Wenderlynn Bagnall Dip Hyp CS

Wenderlynn Bagnall

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About me

I discovered permaculture in 2009 whilst on the steering group of my local Transition Network group. This came at the same time as a serious break down and my first, of several suicide attempts. Since then permaculture has played an important role in supporting my mental health and my life generally. It lead me to discover more and go on to teach permaculture.

 

My upbringing consisted of violence and emotional abuse,  along with experiencing anxiety & depression, as a teenager, and bullying at school.  I  was later a victim of domestic abuse with an ex-long term partner and father of my, now adult children. These experiences are what has shaped me, and I now use to support others with their mental wellbeing and personal resilience. I am glad to say that the attempts to end my life didn't work, and I can enjoy my grown up children and grandchild. 

Over the last decade I have lived with my partner off-grid at Wishtree, which was a 5 acre permaculture site,  in North Devon, previously a LAND learner. This part of my life helped strengthen my own personal resilience. North Devon Permaculture was based at Wishtree,  where we taught and ran residential Introduction To Permaculture courses, and how to growing perennial based systems, such as using the food forest technique and permaculture design. We also did outreach work with schools and community groups.  This ended as a result of COVID and we returned to Hertfordshire, where we were both born. We had to start again. This was also the time I discovered I was an HSP, or Highly Sensitive Personal (medical term is Sensory Processing Sensitivity).

We changed the name of the business to Wyld Edges CIC realising that what we were doing was needed more in our urban communities. Thus this is my, and our story now. Using my lived experience of poor mental health and permaculture design, we now work with communities and mental health organisations, to bring together community gardens, and other green spaces, as vessels where permaculture can be used to support mental wellbeing, helping to build personal and community resilience. 

Please see my skills and CPD below for more info.

 

Educator experience
  • Teaching Introduction to Permaculture 
  • Owning and running a 5 acre, off-grid permaculture project
  • Co-founder and director of Wyld Edges Community Interest Company, social enterprise. 
  • Running a community garden using permaculture design, supporting volunteers with 121 mental health support.
  • Designing a social permaculture project called Permaculture and Mental Health
  • Community engagement
  • Working with Local Authorities on consultations for community gardens 
  • Children In Permaculture 
  • Food and Emotional Resilience 
  • Joint co-founder of Thriving Ways, along with Looby Mcnamara and other national educators 
  • Since 2013 I have created and co-created several private edible garden, and community garden designs 
  • I used The Design Web to create the original North Devon Permaculture Network in 2014 
  • Working with schools a local preschools
  • Designing selfcare for mental wellbeing using Permaculture tools and techniques.
Educator skills

         Skills, technical experience 

  • Ethical business 
  • Urban community gardening, design and facilitation 
  • Community Engagement 
  • Curriculum and programme development
  • Project management
  • Online teaching
  • Off-grid resilience 
  • Mental health 
  • Project management 
  • Effective Communication 
  • Alternative governance 
  • Agroforestry 
  • Food Forest 
  • Soil Remediation 
  • Producing and harvesting food naturally 
  • Hedgelaying 
  • Woodland management 
  • Scything
  • No dig gardening 
  •  Edible Garden Design and implementation 
  • Low maintenance and low cost gardening 
  • Propagation of unusual edible and useful trees and plants 
  • Working knowledge of Animal husbandry 
  • First flush diversion 
  • Rain water catchment 
  • Working knowledge of water collection and harvesting using ditches, swales and ponds. 
  • Regenerative living 
  • Upcycling 
  •  Talks on edible gardening 
  • Talks on permaculture 
  • Creating a Permaculture livelihood 
  • Using solutions based thinking 
  • Community resilience and regeneration 
  • Managing a livelihood on a very low income. 
  • Fund raising 
  • Crowdfunding 
  • Disadvantaged youths and other marginalised groups 
  • Social entrepreneurship 
  • Reiki Master Practitioner 
  • Social Media 
  • Basic web design 
  • Online teaching
  • Dealing with antisocial behaviour

     

