Tonielle (aka Toddi) is a designer focused on improving the wellbeing of people and landscapes to generate abundance and efficiency. She says, "As designers, we are 'placemaking' for connection between people and their landscape to promote health, happiness and wellbeing, through design processes, planning and management. Functional features in appropriate placement, strengthens the capacity to have diverse and strong relationships, socially and respectfully with environment, which is essentially nature".
Although she engages in the creative concept design sessions with her team, she focuses more on the report writing, education and research. As the driver of the 'educate' aspect of Organic Motion (OM), she co-ordinates events for various workshops and courses, facilitated by the OM team or hosted associates.
In the past, she has facilitated regional recycling projects, worked for conservation groups, organised protest events for Coal Seam gas awareness and assisted a company to establish carbon trading units for improving soil carbon through sustainable farming practices.
She has studied her PDC with Darren Doherty from Regen Ag, Permaculture Landscaping and Consultation with Geoff Lawton and Nick Huggins, Dynamic Governance and Decision Making with Robin Clayfield, and Permaculture Teacher Training with Robyn Francis.
She is an advocate for 'Sociocracy' which is permaculture designed social systems and explores this in her work with community facilitation, using this effective framework for decision making and dynamic governance.
Ready to disrupt old paradigms, she's keen to see the emerging 'whole systems' design movement to bridge grass-roots community with governmental decision making.
Toddi's main love is in the garden with plants and kitchen with fresh ingredients. She wrote the 'Incredible Edible Tropical Superfood Guide' to support people in their growing journey and facilitates a 1-day workshop that demonstrates how to grow and eat produce suited to tropical climates for health and wellbeing.
From bush kid to beach bum and now forest dweller, she's always had an affinity for living close to nature and always returned after stints in the city, on the ocean and travelling abroad.
Toddi will be teaching 'Patterns in Nature', 'Water in Landscape', 'Social Ecology and Sustainable Settlements'.