Engaged Sustainability

Designing thriving communities

Your facilitators

By on May 18, 2016

This programme brings together experience with ecovillage living, new economy, permaculture, natural medicine & more. Meet your facilitators:




Community & ecology weekend

Michel has lived in a number of places around the world including at eco-villages and a Permaculture Education Centre in Asia. Such experiences allowed him to explore the relationship between inner and outer resilience, personal transformation as well as the creation of community and environmental sustainability. He now lives and works in London where he teaches Permaculture Design and runs various community and food growing projects.

It is Michel’s vision to create an urban example of a regenerative and restorative, life sustaining and flourishing culture, connecting people to each other and the more than human. Inspired by Permaculture principles and the Ecovillage Design Education, he is currently developing a social enterprise project which seeks to create such micro-cultures within London through reinventing our neighbourhoods. See his work at Social Lanscapes.

Inge Kuijper


Programme organiser & community weekend

Inge took a break from her 10 year user experience design career, to reconnect with nature and find more sustainable lifestyles. Her journey started with the 5 week Ecovillage Design Education programme by Gaia Education at Findhorn Foundation in Scotland and felt transformed. She spent 10 months traveling and working in Latin America. Vipassana meditation, shamanic teachings, permaculture and eco village living were all part of the new curriculum which she continues to document on Green Unfolding.

Back in London Inge has adopted regular meditation and wants to bring her decade of experience in design thinking to environmental education; how to create a vision for your project, validate your social enterprise idea, use brainstorm techniques, and more. Inge is your main point of contact for any questions you may have before, during and after the programme.


Lisa Mead


Economy weekend

After leaving a career as a commercial lawyer, Lisa spent time on a remote island in Western Canada, learning first hand about living a low carbon lifestyle. After moving to Findhorn in 2006, she completed a post-grad diploma in eco-building and renewable energy and oversaw an extensive eco-renovation of her early 1970s home.

In 2009 she co-produced her first documentary film, The Turning Point: A Return to Community, which focuses on the Findhorn community’s low carbon enterprises. She is passionately interested in what drives us as human beings and also works as a coach and EFT practitioner. She co-founded the Earth Law Alliance and the International Centre for Wholistic Law. Wholistic Law is a new approach to law-making and legal practice that respects living systems and the profound inter-existence of all life. Lisa is faculty member at Findhorn College, and facilitates the Economy dimension at the EDE at Findhorn.


Bonny Casel


Worldview weekend

Bonny Casel Melendy ND, MH, MIr, FBRI is the owner and director of School of Natural Medicine, UK and PureHealth School of Natural Medicine Online. She has studied with many of the leading pioneers of Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine of the 20th Century. She also developed an early fascination with quantum theory as her step-father worked in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University.

She was fortunate to meet, and be inspired by, Stephen Hawking at an early age, and was introduced to fractal geometry and quantum physics by colleagues of her step-father at Cambridge University. Bonny soon realized that there were more similarities than differences between indigenous understanding of the nature of matter and consciousness, and the discoveries of Quantum Physics.


Maddy Harland


Worldview weekend

Maddy Harland is editor and co-founder of Permaculture magazine – solutions beyond sustainability, an international quarterly covering all aspects of sustainable living, from gardening, sustainable agriculture and natural building, to renewable technology and community activism. Maddy also co-founded Permanent Publications in 1990, a publishing company based at the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire, UK, a former Naval Base, now a thriving educational charity. where Maddy chairs the Board of Trustees.

Maddy is a fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and a Visiting Knowledge and Exchange Fellow at the Institute of Theological Partnerships at Winchester University. Maddy is one of the co–founders of the original Gaia Education, which this programme is inspired by.