Facilitators


Dr Chris Lloyd : Chair of Academic Council

Dr Chris Lloyd

Chair of Academic Council

Before being a participant in the co-creation of the OASES GraduateSchool I taught for many years at Swinburne and Monash Universities. My areas of interest included Sociology, Behavioural Studies, Counselling and Gender and Feminist Studies. My practice was in counselling, organisational consultancy and training. I am passionate about approaches to learning that value ‘head, heart and hand’; that start from where we feel most alive and recognises the non/extra rational as well as the rational ways of learning and knowing such as stories, imagination, aesthetic and embodied knowing and learning.

Living in these times of ecological, social and spiritual crises compels us to become more resilient as individuals in relationship and community, and to question and challenge our own and the contemporary world’s ‘taken for granted’ assumptions and world views; to engage with others in creating new stories that reimagine our connections to self, each other and the more than human world that enhances the thriving of all humans and the Earth.

My formal qualifications include; BSc (Hon) Sociology at London University, MA at University of Kent at Canterbury, BEd Counselling at La Trobe University, Major in Psychology Swinburne. I recently completed a PhD at La Trobe University with a thesis titled Imagining Soul: the Im/Possibilities of Liminality.

Qualifications - BSc Sociology (Hons) , BEd (Counselling), MA., PhD

Units Facilitated - Integrative Conversations 1 (IC1); Recreating Our Organisations; Body, Psyche, Soul, Spirit: Towards an Integral Psychology

Email - [email protected]

Dr Kristin Diemer : Deputy Chair of Academic Council

Dr Kristin Diemer

Deputy Chair of Academic Council

Kristin is a sociologist utilising both traditional and emerging research methods. She is also a documentary photographer, using photography as a method in exploring the formation of self within social contexts; photography as a ‘way of seeing’. Kristin is also a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne working on the SAFER research program into family violence.

Qualifications - Diploma Visual Arts, PhD

Units Facilitated:
Integrative Conversations 3 & 4 (IC3 & IC4)
Entering the Aesthetic Domain (AES)

Published/Exhibited Works →

Alan Browne :

Alan Browne

Alan is a Therapist and Artist who is passionate about making the ordinary extraordinary by awakening the senses.

Qualifications - BA, BEd (Counseling)

Units Facilitated - Entering the Aesthetic Domain (AES)

Dr Jacques Boulet : Research Coordinator

Dr Jacques Boulet

Research Coordinator

Originally from Flemish Belgium, Jacques’ early inspiration was working and living with Congolese communities and working with disadvantaged communities, including the Romani, in Germany. These experiences shaped lifelong university teaching in social work, social research and community development in Germany, the USA and Australia, and an abiding interest in the importance of in-depth learning understood as ‘processes of mutually beneficial relating’.Jacques is a former Senior Lecturer at University of Melbourne and Assoc. Prof. at RMIT Social Work, and has ongoing involvement in curriculum development in Hong Kong. His PhD dissertation (Ann Arbor, Michigan US) was about theoretical and strategic underpinnings for community development.

His intellectual and political networks extend to European, Indian and Chinese university research centres, alternative education providers, and community development and activist groups. He is a founding Director of the OASES Graduate School, which was established to offer degrees in Sustainability and Social Change Studies and provide an antidote to the commercialisation and reductionism now inherent across education programs in Australia and elsewhere. Jacques is interested in community development, globalisation, the social economy and localism, international solidarity, cross cultural studies and social research. Jacques also serves as Research Coordinator for the Academic Council. He is editor of the quarterly journal New Community.

Qualifications - PhD Social Work and Sociology (Social Psychology), University of Michigan

Units Facilitated:
Integrative Conversations 3 & 4 (IC3 & IC4)

Entering the Social Domain (SOC)
Community Development (CDV)
Revitalising Words and Language

Published/Exhibited Works →

Dr Peter Cock :

Dr Peter Cock

I have been a man full of intention and determination to make a contribution, believing in my capacity to make it happen. The humbling experience of only partial success has taught me to be open to the often-subtle messages of others- human and non human- to begin the journey of acting in response to the cosmos. Struggling with paradox and apparent contradictions provokes attunement with assessment, passion with detachment, self-transcendence with practical idealism. This is at the heart of my access to wisdom.

