Social Innovation | Exp Institute
Clear Springs Sanctuary
I completed a Permaculture Design Course, identified common passions amongst aspiring partners, brought the team together, wrote a business proposal, and built a financial model that would be used as a capital raising tool.
New South Wales, Australia
This was my first apprenticeship during my yearlong graduate degree at Experience Institute. I began with a 10 day intensive permaculture design course (PDC) at one of the most influential permaculture education centers in the world, Zaytuna Farm, The Permaculture Research Institute of Australia. The Farm is owned by Geoff Lawton who is a leading permaculture designer, consultant and educator. The course was dense and served as an ideal follow on to deepen what I learned as a volunteer at Rancho Margot and Finca Bona Fide.
After the course, I helped nudge a dream into reality. The idea was to build a self-sustaining wellness and retreat center. There were a number of elements in play already- relationship with a specific property, possible team members, and heaps of great ideas. I identified common passions amongst the possible team members, brought them together from the edges of Australia, wrote a business proposal, and built a financial model that would be used as a capital raising tool. I facilitated team-building activities, taught the team about how to build a social enterprise and how to get the money to build it.
After I left, they raised more than $500k, purchased a 200 acre property that used to be a Buddhist Retreat Center and are currently in the initial phases of re-development.