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A wonderful weekend, I had hoped would nourish and restore, but it was beyond my wildest dreams. Thank you so much for holding such a special safe space and for the vision you have created.
VK – Shropshire
 
 
A super weekend as always.
EC – Berkshire
 
 
Thank you so much for the weekend. I hope I manage to keep the nourishment, ideas, whatever, alive in my life, rather than it fading and ‘normal’ habits overtaking once again.
PW – Dorset
 
 
…it was only after I had been home for 24 hours that I fully realised what I had taken back with me – a feeling of wholeness and inner peace.
TE – West Midlands
 
 

I loved the colours, smells, sounds and fruits of the garden. AG – Powys

 
 
…surprises, delicious food, fun, peace, exploration and new friendships.
BM - London
 
 
I became aware of experiencing the garden with a new level of awareness brought home from the mindfulness of our wonderful w/e; and then I had a little thought: what we were all engaged in last w/e was not really a retreat in the traditional sense; we definitely did not retreat from the world, rather we practised engaging with it in a deeper, more mindful way. AB - Cambridge
 
Courses & Events 2011 / 12
 

Welsh Borders nr Hay-on-Wye,
in association with Resurgence & Schumacher College

 
Dec 24 - 29 2011
 

Christmas Retreat with Elaine Brook
An opportunity to re-discover the real spirit of Christmas, with good company, delicious healthy food, beautiful country walks, meditation and relaxation.
Or - simply doing nothing at all!

Mornings will be in silence, bring stories and poems to share on cosy evenings around the fire. Relax and breathe clean air in comfortable rooms with non-toxic paints, and go home refreshed and healthy, having gained new friendships instead of gaining weight!

To book online click here or send cheque for £50 deposit (+£15 per night if you wish single room) + your name, address, phone, email, + accommodation & diet you wish, to:
Nurses Cottage, Long Lane, Peterchurch, Hereford, HR2 0TE.
Telephone: 0845 458 4718
Cheques to Gaia Partnership


details
Cost: £350 per person residential.
+ £15 per night single supplement
Places are limited so please book early.

Deposit £50

Book online here

 

 


 


 
 
Sponsor a place on one of our courses
 

These weekends are an opportunity to relax and enjoy a holistic lifestyle including solar hot water, swimming pool and solar electricity, home-grown organic food, and beautiful country walks.

Both residential and camping options include all meals.
Individual talks and linked courses can be booked together with additional nights accommodation if needed.

 

To book send cheque for £50 deposit (+£15 per night if you wish single room) + your name, address, phone, email, + accommodation & diet you wish, to:
Nurses Cottage, Long Lane, Peterchurch, Hereford, HR2 0TE.
Telephone: 0845 458 4718
Cheques to Gaia Partnership

 
The Course Themes
Because the underlying theme of all the courses is holistic and interconnected, you will find elements of every course integrated into whichever subject you happen to choose. Although the course teachers are experts in their field, the emphasis on these weekends is to present the material in an accessible way, showing the relevance to contemporary issues and lifestyles. There is plenty of opportunity for questions and dialogue, and practical experience where possible.

Times: Courses start between 6pm and 8.30 pm on Friday, as some people take longer to arrive than others. A simple snack of soup and rolls is available during this time. People have a chance to relax and meet each other. There is a short session 8.00 – 9.30 before bed. Breakfast is at 8 am Sat and Sun, and everyone departs after lunch Sunday, at about 3pm.

Accommodation is in twin or double cottage bedrooms in local B&Bs, or camping. Campers use the showers in the cottages, and have meals provided together with residents. Single supplement is £15 per night (there are not many single rooms so early booking advisable.)

Venue: Courses take place in 1 acre of organic garden and are held mainly outside. There is usually a walk after lunch Saturday, and scope for more walking for anyone who wants to stay on after Sunday. If you wish to use the solar-heated swimming pool, bring swimwear and towel.

Food is fresh, home-cooked, home-grown organic as much as possible. We try to keep a balance of quiet time and discussion time. Many people like to chat at meal times, but there is opportunity for those who want to be quiet, to find a peaceful corner of the garden to take their tea or lunch. (but please bring your cups back!)

Travel: We try to encourage minimising of greenhouse emissions, so if you would like to car-share, include place & time you plan to leave home on your booking request. Public Transport information is provided with our confirmation of your booking. Parking at the venue is limited, so priority is given to cars with more than 2 occupants.

Talk to us! We are very fortunate to have the support of Resurgence and Schumacher College in expanding our programme of weekend courses. We would really welcome feedback from you, letting us know if this is the kind of thing you would like even if you can't come this year - or if not, what sort of things you would find enjoyable and useful.