My extensive education, teaching and long institutional experience at Monash teaching units such as environmental policy and action, ecopsychology, conserver society, ecotourism. (1) have helped me to think through meaning. This however, has played a subsidiary role in my reach for eldership. In my academic role, the contrast between my ongoing struggle with dyslexia and my strong creative, thinking and verbal skills has equipped me to be comfortable with my own limitations. I have come to see mistakes as learning opportunities and limitations as encouragement to cooperate.

Qualifications - BComm, MA (Government), MA (Sociology), Ph.D. (Sociology)

Units Facilitated:
Entering the Ecological Domain (ECO)
Co-evolving Spirituality for Life (CSL)

Published/Exhibited Works →

Dr Jenni Goricanec :

Dr Jenni Goricanec

Jenni is interested in working with others to enhance the sustainability of human systems. Her practice is to engage with people by drawing on their own ways of knowing and understanding. She orients people toward the “pull” of future intentions, rather than the blind “push” of past habits and “best practice”. She encourages people to break out of their cognitive silos, to think laterally and to focus on the whole problem in all its inter-disciplinary complexity.

Her practice works through the essential processes of innovation – mobilising resources, enrolling peers, engaging allies and building public support. This form of engineering is about manoeuvring, dissolving boundaries, always being in action, and recognising that function, congruence and transformation are emergent properties generated through active learning by doing.

Jenni is a co-facilitator of second year Integrative Conversations.

Qualifications - B.Eng, GradCertMgt, MSc, PhD

Units Facilitated:
Integrative Conversations 2 (IC2)
Synapse (SYN)

Published/Exhibited Works →

Dr Tricia Hiley :

Dr Tricia Hiley

Tricia is a lifelong learner and director of Potential Space, a micro-business which fosters learning practices for living and working in our complex and dynamic world. Through this enterprise, Tricia works with individuals and businesses in areas including executive coaching, leadership and team behaviour, development of learning practices and organisational effectiveness.

She also runs the Masters year of RMIT’s innovative post-graduate program, Innovation and Service Management, bringing her experience as an organisation change consultant, quality practitioner, small business operator, and adult educator to both the learning process and the course content. She holds a Masters of Business Degree in Organisation Change and Development and a PhD, in which she explored the potential and challenge of living and working effectively in a complex, dynamic world.

Qualifications - MBus (Organisational Change & Development), PhD

Rev Dr Robert Edward Hoskin :

Rev Dr Robert Edward Hoskin

Robert is a retired minister of the Uniting Church. He has completed a doctorate based on his work with an Aboriginal community in the Kimberley.

Qualifications - D.Min, B.D(Hons), B.A, BVAD, PhD

 

Sarah Houseman :

Sarah Houseman

Sarah is an educator, researcher and organisational leader. She is passionate about big picture, strategic, long-term thinking, and she loves the play and the tension between theoretical concepts and the action of living. In the process of learning by application and reflection, Sarah and her partner, have built an energy efficient house, applied principles of permaculture and bio-dynamics in their gardening and established an aquaponics system. Her career encompasses leadership as an entrepreneur in small to medium enterprises and a trans-national manufacturing company, and teaching in secondary schools, and in formal (universities) and informal contexts (community-based workshops).

Sarah has chaired the OASES Graduate School Board since 2014 and is a member of the CERES Environmental Park Board and the Academic Board of the OASES Graduate School. She has designed and facilitated environmentally focused workshops and courses for RMIT, OASES, Be the Change Australia, Environment Education Victoria and her local community. Sarah was the commissioning editor for the journal Eingana (2010-15) and through her work as Executive Officer of Environmental Education Victoria (2009-15), is an active nurturer of Victoria’s environmental education community.

