Ecovillages, Cohousing, and Intentional Communites


Eco Design & Construction

Environmental Planning


Mentoring/Tutoring/Summer Students


Presentations in Colleges & Universities

Television & Radio Appearances

Volunteer Work

Organizations Involved With (past and present)

Involvement with the Global Ecovillage Network, Ecovillage Network of the Americas, Ecovillage Network of Canada

  • Part of founding meetings of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas at the Farm in Tennessee in 1996 and 1997
  • Hired as Executive Director of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas 1997
  • Worked running the Ecovillage Training Centre at the Farm in Tennessee 1997
  • Attending ecovillage gathering at Sirius community in August of 1997
  • Co-taught Introduction to Ecovillage Design course with Albert Bates, Liora Adler, Barb & Milt Wallace, Giovanni Ciarlo, Katherine ? at the Sun Run Centre, near Fenelon Falls, Ontario September 1998
  • Attended Ecovillage Network of the Americas meeting at Sun Run Centre, September 1998
  • Steering Committee, Ecovillage Network of the Americas 1997/98
  • Member of Steering Croup of the Ecovillage Network of Canada 1997 - 2002
  • Served as second representative for Canada to the Ecovillage Network of the Americas 1997 - 2002
  • Information contact person for Ecovillage Network of Canada 1998 - 2002

Professional Work with Ecovillages

  • Development Aide, TerraVie Community Land Trust and Ecovillage, the Laurentians, Quebec 2003
    Supported the processes: of site selection, group communication, promotional materials development, and meetings with potential donors and supporters.
  • Consultant, Punta Mona Ecovillage and Centre for Education, Costa Rica 2003
    Site and facilities assessment and nest phases of design and development; permaculture education programme; first phases of ecovillage development.
  • Facilitator and Teacher, Site Plan and Systems Design, Whole Village Ecovillage, Ayton, ON 2002
    In conjunction with Greg Allen, facilitated the community-based process of developing a site plan and design of off-grid energy, water, and waste treatment systems.
  • Consultant, Manitou Arbor Ecovillage, Kalamazoo, MI 2002: Worked with local architect to develop a framework for a community involvement process for site analysis and program development.
  • Consultant, StillNess Ecovillage, Britt, ON 2001

Organic farming advice

  • Facilitator, Land Use Plan, O.U.R. Ecovillage, Cobble Hill, B.C. 2000
    Facilitated a community-based education and planning exercise to develop a land use plan for a forming ecovillage.
  • Consultant, Spragge Ecovillage, Spragge ON 2000
  • Consultant, Caspar Eco Community, Caspar, California 1999
  • Passionists/St. Gabriel's Parish Sustainable Community Plan, Toronto 1999:
  • Facilitated professional design charette; helped develop development feasibility study for an urban ecovillage.
  • Advisor and Facilitator, Second Neighbourhood Group, Ithaca Ecovillage, N.Y. 1998
  • Consultant, Land Use Plan, Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Rutledge, Missouri 1997:
    Facilitated the development of an environmentally sensitive and sustainable land use plan and corresponding goals and objectives for a leading edge ecovillage community group.
  • Community member, Land Use Committee, The Farm, Tennessee 1997
  • Land Evaluation and Permaculture Design, East Wind Community, AK 1996: Led a site evaluation and community meeting for an egalitarian community to explore design possibilities for a recently acquired large acreage adjacent to their existing community.

Ecovillage Presentations and Workshops

  • Speaker, Ecovillages from Around the World, Hamilton Chapter of Canadian Organic Growers 2001
  • Introduction to Permaculture and Sustainable Communities, CARP Community, Carp, ON 2000
  • Presenter, Sustainable Communities and Permaculture, Cypriot Consulate 1999
  • Presenter, Examples of Sustainable Communities from Around the World, Society for Human Ecology Conference, McGill, Montreal 1999
  • Presenter and Volunteer, Canadian Institute of Planners conference, Winnipeg 1998
  • Ecovillage Panel Participant, Art of Community Gathering, Twin Oaks, Virginia 1998
  • Presenter, Ecovillages in the Third World, Environmental Studies, University of Toronto 1998
  • Presenter, Canadian Association of Planning Students conference, Calgary 1998
  • Instructor, Sustainable Village Design Course, Sun Run Farm, Cameron, ON 1998:
    Facilitated and led a weekend workshop for thirty people with support from other members of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas.
  • Teacher/Co-ordinator, Sustainable Design, School of Architecture, Ryerson University 1998: Facilitated and taught a semester course in sustainable planning and design for third and fourth year architecture and building science students.
    Focused on sustainable communities and ecovillages: environmental site plan, permaculture design, buildings.
  • Presenter, Sustainable Communities, Sirius Community, Amherst, MS 1997


  • Process and consensus trainer and guide, Sunward Co-housing
  • Participant, Cohousing Professional's Conference, Boulder, CO 2000
  • Attended and gave presentation at Cohousing gathering at Pioneer Cohousing 1999 (National Cohousing gathering)
  • Second Neighbourhood Group, Ithaca Ecovillage, Ithaca, New York 1998
  • Consensus Trainer and Facilitator, King Whole Village Co-Housing Community 1998
  • Environmental Consultant, Cohousing Community, Salt Lake City, Utah 1997-98
    Intentional Communities
  • Art of Community Gathering, Conrad Grebel College, Waterloo, ON 2002
  • Art of Community Gathering, Frost Center, Catskill Mountains, New York 1999
  • Ecovillage Panel Participant, Art of Community Gathering, Twin Oaks, Virginia 1998
  • Art of Community gathering, The Farm, Tennessee November 1996


  • Board of Directors, Guelph Campus Co-op 1992/93
  • Lived in cooperative housing run by the Guelph Campus Co-op 1992-94
  • Represented the Guelph Campus Coop at the NASCO gathering 1992