Apart From Ras John Cresswell the lead teacher , on the PDC the guest teachers are normally Cathy Whitefield, Inbal Rosenblat, Andy Freeman , Carol Freeman, Sophie Paulding, Rosana Cox, and the Semilla Besada crew normally teach the swale workshop.
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After being born in London, England. At an early age, he realised that the urban landscape and the modern ideas of ‘productivity’ were truly unsustainable and in many cases suicidal. With a naturally and deeply-installed sense of respect for Nature, Ras decided to study all that he could about Sustainable living and Permaculture.
After studying Garden Design and Organic Management with the ‘City and Guilds’ program in London, he became a resident at the Center for Alternative Technology in Wales. There he completed courses in various subjects; ‘Solar Hot Water systems’, ‘Alternative Building Techniques’, ‘Timber frame self-build’, ‘Compost toilets and sewage systems’, ‘Organic pest control’, ‘Solar electricity’, and ‘ Live willow weaving’ to mention a few. Amongst the times between these courses he was volunteering in the vegetable garden at the centre, helping out with the rest of the crew assigned to on-site food production. Ras managed to help start the first hydroponic system in one of the greenhouses, with the plants growing completely from nutrients from human waste.
As well as running the farm and the permaculture courses, Ras John also runs a large reggae soundsystem to promote permaculture to young people and create much needed awareness in mostly urban and underprivileged areas. He has also been an apprentice to various Shamanic practitioners, which he believes helps him deeply with the other types of work that he does in his life, such as permaculture.