Sarah seeks to make a difference in building just and sustainable communities, and relationships. Her current focus is on a PhD at La Trobe University where she is exploring how governance models and practices that might facilitate an integral ecology and operationalise the agreements made @ COP21 (Paris 2015).

Qualifications - B.A, Dip.Ed Grad. Cert. Management, M.Ed., M.Sc.

Units Facilitated - Integrative Conversations 1 (IC1)
                                        Ecological Literacy
                                        Recreating Our Organisations

Dr Louise Mahler :

Dr Louise Mahler

Louise works with individuals and small groups to facilitate personal and corporate change, drawing on her years of experience with music as an Opera singer.

Qualifications - PhD

Units Facilitated - Voice Body Mind (VBM)

Published/Exhibited Works →

Dr Cristina Neesham :

Dr Cristina Neesham

Cristina Neesham teaches applied philosophy, public policy, critical thinking and problem solving at the University of Melbourne and Monash University. She has research interests in social and political philosophy, applied logic, creative thinking, public policy, international business ethics and the philosophy of organisational management.

Qualifications - PhD

Dr Jose Ramos :

Dr Jose Ramos

José M. Ramos is originally from California from Mexican American and Indigenous ancestry. He has a great passion for community initiatives going back to his student days in Community College organising events for environmental clubs and lobbying for social justice causes. He holds a Doctorate from Queensland University of Technology in Global Studies, Foresight and Sustainability.

He has taught and lectured at Swinburne University of Technology on Strategic Foresight, Community and Corporate Sustainability Strategy, Economic History and Community Development, and at Victoria University in Community Development and Health Promotion.

His skills and abilities include facilitating energising workshops, conducting experiential field research, report writing, producing (developing, filming and editing) documentaries, developing social media and social networking platforms, the art of strategic conversation and dialogue, presentation and educational curriculum development.

Qualifications - BA (Comparative Literature), MSc (Strategic Foresight), Ph.D. (Foresight, Global Studies and Community Development)

Published/Exhibited Works →

Eleni Rivers :

Eleni Rivers

Eleni Rivers is a professional artist, teacher and collaborator who has taught a variety of art classes over 25 years in colleges, corporations and communities. She holds a Masters degree in Art and Consciousness from JFK University, Berkeley, California as well as several degrees in Fine Arts from colleges in Australia.

Qualifications - MFA

Units Facilitated - Synapse (SYN), and Myth Mapping (MM)

Published/Exhibited Works →

Rev Paul Sanders :

Rev Paul Sanders

Paul is Director of the Cloudmountain Retreat in Dunkeld in the beautiful Southern Grampians. He is a Uniting Church minister and has undertaken contemplative and Zen training in the USA and Australia beginning 1993. Paul was minister and Co-Director of Augustine Centre from 1998-2009.

In 2010 Paul was appointed an apprentice Zen teacher by Roshi Bob Walker (international Zen Diamond Sangha). Paul's other interest lie in the fields of art and poetry and their vital place in opening our sensibilities.

Qualifications - BA.Theol (studies), Dip.Min.

Units Facilitated - Entering the Spiritual Domain (SPI)

The Board


Sarah Houseman : Chairperson

Sarah Houseman

Chairperson

Sarah is the Executive Officer for the Victorian Association for Environmental Education (VAEE), a facilitator and training leader for the ‘Changing the Dream’ Initiative, and co-founder of the Nillumbik Transition Towns Initiating Group.

Sarah re-aligned her work by moving into the sustainable development and education sector after over a decade’s experience in executive management in the construction and mining industries in Australia and internationally. Having achieved strong results in organisational change including managing global re-structuring projects, acquisition and integration for small/medium-sized enterprises, Sarah has brought her energy and leadership skills to the not-for-profit sector.

Sarah is committed to co-creating a better world and contributing toward nurturing dynamic organisations and communities.

Dr Jan Allen :

Dr Jan Allen

Dr Jan Allen has been working in the tertiary education sector in Melbourne for over 20 years, and is currently the Director of MIECAT, an accredited higher education training institute in Melbourne. Jan has worked at MIECAT since its inception and, in addition to the overall management of MIECAT, she has contributed to its curriculum design and review, quality assurance and research.

