John and his young family decided to leave the Peninsula and move to the property west of Melbourne. This gave him the opportunity to care for the land which was badly affected by introduced plants such as Boxthorn and Serrated Tussock. Being rather isolated from urban development, the land sustained a variety of indigenous wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, and a variety of reptiles and birds. There were many aboriginal artifacts such as stone tools and scarred trees, indicating a thriving aboriginal population prior to the arrival of Europeans. John was able to identify several ceremonial sites. He was able to do this, partly by observing that large stones had been arranged in a circular pattern, partly by feelings resulting from his clairsentient ability, and partly by dowsing. He also learned that the land lay at the central point of a massive cross defined by four mountains. The mountains formed a similar pattern to the four major stars of the Southern Cross constellation. This geographic feature became known as the Southern Cross Landscape Temple. It was speculated that the land might derive its unusual spiritual energy from that phenomenon. There were also seven significant ley lined traversing the land, six of which intersected at a central node. Ley lines were known to the Aboriginal people as spirit tracks.
John Koch was educated at a private school in Melbourne and at the University of Melbourne, where he took a degree in civil engineering. For about 10 years after graduation, he worked for various consulting firms, and also traveled extensively around Europe and Asia. With a desire to live closer to nature, he purchased a 223 acre property about 45 km North West of Melbourne. In his spare time, he built a house which overlooked the Werribee River. He then resigned from his job in Melbourne and started his own building design and construction practice, specializing in alternative modes such as pole frame and mud brick. Initially, he lived and worked on the Mornington Peninsla, a considerable distance from his land and on the other side of Melbourne.
He was interested in the Findhorn experience where three people living in a caravan park had created an extraordinary garden which attracted world wide attention. They were able to do this by attuning to the nature spirits who guided their activities. Learning about Findhorn and nature spirits triggered a heightened level of awareness which led to some extraordinary experiences of his own. When a small group of friends visited the property for an overnight stay, they were amazed to see lights moving around the sky in a way that had no rational explanation. The lights drew them to a circle of trees where they received an unexpected welcome from an angelic being channeling through one of the group. The group continued to visit the property on a regular basis for about two years, each time receiving messages, including answers to questions, from the spirit entity.