Speakers Details

We will be calling for expressions of interest from workshop presenters from September 2019. Please email apc2020@nscf.org.au if you want us to let you know when we are receiving applications.

 

Keynote Speakers

Starhawk

Starhawk is a permaculture designer, teacher, and founder of Earth Activist Training, which teaches regenerative design with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism.  She is the author of thirteen books on earth based spirituality and activism, including The Spiral Dance, The Earth Path, and The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, on group dynamics and social permaculture.  Her permaculture novels, The Fifth Sacred Thing and City of Refuge. Together with director Donna Read Cooper, she has worked on five major documentaries, including the Goddess Trilogy for the National Film Board of Canada and Permaculture: The Growing Edge.

Starhawk holds a double diploma in design and teaching from the Permaculture Institute of North America.  She presently directs Earth Activist Training, teaches internationally, and is a voice for incorporating Social Permaculture into our movement and trainings. She is an experienced permaculture designer and teacher, and is developing a model of permaculture ranching at her Golden Rabbit Ranch. Her website is http://starhawk.org, and she is on Twitter @Starhawk17 and Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/StarhawkAuthor/.

 

Robyn Francis

Robyn Francis, permaculture pioneer, educator, designer and innovator has been a passionate advocate of Permaculture since 1983.  Founder of Permaculture International Ltd (now PA), Permaculture College Australia, editor of the Permaculture International Journal, designer of NSW’s first ecovillage (Jarlanbah), co-initiator of the Accredited Permaculture Training and key influence of the permaculture movement in China, she balances international work with direct action in her local community and bioregion. Since 1994 she is based at Djanbung Gardens, purpose-designed Permaculture training centre in the lush subtropics of NSW, Australia. Robyn is passionate about social permaculture, practical self-reliance and empowering people as agents of change. She enjoys gardening and is a singer/songwriter and composer of luscious ambient music. www.permaculture.com.au

Fair Share in the Anthropocene

The third ethic takes on increasing significance as we approach irreversible climate and ecological tipping points and new levels of intergenerational theft. This presentation explores the third ethic implications of limits to growth and consumption and the individual and collective responsibility to live within our ecological footprint. Fair Share is the ethic that underpins the design of our invisible structures, the socio-economic and legal frameworks that facilitate appropriate action towards earth care and people care in the Anthropocene.

Stuart Andrews

Stuart Andrews is a farmer who has dedicated over 30 years of his life to understanding, practicing and teaching land rehabilitation techniques. Stuart was raised on the 1500 acre property “Tarwyn Park”, Bylong, the celebrated home of Natural Sequence Farming (NSF), pioneered by his father Peter Andrews.

Stuart has been involved in public education through field days at Tarwyn Park as well as QLD, NSW, VIC and the ACT. As director of Tarwyn Park Training he has educated many landholders in NSF since 2012.

Stuart’s property “Riverside” in Kybong marries NSF with other tried and tested models of regenerative agriculture. This trial is intended to establish a model of land rehabilitation that can be scaled up from very small blocks to large acreages, while also allowing the farmer to derive an income from the land. This trial builds upon Stuart’s extensive knowledge of environmentally beneficial farming practices, reflects his commitment to sharing knowledge with others and is guided by models of sustainable agriculture that have been highly successful elsewhere in the world.