Jan also teaches in the MIECAT MA and Professional Doctoral program as well as supervising research students. She has considerable experience and particular interest in arts based research, how the arts and arts making support health and wellbeing, has an arts/photography practice and exhibits regularly.

Dr Jacques Boulet :

Dr Jacques Boulet

Originally from Flemish Belgium, Jacques’ early inspiration was working and living with Congolese communities and working with disadvantaged communities, including the Romani, in Germany. These experiences shaped lifelong university teaching in social work, social research and community development in Germany, the USA and Australia, and an abiding interest in the importance of in-depth learning understood as ‘processes of mutually beneficial relating’.Jacques is a former Senior Lecturer at University of Melbourne and Assoc. Prof. at RMIT Social Work, and has ongoing involvement in curriculum development in Hong Kong. His PhD dissertation (Ann Arbor, Michigan US) was about theoretical and strategic underpinnings for community development.

His intellectual and political networks extend to European, Indian and Chinese university research centres, alternative education providers, and community development and activist groups. He is a founding Director of the OASES Graduate School, which was established to offer degrees in Sustainability and Social Change Studies and provide an antidote to the commercialisation and reductionism now inherent across education programs in Australia and elsewhere. Jacques is interested in community development, globalisation, the social economy and localism, international solidarity, cross cultural studies and social research. Jacques also serves as Research Coordinator for the Academic Council. He is editor of the quarterly journal New Community.

Dr Jenni Goricanec :

Dr Jenni Goricanec

Jenni is interested in working with others to enhance the sustainability of human systems. Her practice is to engage with people by drawing on their own ways of knowing and understanding. She orients people toward the “pull” of future intentions, rather than the blind “push” of past habits and “best practice”. She encourages people to break out of their cognitive silos, to think laterally and to focus on the whole problem in all its inter-disciplinary complexity.

Her practice works through the essential processes of innovation – mobilising resources, enrolling peers, engaging allies and building public support. This form of engineering is about manoeuvring, dissolving boundaries, always being in action, and recognising that function, congruence and transformation are emergent properties generated through active learning by doing.

Jenni is a co-facilitator of second year Integrative Conversations.

Qualifications - B.Eng, GradCertMgt, MSc, PhD

Units Facilitated:
Integrative Conversations 2 (IC2)
Synapse (SYN)

Published/Exhibited Works →

Dr Benjamin Habib :

Dr Benjamin Habib

Ben is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at La Trobe University, Melbourne. He has research interests at the nexus between security, economy and environment in North Korea and Northeast Asia, and teaches undergraduate subjects International Politics of Climate Change, Global Environmental Politics and Contemporary Politics of Northeast Asia. Ben completed his PhD candidature at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia in 2011. He has also studied at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea.

Ben has worked previously for Flinders University, the University of South Australia, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship, and has spent time teaching English in Dandong, China. Ben completed a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at CERES Community Environment Park in Melbourne and is now a contributing facilitator within the CERES PDC program, focusing on the application of permaculture design principles to socio-economic systems. He is an Asia Literacy Ambassador for the Asia Education Foundation and is/has been an active member of a number of community groups in Melbourne and Northeast Victoria including Melbourne Free University, Wodonga and Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH) and Albury-Wodonga Ecoportal.

Ben is committed to the practice of a holistic environmental politics devoted to simultaneous political, economic and social change with the aim of constructing a just and regenerative society.

Rev Joan Wright Howie :

Rev Joan Wright Howie

Rev Joan Wright Howie came to Habitat Uniting Church in November 2010. With an M.A. in spiritual direction, she brings a keen interest in spiritual formation. She teaches in the Spiritual Direction formation team with the Wellsprings Centre and through Sentir Graduate School. Being with people, attending to the presence of God and fostering a discernment makes her heart sing: it is here that faith forms action and lives are transformed. Joan works with the Habitat community to develop the Spirituality Centre program and supports the Habitat congregation. Joan is a mum with three children and is keen to nurture families and children in our community.

