Tim Fry

Tim Fry

Chair

Tim is a teacher at Chrysalis Steiner School at Thora. He has lived in Bellingen Shire for around ten years, having moved with his family from the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Tim’s previous Board experience includes Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner School and Chrysalis Rudolf Steiner School, the latter of which he served as Treasurer and Chair.

In addition to teaching, Tim’s professional experience has included roles in governance and project management within the financial services and insurance industry. He holds professional and tertiary qualifications in engineering, business administration, project management and education.

Through his involvement with CEL, Tim is looking to create opportunities for people to connect and grow with their natural environment, as well as creating opportunity for local employment in these activities.

Lisa Siegel

Lisa Siegel

Treasurer

Lisa’s first go at environmental advocacy was in Year 6, as a member of “STOP: Student Team on Protection” – getting kids on the playground to pick up their rubbish! After this inspiring start, she has gone on to become a teacher, a community activist, and the mother of two sons.

Lisa is a skilled environmental educator with over 20 years experience in developing and facilitating educational experiences for children, young people, and adults. Lisa was instrumental in helping a group of students establish Bellingen EYE in 2007, and was its Coordinator for the first five years. She has since been working as Coordinator of CEL, developing adult programs while still helping facilitate camps and the EYE Leadership Training Program.

Lisa has a Masters in Education from Columbia University in New York, and a Masters in Social Ecology from the University of Western Sydney. She is a fellow with the Australian School of Social Entrepreneurs. Lisa has trained in Deep Ecology/The Work That Reconnects with John Seed and Joanna Macy, and has been a student of Insight Buddhism for the past five years.

Besides her work with CEL, Lisa is currently working at the Cascade Environmental Education Centre (a NSW Public School) as coordinator of the Waterwise Schools program.

Lisa is a founding member of Transition Bellingen, a lead partner in the Bellingen Shire Learning Alliance, and is a member of the Mid River Group of Environmental Educators.

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown

Committee

Lisa works as a Psychologist, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator, Yoga teacher and is mother to four children, two dogs, two horses and a goat. She is inspired and completely obsessed with the possibilities for bringing about collective change through our relationships with ourselves, each other and the planet.

Lisa completed training in MBSR in Australia and in Europe with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine and Healthcare at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and has been facilitating mindfulness-based training programmes in the Central West and Mid North Coast areas of New South Wales, since 2007.

Lisa is passionate about integrating mindfulness and compassion in healthcare, education and society, and the implications for stepping into our potential as human beings and developing compassionate hearts, for the wellbeing of ourselves, all beings and this extraordinary, sparkling planet.

Benn Wolhuter

Benn Wolhuter

Project: Bellingen EYE, Food4LYF

Benn has been involved with CEL since its inception and is continuing to sit on the CEL Board of Directors as part of the new team. Benn has worked in ecological education for over 15 years and is currently studying a Bachelor of Education, and squeezing in CEL camps and workshops whenever he can.

He is passionate about living the good life in balance with Earth’s systems and is inspired by the nature-connection approach of CEL.

Benn grew up in Wollongong, NSW, and studied Environmental Science at Wollongong University. A year living and teaching in rural Cambodia helped him to see the value of positive, practical approaches and inspired him to complete a Permaculture Design Certificate in 2003. This lead into working with young people in Permaculture gardens, which in turn, lead to a variety of experiences in youth & community work, school gardens, mentoring and personal development.

Working with CEL has encouraged Benn to see the links between Permaculture and the self. He enjoys collaborating with CEL mentors to enrich his Permaculture approaches by incorporating nature-connection, deep ecology and place-based practices.

When he is not working with CEL, Benn can be found playing with his young family in a Permaculture Playground in the beautiful wilds of Thora.

Alexandra Honor

Alexandra Honor

Committee Member

Alexandra has a background in education, research and development. She has worked across the education, not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors and is currently studying program evaluation. Alexandra is a keen gardner and enjoys a range of outdoor activities. As a settler Australian with Celtic and German heritage, Alexandra remains mindful of her obligations and responsibilities living and working in Gumbaynggirr Country.

Thea O’Connor

Thea O’Connor

Committee Member

Thea is a health and business writer, presenter and coach, specialising in Personal Sustainability

Over the last 20 years Thea’s work has spanned nutrition, body image, workplace health and sleep science, in the forms of 1-1 consultations, prevention and early intervention initiatives in schools and workplaces, conference presentations and writing for national media outlets.
In all of these arenas Thea considers herself a long-standing Advocate of the Body in an increasingly disembodied culture that drives us to:

-over-ride our natural rhythms, then over-rely on artificial stimulation to get us through the day.

-over-write our natural physical diversity with photo-shopping or cosmetic surgery, then aspire to cruel body ideals that leave us feeling less-than.

At the heart of all her work is the vision of creating body-honouring cultures at work, at school and at home, so we can all flourish.

Thea has always loved her work, because she does what she loves: challenging and reshaping the socio-cultural norms that make us sick. Since discovering napping about eight years ago while running her workplace health consultancy in Melbourne, Thea has never had to struggle through the afternoon slump again. As a Naptivist she is committed to normalising the powernap – the ultimate renewable energy practice – in our working lives.