About the Teachers
Gillian grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, enjoying the coastal lifestyle until finishing University and a Professional Year in Accounting.
In 1987 Gillian married her husband Stephen and now has 3 lovely daughters, who keep her busy as they grow, develop and make choices of their own. The family moved in 2011 to a home with a smaller garden closer to their farm. With many challenges ahead she looks forward to developing her new garden into a productive, fruitful & beautiful landscape as she begins to understand its nuances over the seasons.
Gillian enjoys good friends, good food and good cooking with wonderful fresh ingredients. She feels refreshed, though sometimes exhausted by spending time in her garden, both at home and at the farm. Since 1999 she has been painting majolica ceramics for relaxation. Gillian is drawn to the Italian scroll brush strokes and enjoys pattern in general within Permaculture.
Gillian and Stephen have owned their business for 21 years where they have worked together in different roles. Needless to say, Gillian does the accounting while Stephen does the upfront corporate workshops and consulting but now it’s time for her to take up the challenge to teach Permaculture.
Gillian’s Permaculture Journey
Gillian completed her first PDC with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton in January. After enjoying it so much, she filled in the remaining gaps by attending; an Earthworks course taught by Geoff Lawton and Darren Doherty, an Introduction to Permaculture Course taught by Penny Pyett and mini skill building courses at Kimbriki Eco Garden. As if this wasn’t enough to finish off the year she did a second PDC with Darren Doherty in November, that year with her eldest daughter, Rachael.
In 2009 she travelled to the USA for the Carbon Farming course in Tennessee, with some of the best teachers in the world like Joel Salatin, Brad Lancaster, Elaine Ingram. She completed a Zone 1 and Zone 2 garden course at Zaytuna Farm with Geoff Lawton in March, and in June she also lead her family to complete the Introduction to Permaculture course at Zaytuna Farm.
In 2010 she attended the Teaching Permaculture Creatively workshop with Robyn Clayfield and a Soil Microbiology and Compost Tea workshop with soils expert Paul Taylor.
In 2011 she completed the Bio Fertiliser workshop with Eugenio Gras. She also attended the International Permaculture Convergence (IPC10) in Jordan, Amman, where she spoke on the launch of International Permaculture Day in May 2012.
Gillian has recently completed the Train the Trainer course with Rosemary Morrow at Milkwood. She continues to promote the International Permaculture Day by encouraging individuals and groups around the world to get involved and spread the word.
As well as an extensive education she has had lots of hands on experience on her family’s 12 acre property in the Lower Hunter Valley and the home of Garden Village Permaculture. She has also WWOOFed on many Permaculture properties including Zaytuna farm (the home of PRI), under guidance and direction of Geoff and Nadia Lawton.
She attended APC 10 in Sydney and APC 11 in Cairns and in 2011 she presented at the International Permaculture Convergence held in Amman, Jordon.
Gillian was a Director and Treasurer of Permaculture International Ltd (now Permaculture Australia). She is also an active member of Permaculture Sydney North.