Experience, integrity, unity for Community.
Our school takes heart and soul from an amazing collective of community-oriented generous professionals with the wisdom and connections that come from experience.
As a human geographer, Ben is passionate about participatory approaches to sustainable development and the role that education and engagement can play in creating resilience, capacity and well-being in communities.
He has taught, researched and practised in the areas of community-based learning, stakeholder management, participatory planning, sustainable development and community engagement.
Ben is a change maker, whose work in higher education relating to experiential learning and impact has received multiple national and international awards.
With a passion for business, numbers and engineering, Arnold enjoys creating and building organizations. Over a period of 20 years, he led a listed company in South Africa from humble beginnings to being a very successful global business spanning 20 countries and employing over 5 000 people.
Arnold moved to Byron Bay in January 2020 after stepping down from his business career.
Besides his interest in business, Arnold has a passion for education and served on the board of governors at SACS High School in Cape Town, the oldest school in South Africa (over 200 years old). He served for 6 years when his two older sons attended the school. Arnold assisted in establishing policy for the school, grounded in its value system and ethos, drove fundraising projects to build facilities eg swimming pool, year 4 buildings, a new science block, a new astroturf hockey field, to name but a few.
Arnold enjoys leading and uplifting people. He has mentored several young people into business and enjoys seeing people thrive and reach their full potential.
In his spare time, Arnold enjoys a good bbq, a glass of red wine, playing sport (golf, cycling, watersports, gym, skiing, snowboarding and, recently, surfing) and being in nature. He is a family man and is happiest being with his wife and children. He and his wife have a keen interest in sustainability and education that prepares children for the new world with a deep value system. They have 4 children.
A Bachelor degree in Naturopathy with Post Graduate studies in Public Health Promotion and 15 years of Naturopathic practice has given Kylie a solid foundation in holistic thinking, empathic counselling and a living systems view of life and wellness.
She has been practicing Non-violent Communication (NVC), also called compassionate communication for the past 20 years and loves sharing all she learns with her friends, family and community. She considers it an incredibly valuable way to communicate with oneself and others from a place of self responsibility and compassion.
Following a deep interest in nature based education Kylie completed a mentor training program with ‘Play in the Wild’, a nature-based immersion education experience around the principles and practices of non-violence, mindfulness and wellness. In this context non-violence is defined as a lifelong commitment to seeing beyond differences, respecting all living things, and being of service to ourselves and others.
Now as a mother of 2 (a 3 and 5 year old) Kylie is experiencing the biggest learnings of her life, and considers parenting her most important, meaningful and challenging profession yet! The parenting journey has awoken in her a strong advocate for all the little humans of the planet and she is constantly grappling with how we respond to little ones with true respect and honesty to support them to develop into their magnificent unique selves and to help them become compassionate global citizens.
Kylie is currently the ‘People and Culture’ advisor to Flow Hive and is continually looking for ways to strengthen culture within a group of people (whether that be a family, a company or a school). Her particular focus is on ensuring the shared values of the group become imbedded in the operation of the group (from agreed ways of working to responding to conflict).
Her happy place is communing with nature on her morning walk.
The photo is of me and Lindy with my ‘newest’ Great Granddaughter. I have three great granddaughters, six granddaughters and three grandsons. Lindy has four granddaughters and a grandson.
Family is important to us. Ours is a multi cultural family with Aboriginal, Australian, Papua New Guinea and Thai mingling with my Anglo Celtic background.
The photo is of a man, a dog, and a bike: to me this is Freedom.