Academic Council

 


Dr Chris Lloyd : Chair of Academic Council

Dr Chris Lloyd

Chair of Academic Council

Before being a participant in the co-creation of the OASES GraduateSchool I taught for many years at Swinburne and Monash Universities. My areas of interest included Sociology, Behavioural Studies, Counselling and Gender and Feminist Studies. My practice was in counselling, organisational consultancy and training. I am passionate about approaches to learning that value ‘head, heart and hand’; that start from where we feel most alive and recognises the non/extra rational as well as the rational ways of learning and knowing such as stories, imagination, aesthetic and embodied knowing and learning.

Living in these times of ecological, social and spiritual crises compels us to become more resilient as individuals in relationship and community, and to question and challenge our own and the contemporary world’s ‘taken for granted’ assumptions and world views; to engage with others in creating new stories that reimagine our connections to self, each other and the more than human world that enhances the thriving of all humans and the Earth.

My formal qualifications include; BSc (Hon) Sociology at London University, MA at University of Kent at Canterbury, BEd Counselling at La Trobe University, Major in Psychology Swinburne. I recently completed a PhD at La Trobe University with a thesis titled Imagining Soul: the Im/Possibilities of Liminality.

Qualifications - BSc Sociology (Hons) , BEd (Counselling), MA., PhD

Units Facilitated - Integrative Conversations 1 (IC1); Recreating Our Organisations; Body, Psyche, Soul, Spirit: Towards an Integral Psychology

Email - [email protected]

Dr Kristin Diemer : Deputy Chair of Academic Council

Dr Kristin Diemer

Deputy Chair of Academic Council

Kristin is a sociologist utilising both traditional and emerging research methods. She is also a documentary photographer, using photography as a method in exploring the formation of self within social contexts; photography as a ‘way of seeing’. Kristin is also a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne working on the SAFER research program into family violence.

Qualifications - Diploma Visual Arts, PhD

Units Facilitated:
Integrative Conversations 3 & 4 (IC3 & IC4)
Entering the Aesthetic Domain (AES)

Published/Exhibited Works →

Dr Jacques Boulet : Research Coordinator

Dr Jacques Boulet

Research Coordinator

Originally from Flemish Belgium, Jacques’ early inspiration was working and living with Congolese communities and working with disadvantaged communities, including the Romani, in Germany. These experiences shaped lifelong university teaching in social work, social research and community development in Germany, the USA and Australia, and an abiding interest in the importance of in-depth learning understood as ‘processes of mutually beneficial relating’.Jacques is a former Senior Lecturer at University of Melbourne and Assoc. Prof. at RMIT Social Work, and has ongoing involvement in curriculum development in Hong Kong. His PhD dissertation (Ann Arbor, Michigan US) was about theoretical and strategic underpinnings for community development.

His intellectual and political networks extend to European, Indian and Chinese university research centres, alternative education providers, and community development and activist groups. He is a founding Director of the OASES Graduate School, which was established to offer degrees in Sustainability and Social Change Studies and provide an antidote to the commercialisation and reductionism now inherent across education programs in Australia and elsewhere. Jacques is interested in community development, globalisation, the social economy and localism, international solidarity, cross cultural studies and social research. Jacques also serves as Research Coordinator for the Academic Council. He is editor of the quarterly journal New Community.

Qualifications - PhD Social Work and Sociology (Social Psychology), University of Michigan

Units Facilitated:
Integrative Conversations 3 & 4 (IC3 & IC4)

Entering the Social Domain (SOC)
Community Development (CDV)
Revitalising Words and Language

Published/Exhibited Works →

Dr Peter Cock :

Dr Peter Cock

I have been a man full of intention and determination to make a contribution, believing in my capacity to make it happen. The humbling experience of only partial success has taught me to be open to the often-subtle messages of others- human and non human- to begin the journey of acting in response to the cosmos. Struggling with paradox and apparent contradictions provokes attunement with assessment, passion with detachment, self-transcendence with practical idealism. This is at the heart of my access to wisdom.

