The story so far

Tamara left Bunyip in April 2009 seeking what she needed to know for her permaculture future. She spent 9 months at her Aunt Catherine's farm in Arid South Australia, then 9 months at Bill and Lisa Mollison's farm in Tasmania. Now she's off on more adventures starting Moonrise School of Permaculture and teaching Permaculture Design Courses in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne. Ducky is there for the journey...

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Lemon the Duck - her blog

Hello humans (and a few of the non humans that read my blog),

I have a wonderful blog that I read - very irregularly, but it is extremely heartwarming. It is the blog of "Lemon the Duck" a crested Pekin duck that was born with some issues with balance and walking.

This is her latest photo from her blog :>

She swims well and LOVES children - which seems to be a very "duck" thing.

She has written a book - it has become very popular with teachers who want to show the many abilities of differently abled people and animals.

Her blog is at

Her website is at

Duck and human love to all
and a happy and safe New Year for 2012
Love Tamara and Ducky

Friday, December 9, 2011

Planetary Permaculture Pilgrimage - Delvin's Blogs

Hi Folks!

Delvin has been writing a blog of this amazing journey as well!

It gives a slightly different emphasis and loads of really good stuff I missed out - Delvin takes AMAZING notes on his computer!!

His full blog is at:

Delvin has returned home to Canada and has jumped straight back into permaculture teaching!

I miss you dear heart brother!

Planetary Permaculture Pilgrimage - Rosemary Morrow - days 4 and 5

Permaculture teacher training with Rosemary Morrow
Crystal Waters QLD

I first met Rosemary Morrow at the Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Sydney in 2008, and I have long said that is one of the two most beautiful people on the planet. The other one was a wonderful old Kija lady who befriended me in Halls Creek and has sadly passed on.

To be finally studying with Rowe has been a dream come true – and one I can thank my Canadian friend Delvin for - bringing permaculture teacher training front and centre in my life.

Rowe chooses to pass her knowledge on to the most disadvantaged – in prisons, refugee camps, war-torn, disease and famine riddled places like Ethiopia and Uganda, Malawi, East Timor, Albania, Vietnam after the war and Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge.

She truly lives the permaculture ethics: Care of the Earth, Care of people, andShare/distribute everything surplus to our needs. She is inspired by the “Alternaties to Violence Project” and non-violent resistance.

This last year she has been working with women in Afghanistan. With the war still raging and with armies pulling out she found it very difficult but is going back again next year. 

There has been a documentary made of her work in Afghanistan– a trailer is available at:

I am in the process of writing up Rowe's course in great detail - to share it with as many people as possible. 

Delvin, Ali Ma and myself have all our joint blogs up on the Permaculture research institute website - Craig has put the under me as the author although they were written by Delvin, Ali Ma and myself.

Some highlights of the final days

Ducky being used to brainstorm the inputs and outputs of ducks. Twice people said "meat" and I didn't write it down - which was amusing for us all but so true for me!! Ducky was never far from my thoughts during the pilgrimage and made many appearances :>

Rosemary encouraged Delvin to show us his design tokens - during the "teaching aids" section. They are fantastic for playing with design and everyone gets really involved!
Tamara as teaching aid for Ali Ma - I am a tree! The others jumped in to be mulch, a water tank and Rowe was the fluids inside the tree spiraling up and down!! After my ecosystem was removed however I could get no water and sadly fell over. A great was to teach ecosystems from Ali Ma!

Delvin's urban imagining - definitely going to use this process in Upwey!!!!!

Closing off intersections like they did in Portland with "City Repair" - watch out Upwey!!! Ha ha ha!!!

Even the wildlife joined in :)

The course with Rowe has left me irrevocably changed.  At the beginning of this journey I never imagined exactly how the teacher training would affect me. I had some broad expectations of learning and enjoying myself with amazing teachers and wonderful friends. I wondered how I would go getting up every morning for class. I worried I would wear myself out. It seems now that not only did I cope with a month of living out of a suitcase in strange places but it feels like I have reawakened after years of sleep. I have proven to myself that I am capable of study, teaching and deep friendship.

