recent content by Maddy Harland

Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 28th March 2018

As children, we were taught to see patterns and rhythms in two or perhaps three dimensions. Our solar system was portrayed as a collection of planets circling around a central sun and, if we were lucky, we might have seen a 3D version of this at a planetarium. Yet how far from the truth is this old style harmony of the spheres?

Maddy Harland |
Friday, 15th December 2017

In November 2017, I was given one of the greatest of honours: to welcome India's foremost spiritual leader, Amma (Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi) to the UK on the 30th anniversary of her first visit and in the company of the Indian ambassador, Dinesh K. Patnaik (second left), and the renown film director and artist, Shekhar Kapur (far right).

Maddy Harland |
Friday, 1st December 2017

St Ethelburga's Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in London says spiritual ecology “ about sticking our hands in the soil – feeling into the roots of social and environmental issues – cultivating a deeper relationship with life that reflects the interconnectedness of all life.”

They list four principles:


Reverence for nature



How can these principles be rooted into our lives and what are the opportunities and challenges taking these principles into the environmental, social and spiritual movements?

Maddy Harland |
Monday, 20th November 2017

What elements of design in permaculture can be linked to agroecological practices and to what extent are they functional in terms of sustainable or regenerative farm productivity and in what context?

Maddy Harland |
Friday, 17th November 2017

What distinguishes permaculture from other holistic design or growing methods is that it aims to create more than a system of sustainable agriculture or organic horticulture; it uses (eco) systems thinking to explore the drivers and ideas behind more lasting, permanent cultures. Its ethics and principles can be applied to living systems (gardens, farms, woodlands, watersheds), urban and rural environments, educational projects and social systems.