Georgina Hamilton

Non-Executive Director

Georgina is the founder and director of Bodhi Khaya Retreat, a school for earth studies, Zen, bio-diversity and soil regeneration.

A journalist and historian, Georgina is drawn to explore the liminal spaces between wilderness and agriculture; ownership and stewardship; biodiversity and monoculture; extraction and regeneration. During a masters degree at SOAS ( School of Oriental and African Studies) she focused on land ownership and the agrarian economy in South Africa around the time of the Land Act of 1913.

In the 1980's she was a researcher at the African Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand and helped to collect and collate oral histories of black farmers in Gauteng. Later, through her work with the Black Sash, journalism, and colleagues at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, she found opportunities to further explore issues relating to agriculture and conservation, especially in areas where rights to land and natural resources were contested.

In South Africa there has been considerable research and experimentation, especially in prized conservation areas, to discover and adopt ways of creating livelihoods that blend with and enhance conservation through resource management and tourism. There have been some success stories but Georgina believes we need to be much more courageously imaginative to protect people and the wild from extractive behavior. Wild Law is just such an expression of the imagination. It asks that we stretch conventional ideas of who we are to enter a realm that fully recognises the majesty and grace of our rivers and mountains and all beings.