I have changed in other ways. I was unsure of my knowledge of the permaculture curriculum and my teaching methodology. With Rowe’s support and constant encouragement I have launched myself into my new life as a PDC teacher and let my community know I am running a free course as soon as we can choose some days to get started. When friends said I should charge money I told them of Rowe’s life of generosity and that I needed experience teaching so I could do work overseas as soon as possible. They would be my guinea pigs and provide a safe and loving environment for me to throw myself in the deep end.

Rowe treated us as colleagues and imparted her knowledge to us as fellow teachers. She gave us an opportunity to assimilate the information using many different methods. We started each day with a song, outside by the animals. We learned about Non violent communication, adult learners and why informal education is just as important as formal education, and more accessible. We had enormous amounts of freedom to approach study how ever we worked best. This doesn’t always suit everyone and we watched her lead as we participated in conflict resolution.

I am more peaceful. Life doesn’t need to be a constant battle against Monsanto and mining companies. It can be one where people matter, where family and friends come before the rage at the destruction of the planet. Looking at Rowe and her incredibly difficult and often lonely life I saw a deep conviction of working for peace, non-violence and compassion. It has given me an opportunity to think deeply about my relationships and examine how I am in the world.

When I walked with my dog this afternoon it was as though my little town had changed, I saw the trees differently, I felt the light breeze and I walked with a deep knowing that I was on the path I had searched for for so long and that I was going to be alright.

I feel sad writing this as this has been a miraculous journey and I miss my fellow “pilgrims” Delvin and Ali Ma. I also miss Rowe and Robin, two of the most supportive teachers and mentors a young woman could ask for.

Rowe has chosen to teach the earth’s most disadvantaged – for 27 years she has worked with in prisons, refugee camps, war-torn, disease and famine riddled places like Ethiopia and Uganda, Vietnam after the war and Cambodia after Pol Pot. This last year she has been working with women in an Afghanistan village. With the war still raging and with armies pulling out she found it very difficult but is going back again next year. She is the grandmother of the permaculture movement. She walks a path of peace and tolerance. 

Rowe had said that it hasn't been an easy life and very lonely at times. I hope I can work with her in the field as much as I can. I wonder what my life will be like. Hopefully I will be able to travel with a permaculture colleague and friend to these far flung places – I have learned it is very hard to be somewhere difficult without a friend to lean on. If I can achieve half of what she has I will have created a better world indeed.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

planetary Permaculture Pilgrimage - Rosemary Morrow!!!

Planetary Permaculture Pilgrimage - Rosemary Morrow!!!

Hello beautiful people! We have now had 3 days of Rowe Morrow's amazing teacher training course and we are brimming with total excitement for the future and desire to run PDCs as soon as possible. Teachers who were at Robin Clayfield's course last week have quickly picked up Rowe's sage advice and the women are planning Women's PDCs! We are thinking Whyalla, Pt Augusta, Northern Victoria, Crystal Waters and Uki.

Here is a pic of us all with our hero - and I never use that word lightly having studied WW1 so much (I never use it for sports players and the like - but in the last year Rowe has taught in Afghanistan, Uganda and Ethiopia and over 27 years she has taught in so many war zones, refugee camps and crippled countries. It is what i plan to spend my life doing - and as Rowe had said - it hasn't been an easy life and very lonely at times. But this has so fortified my commitment to the world that as soon I have a good lot of PDCs under my belt I'll be in prisons in Oz and overseas wherever permaculture is needed.

I have long said that Rowe is one of the two most beauiful people on the planet. One was a wonderful old lady that I was in Halls Creek with and the other is Rowe.  

Rowe is being incredibly encouraging and I feel empowered to go out and teach. Hearing from Rowe that I appear to know the content of a PDC and have some good teaching methodologies has been inspiring. 

We have been doing so many things - lots on adult learners, good and bad teachers, Nonviolent Communication, questioning as a teaching technique and we've all been doing a long curriculum sheet of butchers paper with all the topics and the must-teach information. 

