John Talbott

John is one of the founders of the Global Ecovillage Network and is active to Gen Australia as an advisor and mentor.  Previously he was the Director of the Findhorn Ecovillage Project for more than twenty years. Findhorn is a well known intentional community founded in 1962 in the north of Scotland. During that time he helped pioneer green building methods, ecological infrastructure and renewable energy systems. He is the author of Simply Build Green, and has lectured widely on the subject of building sustainable communities.

John is currently the Project Director for the Narara Ecovillage (NEV), in NSW, Australia since it’s founding in 2012.  He consults to other communities.  John considers ‘spiritual sustainability’ as a key element to any ecovillage, along with ecology, economics and social sustainability.


Andrew Olivier

Andrew is Managing Partner of the Working Journey and author of three books.  A frequent visitor to Findhorn, he is one of the pioneers of Narara EcoVillage in Australia.  In 2013 Andrew became an ambassador for the Global Ecovillage Network for Australia and is currently a member of the General Assembly of GENOA (Global Ecovillage Network Oceania and Asia).   Andrew, together with Shane, Sue and Wendy set up GEN Australia as a not for profit in 2011.  He has a strong interest in entrepreneurship, sustainability and works in a number of countries at senior levels.  He is the public officer for GEN Australia.


Peter Gringinger

Peter Gringinger is a Gaia Education Certified Trainer.  Originally trained as a geologist & hydrogeologist he has completed advanced training and degrees in renewable energy systems  various fields of environmental sciences and engineering and sustainability, permaculture, regenerative design as well as facilitation and leadership.  He has extensive practical experience in the regeneration of degraded land and water systems and in renewable energy. Peter was born and raised in Austria and has lived and worked in eight different countries on three continents and is calling Australia his home for the last 17 years. Peter is an active member of the Leadership circle of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) Australia since 2016, a GEN Ambassador for Australia and on the Board of Co-Housing Australia.