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Samantha holds a PhD in Corporate Sustainability and has been designing and facilitating Sustainability programs since 1993.

Sam has lectured extensively at Edinburgh University’s Centre for Human Ecology, Sydney University and the University of Western Sydney. She has developed and delivered a new Master of Science degree (Human Ecology) in the UK and has contributed to the development of numerous other short courses and workshops.

Sam spent four years as a facilitator of the ground-breaking ANZ Cultural Transformation program while maintaining her work with student and grass-roots community groups through academic and Local Council engagements.

She has worked in Sustainability Education for global companies and not-for-profits, including Lend Lease, Microsoft, Diageo, ANZ, Philips, The Total Environment Centre and the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Her educational programs were designed to create a shift in worldview for participants, giving them a new and more accurate understanding of the Human-Nature relationship.

Recently Sam has shifted her business interests towards consciousness-raising, as the corollary to Sustainability Education. Please see for more information on her latest work beyond Stormlight.


John is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) who has dedicated much of his life to developing viable practical solutions for sustainable living.

With his unique experience as a founder and project director of the Findhorn Ecovillage Project in Scotland* for over twenty years, John combines his technical expertise with a hands-on understanding of Sustainability in a real-life context.

John has made important contributions to numerous education programs, including the Masters in Science degree at the Centre for Human Ecology, Edinburgh University and the month-long Ecovillage Training on behalf of UNITAR (the United Nations Institute for Training and Research).

He is the author of Simply Build Green, a technical guide to ecological building.

Since moving to Australia in 2003 John has focused on facilitating corporate cultural transformation values assessment and personal development programs, including as a facilitator of the ANZ Breakout programme, while maintaining his passion for all things green. This passion has now emerged in the development of Sustainability Education programs for corporate, community and not-for-profit organisations.

John also continues to consult on a variety of sustainable projects: for nine years he served as Technical Director for gDiapers the world's first biodegradable and flushable baby diaper, where he oversaw the Cradle to Cradle Certification of the product, the first mass consumer product to receive this designation. John also works with ecovillage development and community-scale renewable energy systems. John is currently the Project Director of the Narara Ecovillage, a 120 home ecovillage development an hour north of Sydney. He is drawing on his vast experience of sustainability in practice to lead this co-operative owned and managed project.

In 2005 he was featured in the ‘Forward Thinkers’ campaign sponsored by the AVIVA Insurance Group.

John is co-founder and facilitator of Fairway to Heaven, a week long golf workshop based in Scotland focusing on the "spiritual dimension" of golf and life. In 2014 they completed their 25th workshop, run continuously for the past 17 years. Their oft quoted byline: 'We play golf religiously'.

His personal motto: “If it’s not fun, it’s not sustainable.”

* The Findhorn Ecovillage Project has won United Nations acclaim for its approach to global sustainability and the Findhorn Foundation has been formally designated by the UN as a sustainability training centre for local authorities in western Europe. Findhorn continues to be one of the world’s leading examples of a sustainable community, with its own wind farm, ecological waste water facilities, over 100 green buildings, its own currency and diverse social and economic infrastructure.


Samatha Graham
John Talbott

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