Lisa Siegel

Lisa Siegel

Project: Deep Ecology, Bellingen EYE

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.

Andrew Turbill

Andrew Turbill

Project: Young Naturalists Club, Speaker, Bellingen EYE

Andrew is a founding member of Bellingen EYE and the Centre for Ecological Learning, and is a regular and very popular facilitator at our camps and bushwalks, sharing his knowledge of bird language, climate change science, naturalism and bushcraft skills (as well as his excellent sense of humour) with young people and adults.
Andrew is an environmental educator and a wildlife naturalist with a professional career in conservation land management and environmental education, both as a private consultant, and with the National Parks and Wildlife Service for more than a decade.

With a strong science background (Bach Applied Science), Andrew is a leading climate change science communicator, and is regularly invited to present to a range of community, student, and professional groups, including keynote addresses at conferences and forums. Andrew is a founding member of the Mid River Group of Environmental Educators.

Tyler Parkes

Tyler Parkes

Project: Refugee Program, Bellingen EYE

Tyler is 23 years old, and started his journey along the trackless path of outdoor education upon leaving high school. His “gap year” turned into five, in which he ventured to 28 countries across 6 continents. One place in particular really captivated him – a place called Summit (in British Columbia, Canada), which is perched at the foot of a glacier in the Squamish Valley. Summit Outdoor Education Centre is a leading provider of Outdoor Education in Canada, and Tyler has spent part of each year for the last five years working there, in a variety of roles including Director of Activities. He has given instruction in outdoor activities, primitive skills, sensory awareness, and deep ecology to nearly 20,000 kids from all over the world.

Bellingen EYE and the Centre for Ecological Learning is incredibly lucky that Tyler came to Bellingen to live, and Tyler has now been a key Camp Mentor for the last few years. He is very excited to help develop and teach new Outdoor/Ecological Education models in this area and in Australia. He believes that Outdoor Education is not so much about finding new landscapes but in finding new eyes for the world around us. He is most at home when he is outside and he is happiest when he can share some of his passion for the outdoors with other people. When he is not at camps he can be found surfing, climbing, or playing music.

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.

Karina Davila

Karina Davila

Project: Young Naturalist Club

Growing up and exploring her native Peru, Karina developed an early passion for nature and cultural diversity. Karina has been working in the travel and tourism industry for the last 9 years, where her primary focus has been ecotourism, conservation and coordinating volunteer programs.

After finishing her studies, she specialized her training to become a qualified naturalist guide at the Amazon basin. During this time she developed her passion for birds. After 4 years in the field, she decided to move behind the scenes and worked in operations, reservations and marketing.

An opportunity to work for an Australian travel company brought her to Australia 3 years ago where her passion for nature was re-ignited and her love for sharing the outdoors with others is now a reality. She recently joined the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service as Discovery ranger and she co-mentoring The Young Naturalist Club in Bellingen and EYE youth camps.

She is currently studying a BA in Applied Science in Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism at Charles Sturt University.

Karina also has an artistic side, which has taken her to give environmental education classes to children, combining art and nature awareness. She spends her days birding, crafting and living an active and healthy lifestyle.

Tanya Fox

Tanya Fox

Project: Deep Ecology

Tanya Fox is a group facilitator, counsellor, bodywork practitioner and nature lover. She has facilitated groups in a diverse range of disciplines, including deep ecology, creative expression, trauma work, grief and loss, language training and bodywork. Currently, she works with Centre for Ecological Learning facilitating Despair and Empowerment workshops, Feel The Magic charity organisation leading young people through grief support and education, and at Elemental Nature Connection Retreats facilitating interpersonal and nature connection activities.

Drawing on qualifications in biological sciences, manual therapies and counselling, her work is aimed at developing and strengthening natural connections to our holistic selves, culture and wilderness, through deepening awareness, respect and play.

Amy Denshire

Amy Denshire

CEL Facilitator

Amy Denshire is passionate about all things design, environment and communication! Amy is a trained Industrial Designer and teacher, and has begun a Masters in Community Development. She has experience in marketing, event management, small business and activism.

Amy runs lives on a budding permaculture farm in Valla. A mother of two, Amy loves working for CEL to plan and communicate their inspiring projects and create positive change in the world.

Olivia Bernadini

Olivia Bernadini

Project: Bellingen EYE

Olivia was born in Italy, where she lived until she was 18. She then moved to the UK, where she studied Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics. During her early 20’s, Olivia became involved in social and environmental activism, which led her to living up a tree for over a year. Olivia also spent extended periods of time living in Indigenous communities around the world . These experiences awakened Olivia’s passion and commitment for working as a change agent.

Olivia moved to Australia in 2000. She completed a Master of Social Ecology at the University of Western Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Counselling at the University of New England. Olivia is also a Yoga teacher and has trained in movement awareness techniques and Insight meditation.

Jane Noack

Jane Noack

Project: Bellingen EYE

Jane grew up in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia, on the fringes of remnant bushland of a local National Park. Through relative freedom and space to explore the bush she developed a strong sense of connection, comfort and joy in being with the land.

Jane studied Applied Science in Environmental Management at Uni of SA between 2001-2005, and later a Bachelor of Education with Flinders University 2007-08. She moved with her daughter to the Bellinger Valley at the beginning of 2009, loving the small and vibrant community in an incredible natural setting. Jane keeps very busy including teaching organic gardening at a local school, working as a Discovery Ranger with National Parks, and working as a Waterwise Educator for Cascade Environmental Education Centre.

Jane’s involvement as an EYE mentor has allowed her to develop her passion for sharing her love of the complex and beautiful web of life we are all part of. She is thrilled to be part of the Bellingen EYE mentor group to give these opportunities for youth to develop.