The whole point of this workshops is to challenge the status quo and its myriad inadequacies. Based upon experiences, texts, insights & case studies from US/UK/Aust and recently India we are left under no illusion about how rapid and radical changes need to occur to try to meet the mounting damages and their consequences - be it in social/economic, personal or environmental realms. The very fact that very few governments anywhere in the western world have any kind of cogent policy response to any of of the unfolding global crises should be alarming us more than it seems to - especially in Australia. Our workshop aims to explore the world as it really is and then to support participants to make personal/community plans of action in relation to Sense of Place/Ecopyschology, personal & planetary care & healing, Permaculture (designing systemic responses to our living challenges), as well as skills and insights into garden design, sustainability, regenerative landscapes, food growing, harvesting & processing. These workshops are embodied activism’.
Bridget O’Brien. As a caring steward of life Bridget strives to explore resilience through many pathways. Her studies and work focus on self-care, social, and land-use design. While utilizing her diverse skills, experiences, and trainings in horticulture, floristry, fermentation, Permaculture, Yoga (RYT), nutrition, education & marketing to provide a holistic approach to culture repair. Bridget shares her passion for impactful loving service through work as an educator and designer with Resilient Spirals LLC & Sacred Places PL. She travels offering design, consultation & a range of workshops & is the creative inspiration of ‘Adapt’ – A Design Game www.PlayAdapt.com, in collaboration with PermaculturePrinciples.com.
Charlie Brennan PhD.With 30 years applied experience, Dr. Charlie Brennan is passionate about ‘bringing the land alive’. From hands-on working, project design & coordination and community education in farming, landscape design and garden making, Permaculture/edible streetscapes design, rainforest regeneration, to supporting Aboriginal Cultural Caring for Country, this passion and fascination have deepened. He is a Social Ecologist, eco-psychologist, and researcher and has lectured in ethics & sense of place & worked as a facilitator for a range of conservation and sustainability alliances. He travels offering design, consultation & a range of workshops & is the Director of Sacred Places PL; details of projects can be found at www.CharlieBrennan.info