Rowe is teaching teacher training at Milkwood soon - I recommend anyone who wants to move to the next level with their teaching make a bee-live.

Much love to all,
Tamara xxxxxxx

Friday, November 25, 2011

planetary Permaculture Pilgrimage - Robin Clayfield Dynamic groups Day 6

Robin Clayfield Dynamic groups Saturday Day 6

Our final day of dynamic groups with Robin was fantastic. We had grown to enjoy each other and were having a lot of fun, with spontaneous percussion collaborations erupting at dinner and in the breaks. This was possible because Robin had 2 big baskets full of different percussion instruments. She also had a biggish drum which we took turns at to hold the rhythm. I found these awesome pods attached by string to a band that went round the ankle, making noise as I stepped and stamped in time.

As the week progressed people felt more and more comfortable in the group and we had built up a lot of trust. After 3 days of presenting on topics we all chose to learn about we had become fluid in creative processes and Robin said we were all flying. On day 6 we all did our final presentations, and by this stage we were enjoying the creative process of coming up with ways to get core information across in a marvellously engaging way.

Our class began with a beautifully facilitated 'milling' process from the Deep Ecology toolkit facilitated by Ali Ma. We met eye to eye and connected with each other from a place of love, respect and support. It was an incredibly bonding experience to do on the last day of the course.

In between the presentations Robin led an activity on brainstorming, giving us tips on how to get them really cranking and how to use mindmaps to record the info. This was really useful as brainstorms are used in mainstream teaching environments and can be a good way to gently lead people to more creative processes.

It is worthwhile going through all the presentations that day – Kathleen and Olga led a session on working in small groups using a PMI/ That stands for “Plus, Minus and Interesting – a method invented by Edward De Bono. This is my least favourite method but I am getting used to it. (I’m not sure I would use it, I dislike it so much).

Tonia and Bruce did a HILARIOUS speed dating session called “Permie Match”. Tonia is so funny to work with and I loved it. It had people being principles who were moving around dating different aspects of teaching – I was the teaching environment. It got a lot of information across very quickly and was so much fun with everyone getting into role play easily. I’ve often said we should have permie speed dating at permaculture convergences.

Ali Ma and myself led a labyrinth walk. We walked to the centre with a prayer for the earth. We staying in the centre to ground before winding our way out on the new path we had forged for ourselves over this transformational week.

We said goodbye to Bruce before lunch, wishing him well on his Vegie Village project. I must remember to post his You tube video of his adventure creating a community garden.

After another fantastic lunch, Emma and Kirsty hosted a session on delivering to the mainstream – having us sit in a boardroom configuration and introduce ourselves – Julie and I pretended we were on the local council and pro-development. I’ve had plenty of contact with people like this and we played it up for the group. They used a big jigsaw to present the content and a word hunt on words for the mainstream designed by Emma.

The finale of the day was a design session with Delvin and Zoe, with each group using a small collection of animals Delvin had brought from Canada. I had the poultry set with Olga and we put in a circular lake with a poultry island and had different zones coming off with different gangplanks and gates. I’ve worked with poultry a dozen times before but never come up with anything so creative!

This is my way cool poultry island!

To finish we had a feedback and evaluation session for Robin, followed by certificate giving, where we presented them to each other. Interestingly I had Delvin’s certificate to present and Ali Ma had my certificate!

We followed that with a series of closing activities – where I got a little teary – the group was disbanding the following morning and we had become very close knit.


Crystal waters is a great place to learn about permaculture- for both visible and invisible structures. Crystal waters was set up in the late 80’s as a permaculture village and has approximately 300 of people living there. We’ve been staying in the bunkhouse, learning in the purpose built eco room and eating at the community building. We’ve sung in Robin’s rammed earth office and had sourdough bread straight from the bakery.

The animals here are incredible, we’ve spent a week being surrounded and supported by them - including kangaroos and wallabies, black and white butcherbirds, crows, swallows and all manner of birds. There is a nest of baby swallows on the short corridor to the loos – and in true animal loving style there has been some bark placed below the nest to catch the droppings rather than remove the nest.

