Wenderlynn Bagnall - Main Profile
I've been studying Permaculture since 2009.
I completed my Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) in July 2013 and in Nov 2013 I completed a Facilitators Training course. This lead to being part of the core group in co-organising the Thriving Ways network with other facilitators.
My background is in Further Education teaching and supporting disadvantaged and main stream young people.
My direction with permaculture has taken me on a deep intangible journey of connection into how permaulture can be, and is, used to help us during difficult times in our lives. As a result my deep connection to nature has guided me to using the land as a medium to help demonstrate this.
I have apprenticed with Looby Mcnamara, Aranya and Jan Martin. This has given me a wider perspective on Permaculture and a desire to capture those on 'the edge'. In 2015 I took my Permaculture Educators Certificate (PEC), in Denmark, with Andy Goldring and Cat Dolleris.
With my husband and business partner Iain, I run North Devon Permaculture Community Interest Company (CIC). This is a social enterprise working to deliver Food and Wellbeing Education for Resilient Living. We are based at Wishtree, a permaculture, off-grid LAND learner. We demonstrate different ways to use agroforestry and food forest techniques in growing, either in the garden or on a smallholding. Wishtree is also our plant nursery. We run an edible garden design consultancy.
I am currently studying towards my Diploma In Applied Permaculture Design and I am also a current student on the School For Social Entrepreneurs programme, which is run through Lloyds bank https://www.the-sse.org/lbsep/.
I have worked for 3 years delivering permaculture education to the Early Years Sector. Recently this has grown to include the Children In Permaculture (CiP) curriculum. I attended the Children In Permaculture conference in London in 2019.
I am a long term sufferer of mental illness. North Devon Permaculture was set up to help support people to grow food and connect with the natural world for mental and physical wellbeing. I use my personal experience to share with others ways I have coped with my mental illness. I have used, and continue to use, permaculture techniques and other practices as coping mechanisms.