Permaculture Design Course on Dartmoor

When: 12-27th November
90 hours over two weeks
Who: With Aranya & Klaudia van Gool

Although permaculture is most commonly thought about in connection with gardening and farming, its principles, ethics and design methods can be adapted and used in each individual’s own work, interests, community and home to bring about a more harmonious and sustainable lifestyle.
This course will be particularly rich in people-based permaculture – along with lots of land-based content as well. This practical course will bring the possibility of significant and positive life changes.

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Animal Magic – 3 Day Animal Spirit Empowerment Retreat

3 day residential retreat held by Sue Holmes, working with animal spirit guides. Using the altered states of consciousness reached via movement and dance, drumming and breathwork, we will connect and shape-shift with our power animals – embodying and honouring their medicine. During the retreat we will sweat our prayers together in our sweat lodge, create symbolic artwork, journey with the elements and dream with our guides.  On the last day we will have a cacao ceremony bringing us into our hearts for the final integration of the weeks work and blessings.

I will be providing an Inipi, a Lakota sweat lodge at the start and finish of this retreat.

Dates: October 21st (arrive 6-8pm) – October 24th (ends around 4pm)

Venue: Parsonage Side Retreat, Bridgwater, Somerset

Exchange: £375 (Early Birds £350)

Joining: Contact Sue. No previous experience necessary. Maximum of 15 participants.

More information and booking here

Active Hope

Finding strenght and inspiration in challenging times

A 2 day residential based on Joanna Macy’s ‘The Work That Reconnects’ took place Friday evening 6th – Sunday 8th Feb 2015 at The Grange.

New dates will be arranged,  if you want to be notified use contact form below.

The workshop will support you in finding inner strength and capacity to face the enormous challenges we face in the world today.

It is an opportunity to connect with yourself, others and all of nature, seen and
unseen. We will create a space where you can share your thoughts and feelings, discover new ways of looking at the issues and find a response renewed with inspiration and strength. We will spend some time outside.

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Nature Culture Regeneration

When: 14th – 16th October 2016

Where: Near Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor

Facilitators: Peter Cow, Chris Holland, Kerry Lane, Klaudia van Gool and Rebecca Card, alongside a team of inspiring nature connection facilitators.

Investment: £125 low/no waged, £155 waged, £195 abundantly waged.

Course Summary: 

An experiential weekend for adults, introducing the wisdom of the 8 Shields through deep nature connection and creative cultural activities. Participants will get to experience what it is like to be in a thriving, nature connected community that creates a safe space for everyone to be fully themselves. We all share the same blueprint of what we need to feel wholly connected to life, this weekend creates that space for connection. It is inspired and informed by the Art of Mentoring and the 8 Shields and is part of a movement to grow regenerative cultures around the world.

Language: English

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Active Hope workshops

Active Hope is about finding, and offering, our best response to the crisis of sustainability unfolding in our world. It offers tools that help us face the mess we’re in, as well as find and play our role in the collective transition, or Great Turning, to a life-sustaining society.

Active Hope, the book, guides readers on a transformative journey designed to strengthen their capacity to act for life on Earth. While reading the book alone can bring great benefits, the strengthening journey it offers is enhanced by the company of fellow readers.

Transition Plymouth is running the Active Hope book group over 4 Saturdays facilitated by Klaudia van Gool and Elly Stuart.


Dates are:

20th December

31st January

21st February

21st March

Sessions will run 9.15 for 9.30 start till 13:00.

The venue will vary between University of Plymouth and the Unitarian hall and we will send confirmation of that when you book.  Please book your place through Transition Plymouth:

More info can be found here:

The books will be for sale at the first sessions, though people will need to read before the session ideally but perhaps they can borrow one.

These sessions will be run on a gift economy basis: they are freely given as we want to bring this work out there, yet we ask to appreciate our time and efforts with a contribution you feel is appropriate for what you receive.