Western Australia was alive with it’s amazingly colourful and diverse wild flowers when Robin was there visiting for three weeks in October to attend the APC 13 (Australasian Permaculture Convergence) and present a five day Advanced Permaculture Teachers course. Robin was invited by Ross Mars, the convener of APC 13 and post APC courses, and was hosted very well by Ross, Charles Otway and other PermaWest members.
The convergence was held in the Swan Valley and the weather was atrocious. Flying from warm spring days in Queensland to really cold blistery days for the whole 1st week in WA, the attendees were, like Robin, mostly unprepared and very cold. The spirits of all gathered were really high though and the great connections, time with old friends, valuable networking and interesting presentations and workshops made it all worthwhile.
Robin enjoyed being a Key Presenter at the big public day preceding the Convergence and offered the opening session on the main stage entitled Social Permaculture.
35 people attended her Creative Facilitation workshop at the Convergence and her books, training resources and new educational card games were very well received. A big sellers were her new USB product containing many of her resources digitally and the new Permaculture Principles Card Game.
A highlight of the journey was a two day field trip up to Julie Firth’s abundant semi arid Permaculture property in Geraldton visiting broad acre farms and passing natural spots of beauty along the way.
Robin was joined by two of the new generation of Permaculture teachers, Annaliese Hordern and Charles Otway, to present a dynamic ‘Advanced Permaculture Teachers’ course at Rochingham the week after the convergence. It was located on the beach. Wow! The largest sandpit one could ask for. Robin was able to include the basics of her ‘Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning’ methodology in amongst a valuable diversity of other sessions. Working with Annaliese and Charles was really wonderful and rich. Participants gave great feedback and there was a feeling afterwards to do it again sometime.
To cap off her journey Robin was hosted at Fair Harvest, a family Permaculture farm in Margaret River run by Jody Lane. It’s the most beautiful, educational and functional farm and hosts guests, students, WWOOFers, Cafe’s, events and festivals. The Saturday saw her and Robina McCurdy from NZ offer a Social Permaculture Day and then Robin followed that with a Dynamic Decision Making day. Once again everyone was really happy and grateful for the learning and Robin, Robina and Jody were all thankful and happy for the time spent together. Robin got to stay in the beautifully fitted out ‘Circus Truck’, acquired from Permaculture song writer and performer Charlie McGee.
Much Gratitude and Honour to all the hosts and participants involved in this magical and successful journey that enabled Robin to share more of her gifts and passion with the world.