Symbiont gardens is about facilitating a symbiotic relationship between people and the land. Whereby the land is able to reach its fullest expression of diversity , health and abundance along with the people who live with it.
Initially Symbiont Gardens was set up in 2012 as a platform for my own freelance permaculture consultancy and mentoring business. But not long after it was set up did i find myself working as part of a large team in Wales then later traveling the globe teaching, mentoring, consulting and directing projects. Along the way i have encountered many amazing people who base their lives around the intention of living in symbiosis.
Now Symbiont gardens acts as a conduit for linking projects and people. It not only supports people with education, consultancy, design and project management. But It also provides a platform for other teachers, practitioners and organizations to facilitate land stewardship and people care.
Catherine Griggs (Bsc Zoology with conservation)
Since I can remember nature has fascinated me, my child hood was spent recreating ecosystems on a microcosmic scale, rehabilitating wildlife and studying plants, animals and the way they interact. As I grew older this interest in nature expanded out into human nature and our place within the earths ecosystem. Since entering my studies in animal management, zoology, conservation and permaculture, i have worked internationally through a range of environments including the high desert of the rocky mountains in Yellowstone, volcanic mountainous regions in the sub-tropics of Guatemala, the rainy temperate climate of Britain and Wales and also parts of the Mediterranean.
I have taught students from all over the globe and successfully helped direct and design a number of projects including home scale, community based and a stunning 7 acre artistic show piece The Yoga forest in Guatemala.
I specialize in working with animals, wildlife and people to form beneficial relationships and interactions that facilitate a healthy productive landscape. My knowledge is most extensive in the areas of soil remediation techniques, kitchen gardening, aquaculture, forest gardening, wild medicine and holistic grassland management.
I see gardening as an art and a means of creative expression, whereby your media is nature and people, and your wisdom and intuition is the tool for creation. I trust in human integrated symbiosis with the worlds ecosystems, and I believe earth stewardship will be the next revolution. Permaculture is a means of sewing and tending to the seeds of change.
When i garden, i garden for the world and my own peace. Living in reverence with nature and humanity is a medicine that enables us to belong and be part of something that is nothing less than the whole.