On my walks I’ve also seen a huge goanna, a pink tongue lizard, bandicoots, and a sugar glider. The women’s shower block has a resident green tree frog – who turns up in lots of different spots over the week. Tonight it was in one of the hand basins but a few days ago it was lurking in the loo – and I feel terrible peeing on them!

The food has been amazing – we’ve had 3 cooks – Kira, Yii and Len the pizza man who makes them in the wood fired stove in the bakery. The food has come mostly from a local coop farm and from the gardens of Robin and Yii. Spectacular!! The eggs have come from the coop on Crystal waters and all our kitchen scraps have gone back to them.

Although this was the third time I have done similar courses with Robin, I found most of what we covered extremely useful. It was a good revision for me and it included much more permaculture than the previous two courses. That this one was 6 days gave us heaps more time to experience more of Robin’s processes and 3 days of throwing ourselves in to creating facilitation.

Robin’s style is about as far from “Chalk and Talk” as you can get. The planetary Permaculture Pilgrimage was put together to get as many different styles of teaching and jumping into Robin’s course after Geoff’s was pretty interesting. I loved Geoff’s course but really wanted to show the other students that creative processes can be used to teach permaculture and that it was worthwhile. I think it all comes down to using lots of different teaching methods to get permaculture across.

Robin’s method is full of activities and small group work – which can be tiring if like me you are half introvert and half extrovert. I found if I spent the odd lunch or morning tea alone I was fine. But I loved the class sessions, our percussion meal breaks and the fantastic friendships I have formed.

I would have loved to have more from Robin on how she used to teach specific subjects in the PDC – she did mention a few and it whet my appetite - although these have been recorded in the back of her book: “You can have your permaculture and eat it too” and also in her manual “Teaching Permaculture creatively”.

Robin did a huge job pulling everything together to convene the course as well as teach it. I recommend her course, especially if you are already teaching permaculture and would like a few more methods in your toolbox. People learn in many ways and chalk and talk often doesn’t work for people who learn kinesthetically – or by doing – and there are lots of those in permaculture.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Planetary Permaculture Pilgrimage! Robin Clayfield Day 3 and 4

Second blog from Crystal Waters!!

Hello beautiful people!!

I know I should have been blogging more but I am having way too much fun with the group - we've just been playing music using kitchen utensils and got onto singing and dancing to Salt n pepa. There are some awesomely musical and creative people in this group. I have to go and mop the kitchen - we are all chipping in after dinner and then I'll be back to tell you all about accelerated learning and the mammalian brain! Fun is actually very conducive to learning. It allows information to travel from the triune brain through to the neocortex and form solid memories.

Today had heaps of fun teaching the multiple intelligences - once through of a the 7 intelligences - Robin added 2 more - nature and spiritual - and we added animal intelligence - to have 10 intelligences!

We are having awesome food almost exclusively grown here or just up the road and mostly organic!

End of day 3 we had covered a lot of stuff. There is a great sticky carpet of Content: Site: Process with loads of processes for all sorts of situations.

We also did a needs based learning process where people used slips of paper to write out what we wanted to learn more on. This is a very inclusive brainstorm as everyone gets to have a go. We put similar ones together and then did a process with dots to decide which ones we would do – we picked 10 topics. They covered lots of awesome stuff like the 6 hats, teaching 2 or 3 three students, how to creatively teach parts of the PDC, pitching to the mainstream and delivering boring content!

That evening Tonia and I formed our partnership to present on the “Multiple intelligences”. Robin had evoked an extra two and we evoked an extra one – animal intelligence. Some people connect deeply with animals – we think we’re onto something here! We were pretty tired as we’d had 3 days of hot weather and our brains were full. Knowing that one wy our brains process information is to sleep on it we decided to leave it for the evening after some brainstorming.

