This year's GreenSpirit Annual Gathering takes place in Grasmere, Cumbria on the 7th - 9th October 2011.
Permaculture magazine editor Maddy Harland will be speaking about 'The Transformational Power of Water Healing Landscapes, Ecosystems & the Soul'. Maddy willbe discussing the work of Sepp Holzer and how he is reversing desertification on the Iberian Peninsula in Portugal; Jay Abbraham's zero carbon WET System - Wetland Ecosystem Treatment - Integrated wastewater purification, resource production and habitat creation, a thriving example of which has beencreated at The Sustainability Centre in Hampshire where Permaculture Magazine is based; the work of Dr Chris Reij, a specialist in sustainable land management from the Netherlands, who has been developing techniques to successfully rehabilitate degraded land in the Sahel, a vast strip of land across the southern Sahara, running from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. Already, 50,000 square kilometres (21,000 square miles) have been greened. Plus what we can do in our own back garden with water for biodiversity, regeneration, and to create a healing environment.
Maddy is also taking part in Green Entrepreneurship in Action (14th - 25th November 2011) a new initiative from Schumacher College and the Devon School for Social Entrepreneurs and taking place at the Dartington Hall Estate in Devon. The course is aimed at budding green entrepreneurs.
"A green entrepreneur is someone who balances their passion for the planet with a strong commercial nose," say the organisers, who will be looking at the personal qualities required for success in this sector and the business models that are currently making social and environmental enterprise such a growth sector in the UK.
Maddy Harland will be a guest teacher on the course, using her experience in the area of permaculture to demonstrate what can be achieved when you combine inspiration, ideas and practice to create a business in line with your values. Maddy, who was cited for a 'Special Commendation' at the Triodos Bank Women's Ethical Business Awards says: "Permaculture design ethics and principles have been an invaluable framework for designing our company structure and defining our values and strategies. I am delighted to be invited to share the tools and techniques that Tim Harland and myself have been testing since we started our media business in 1990."
If you have an idea for a new green business but don't know how to get it off the ground, or if you are in the midst of building a company or community project for a sustainable future and need to improve your finances then this could be of interest to you.
The good news is that there's one place going at half price (£375 for one week, or £600 for two weeks) for one green entrepreneur who particularly impresses the organisers with a new or existing green business idea. To enter, please send 500 words (which will be confidential) to email@example.com outlining your idea and what you hope to get from the course, by 4th November 2011.
Bentley Weald Woodfair
Finally (for now), Maddy & Tim Harland and the Permaculture magazine team will also be at the Bentley Weald Woodfair, Halland, near Lewes in East Sussex from Friday 16th - Sunday 18th September 2011. They will be joined by authors, friends and craftsmen. We will be at Stand A34 with the magazine, our books, dvds, tools & products. We will have some terrific offers on Ben Law books on the day, so do make sure you pop and say hello if you are there.