Deliberate Living Systems
Education, General, Speaking
Javan Bernakevitch began his presentation to a full house promptly at 10:45am. He is a dynamic and energetic speaker. His passion is contagious and he gives a great presentation! His presentation began with a discussion of finding your niche and explaining to us that there is not one true niche. We limit our potential when we try and find just one. “Humans are biodiverse in all ways. Avoid monocropping your life.” It was interesting to hear him talk about perennial polycultures and how that applies to our own personal living systems. Reviewing my notes of each presentation in order to write the article, I can’t help but notice the number of notes and ideas created during Javan’s discussions. He radiates enthusiasm which was conducive to the generation and flow of ideas. It was remarkable.
Permaculture Institute of North America
Cottage Grove, Oregon, USA
During the 2013 Teacher’s Training a student, who had particular trouble deciphering their learning style, exclaimed, after Javan’s guest presentation, “Javan is my learning style”.
I was particularly impressed with his teaching a new module he created called Finding your Niche in Permaculture. Using Permaculture design, Javan helps students to match their skills with Permaculture interests to create a personal road map to right livelihood.
He thoroughly knows his material from personal experience and brings a sense of confidence and humor to the classroom setting. I recommend him as an instructor and designer to anyone interested in working with a passionate, capable and innovative individual.
It’s a pleasure and a privilege to meet someone who lives, breathes, and loves what they teach so completely. Javan’s approach to permaculture is rooted in experience – it’s gritty, practical, authentic, profound, and very often hilarious. No matter how much or little we knew about permaculture when we arrived, Javan had a way of meeting us where we were with exactly the right lesson or demo or story to help us take it to the next level. I left every single one of his classes feeling deeply inspired and better equipped to live creatively and skillfully in this world. Much gratitude!
Since leaving school I have been taught by numerous teachers and instructors in the german forces, at scuba/sky diving and sailing. In each case I became an instructor myself. I attended University in England and later had the chance to go back there to teach journalism and filmmaking after many years of working for the BBC all over the world. Out of all those tutors three also became my mentors. Albeit only having Javan as my permaculture teacher for 6 weeks, he is one of them. Javan does not stop teaching when the class is over. His integrity, demeanour and total honesty enriched my life every time he was present. And present he is! Clear, sharp, focused, utterly reliable. He turned up for every class well on time and perfectly prepared. Who needs Wikipedia when Javan is around? However, instead of being this nerdy superbrain he is the well grounded, social and sensitive type. He helped me find my holistic goal, see the comprehensive complexity of Permaculture and life. Javan leads by example and I am very grateful for all that he has given to me as a teacher and contemporary and I therefore highly recommend to anyone to have him help you with your project or course.