I awoke early but still hours after sunrise. It is at 4.40 or something crazy like that up here! We were getting together at 6.30 to finish our planning – we were on at 9.30! Anyway we came up with a hugely fun 20 minutes including singing about the intelligences with Tonia pretending we were doing some fitness. We did some stuff on self care for the facilitator and had people pair off and come up with an activity that uses both people’s strengths to improve their weaknesses – the thing is that we can always work on our intelligences and improve them! xxx

There were lots of presentation that day – all really good but boy was I buggered! Above is Delvin's and Ali Ma's presentation - ROCK ROCK ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!

Awesome evening of table percussion followed by you tubing salt and pepa and MC hammer and singing and dancing to the moves. Awesome night.


Delvin and I presented on what you can do post PDC – I presented on APT, and Delvin presented on the diploma and MA from the permaculture institute, we used some pretty mainstream methods like brainstorming onto s mind map and taking notes on butchers paper for each other. Then we got everyone to write an intention on what they will do after the course. People read their out in the circle and then we released the energy to the universe. I will be mailing everyone these intentions in 1 months time (also a revision time). It went really well and del and I flowed naturally from one to another. I just love teaching with him!

I needed some alone time at lunchtime, I do get worn out from group work and I even had a snooze. I didn’t think I could do the next exercise but robin started the session with music. Always works as an energiser!

Planned for presentation with Ali Ma tomorrow. As we were sitting next to the labyrinth I looked in her eyes and they were just like my grandmother’s, hazel with coloured spots.

Peaceful closing – facilitated by moi – a bird one. Birds have been hanging around all day and all week cheering us on and I thought it would be nice to give thanks to the birds – so we acted our favourite bird and walked out to the lawn and released our birds to the sky. We stayed out there talking as a group in our circle and soon there were so many birds flying through our airspace – white herons, white cockies, parrots, a crow and a whole flock of swallows, perhaps 60 of them swooping around each other as though getting insects in the air. It was so beautiful and we all felt it. When I went back outside after packing up all the birds had gone. Lovely.

Pasta and pesto for dinner with salad from the nearby organic vegie grower.

We have a very musical group – we are singing to powderfinger as I type :) We just did some wonderful processes called windows of the world. I had card of a grandmother and child, Zoe had a card that represents her mother, Kathleen had a card of the earth mother and Robin had a sunflower – mother of all who is. The sunflower is also my grandmother’s favourite flower, I made her a leadlight of one 18 years ago and which was returned to me not long ago. A message of hello came through from my grandmother who died. It was really sweet as I hadn't heard from her since she passed away a few months ago. I told the group this story and felt held in love by them all,

more when I get a chance!!!!! Love from Tamara, Ali Ma and Delvin!!!!!!!!

Join the Planetary Permaculture Pilgrimage!

Delvin, Ali Ma, Kathleen and I are having an awesome time on the PPP!!

We've just been served an organic, homegrown Thai meal - gotta go and get some of that goodness!

We invite you to join us - we are having an amazing time and would love to fill the two classes with Robin and Rosemary and support them in their amazing journey of bringing permaculture teaching methodologies to the world!!!

Delvin, Ali Ma, Tamara and Robin loving the creative processes

Planetary Permaculture Pilgrimage

A once in a lifetime opportunity to do advanced study with many of the greatest teachers of permaculture. 

Australian Learning Adventure Information

Delvin and Tamara have finished Geoff Lawton’s teacher training and are enjoying Robin’s 6 day creative facilitation dynamic groups training.

We invite those dedicated to the path of teaching permaculture to join us on the next two courses being run at Crystal Waters Permaculture Village near Maleney in QLD.

Robin Clayfield - Creative Community Governance and Decision Making Workshop
Monday 21st November 2011
Crystal Waters Permaculture Village, Queensland

This one day intensive is for people involved in Community organizations and groups who would like more skills, ideas, tools and processes for making decisions and having discussions as a group. It brings in creativity, fun, team building and successful, interactive processes in a ‘Dynamic Group’ context.

