WiseEarth Education is a team of facilitators and educators who run Earth connection programs to nurture and build respect for our planet. We are inspired by the principles and practices of Deep Ecology, Bioregionalism and Place-Based Education; and believe that understanding the interconnectedness of all life through experience is key to bringing about a Life Sustaining Society for all beings. We work to develop ecological literacy in teachers, facilitators, students, and anyone who cares for the Earth. We see ourselves as part of a ‘The Great Turning’ (a term referring to the shift from our current model of consumption to a Life Sustaining Society). We live in, and love, the lower catchment of the Brisbane River (known as ‘Maiwar’ to the Turrbal and Jagera people) on the east coast of Australia.
WiseEarth Education supports the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to self-determination. We pay our respects to Elders past and present of the Turrbal and Jagera people, on whose lands we live and work.
Emma Brindal is passionate about social and environmental justice, permaculture, living lightly and fostering connection and care for the Earth in others. She has been facilitating Deep Ecology experiential work since 2008 and founded WiseEarth Education in late 2013. Previously she worked in Western Australia on the Waste Wise Schools Program, supporting teachers to integrate Education for Sustainability projects and approaches into their schools. She has been involved at Northey Street City Farm since 2008 in a number of capacities – now as teacher and member of the management committee and previously gaining hands-on experience in permaculture and facilitating an organizational review and planning process. Emma has also worked on Climate Justice Campaigning with Friends of the Earth, and worked as a TESOL teacher in Australia, East Timor, Spain and England. Emma has a degree in Environmental Science, a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and a Certificate II in Permaculture.
Arlanda Rayne has been facilitating in the area of Deep Ecology for the past 6 years. She has many years experience igniting creativity and people’s enthusiasm to develop projects, events, and community groups to create positive change in their lives and their community. She is a facilitator of the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium and a director with Be The Change in Australia.
Rhyll Tonge has a Diploma in Art Therapy and believes in connecting creatively to the self and the Earth. She has worked with children and youth in Mexico, Fiji and Brisbane using Nature, Art and Play to find unique ways of expression and healing for each individual. Rhyll is inspired by the awe and respect of the Earth that Marghanita Hughes uses to create and inspire with nature based materials. Rhyll believes that we reflect our local ecosystems within our mind and body and as we are part of this ecosystem, the more we understand our environment, the more we understand ourselves.