Wednesday 27th January to Wednesday 17th February, 2021 Online Event

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food, farming and healing our world

By Chelsea Green Publishing and Advaya, two organisations at the forefront of transformative learning and the politics and practice of sustainability.


In this special series we will explore how approaches to food and farming can dramatically transform our relationships with soil, soul and society to create thriving lives for people everywhere.

Through 4 weekly online events, we will uncover the connections between Food & Farming and:

• Ecology & Ecosystems;

• The Economy & Community;

• Mythology & Our Relationship with Nature;

• Cultural Narratives & Imagination.

Participants will have the privilege to learn from farmers, thinkers, nutritional experts and practitioners from around the world.

We will gain understanding of dynamic solutions that are reviving ecosystems, communities and cultures globally, as well as ecological, cultural and practical approaches to transforming how we live, think and act.

The gatherings are designed to be transformational. Learnings are embedded in traditional practices, science and recent research, and aim to enrich human life in times of ecological crisis.

Event Breakdown:

Seeding Liberation on the Land:#

The Economy & Community: Wednesday 27 January 2021

• Vandana Shiva,

Oneness vs The 1%: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom;

• Leah Penniman,

Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s practical guide to liberation on the land;

• Chris Smaje,

A Small Farm Future: Making the case for a society built around local economies self-provisioning agricultural diversity and a shared earth;

• Abby Rose,


Working with Nature to Heal the Earth#

Ecology & Ecosystems: Wednesday 3 February 2021

• Derek Gow,#

Bringing Back the Beaver: The story of one man’s quest to rewild Britain’s waterways;

• Judith Schwartz,#

The Reindeer Chronicles and Other Inspiring Stories of Working with Nature to Heal the Earth;

• Martin Lee Mueller,#

Being Salmon Being Human: Encountering the wild in us and us in the wild;

• Ben Goldfarb,#

Eager: The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter.

Encountering the Wild in Us and Us in the Wild#

Mythology & Our Relationship with Nature: Wednesday 10 February 2021

• Martin Shaw,#

Courting the Wild Twin;

•Sy Montgomery,#

Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind;

•Isabel Losada,#

The Joyful Environmentalist.

Imagining Our Futures#

**Cultural Narratives & Imagination: Wednesday 17 February 2021

• Rob Hopkins,#

From What Is to What If: Unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want;

• Jane Davidson,#

futuregen: Lessons from A Small Country;

• Gillian Burke,#

Biologist, TV Presenter, BBC Springwatch

About the Organisations

Advaya is a global platform for transformative education that sits at the intersection of ecology, wellbeing, and spirituality, linking inner transformation with outer change. We are a social enterprise and re-invest all profit into our community-focused work.

Chelsea Green Publishing is recognised as a leading publisher of books on the politics and practice of sustainable living, publishing authors who bring in-depth, practical knowledge to life, and give readers hands-on information related to organic farming and gardening, ecology and the environment, healthy food, sustainable economics, progressive politics, and, most recently, integrative health and wellness.

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Wednesday 27th January to Wednesday 17th February, 2021 Online Event

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Vandana Shiva #

Globally well-known intellectual and activist, Vandana Shiva has shown ongoing commitment in different fields, making it difficult to label her name under a precise and unique category. At the core of her activism there are: counter-development in favour of people-centered, participatory processes; support to grassroots networks; women rights and ecology. Author of numerous important books and articles, Vandana Shiva has shown a lifetime interest in campaigning against genetic engineering and the negative impact of globalisation, advocating for the crucial importance of preserving and celebrating biodiversity.

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Martin Shaw #

Martin Shaw is a mythologist and storyteller. Dr Shaw lived under canvas for four years exploring tiny pockets of the English countryside - claiming to have walked out of this century altogether.

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Rob Hopkins #

Rob Hopkins is a cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network, and the author of The Transition Handbook, The Transition Companion, The Power of Just Doing Stuff, 21 Stories of Transition and most recently, From What Is to What If: unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want.

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Leah Penniman #

Leah Penniman is Co-Director and Farm Manager of Soul Fire Farm with over 20 years of experience as a soil steward and food sovereignty activist.

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Chris Smaje #

Chris Smaje has coworked a small farm in Somerset, southwest England, for the last fifteen years.

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Abby Rose #

Abby Rose is Co-producer & Co-host of Farmerama. A farmer and soil health advocate, Abby was named one of 50 New Radicals by The Guardian and Nesta in 2018 for her work developing simple apps that help build ecology, profitability and beauty on farms around the world.

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Derek Gow #

Derek Gow is a farmer and nature conservationist who has played a significant role in the reintroduction of the Eurasian beaver, the water vole and the white stork in England.

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Judith Schwartz #

Judith D. Schwartz is an author who tells stories to explore and illuminate scientific concepts and cultural nuance. She takes a clear-eyed look at global environmental, economic, and social challenges, and finds insights and solutions in natural systems.

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Martin Lee Mueller #

Martin Lee Mueller, PhD, was born and raised in Germany but has found his place in Norway, home both to deep ecology and to great runs of Atlantic salmon – two passions explored at depth in his writing and teaching.

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Ben Goldfarb #

Ben Goldfarb is a journalist, editor, and Beaver Believer.

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Gary Paul Nabhan #

Gary Paul Nabhan is an Agricultural Ecologist, Ethnobotanist, Ecumenical Franciscan Brother, and author whose work has focused primarily on the interaction of biodiversity and cultural diversity of the arid binational Southwest.

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Isabel Losada #

Isabel Losada is a British author who combines humour with a serious look at her subject matter. She has worked as an actress, broadcaster and public speaker as well as a comedian and author. Isabel remains firmly committed to narrative non-fiction & swimming against the tide.

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Sy Montgomery #

Sy Montgomery (born February 7, 1958), is a naturalist, author and scriptwriter who writes for children as well as adults. She is author of 28 books, including The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, which was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction and was on The New York Times Best Seller list.

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Jane Davidson #

Jane Davidson is the author of #futuregen: Lessons from a Small Country, the story of why Wales was the first country in the world to introduce legislation to protect future generations.

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Gillian Burke #

Gillian Burke is a natural history television programme producer and voiceover artist, and has been a co-presenter of the BBC nature series Springwatch since 2017.

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