Full Price $125 (Gov't/Corp/Business), Regular Price $110 (Workers), Low Income $95 (Students, Unemployed)

Robin Clayfield has taught over 30 PDC’s through the late eighties and nineties, created and taught Advanced Permaculture Creative Teachers Facilitation courses with Skye, and now co-trains the Cert IV in Training and Assessment course for Permaculture teachers and others in creative and sustainability industries. She co-wrote the book 'Teaching Permaculture Creatively'.
Contact Robin for registration and accommodation information on all Crystal Waters Courses:

Rosemary Morrow - Permaculture Design Certificate Teacher Training
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th November 2011
Crystal Waters Permaculture Village, Queensland

A five day course in teaching permaculture with strong emphasis on walking the talk - and the Ethics of permaculture.   It is important that participants have some idea of the scope of a PDC and what outcomes are important for their students.   After the first day it is very practical.

Course cost: $1300 full price, $650 for scholarship position.
Bunkhouse and camping options under $20.

Rosemary Morrow is a permaculture teacher now orienting herself to supporting younger permaculturists and especially in teacher training. She is convinced of everyone's right to know how to manage water and grow food when faced with climate change, and to buffer the more extreme effects.  She wrote Earth Users Guide to Permaculture as well as the companion book for Permaculture Teachers. 
Contact Robin for registration and accommodation information on all Crystal Waters Courses:   

Planetary Permaculture Pilgrimage organized in collaboration with Tamara Griffiths and Delvin Solkinson

A letter from Ducky

I've had a letter from Ducky :>

Dear Mummy,

I'm just writing to let you know how I'm going.

Mrs T took us all up to Melbourne for a few days. It worked out OK because we'd had enough time to get to know each other really well before we left.

Douglas will be turning 91 on New Year’s Day and his arthritis is pretty bad. He has to use his wings to haul himself up but I found out that he can still bite like the dinosaur he looks like. He’s got this amazing tail which I find irresistible.  

So I sneak up behind him when he’s lying down and poke into his tail.  This makes him really mad, but by the time he’s realized what’s happening and has hauled himself up on his wings and tried to turn around to get me – I’ve learnt it is expedient to make a lightening exit. 

His missus Muscovy, Donna, kind of sticks up for him!  She sometimes just stands and stares daggers at me – which is really scary.  

But maybe it is because when I first arrived I had the time of my life jumping on top of her.  She wasn’t expecting that but now she knows how attractive I find her and so she menaces me with her dark stares.  Really Mummy – she might be beautiful but she is quite scary.

After a while and a few instances of Mrs T having to come racing over to save me from Douglas Dinosaur Duck, we all kind of got used to each other and so long as I can resist Douglas’ tail – everything runs smoothly.

Anyway, as I said before, Mrs T took us all up to her 10th floor apartment in South Melbourne.  Douglas and Donna travelled in their big plastic tray on the back seat of Mrs T’s car, and I was in my box beside them.  Once we arrived Douglas went into a sulk because he thinks he might get carted off to a vet or something frightening like that and even Donna couldn’t cheer him up.   

I remembered being there several years ago and found my reflection in the oven door glass window very fetching.  Mrs T put papers all over the place and barricades to keep me in, but I could see Douglas and Donna through the glass sliding door between us and it was great fun when they came over and we’d have a conversation about the weather. At least that’s what I was talking about.  Douglas might have been telling me what he thought about me.

When Mrs T tried to step into my papered barricaded area so she could get things out of her fridge, I would hurl myself at her feet and try to rip strips of flesh off. It was all in good fun really, but it meant that she didn’t hang around very long.

When Mrs T wasn’t out I was allowed to join the others on the balcony and I was able to go exploring behind the pot plants and in the kennel that Donna and Douglas’ sleep in at night.  It was awesome in there.  I also had a good look at the views across Albert Park Lake – stunning!

Then the King of the Ducks, Mr Laurie Levy came for a visit and played a little game with me.  He’d try to poke at me, but I was always too quick and would peck his hand.  He chuckled and I quacked and Donna and Douglas came over to watch and together with Mrs T we all had a good laugh.