My extensive education, teaching and long institutional experience at Monash teaching units such as environmental policy and action, ecopsychology, conserver society, ecotourism. (1) have helped me to think through meaning. This however, has played a subsidiary role in my reach for eldership. In my academic role, the contrast between my ongoing struggle with dyslexia and my strong creative, thinking and verbal skills has equipped me to be comfortable with my own limitations. I have come to see mistakes as learning opportunities and limitations as encouragement to cooperate.

Qualifications - BComm, MA (Government), MA (Sociology), Ph.D. (Sociology)

Units Facilitated:
Entering the Ecological Domain (ECO)
Co-evolving Spirituality for Life (CSL)

Published/Exhibited Works →

Dr Jenni Goricanec :

Dr Jenni Goricanec

Jenni is interested in working with others to enhance the sustainability of human systems. Her practice is to engage with people by drawing on their own ways of knowing and understanding. She orients people toward the “pull” of future intentions, rather than the blind “push” of past habits and “best practice”. She encourages people to break out of their cognitive silos, to think laterally and to focus on the whole problem in all its inter-disciplinary complexity.

Her practice works through the essential processes of innovation – mobilising resources, enrolling peers, engaging allies and building public support. This form of engineering is about manoeuvring, dissolving boundaries, always being in action, and recognising that function, congruence and transformation are emergent properties generated through active learning by doing.

Jenni is a co-facilitator of second year Integrative Conversations.

Qualifications - B.Eng, GradCertMgt, MSc, PhD

Units Facilitated:
Integrative Conversations 2 (IC2)
Synapse (SYN)

Published/Exhibited Works →

Rev Dr Robert Edward Hoskin :

Rev Dr Robert Edward Hoskin

Robert is a retired minister of the Uniting Church. He has completed a doctorate based on his work with an Aboriginal community in the Kimberley.

Qualifications - D.Min, B.D(Hons), B.A, BVAD, PhD

 

Rev Paul Sanders :

Rev Paul Sanders

Paul is Director of the Cloudmountain Retreat in Dunkeld in the beautiful Southern Grampians. He is a Uniting Church minister and has undertaken contemplative and Zen training in the USA and Australia beginning 1993. Paul was minister and Co-Director of Augustine Centre from 1998-2009.

In 2010 Paul was appointed an apprentice Zen teacher by Roshi Bob Walker (international Zen Diamond Sangha). Paul's other interest lie in the fields of art and poetry and their vital place in opening our sensibilities.

Qualifications - BA.Theol (studies), Dip.Min.

Units Facilitated - Entering the Spiritual Domain (SPI)

Staff


Jemila Rushton : Office Manager

Jemila Rushton

Office Manager

Jemila is the office manager at the OASES Graduate School. She is interested in community development, environmental and social justice campaigning and community run cooperatives. As well as being apart of the Oases family, Jemila is also involved with the Friends of the Earth Anti-nuclear and Clean Energy Collective, and Grasslands Organic Cooperative.

info@oases.edu.au
Martha Hill : Librarian

Martha Hill

Librarian

I got to know Borderlands many moons ago when I ran the office for Permaculture Melbourne, and that organisation moved from the Kew Community House. After a while, I noticed that Borderlands embodied the ethics of permaculture better than Permaculture Melbourne and so I switched!

My main contribution is overseeing the library; There are five library volunteers, each with a specialty – mine is cataloguing and, oh, bossing the others around. Academically I have a Masters Degree in Librarianship and another in Industrial Relations although my Permaculture Certificate is more meaningful to me.

Before retiring, I worked at the University of Rhode Island (in the US), the Braille and Talking Library, and CSIRO Central Library. I hope more people will borrow the interesting books, magazines, and AV materials, because we don’t do all of this work just to decorate the walls!

Be a Part of Something Great

Since OASES was founded in 2006, volunteering has underpinned and driven much of our work. This isn’t just because it is a ‘free’ source of labour, but because it is central to who we are. We see volunteering as being at the heart of living well together, gifting to each other, being there for each other, and to work together on the things we believe in. After all, money is only one means to those ends. If you are called to such a vision of volunteering, as part of our broader efforts towards creating a more sustainable society, please be in touch.

