Nikki Martens


I am honoured to say that I am Javan’s longest running client. (I’ve always been a bit of a slow learner).

In this case my ‘slowness’ might have been because I was unaware that the collection of small steps towards a new direction would eventually have such impact at a core level. Like a spaceship changing course by a mm and ending up on Mars instead of the Moon.

I can best describe the totality of my experience with Javan as a slow blooming lotus.

At first I was cranky to be digging up old patterns, and laying a new foundation for what felt like an impossible fantasy. But by trusting Javan’s process, and progressively zeroing in on my life design, I started gaining a surprising momentum.

I see now that the things that are most crucial to me have come out of the rafters and taken centre stage, and the things I thought that mattered, or mattered to other people, have sloughed off.

I was very much a believer that I didn’t have time to do yoga or practice ‘less is more’, or develop a self-appointed profession based on my passions. But really that’s ridiculous, of course I have the time to do these things! What I do not have time for are the things, unnecessary commitments and distractions that take me away from my passions (as much as I love Netflix).

Javan’s patient and persistent guidance made me accountable to creating and pursuing my unique path in a way that now feels potently simple.

Holistic Life Context, Life Design, Limiting Beliefs, One-on-One Coaching


Sarah and Jonathan Spranza

Farmers Wild Wood Farm

We called Javan after listening to Permaculture Voices podcasts about creating a Holistic Context. His ideas, depth of knowledge and candid approach resonated with us both. As parents of young kids trying to start a diverse small farm using permaculture principles, but struggling with overwhelm, lack of clarity and with our relationship, Javan seemed to be a good fit. We were in a space where planning was difficult if not impossible because of conflict. We were hoping for direction and clarity about our farming enterprises thinking that the clarity would help settle the overwhelm and the relationship issues.

From the first call, Javan gave us tools to begin strengthening our relationship so that we could work effectively together. Incredibly, we began shifting immediately as Javan helped us define and commit to a single common purpose. With Javan’s guidance, we continued to strengthen our relationship and to open the lines of communication as we began to develop our Holistic Context.

We often felt that Javan’s knowledge, skills and gifts were perfectly suited to the needs of our situation. He is highly intelligent, widely experienced, perceptive, intuitive, inspired, compassionate, and well grounded.
The result of our work together is a living document and decision making tool that we can use for any decision to create clarity, to simplify and to move forward in a mutually beneficial direction. We now have a stronger and healthier relationship with each other, our children and ourselves. We now have the tools to continue to take charge of our lives and create our own ideal lifestyle.

The time and money we invested in this process has had an incredible amount of impact on our lives, more than we could have imagined or hoped. We would highly recommend working with Javan to anyone who has a great desire to take charge of their life and embody their full potential.

Deep gratitude to you, Javan, for sharing your gifts with us.

Holistic Life Context, Life Design, Limiting Beliefs, One-on-One Coaching


Drew Carlson

Owner and Operator Full Circle Designs

Recent life changes had left me lacking a clear path forward in my life. I had ideas of where I wanted to go but was having a hard time identifying how to take the next step. I now have a process and tool that helps me clear away undergrowth and continue forward. This is a result of my experience working with Javan to develop my Holistic Life Context.

I had a general idea of what to expect out of my work with Javan due to a three hour seminar he led during the Permaculture Voices II conference in 2015. I found his application of Holistic Management to the personal side of life revolutionary. What I did not foresee was how difficult it would be to develop my personal keyline plow needed to break through my A horizon which was compacted hardpan.

Post a session with Javan
“I realize I haven’t done enough work on learning how I work and it’s been a detriment to my community and myself. I feel like I’m digging through my own soil A horizon and it’s f*cking hard work. Probably some of the hardest work I’ve done. I spent a whole day working on this and my mind is blown. Using this work helped me to stay focused and I was able to say no easily to opportunities. It’s a great win to easily say no and check myself. I love doing this before the busy [land design] season. Feels like I’m getting jacked for making decisions. Thanks again. I’m on the ridge ongoing towards the high point. These hours with you are f*cking awesome.”

While this was the toughest work I have ever done in my life, it was invaluable. I unearthed the importance of balancing self-care with care for others and our natural systems by using a process that helped me identify what I need in life to thrive.

This is just the beginning of a life-long process which will grow with me. I now have a tangible tool that helps me decide whether opportunities which present themselves align with what I want out of life socially, ecologically and financially. We all have well-built tools we rely on for regenerative land management, but do you have a well-built tool for self-management?

Holistic Life Context, Limiting Beliefs, One-on-One Coaching