Future Updates: If you want to be kept informed about future courses and events, email us and we will put you on our ‘Events’ e-mailing list. This makes it much easier for us to send you information on what is happening, especially if a teacher becomes available at short notice. We don't usually send more than two e-mailings a year, and we don't pass your e-mail to anyone else. We also don't display people's names and addresses on the circulars.
 
SPONSORSHIP
 

Our courses are gaining a high reputation for their originality and value. Many participants go away inspired to make transformative changes in their lives. We would like to be able to offer some assisted places next year, to allow people with limited funds, especially young people, the opportunity to benefit from the wisdom offered by the inspirational teachers we invite.

We are looking for individuals, businesses and organisations who would like to donate money, however small or large, into a sponsorship fund for the provision of bursaries for next year's courses and beyond.
If you are interested in making a donation, please contact us to discuss your proposal.

2010 Courses and Events

July 23 - 25 2010

Making Earth Law Work
Experiential workshop with Ian Mason and Elaine Brook
(in association with the Gaia Foundation)
An exploration of Earth Jurisprudence and its implications for ourselves as individuals, and as part of a growing community changing course on a global scale.

This practical workshop is for people who want to understand how we can all live lawfully and in harmony with the Earth. Challenge yourself. Come and experience the possibilities. Discover how you can make a difference.

Most modern law supports the status quo that damages the planet and threatens our survival. What can we do about it? Earth law asks how nature regulates human affairs for the mutual enhancement of nature and its human component. Come and explore some of the answers and how they can be given practical effect

Putting nature, Earth, at the centre of law-making brings law home – to the people who live by it. Law is too important to be left to lawyers and politicians. It needs to be brought back where it belongs, into the experience and customs of people.

- Connect with Earth laws by being in nature.
- Find out how they apply to you .
- Link your life journey with the Earth journey.
- Learn about new developments in environmental law
- Enjoy the fellowship of people as concerned as you are.
- Experience the alive-ness of fully organic surroundings.
- Try wholesome vegetarian food.
- Join the community of the future.
- Don’t just talk: experience the talk.

The weekend will run from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. All meals provided. Accommodation is in comfortable cottage bedrooms or in tents (bring your own) and most activities are outdoors.

Cost: £175 per person residential.
+ £30 single supplement
£145 camping

August 27 - 30 (Bank holiday)

Health, Nutrition, and anti-ageing
with Bianca Madison-Vuleta and Elaine Brook

What we eat, how we exercise, what we use in our homes, and our state of mind all have a profound effect on our health, relationships, andenvironment. The course combines new scientific discoveries in nutrition for vitality, health and anti-ageing, with deeper insights into ways of finding inner calm,confidence and energy, benefiting work, relationships, and a new sense of well-being.

Bianca Madison-Vuleta is a highly trained and experienced Integrative Health Practitioner, member of The Royal Society of Medicine and Nutrition Expert for the Complementary Medical Association. She specialises in nutritional health coaching, stress management, advanced anti-ageing and lifestyle medicine, using a wide range of delicious anti-ageing superfoods and supplements.

Elaine Brook is an ecologist, writer and photographer who lived and worked for 12 years in the Himalaya, and studied with Buddhist teachers and shamans. She teaches Gaia Theory and Deep Ecology and is Director of the Gaia Partnership. Her books are published by Jonathan Cape and include The Windhorse, Land of the Snow Lion, and In Search of Shambhala.
cost £250

 

2009 Courses and Events

Resurgence Retreat with Satish Kumar
Meditation in nature, peaceful silence, relaxation, and informed discussion with a leading exemplar of practical spirituality for our time. Satish draws on his experiences with Jain & Buddhist teachers, as well as the Gandhian movement and his own lifelong commitment to peace, simplicity, and community.

£200 residential /camping £170
 

Resurgence readers weekend with Dr Ian Tennant
An opportunity for Resurgence readers to explore some of the key topics from Resurgence in a beautful eco-setting with solar pool, organic food, and wonderful countryside for walking.

During the weekend Ian will encourage the group to explore the inextricable links between environmental protection and personal health. It is impossible for individuals to achieve optimal wellbeing and happiness if the health of the environment is suffering.

By re-examining the latest scientific evidence which goes beyond society's accepted limiting beliefs, we can learn how to take control of our own health and also positively influence the health of the planet. The group will look at various definitions of health and disease and learn the importance of addressing the underlying factors that contribute to wellness.

Ian left a career as a scientist studying the molecular basis of inflammatory diseases to address the root causes of social and environmental imbalance. In 2009, after working on several grassroots projects which link business, not-for profit and public sector organizations he joined the Resurgence Trust www.resurgence.org as their Trust Manager.