After 3 days in town it was getting to be a bit boring, so we were all very pleased to return to Somers last night.  Mrs T. shone a torch around and I knew where I was immediately. 

Today I’ve been hanging out with the yellow plastic duckling in the pond and sitting with Donna and Douglas under the Cootamundra tree. They are also very pleased to be back at Somers.

Don’t tell Mrs T. but I am actually light years ahead of Donna and Douglas.  They really aren’t that smart.  Hanging out with them is a piece of cake now I know how to handle them.

Next week Mrs T has to go up to Morwell to sit in on a court case where two duck rescuers are being charged with dumb things like taking rubbish away from wetlands and swearing and other stuff.  

A nice duck rescuer will be here to look after me for a couple of days and then another lady will do it.  Mrs T. will be back on the 25th.  She says to send you her love and she hopes you’re learning lots and having a great time.

I have to go and check out that plastic duckling again now.

Love and endless quacks from


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Planetary Permaculture Pilgrimage! Robin Clayfield at Crystal Waters

Hello beautiful people! I am on day 2 at Robin Clayfield's Creative facilitation permaculture teacher training.

I am writing from the community space at crystal waters, a lovely big verandah where we have been eating our means. The mozzies are being kept away by Delvins dub step music :) We have been having classes up at the eco centre - a purpose built building initiated and paid for by Max Lindeger, one of the grandfathers of the permaculture community village.

We have been cooked for by a wonderful Thai resident of Crystal Waters, tonight we had Pad Thai - his mother's recipe from southern Thailand.

The classes have been awesome with the group settling in and getting to know each other through a variety of "glue processes" led by Robin. Last night we had an evening of trust games - and had a great laugh learning techniques and modeling a group of people learning with each other.

This is the third time I've done one of Robin Clayfield's courses - I felt very strongly that Delvin, myself and the pilgrims would get an enormous amount from the course - especially since Geoff Lawton's course was predominately chalk and talk, small group work and presentations to the class.

The processes we've been doing is wonderfully familiar to me - and - when we touched on revision today - at 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month and 1 year - I realised this is my one year revision from the last two courses. 

After Robin welcomed us to Crystal Waters and acknowledged the traditional custodians of this land we went into learning about our own learning styles - empowering us to take charge of our learning. There were a couple of questionaires - one on how we learned - being a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner - I was equal between the three - apparently the best way to be - yipeeeee. Then we did 7 intelligences - I am very high on the spacial and inter and intrapersonal and low on the logic - or perhaps I didn't feel very logical when I was doing the questionaire - I do put myself down as a logical person - but I can't be that bad - I've helped organise the Pilgrimage!!!!!!

 I am really interested in the multiple intelligences I have a quote by Albert Einstein I love:

 Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid. 

Robin used a special card game we reviewed teaching techniques that relate to each of the 7 intelligences:

nature (added by Robin)
- nature journal
-- natural collage
- outdoor activities
- pick your own lunch

spiritual (added by Robin)
- meditation
- ritual
- sacred space
- symbols

- lineage diagrams
- research
- make lists
- key word cards
- cross words

- write a story
- write a letter
- read
- rewrite notes
- diary
- journal
- write and give a speech

- discussion
- field trip
- study groups
- tea breaks
- small group work
- personal stories

- private study
- individual research
- ask yourself
- questionaires
- meditation

- flow charts
- diagrams
- models
- mind maps
- video adventures
- plans
- art sculpture

- hands on
- models
- games
- visualize acting out
- field trip
- role play
- cush ball

Its incredible how many different teaching techniques, strategies and methods Robin as already used in the course. Incredible!

Introduced to concepts in course design we explore target groups, training objectives and competency needs, as well as program design and details. Delvin, Ali Ma and I got into a group and selected three
teaching techniques to guide our process : " Ritual, Sandbox and Treasure Hunt".

I've settled in well here, though I did skin my knee last night on the walk back to the bunkhouses. I also had a wonderful swim with friends in the creek tonight and I feel really anchored in to this beautiful place.

More news and pics soon! xxxxxxxxxx