Gaia’s Guild is a network of natural, traditional and new skool artisians that evolves with the site and client needs. Garden designs can involve wood working, natural builds and constructed elements, rock work and water features, some of these are best suited to specialists.
Here are a few of our allies:

Caroline Woon

_02b6275Caroline is a co-teacher and resident craftsman at Inside Passage, a school of fine woodworking on the Sunshine Coast. She employs a balanced and sensitive approach to working with wood – enjoying the quiet and gentle use of hand tools, as well as the efficiency of machines.

She is undertaking a Permaculture Design Certificate through Gaiacraft, and currently stewards a community garden bed at the Heart Gardens in Roberts Creek.

Jesse Clark

Jesse is a Red Seal Certifiedimg_5748 Carpenter with over 11 years experience in a variety of fields. Starting in commercial, his career would transcend into residential where he learned the ins and outs of concrete, framing, finishing and renovation.  He also built his first fully off grid home with Ajia, a prefab home company.

The diversity of work compelled him to start a community based sustainable building group with passive solar and natural building practices at its heart. The Living Solutions Collective was formed through the community section in craigslist where he met Mark Flieshhaker, structural engineer and alternative builder who has brought a great deal of professionalism to the team. 

Jesse has just completed a year abroad in Australia where he built the first fully certified Earthship in Adelaide SA. He was offered a job building straw bale homes shortly after where he spent 4 months on 3 different projects with The House of Bales.  When he landed in Byron Bay, he found himself staying at a permaculture based, alternative living community where he learned light earth, cob, hempcrete and rendering.

The goal for Jesse and the Living Solutions Collective over the next year is to teach skills training work shops, also connecting people and groups who would like their next home to be unique and efficient.

Larry Popowich

cid_807Larry has worked in gardens since 1980 beginning at UBC Botanical Gardens first as a student and then as full-time labourer in the UBC Greenhouse and in developing the Asian and Native Gardens. Following that, he spent many years building and maintaining large and small private residential gardens in Vancouver and since 1990 designed and built gardens here on the Sunshine Coast.

In 1995, he enrolled in horticultural and garden design training at Askham Bryan Horticultural College in York, England and worked in the horticultural retail industry and designed and built gardens in England. Returning to the Sunshine Coast, he became involved in the Greenways development as a Province of BC seeded project and worked in the community to develop hiking and biking paths and a variety of habitat restorations. He was a contributor to the visioning and early planning stages of the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden.

He continues to build vegetable gardens, build ponds, work extensively with stone and other hard-scape structures, install irrigation and lighting systems, build greenhouses and create a variety of plant environments including native plant gardens.


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