My educational permaculture biography is short as I start my journey but my permaculture journey has been long. I first came into contact with permaculture in the 70s by a chance conversation with a friend who had spent some time travelling in and around Australia and lent me a pamphlet describing permaculture. I was at that time starting a journey in Information Technology as a designer having started in a mechanical engineering background. He described permaculture to me, Bill Mollison and the book Permaculture One which he let me look at (it was too precious for me to borrow). I was hooked but had no idea how I could get myself into it and lost track of time busying myself with what turned into a consulting career, taking in business systems design, along with a bit of teaching. I've also some considerable experience running my own business as an independent consultant and as an award-winning publican and postmaster.
Having started using the internet since the 70s I tracked down one or two things via some ancient internet search methods, it's so much easier with the world wide web now and the online resources available. I've watched and read Bill Mollisons teachings, various of his TV programmes and watched his PDCs. I've gone on to read Patrick Whitefield +others and it's taken an age to formalise my knowledge by taking my PDC with Graham Bell and I'm now consolidating that experience on my own land and in starting to teach (they say the best way to learn is to teach).
I'm presently developing an Introduction to Permaculture course, first for my (acting as guinea pig) wife Ness and then hopefully soon in Caithness at the top of Scotland where we have a venue at Thurso Grows (a community garden) and eventually at my own site. I hope to add to that by aiding and abetting the odd PDC along the way, building my own site as a demonstration centre and developing my educators credentials further, more of which I'll add below when the time comes.
I've co-taught an in-person Permaculture Introduction and Forest Gardening weekend course with Graham Bell and am joined Lusi Alderslowe in teaching the Permaculture Associations Foundations in Permaculture Course specifically for the Highlands and Islands where our challenges are somewhat different to the norm and did a brief introduction to permaculture for an online level 2 award course in forest gardening.
Finally I've been representing the Permaculture Association from the Scottish perspective by running their Twitter account, co-managing their Facebook page & Facebook group which I encourage you to join. I am the Projects Network Development Officer - Scotland (covers ScotLAND demonstration sites and projects) and I am working for the Permaculture Association on their Pebble Trust funded work. I have also been working at promoting #52ClimateActions via their website www.52climateactions.com & I'm a member of the Permaculture Scotland Events Team and Working Group.