“In our opinion, the most important key to success of any community or eco-village is … the beliefs and values on which it is based, and the relationships which bind members and enable them to work together.”
Christine Connelly, Sustainable Communities: Lessons from Aspiring Eco-Villages
Village Development Program Presenters
Presenters February 2018
Wroth Wall is Australia’s leading solicitor in legal community structures. Read about Wroth's work here.
Helena Norberg-Hodge is outspoken critic of economic globalisation and a leading proponent of localisation as its antidote. She produced and co-directed the award-winning documentary film The Economics of Happiness, which lays out her arguments for localisation and is the author of Ancient Futures, a book about tradition and change in the Himalayan region of Ladakh. Helena is a founder and director of Local Futures and a pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement. She has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than thirty years.
John Seed is a world-renowned Australian environmental activist and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to conservation and the environment in 1995. Since 1979 he has been involved in direct actions that have led to the protection of Australian rainforests and has created numerous projects that protect rainforests in Sth America, Asia and the Pacific.
John believes that the only way to stop further breakdown of the biosphere is to instil a spiritual consciousness that connects us to the planet, the universe, and all other life forms. He has written and lectured extensively on deep ecology and together with Joanna Macy, Pat Fleming and Professor Arne Naess, wrote "Thinking Like a Mountain - Towards a Council of All Beings".
John is a founder and director of the Rainforest Information Centre in Australia.
Carol Perry has lived in community for 45 years and is the co-founder of Dharmananda a sustainable community in northern NSW. Her commitment to community led to her work as a dispute mediator and teacher of mindful communication workshops.
Carol leads retreats, yatras and dharma workshops and has more than 40 years of Insight meditation experience. She is a long-time social activist on ecological issues and is passionate about supporting cohesive and harmonious community in all its forms. She has a mindfulness-based (Hakomi) psychotherapy practice in Lismore and teaches a dharma-based workshop called Communicating Mindfully.
Bunya Halasz works as a Permaculture Design Consultant and has tutored a variety of permaculture design courses and accredited permaculture training programs since 2008. Through the lens of permaculture, Bunya works as a designer, educator and gardening mentor supporting people and communities to explore an intimate connection with the elements of nature to grow food, fuel and fibre.
Bunya is a lifelong gardener whose practical knowledge stems from 15 years work within a range of organic farming and permaculture systems in Australia and New Zealand. He is also passionate about integrating Oriental Medicine and practices with food and earth arts.
All are welcome at Bruns Eco Village. Anyone who aligns with Bruns Eco Village’s vision and mission is welcome to join the Village Development Program regardless of age, ethnicity, gender or ability.
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