Delvin grew up in the Elphinstone Rainforest of British Columbia before bringing nature education into the local elementary school system and setting up a series of community gardens. He has designed the Heart Gardens, a social permaculture demonstration site specializing in plants with a history of use by the Coastal First Peoples, located in a tiny village next to the Pacific.
He has completed a PDC, Diploma and Masters Degree with Bill Mollison and done advanced teacher trainings with Rosemary Morrow, Toby Hemenway, Larry Santoyo, Looby Macnamara, David Holmgren, Geoff Lawton, Patricia Michael, Robyn Francis, the Bullock Brothers, Tom Ward, Jude Hobbs, Scott Pittman, Michael Becker, Robin Wheeler, Robina McCurdy, Starhawk, Robina McCurdy and Robin Clayfield. He is an accredited teacher through the Permaculture Research Institute (Australia), Permaculture Academy (UK) and a Field Mentor through the Permaculture Institute (USA). He completed a PDC in Portland with Toby Hemenway, one in Greece with Rosemary Morrow, took and a second Diploma through the Permaculture Institute.
Currently he is doing graduate work under the mentorship of Larry Santoyo and Looby Macnamara. Creating curriculum, making media and crafting free, open source learning and teaching tools has been focus of his current Doctoral Degree in permaculture education.
He volunteers at CoSM on the Board of Directors and as the senior managing editor of CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture, and volunteers to teach permaculture as a fundraiser for the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors.
Kym Chi is a dedicated mentor and healer grounding herself in earth stewardship, people care and regenerative action. As a dynamic woman, her main passions are Permaculture design, creative facilitation, visual art, holistic healing and community building. To date; Kym has received 3 certificates in Permaculture Design, completed multiple teacher trainings from elder Permaculture educators, taken a variety of advanced trainings, completed a Diploma in Permaculture Education and has over 2000 hours facilitation experience. She is a chartered Herbalist and has completed advanced herbal studies with Susun Weed, Dina Falconi, Barbara Cotgrave and Robert A. Bartlett.
With a love of learning, she continues to take courses that grow her understanding of the natural world. Through her stewardship of a deepened connection with the environment, Kym wishes to inspire connection with the natural environment, oneself and the greater community to invoke creative self expression and value centred living, enriching and creating healthy, abundant habitats and communities.
With a focus on Social Permaculture, people care and life design, Kym works with empowerment models, enjoys encouraging others on their life path and focusses on ways to support organizations and communities to become more resilient. Her success is measured on the successes of her students, allies and friends.
Kym lives on the West Coast of Canada where she homesteads, teaches Permaculture, runs a holistic healing practice and mentors others.
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