Angie Polkey - Educator Profile

Biography

Angie's educational and professional background in ecology and nature conservation helps her understand - and teach - the natural principles, patterns and processes that have inspired permaculture.
Her enthusiasm for permaculture began on an introductory course in 1995, followed by a full design course with Ben Law and then a sabbatical to study permaculture and sustainable land use in Australia. Enthused and motivated to 'walk the talk', Angie first practised permaculture in a tiny urban garden in Sussex and then moved to Wales with her husband in 1997. Their small acreage has several forest gardens, vegetable beds, a polytunnel, wildlife habitats, and hard working chickens! As you might expect, it is designed to minimise inputs and maximise outputs over the longer term. Angie is also a founder member of the Lampeter Permaculture Group (which arose from the first full permaculture design course that she co-taught) and Lampeter Resilience Hub, has set up various local community projects and is a WWOOF host with her husband, Andy. She also helps landowners to make their sites better for wildlife - by taking a permacultural and ecological approach of course! A committed practitioner of participative and inclusive democracy, Angie is also a lead trainer of People's Assembly facilitators for XR.

Qualifications and skills
Qualifications: 

Ph.D in Ecology.
PDC with Ben Law as lead teacher.
Various subsequent short courses in environmental education, training of teachers (permaculture), straw bale building, cob building and various other crafts etc etc.



Skills, technical expertise and areas of interest: 

Ecology, habitat creation & management; home energy retrofit; systems thinking & strategic planning; forest gardening; community organisation start up; participatory democracy (esp people's / community assemblies). I've worked for many decades with nature conservation organisations and became fully freelance in 2013.



Areas of Permaculture Design Experience: 

Ecology, habitat creation & management; home energy retrofit; systems thinking & strategic planning; forest gardening; community organisation start up ; participatory democracy (esp people's / community assemblies).

Teaching Information
Offering teaching in the following geographical areas: 
Wales and other parts of the UK by arrangement. Also distance/blended learning on line.
I teach at weekends.
I can accommodate partners.

Please contact me for details.