Geoff Moxham

3 May

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Geoff Moxham at Biochar Workshop, Djanbung Gardens, August 2009. Photo by Tracy Lewis

Geoff Moxham – a great loss for the bioregion

Geoff Moxham, BSc., Ind. Arts (technology)

“The forest that Geoff Moxham saved in 1979 and that he so dearly loved claimed his life last Thursday afternoon, 27/8/09. ”

Geoff’s funeral and cremation will be held at 3.30pm, Friday 4th September at Lismore Memorial Gardens, Skyline Rd, Goonellabah, followed by a wake at the Channon Hall into the evening (BYO drinks, food)

It was only a few weeks ago that Geoff was conducting a workshop here at Djanbung Gardens with the APT course. We have lost a valued colleague, friend and member of our Bioregional Campus Faculty.

Geoff’s brother, Jay, explains what happened…

“Geoff was on his own, high up in the forest, collecting trees to use as rafters for his new kiln shed roof and the tree he was sawing fell away from him but it was connected by very thick vines to a skinny tree directly behind him.

“As the main tree fell, the vine must have snapped the 5 metre top off the skinny tree (still about 10cm diameter) and we think it struck him on the back of the neck. The tractor was still running right next to him so he probably didn’t hear the tree snap and fall, as well as the crash from the tree he was felling.

“He was found in the ‘yogic position for exiting the body’, with arms crossed on his chest, mouth closed and eyes open so we presume he had enough time to do his Tibetan death practice.

“We are all very upset obviously and it will be a huge loss for everyone. But we take heart in his inspiring life and that he was well practiced for this transition. If you wish to see what he was working on you can visit his website at

http://www.bodgershovel.com. That site will also be a source for ongoing pictures and information as we make more of his work and info available over the coming years. “
– Jay (Geoff’s brother)

Geoff at the Sustainability Expo in Lismore, Oct 2008

I struggle with my disbelief, and inability to imagine the absence of our dear friends and colleague, Geoff Moxham.  Geoff has been a friend for so long, I’ve lost count of the years. We worked together on LETS and the launch of the LETS currency notes in the ‘90’s. Then when Geoff created his parabolic reflector he started bringing it to Djanbung Gardens for special events and open days.

Over the past 4 years Geoff has conducted annual workshops here as part of the Accredited Permaculture Training™ appropriate technology module, and was a valued member of the Bioregional Campus faculty. With a background in Industrial Design, Geoff was renowned for his experiments and innovative solutions in sustainable technologies. Geoff walked his talk, living a low impact lifestyle and treading softly on the earth.

We will miss him as friend, colleague and active member of the community.
We feel blessed to have had our lives enriched by Geoff’s presence and know his legacy will live on in the hearts and hands of those he has taught and inspired.
– Robyn Francis

Here is an article by Geoff published on our web site last year on biochar and terra preta.
Geoff Moxham – Terra Preta…Jagabar Jagun… and a Carbon-Negative Future.

http://permaculture.com.au/central/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=114:terra-pretajagabar-jagun-and-a-carbon-negative-future&catid=27:articles&Itemid=55

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Permaculture Reseach Instsitute Arabia – Director
written by Tashi Dawa, September 07, 2009

Our Deepest and heartfelt condolences to all of the Prof. Moxham’s family, colleagues, and students.

His life and works will continue to bare fruit around this earth. Lets us draw from his inspiring vision and practice to rally forward as he would so sing.
We send you all our prayers and hopes….there is no end only change.
In fraternal support from your brothers and sisters in Arabia,
Mr. Dawa

Tarim, Yemen

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