“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples”
– Mother Theresa
An educator by heart, Trudy offers her nurturing character and positive attitude to ensure that people’s learning and other needs are being met. Her focus is on empowering people to find meaning in their own life experiences. As part of her personal praxis, Trudy is constantly learning and reflecting on her life experiences, which she uses in her capacity as a facilitator. Trudy believes in bringing people together and maintains relationships throughout her network so that she can collaborate across borders and disciplines, often being the catalyst for various interconnections.
Trudy is the Networking Director for the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), facilitates the Education working circle in the Global Ecovillage Network Oceania & Asia (GENOA) and has been a key contributor to helping bridge communities and organisations in Asia. She is an accredited trainer of Ecovillage Design Education, Analog Forestry (a design science for forest ecosystem restoration) and yoga, and she holds a graduate degree in Sustainability Education. In addition, she has studied, practiced and taught permaculture and deep ecology for many years. She has been the head of democratic school in Thailand for migrants and refugees, managed a sustainability education center in Sri Lanka, co-produced creative social change symposiums (with Ferment Collaborate) and facilitated countless workshops across Asia, mostly for youth and women.
The garden and farm are important learning and workshop spaces for Trudy. She loves to work in the garden and commune with plants. She has a natural instinct to care for the whole ecosystem, ensuring that all elements are nurtured and supported. She is most excited about soil.