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I fell in love with alpacas years ago at an agricultural show. Their gentle intelligent faces with lips like camels went straight to my heart. I wanted to sink my fingers deep into their soft fleece but sadly alpacas don’t appreciate being cuddled. I promised myself that one day I would buy some land and keep alpacas.

The last mandala garden Lizi Jamal created was in the Glastonbury Festival Permaculture Garden, twenty five years ago, back in 1991. It was co-created with her partner at the time. It had an eight-sided sacred bagua shape with yin and yang shapes in the four cardinal directions. It was also inspired by the Hopi Medicine Wheel.

In working on that project is where Lizi first had a dream of having her own land project where people, especially young people, could come to be inspired and reconnect with the land.  After many years of searching here and abroad her dream manifested.

This feature was first published in Permaculture Works issue 127, Spring 2016. Permaculture Works is the quarterly members' newsletter of the Permaculture Association. It is buzzing with stories and permaculture news straight from our members. 

Bristol Permaculture Group has been running since 1999.

Permaculture Works is the quarterly members' newsletter of the Permaculture Association. It is buzzing with stories and permaculture news straight from our members. 

This post shares some content from the Spring 2016 issue published in March.

Permaculture Works is free to members and is mailed out in the post and emailed as a PDF version.

The Retreat is a mental hospital in York which is famous throughout the world for being the start of ‘Moral Treatment’ in the late 1790s. It has always been run by a Quaker charitable foundation, and moral treatment became a worldwide movement which recognised that people with mental health disorders were not to be locked away and treated worse than animals - but that they deserved to be dealt with in a humane way, with compassionate care.