Lien de Coster
Lien first came across permaculture in the summer of 2008 in Totnes when writing a story on the transition movement. Her curiosity was sparked at once. During her traveling and living in different places with wilderness within hand reach, such as Scandinavia and the Canary Islands, permaculture remained a recurrent theme. Eventually she gave in to its attraction and started a design course in the Voedselbos (food forest) in Belgium with Bert D’Hondt. She completed the course with a design about facilitating a solo retreat, an event based on an old coming of age ritual during which people spend a couple of days by themselves in the wilderness. Because of her fascination for peoplecare Lien returned to England in 2012 for a People and Permaculture Course with Looby Macnamara. Before that, she was involved in peoplecare through working with the Corepower method for personal leadership, about which she helped writing the book ‘Corepower. Zelfsturing vanuit de Kern’, and which she is currently translating into English.
Her specific points of interest are the interaction between the inner world of zone 00 and the wilderness of zone 5, deep nature awareness and connection, permaculture language, self-healing and the infinite potential of human creativity to build up a sustainable culture. Lien is currently based in Amsterdam, working on her permaculture diploma pathway and teaching permaculture together with Bert D’Hondt in Belgium.