I really enjoyed your presentation on Keyline theory and design at the Ecological Farmer’s Association of Ontario conference. It was the clearest and most comprehensible explanation of keyline that I have experienced. It is a concept I’ve read about and also heard a presentation or two on it over the years. With your use of the marker it was an “on Hands” demonstration of how keyline design works and provided a 3 dimensional explanation. Thank you!
Holistic Life Context, Life Design, Life Design for Permaculture, One-on-One Coaching
When I started working with Javan I was looking for help to become better at planning and organizing my life, and striking a better work/life balance. I have learned so much about myself through this process. I now have a better understanding of what my priorities are, and more realistic expectations of myself. I feel lighter, more relaxed, and if I lose track I know I have the tools to help me get moving again.
Education, OSU PDC Student, PDC Student
This was the perfect timing and opportunity for me to take the OSU PDC because it was online and I had to make a design for my new site. I have learned so much about everything! I though I knew it all, but I realized I didn’t. I observe differently and I see a lot of opportunities now that I never saw before; my brains just works different and I love it!
Your feedback helped me to get a better understanding and you start with a compliment which is really nice if you expect the worse. The reading, lecture and video’s were good and gave a lot of information. Thank you so much Javan. I realize that this was just the beginning; I already changed my plan every day and I’m already feel an urge to do the next permaculture-isch course.
Ecological Landscape Mastery Coaching, Land Design, Life Design, Life Design for Permaculture, Limiting Beliefs, Mentorship, One-on-One CoachingThat decision making format we worked on in the first call allowed me to apply value based prioritization in my life more concretely. The decision framework made it really easy to plug in questions. And the sizing approach, small experiments to get feedback and have a way of thinking “if I find myself dithering over something, there’s a quick fix, take a small step”. It’s been a really good process.I was ready to hear your method. It made a lot of sense as it’s a good mix of logic and body wisdom.I appreciate your approach I’ve found it really helpful to get specific and take action.
Documentary, Facing Fire
Just had a chance to watch your doc over coffee and color me impressed! It is beautifully shot, full of compelling characters and brims with such smart information and ideas. Love the line that we need to change ‘the climate between our ears!’
I think it should be mandatory viewing for every homeowners association meeting in the American West.
Business, Life Design, Limiting Beliefs, Mentorship
I wouldn’t be where I am today without Javan’s help; without prioritizing, focus (which I didn’t have before), having someone to regularly be there to check in with, talk to and hold me accountable. Now I’m able to focus on my career goals, closely aligned with my values, and I realize how powerful this is. Now I know what questions to ask, to both myself and others. It’s helped enormously, more than I could have ever imagined. The momentum has gathered and people are showing up again and again to accompany me on my journey and work with me. It was such an honour to work with Javan, to benefit from his experience and his razor-sharp way of diagnosing and cutting straight into the issues. I’m extremely grateful for this work and it’s been incredibly valuable. Thank you again, Javan, for all of your help!
Documentary, Facing Fire
The Facing Fire documentary was enlightening, heartfelt & highly educational. For the first time, I finally heard a sound and readily available solution for the dangerous wildfires that have been plaguing our forests for years. Most importantly, Javan offers us as the viewer an opportunity to change our relationship with fire from a fearing one to a collaborative one.
In this documentary he interviews some of the Native American Indians and invites us as a society to draw upon their ancient wisdom and embrace their unique perspective. The perspective of bringing controlled and conscious small fires into our local communities all over the world guided by ancient wisdom. I am deeply inspired by Javan’s mission and since I work with children and families my first thought is to bring this documentary to the younger generation and show this in every classroom all over the world.
OSU PDC Student, PDC Student
The Oregon State University Permaculture Design Course is an expertly organized course of instruction that appropriately leverages an online learning environment, and along with dedicated and professional instructors, conveys an important body of knowledge in a relatively short period of time. The course materials (videos, text, and supplementary content) coupled with the weekly assignments allows students to quickly put concepts into practice. Doing peer reviews in large groups exposes you to your classmates, a variety of locations, and varying methods for implementing the course content. Peer reviews add an additional dimension to learning the course material while allowing you the space to make your personal journey. I took the OSU Permaculture Design Course to improve my family’s access to food which is frequently impacted by natural disasters. I left the course with the tools I need to be successful in designing my own site, but I also gained a deeper appreciation of nature as well as curiosity that will push me to seek additional knowledge. I emphatically recommend this course to anyone who is interested in Permaculture, desires to gain a better understanding of the natural world or is simply interested in being more involved with their food.
Documentary, Facing Fire
Oh my goodness Javan- just watched your film. What a magnificent job you did on a really difficult subject. Our fire department has such a difficult time selling the idea of prescribed fire in the community – you’ve done a great job helping provide a different point of view.
Holistic Life Context, Life Design, Life Design for Permaculture, One-on-One Coaching, Single Decision Session
We were in a very tough life-changing decision-making position and had 3 days, due to work requirements, to make that decision. Out of panic we reached out to Javan and he made himself available at a moment’s notice. His guidance and process helped us make a tough decision, one that we weren’t able to make on our own. We are incredibly thankful for his time and are comfortable and happy with the decision outcome! We would recommend Javan to anyone looking for guidance on how to tackle a big life transition.