Volunteers at OASES share their time, skills and knowledge in an environment where both paid staff and volunteers come together to work and share in our vision of transformative learning for sustainable living.

Current Openings

  1. Events – including our monthly breakfasts & film nights, our Open Days, & larger public events at venues like the Abbotsford Convent, Federation Square etc. (with scope to create some of these events).
  2. Administration – including a range of tasks essential to our core operations
  3. Communications – from general communications strategies to implementation, promotional writing, & online communications including social media
  4. Systems development – including web development, database development, & support systems for all of the above
  5. Book-keeping – using MYOB

There is plenty of scope for creativity and to explore other possibilities once you are volunteering for OASES. We can tailor particular roles with you, to match your interests and availability, or structure longer term internships.

Your volunteering at OASES can be shaped by what you’d like to offer, so please don’t feel limited to what appears above.

We look forward to hearing from you.

How to Apply

Contributors

 


Tathra Street :

Tathra Street

Tathra Street is a facilitator coach and consultant. She has been a Work that Reconnects Practitioner since 2005. She participated in a 30-day intensive with Joanna Macy and 60 others from across the globe in the USA in 2007. For five years she co-facilitated a Deep Ecology workshop for the LaTrobe’s Bendigo Outdoor School.

She has also adapted Work that Reconnects processes for her coaching and consulting work. Her commitment to experiential learning is entwined with her penchant cultivating collective wisdom. She credits her exposure to the Work that Reconnects and Deep Ecology work with transforming her own despair about the state of the world into a sense of empowerment.

Josh Floyd :

Josh Floyd

Josh Floyd works at the interface between individual and organisational learning for sustainable futures. His approach to this is grounded in systems thinking and practice, working with organisations and individuals to develop rigorous, action-oriented thinking to improve their situations in the context of inherently uncertain futures. His work explores overarching themes associated with the relationships between energy and society, building on earlier professional experience as a mechanical engineer working for more than ten years in the extractive metallurgy industry.

Josh has worked in post-graduate sustainability education since 2004, designing and teaching subjects in sustainability thinking and practice, and energy futures. He is a Director of the Understandascope, a Founding Partner with the Centre for Australian Foresight, and a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Futures.

Qualifications - BE (Hons), MSc (Strategic Foresight)

Published/Exhibited Works →

Peter Ross :

Peter Ross

Peter has 24 years experience as a psychologist and psychotherapist. He has a particular interest in the deep structures of the personality and the interface between psychology and spirituality.

Qualifications - BSc.M.Ed., Grad. Dip. Counselling Psych, Dip Adult Psychotherapy

Catherine van Wilgenburg :

Catherine van Wilgenburg

Catherine is the Director of Living Colour Studio, an architecture and visual art practice & a lecturer in Community Cultural Development at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Yoland Wadsworth :

Yoland Wadsworth

Adjunct Professor Yoland Wadsworth is one of Australia’s pioneers in the use of integral and transformative social research and evaluation methodologies in health, human and community services, including the use of action research, dialogic, participatory and ‘whole systems’ inquiry.

Yoland is also author of Australia’s best-selling research and evaluation texts – Do It Yourself Social Research and Everyday Evaluation on the Run (both 3e Allen & Unwin 2011, with over 50,000 copies; now also available internationally through Left Coast Press, San Francisco 2011). She authored the influential Knox Project early childhood services community studies in the 1970s, and with Maggie McGuiness and Merinda Epstein the 1980s-1990s acute psychiatric services’ staff-consumer collaborative evaluation studies ‘Understanding, Anytime’, ‘U&I: Understanding and Involvement’ and The Essential U&I (VicHealth, 2001). She is also the chief investigator of the long-running narrative action evaluation (NEAR) project, a partnership of the Department of Health, North and West Metropolitan Region with RMIT University and the University of Melbourne.

Qualifications - BA, PhD, FAES

Published/Exhibited Works →

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