TESTIMONIALSWhat Charlie's clients say about him..

Rebekah Goodwin

HR Consultant & Project Coordinator CWI, NDIS Barwon Region, Canberra
July 2014

“Charlie has dual strengths in the theory and application of sustainability ideas and practice. While I am most familiar with his horticulture expertise I have also observed him facilitate and mentor multiple diverse learning groups across two decades. Charlie is articulate, curious and insightful; his passion for social ecology and sustainability is only outweighed by his commitment to learning and learning outcomes for his students. Charlie isn’t afraid to ask questions about the questions. He’s a life long learner and a charismatic trainer, dedicated to inspiring action to the benefit of the individual, the community and the planet.” 


Dr. Richard Hill

School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University, Gold Coast
July 2014

“I have known Dr Charlie Brennan in a professional capacity for several years. We were colleagues in the School of Human Services at Southern Cross University in Coffs Harbour and at the Bellingen Institute. We have also worked together on the planning of a national conference on poverty and we both participated in a major research project on regional poverty in NSW. Additionally, I have worked alongside Dr Brennan in various teaching situations. He is a committed and highly engaging educator who brings considerable insight into the classroom. Dr Brennan has taught across a range of units, including a core unit on ethics which has been very well received by students over a number of years. He has demonstrated an outstanding ability to teach in an informative and engaging manner, encouraging students to air their views and injecting considerable insights and humour into classroom discussions.

In relation to research, Dr Brennan has established himself as a prominent scholar in the areas of environmental sustainability and sense of place. I understand that he has recently been involved in research in these areas and I expect that Dr Brennan will continue to make a significant contribution in these fields of study. The breath of Dr Brennan’s knowledge of sense of place is remarkable and he brings fresh and challenging insights to discussions on such matters.

Personally, I have found Dr Brennan to be a highly intelligent, engaging and supportive colleague who thinks in highly creative ways and is always willing to participate in discussions on scholarly issues. He is also a reliable and supportive colleague who has brought a positive collegial approach to the workplace. This is matched by a strong and professional commitment to duties across a range of areas including teaching, research and administration. Indeed, it has been a pleasure working alongside someone who has such outstanding personal and professional qualities.”


Dr Judy Lambert

Principal, Community Solutions, Sydney
July 2014

“During the various projects on which I’ve collaborated with Charlie, his creativity and lateral thinking about people and their relationships with the places that matter, has been a refreshing approach to environment and sustainability.  A reflective thinker who ‘looks below the surface’, Charlie’s use of art, photography, poetry and prose to encourage different ways of knowing and better understanding each other is a welcome underpinning to his work.”                 


Milagros Paredes

Shiatsu Health Practitioner, Ann Arbor, US
July 2014

“Charlie Brennan has a profound sensitivity to how we as humans can empower ourselves through creating a ‘sense of place’. Being around him, I have witnessed and taken in his way of being around plants, place and planet. Learning a way of planting my garden more ‘wildly’ as I planted with him, following his tips on how to create entrances to my healing space that would enhance what is already here, I have learned ways of better expressing who I am in the places I occupy. With Charlie’s guidance and example I have gained confidence in my skill around creating a sense of place and have allowed myself to indulge in what it takes to create the kind of environment that supports, enriches and comforts me and my community.”