Health and Wellbeing

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Rosalind J. Turner

‘Movement’ ‘Expression’ and ‘Reflection’ are central for sustainable change, humans and other-than-humans, have evolved together over millennia in a dynamic dance of reciprocity; continual movement, expression and reflection. The challenge moving forward is to embrace movement in all its forms from the inside out, literally and metaphorically.

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Marsha Hanzi

How we transformed 7 hectares of white sand into a vibrant center for agroecology in the Brazilian Drylands.

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Simon Constantine

Simon will present his work with Lush Cosmetics.

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Jonathan Code

The study of plants can take on many forms. On the one hand we can take an 'observer' eye and study the plant as an 'other' out there in the life world. We can also engage with plants through a participatory approach, taking our cues from their dynamic unfolding in time and space - their becoming. Furthermore, the developing plant offers us a wealth of impressions and imaginations for contemplation and meditation.

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Rex Haigh

Permaculture ethics (people, planet and fair shares) are almost identical to those of 'Sustainable Mental Health', which is an recent initiative supported by the National Health Service and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The team presenting this paper won the 2014 'Sustainability in mental health' award, and they will explain the conceptual and practical ways in which they are undertaking ecologically-minded 'whole systems design' to treat people with severe mental health problems.

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Lucie Bradley

85% of the global population still rely on herbal medicine as their primary form of medicine. This tends to be people living in the 'developing' non-industrialised nations where medicine from plants tend to be more reliable in their supply and local availability, safer because of less side-effects and known sources of manufacture.

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Declan Kennedy

All over the globe in many small and large areas, we are killing our soils by the wide use of pesticides and herbicides. We can talk about a Soil Crisis but it is really a Crisis of Civilization. It begins with the Climate and the Environmental Crises - both have directly to do with us as permaculture people. Maybe somewhat more indirectly – the Economic Crisis, brought on by the failure in the international money system (see Margrit Kennedy et al.), and the hunger crisis – which really is a crisis of food costs.

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Julia Wright
George McAllister
Chris Warbuton Brown
Anne-Marie Mayer

The amount of documented evidence on the performance and benefits of permaculture and other agroecological production approaches is disproportionately low compared to the degree of practice on the ground. Yet practitioners are demanding both guidelines and methods with which to record and analyse their work and to feed this into a broader evidence database. Such a database could be used for research and advocacy to promote more sustainable policy and practise.

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Dr Wendy Seabrook

Nature has had billions of years to fine tune the design of sustainable, resilient and self-maintaining ecosystems, the basic functional units in nature. Our human-modified systems, while mostly ecologically dysfunctional are still subject to the laws of nature, and operate as ecosystems. Ecosystems therefore provide a logical framework for redesigning our own systems, whether they are gardens, farms, businesses or communities, to be more sustainable and self-maintaining.

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Laurie Michaelis
Ed Tyler

The conference is being held at Friends House, home of Quakers in Britain, the national umbrella body for 480 local Quaker Meetings attended by about 22,000 people.

We will explain how British Quakers "design” themselves, with decision-making practices developed over 360 years. We will focus in particular on how Quakerism has evolved recently to include action on sustainability and climate change as a core commitment.