Consultations & FAQS

Where does the name "Gaia" come from?

According to the ancient Greeks, Gaia was a primordial deity and the personification of the Earth. In fact, her name can actually be translated to mean ‘land’ or ‘earth’. In Greek mythology, Gaia was the second being to have emerged during the creation of the universe. She is perhaps best known as the mother of the Titans, though she also had countless other offspring.

According to one version of the Greek myth of creation , Gaia (also spelled Gaea), Chaos, and Eros co-existed at the beginning of time. Another myth states that these three entities emerged out of a Cosmic Egg. The best-known myth about Gaia, however, may be found in Hesiod’s Theogony, a poem describing the origin of the gods. In this literary work, Gaia is said to have arisen after Chaos. Gaia then gave birth to Ouranos, the personification of the Sky, whom she took as a consort. Gaia also gave birth (by herself) to Ourea (the Mountains) and Pontus (the Sea). 


What is Permaculture exactly?

The way I look at Permaculture and the design of permaculture properties, is that it is a design approach where the system works collaboratively, with energy efficiency and in a regenerative or sustainable manner  that mimics the natural environment.  Coined from the words "Permanent" and "Agriculture" it was co founded in the early 1970's by two Australian men, David Holmgren and the late Bill Mollisson as a way to work with nature, rather than against nature.  Diversity, poly cultures, working with natural energy (sun, wind, water etc..) and built upon the three ethics of Earth Care, People Care & Fair Share, Permaculture design is an incredibly practical and well thought out process that a trained Permaculture designer goes through to ensure the system supports itself.

Consultation & Design - how much and how does it work?

A consultation can range from 2 hours on site for a "pick my brains" walk and talk to a 6 hour consultation with a report and planting recommendations. 

              (Cue favourite Permie phrase)  

                           "It depends"

I generally spend anywhere between 20 and 30 minutes on the first phone call with a client listening and questioning.  This can then develop into a booking for a site visit which is tailored to suit because let's face it, we are all different.

What are the different tiers of consultation and design?

Let's start at the beginning:

  1. 20 - 30 minute phone call, client questionaire supply & analyse, two hour on site talk and walk with notes provided to the client

  2. #1 plus additional hour on site and 2 hours for a general report with specific client considerations, sector and zone identification, topography & contour maps, basic soil analysis, plant recommendations & reason why, sketch up design and Permaculture 101 to make sure you understand the hows & why's of the report

  3. #2 plus additional hours (site & size specific) for scale drawn design, specific plant recommendations (botanical names), reticulation & watering requirements, supplier information, crop rotation plan with instructions, long term expectations

  4. Tailor made one on one consultation and mentoring

What workshops can you do for our private organization, Shire, City or Council?

Many Shires, Councils & Cities offer FREE workshops to their tax payers and the outside community on a wide range of topics and information.  I count myself fortunate enough to be engaged to facilitate these.

My workshops are written for adult, teen or children and really revolve around a short and snappy theory session, hands on and practical insight into how we can better support our gardens, environment and lifestyles.  I support discussion in my workshops provided it is on track and does not get me off time, however I will stay back for up to an hour after the workshop finishes to talk individually to participants as I want to make sure everyone is going home with their questions answered and a solid understanding of the content covered.

Speaking of which, some of the topics I deliver range from Composting & Nourishing soils, Native bee hotels, Wicking  & raised garden beds, Reticulation 101, Organic vegetable growing to an Introduction to Permaculture, Integrated Pest Management or Seed bombs & pizza wicking bottles (kids ones).

I can tailor content to suit the client, participants and shire.