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You can find a wealth of news and knowledge that follows the work of members and partners.

Ganet’s Adventure School is an innovative and successful primary school educating over 230 children in northern Malawi. The school was established in 2004 by its current director, Gertrude Banda. It was established in response to a lack of preschool care for children in the community, and has since expanded to incorporate primary school classes due to demand from parents.

The school is recognised across Malawi as being an example of a well-run, innovative non-government school.

My family and I have completed our first season at Applewood North and it has been an extraordinary adventure. Over 50 people have sat around our hearth, and shared stories, songs, visions, laughter, inspiration, tools for change and delicious, nourishing food. Time for a bit of a review as well as taking down marquees and getting things ready for the next part of the adventure.

This summer we embarked on a bold project, delivering a 6 - 9 week introduction to permaculture course to a group of people in sustained recovery. We simultaneously wrote a manual so others could follow in our footsteps.

Stuart Gore from Forward Leeds instigated the move. This seemed like a good opportunity to test out the growing research around the power of being outdoors. The power for being outdoors to promote your mental health, build resilience and sustain recovery.

This is a brief account of using the Guardiões and “5As” social tools in shaping participation and enhancing group dynamics, and monitoring the outcomes.

The setting was a university campus with its buildings, teachers, students and traditions similar to any other in Portugal. It was during late 2009 at the Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon (FCUL) when a spontaneous idea to create a permaculture garden, went viral. Against all odds, it was well received by the management of the faculty, and in just over a week, a central patch of garden was made available.

In the summer of 2015 I spent two glorious weeks studying with the wonderful Peter Cow at an inspiring permaculture project called Corga da Pereira, deep in the hills of central Portugal. It was my wife Alice's idea; she's a forager and a herbalist and I'm a web designer and a counsellor so she tends to be the more outdoorsy and hands on half of our partnership. Permaculture is something I've been interested in for quite a few years, but I had shied away from enrolling on a permaculture design course due to a resistance I have to gardening, a slightly awkward admission to make in the first paragraph of a blog about permaculture.