture design for our small suburban property, along with my wife Carolyn. Using our group facilitation and organic gardening experience we held our first Permablitz event. 30 people came and Permablitz Bay of Plenty was born. One year on, it has following of well over 230 people, and is still going strong (www.permablitzbopnz.net)
I did my PDC in Feb 2013 at the Koanga Intstitute and am currently starting to obtain work as a professional permaculture designer. I would really like to teach PDC's in the very near future and will continue to support permablitz events as these are a great way for me to practice my design and teaching skills in Permaculture.