Meet the Team

Catfarm crew

“Creating a strong collective narrative lets the best ideas flow in the same direction towards a collective goal.”

DAN GIBBON-WALSH
Marketing / Sustainable Development

A marketing and communications professional who has been working in and with sustainability nonprofits and organisations for the last few years, after qualifying with a degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering. He has been working with Catfarm and Adventures of the Valparaiso for the last two years after discovering the project through mutual acquaintances, and wanted to be able to contribute his skillset and develop both personally and professionally. With experience in organising and running festivals, as well as national advertising and marketing campaigns, his main skills include content design, communications, branding and strategy, marketing planning, volunteer management and mentoring.

“Designing together community structures, ways of living, alternative culture and economic models is what I love and what I want to study and share in eco places.”

Aurélie Huet
Human Resources / Project Developer

After getting her master’s degree in Information and Communication Systems, with Erasmus+ , Aurélie travelled parts of the world and explored many cultures while she was volunteering in different types of communities before settling at Catfarm. Since 2018, she has helped co-managing the community and the association.
Her passion for human relations and values for a fairer society lead her into community building, project design and development, non formal education, as a youth worker, and intercultural exchanges. Her key competences are communication, organisation, logistic, administration and local development.

"I love inspiring people
to go on an inner journey
and flourish into their authentic self”

Alexandra Vis
Public Relations /
Project Developer

Graduated in International Business and Languages, where she acquired recruitment, marketing, communication, and event organisation skills. She has various volunteer experiences supporting vulnerable people across the globe. Nowadays she is working with the Catfarm and Adventures of the Valparaiso where she developed competences as a group leader, community manager and youth worker through non-formal education. Her passion for music, dance and healing practices has led her to become an ecstatic dance DJ. She takes people on their own inner journey through hosting workshops and dance events.

“The capacity of resiliency is universal. As gardener, I contribute by nourishing a fertile soil of experiments for new growth and regeneration of ecosystems, individually and collectively.”
Eliott Andreys
Gardener / Community Vocaliser

With an Organisation, Quality and Logistics diploma and having lived for 2 years in Angsbacka Kursgard, community, Sweden, where he served as an ESC the first year. He learned permaculture, event organisation and has been Improvement Team Leader and kitchen coordinator in festivals. His key competences lay on structuring the community daily life, project leading, gardening expertise and logistic flows. He is a project developer and the main gardener at the Catfarm.

“I believe that everyone has something to offer. Either skills, experiences or stories. Throughout this we can show what unites us instead of what separates us.”

Ulysses Schuitemaker
Founder / IT Infrastructure

With a background in IT and electronics, Ulysses moved towards visual arts and founded the Catfarm and the Adventures of Valparaiso community. He worked with over 1000 international youth since 2012 and has been leading and hosting workshops. For many of the projects, he does concept development and initiates new ideas. Ulysses has experience as a group leader and has managed many projects while teaching practical skills as a method. His key competences are leading, moving groups, mentoring, concept development, design, computing and practical skills. Strongly puts confidence in circular economy and the reuse of commodities.

"Create and distribute value through social impact - I feel that in the community it is a good place to live this challenge by learning and teaching."

Gabriel Busato
Finance and Administration

Gabriel is an entrepreneur with great knowledge and diverse skills. His experience include human resources management, finance, management offices, projects and operations. His main values are related to ethics, justice and integrity. He worked and created some companies and also have performed voluntary activities in non-profit institutions. Gabriel has a degree in Design and Management, MBA in leadership and human development and Master’s in Human Resources Management.

“Consciousness makes the difference”
RAMIRO RAMIREZ
Programmer

Ramiro Ramirez is a creative technologist with 10 years of experience building software and web platforms. After almost a decade of living a nomad’s life he has founded studios in Spain, Mexico, Argentina and The Netherlands and has helped entrepreneurs and organizations from all around the world to fulfill their goals by applying new technology and agile problem-solving. He joined the team in 2018. With a background in journalism and experience in digital communication, his core skills involve software development in different platforms and technology stacks and project management in cross-functional teams. Since 2017 he’s been involved in Machine Learning projects involving Natural Language Processing and Big Data Pipelines.

"By healing the environment we can heal ourselves. I care about well-being in a place to provide good atmosphere and be able to reach the best version of ourselves."
JULIE DE BIDART
Community Manager

Julie de Bidart is a nurse by training and traveler in the soul. In 2013 she started to travel through humanitarian actions and has been gaining knowledge in alternative medicine with essential oils, naturopathy and hypnosis. Now graduated as a yoga teacher she cares for the well-being of Catfarm with yoga classes and kitchen management. She is managing Catmosphere Festival and is developing local and European partnerships.

“Breath, but remember to dance.”
Marcus doom
Creative

Marcus Doom has many titles, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king, an actor, an artist among other things. No matter which form he takes he is dedicated to fun and freedom of the soul, singing out for joy and sorrow with equal passion, for one is meaningless without the other. Marcus makes sure that the community is fed with colour and creativity, putting on open mics and improvised musical morning meetings, paying homage to all the cool cats that have passed through, leaving their artistic gifts for everyone to enjoy. He is the Art Guardian and the Host on our Youth Exchanges.

"The whole is more than the sum of the parts. And I believe that the "more" of a whole come from the difference of each parts"
Jeanne Robert
Project Developper

After getting a European bachelor’s degree in Political and Social sciences in ESPOL of Lille, Jeanne has travelled in different countries to open her perspectives. Finally, she discovered community life with all its potential. She is now convinced of the global wealth that eco-communities can bring to today’s society (with its social and environmental challenges). So, to develop the concept, she is currently studying a Master in Social and Solidarity Economy (in the Université de Gustave Eiffel de Paris), in parallel of giving her energy to Catfarm. Also passionate about intuitive movements and collective intelligence, she simply likes to be present among the cats and the plants and she is co-leading the Bridges for Plastic ESC Project

"1% better everyday."
Basile SAMEL
Entrepreneurship & Tech

Basile’s mission is to make the Catfarm the best place to develop your own sustainable lifestyle. Software engineer turned nomad entrepreneur, he decided digital nomadism wasn’t the answer after living in 14 countries and set out to research alternatives at Catfarm. Combining his skills in technical writing, circular web development, product engineering, project management, and mindful productivity, he creates Clowdr: a venture studio for cat entrepreneurs. He is also part of the Ambachadeurs, Catfarm’s local development team, to connect with locals and nurture a resilient network of French citizens. Basile’s spirit compass: sustainability, nomadism, community, and mastery!

"Straight from the land, to the kitchen and into the stomach: that's the route food should take"
Florian van Schaik
Gardener & Kitchen Manager

Florian envisions himself starting an eco-community one day where he can combine an ecological lifestyle with education, to invite and show people how one could live in an alternative setting, self-sufficient and outside of the city. Catfarm provides the perfect environment for him to learn and experiment, developing new ideas on decision making, hierarchy, facilitation and community stability. It is a place where he feels safe and comfortable to explore expressing himself in new ways, such as through movement and his voice. He also likes to draw maps of places that don’t exist and sometimes of places that are yet to exist, as he is very passionate about permaculture. Together with the garden team, Florian is designing and implementing the new forest garden on the land. Lastly, he enjoys providing the community with delicious meals and cakes, that brings smiles to the faces of the community members.