Soil, Soul, Society with Satish Kumar, Tom Butterworth, and Elaine Brook
This course brings together the insights of Science, Art, and Spirit in the context of the new awareness of Gaia, the intricate and interconnected systems that maintain life on our planet. It enables participants to discover a deeper meaning and purpose in our roles as citizens of Gaia rather than passive consumers.

Tom Butterworth is Biodiversity project Manager for Oxfordshire, connecting people and landscape, and is researching Environmental Change at Oxford University. Elaine Brook is an ecologist, writer and photographer who studied with Himalalyan Buddhist teachers and shamans.
Satish Kumar is Programme Director of Schumacher College and Editor of Resurgence Magazine.

 
 
 


Leadership in a changing world May 5- 9
Modern science understands the fragile state of the planet. Learn how we can narrow the "action gap" between what we are currently doing and what we need to do to live in harmony with the rest of Nature. Participants will acquire or develop further the skills to embody this learning as storyteller, community-builder and strategist.


Gaia Exhibition & Lectures at Hay Festival

 


Clare Short, Karen Eberhardt, and Elaine Brook
'A Woman's Guide to Saving the Planet'

Mary Midgley & Elaine Brook:
The Meaning of Gaia

Brian Goodwin and Stephan Harding: Gaia, the Living Earth

Peter Harper; Eco – Homes of the Future

 

July 20 - 22 / 2007

Herbs for Health with Elaine Brook
The knowledge of which safe and gentle herbs to grow and use in cooking and for health is everyone’s birthright, just awaiting rediscovery. The course includes care of the herb garden, and identification and use of herbs, as well as preparation of infusions, tinctures, and creams for everyday use.

Elaine Brook has many years experience of growing and using herbs, and enables participants to reach a deeper harmony with nature’s healing.

Aug 17 - 19 / 2007

Walking and Nature with Richard Tyler
Richard Tyler has many years experience as Wildlife Trust director, and is currently leading an environmental tourism initiative in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

His experience of little-known routes with magnificent scenery and his in-depth knowledge of wildlife and local ecosystems, brings an additional dimension to a weekend of hillwalking in this beautiful part of the country.

 
2006 -- July 7 - 9
 
Gaia Theory; Deep Time with Stephan Harding
Stephan is resident ecologist and co-ordinator of the MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College. His ability to combine scientific expertise with humour and simplicity gives insights into a deep sense of connectedness with the earth. Understanding how our planet has maintained life-supporting conditions over millennia indicates ways of living which integrate with this self-healing process.

 
2006 August 11 – 13
 
Eco-homes & Eco-villages with Peter Harper
Co-founder of the Centre for Alternative Technology, Peter Harper has a depth of experience and information about the blend of theory & practicality needed to develop an ‘eco-house’ that will be healthy for its inhabitants as well as for the planet. Interest in eco-villages - clusters of eco-houses - is growing rapidly, and Peter will share his insights (and humour) into the process and practicality that supports this lifestyle.

 
2006 August 18 – 20
 
Soil, Soul, Society with Satish Kumar, Tom Butterworth, & Tania Dolley
A trilogy for our time; connecting spiritual, ecological and socially practical ways to evolve a harmonious and healthy way of living, this is also an opportunity to experience meditations in Nature, good food, and country walks. One of the leading exemplars of practical spirituality for our time, Satish draws on his experiences with Jain and Buddhist teachers, as well as the Gandhian movement and his own lifelong commitment to peace, simplicity, and community. Tom Butterworth teaches Goethian science and is involved in connecting people with their landscape. Tania Dolley is co-founder of the Ecopsychology Network and Ecopsychology tutor for the MSc in Human Ecology at Edinburgh.
 
2006 August 20
 
at 5 pm (in Birmingham)
To Hope from Despair a talk by Satish Kumar
Tickets £5 advance booking advisable.
 
2006 September 22 – 24
 
Walking Weekend with Richard Tyler
Richard Tyler has many years experience as Wildlife Trust director, and is currently leading an environmental tourism initiative in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
His experience of little-known routes with magnificent scenery and his in-depth knowledge of wildlife and local ecosystems, brings an additional dimension to a weekend of hillwalking in this beautiful part of the country. Saturday’s 8-hour walk has a half-day option for those wanting something a little shorter.
 
2006 December 23 - 28
 
Christmas Retreat with Elaine Brook
An opportunity to re-discover the real spirit of Christmas, with good food, good company, relaxation, some short walks, and meditations on love and compassion. Mornings will be in silence, bring stories and poems to share around the fire in the evening. Open to those with meditation experience, and also complete beginners.
 
 
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