    Areas of Interest - 

  • Compost/soil building
  • Introducing Permaculture into the national curriculum 
  • Mental illness/wellbeing 
  • Social Permaculture - specilising in networking and community building • 
  • Growing edible and useful perennial plants 
  • Designing land based systems 
  • Garden/ land based design 
  • Edible Garden Designs 
  • The Design Web
  • 8 forms of capital 
  • Systems thinking 
  • Building resilient and regenerative communities
  • Localisation 
  • Decentralisation 
  • Devolution 
  • Regenerative and resilient living 
  • Gift economy 
  • Transition Towns 
  • Rabindranath Tagore 
  • Raising awareness that we are nature, we just need to find our way again. 
  • Holding on to the child within us all 
  • Open seed pollination 
  • Non violent communication 
  •  Fund raising 
  • Volunteering
  • Recycling - reuse  everything!
Educator qualifications

        Current 

  • Wyld Edges Community Interest Company, (previously North Devon Permaculture), permaculture, gardening and mental health, Hertfordshire - co-founder and director 
  • Studying towards Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory [yr 2] Nov 23 - present 
  • Studying towards Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Practice [yr 3 - will commence in 2024]
  • Studying towards my Diploma In Applied Permaculture Design - since 2013 

         Community Garden Training - May - Nov 2022 

  • Gardeniser Pro Licence – [Gardeniser.eu – Social Farms and Gardens] 

    Mental Health Training - 2021 -2023 

  • Level 3 Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Introduction to Counselling Skills - Professional Hypnotherapist (Dip Hyp CS.)  [yr 1] [Chrysalis ]
  • Suicide Awareness Training [Online Mind mental health organisation] 
  • Mental Health Peer Support [Online Mind mental health organisation] 
  • Youth Mental Health First Aider [Online Mental Health First Aid England - MHFA] 
  • Co-facilitating Living Well workshops with Mind,  as a volunteer [In person - Hertfordshire ]

     

    Teacher Training 2010 - 2022 

  • Online Introduction To the Foundations of Steiner Waldorf Education Oct 2021 - June 2022 [Association of Steiner Waldorf Teacher Educators - ASWTE]
  • BLAST Online Training of Trainers 20 – 21 November [BLAST partnership] (Blended and transformative learning for the socio-ecological transition) 
  • Children In Permaculture Permaculture Design Certificate [Lusi Alderstowe and Nim Robins] 
  • Training of Teachers [ online with Graham Bell and Rakesh Bhambri ] 
  • Introduction to Engaging Children in Permaculture [Landmatters, Devon, Lusi Alderslowe & Rakesh Bhambri] 
  • Resilience Practitioner Training [online with Chris Johnstone] 
  • Permaculture Educators Course [Friland, Denmark, Andy Goldring and Cathrine Dolleris] 
  • 7 Ways To Think Differently (Apprentice - People & Permaculture) [Ragman’s Lane Farm, Gloucs, Looby and Peter Cow] 
  • Introduction to Permaculture (Apprentice) [Shropshire, Jan Martin ] 
  • People & Permaculture Facilitators In Training [The Fold, Bransford, Worcester, Looby Mcnamara & Peter Cow] 
  • Permaculture Design Certificate (Apprentice) [Well End, London, Aranya] 
  • CTLLS - Adult education [Hertford Regional College, Hertfordshire, Debbie Perkins] 

    Courses 2011 - 2022 

  • Sociocracy (Rakocracy) [Online with Rakesh Rootsman] 
  • The Art of Invitation with Encounters [Plymouth] Creative Community Engagement 
  • Social Enterprise Training [Dartington Devon & Plymouth] 
  • Permaculture Livelihood [ Aranya, Ourganics, Dorset] 
  • 7 Ways To Think Differently [Looby, Gilwell Park, London] 
  • Permaculture Design Certificate [ Aranya, Ourganics, Dorset] 
  • Practical Permaculture Gardening [Brighton Permaculture Trust] 
  • Practical Horticulture skills [Capel Manor College, Hertfordshire, Level 1]
  •  Introduction To The Environment - [Open University module only, level 4 equiv]

         Other

  • English GCSE - Grade B [Hertford Regional College, Hertfordshire, Sonia] 
  • Psychology GCSE - Grade D [Hertford Regional College, Hertfordshire ]