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.