The Sea-Change Trust is a not-for-profit organisation mandated to promote and protect our marine and human heritage. Our main aim is to motivate people to reconnect with themselves through deep immersion with nature. We want to start to create a new sea-change – a transformation through knowing our true human relationship with the natural world. We are developing a multi-media project, the Sea-Change Project, that includes a film, a book, courses, photographs and exhibitions that tells the story of the birth of humanity, and the ancient relationship we all have with the sea. Read more To see a trailer for the Sea-Change Project, please see here.
Craig is one of the world’s leading natural history filmmakers, and their films have been seen by millions of people.
As Executive Producer, Carina works with the Sea-Change Trust to implement the goals and objectives of the organisation.
A fairly new member of the sea-change amphibious tribe, she is hooked on the transformative power of water. She is currently working on the Sea-Change travelling exhibition with augmented reality. A South African and Finnish citizen born in Kingston, Jamaica, brought up in South Africa and educated and worked in the USA, Carina thrives on diversity.
Ross is a founding director of the Sea-Change Trust. He is a media and events entrepreneur, curator and journalist.
Director, Writer, Trustee
Together with Craig, he is writing a book on their transformative experiences in the underwater realm on the Cape Peninsula, titled Journey to the Golden Forest, due for publication in 2018. He is a co-founder of the Wavescape Festival which has been running for 14 years as the leading ocean culture and conservation event in South Africa.
Pippa EhrlichPippa spent much of her childhood in Johannesburg, dreaming of nature. Some of her earliest memories are of wading into the sea at Boulders Beach in Simonstown where she learned to swim.
Lisa BeasleyLisa started diving at 11 years old. She fell in love with the underwater universe instantly and became obsessed with the very tiny and colourful creatures – especially nudibranchs.
Dr. Matthew ZylstraMatthew is an ecologist, educator and enabler working collaboratively with Sea-Change and other organisations through the EarthCollective network.
As an adult, Pippa set out to explore nature and our relationship with it as humans. Her role as conservation journalist for Save Our Seas Foundation brought her back to the shores of False Bay where she met Ross Frylink and Craig Foster and experienced her first taste of Sea-Change magic. He growing love for the Golden Forest draws her into these cool waters on an almost daily basis where she goes in search of stories that deepen her connection to this incredible wilderness and its weird and wonderful inhabitants.
Returning home in-between contracts flying helicopters and adventures to dive elsewhere, she was always put off from diving in Cape Town by the cold water and thick restrictive wetsuits, until she met the amphibious tribe of Sea- Change. At first she thought it was madness to attempt to dive in these freezing cold waters at all – let alone without a suit, but blown away by the tribes’ incredible passion, dedication and encouragement, and when she realised how many magical, tiny creatures took shelter in the golden forests, she fell in love all over again. Lisa now takes refuge in the ocean and kelp forest everyday, opening to the love, support and teachings it has to offer. “The underwater forest has become a place where I can meet nature as my home. The more I surrender to it and manage to drop my problem solving mind, the more it seems to show me and let me in.”
He is a university field lecturer for Wildlands Studies and facilitates and advises on social-ecological change processes across diverse scales: from individuals to organisations and communities. Matthew completed his PhD through Stellenbosch University’s transdiscplinary doctoral program in sustainability and explored how meaningful nature experience deepens our connectedness and inspires learning and leadership for self and society.
We are the Sea-Change ocean ambassadors. A group of kids and young adults who love the sea. We live in the Western Cape in South Africa and our passion is to explore the rocky coastline and the giant underwater kelp forests. This magical golden kingdom is a haven for millions of amazing animals. It has become our second home.
Tom FosterTom, Craig’s teenage son, started diving with sharks when he was 4 years old.
Faine Pearl Loubser“I lost my heart in the sea, only to find my soul.”
Scott RamsayScott loves Africa’s wild places, and works as a photographer and writer in conservation and protected areas.
“Free diving here is a real immersion in wilderness, and has taught me so much about what it means to be a succesful human animal. Spending lots of time in African wilderness – especially it’s oceans – has helped me to get to know myself. I have began to see myself as a unique, separate individual, but also as a tiny, inseparable part of the wonderful mystery of the universe. On several occasions I have I felt this incredible connection to all other life on Earth. I’ve never felt more alive and more inspired. I really struggle to understand the modern world sometimes, and these powerful moments of connection are critical touchpoints for my sanity.”
Scott lives between the ocean and mountain on the Cape Peninsula.
See www.LoveWildAfrica.com for more.
Georgiana ‘Georgi’ DorwardGeorgina, Tom and Epiphany’s classmate at Michael Oak Waldorf School, is an all rounder.
Epiphany ‘Scuti’ Stransham-FordJust 14 years old, Scuti is a young naturalist passionate about exploring the rock-pools and underwater “golden forests” of the Cape.
Donovan Van der HaydenTraditional fisherman, community leader and lead actor in the Sea-Change recreation scenes.
The Sea-Change Project reflects a number of years of research and development by the Sea-Change directors and partners, guided by some of the most distinguished professionals in the world. Below is an ever-growing list of advisors.
Dr Megan BieseleDirector of Kalahari Peoples Fund
Dr. Tony CunninghamEthno-ecologist/Applied ecologist
Prof. Christopher HenshilwoodArchaeologist, Scientist, Project leader and Teacher
Dr Sylvia A. EarleNational Geographic Society Explorer in Residence
Prof. Mark GibbonsProfessor at the University of the Western Cape
Prof. Louis G. HermanProfessor at the University of Hawai’i West-Oahu
Dr. Peter NilssenArchaeologist
Prof. Charles GriffithsDirector of the UCT Marine Biology Research Centre
Dr. Niobe ThompsonAnthropologist
Dr. Tony RibbinkCEO of Sustainable Seas Trust/Scientist
We are working with WWF-SASSI and the Mission Blue: Sylvia Earle Alliance to promote Marine Protected Areas, and at this time of mass, human-driven extinction, we believe this is a very relevant agenda.