Land and Permaculture Area

Buddhafield Festival 2017 |

A man using a draw knife on a piece of timber

Traditional methods for working with wood | Image © John Flemming 2015

The Permaculture area aims to educate individuals and groups to work together and apply practical changes in their lives. Changes that will benefit and inspire on the small scale and have greater knock on effects on the larger scale.

The main Permaculture tent holds daily workshops, and aims to offer walks, talks and discussions covering basic Permaculture principles, with themes such as wild food, vegetable growing, beekeeping, community living and land projects. There are reference books on display, with a cinema showing films during the evenings. The team are also happy to provide an open space for related events and activities.

Within the Land and Permaculture area, we have the campaigns stalls, Social Change dome and a sustainable caf´, which offers delicious cakes, informative magazines and a great space for informal meetings and debates.

All our power is generated by wind and solar, and information about all the workshops, can be found on boards outside the space and at the main Info Point.

We’re grateful to the all the folk involved in putting on the following talks/workshops at the last Festival.

  • Orchard Management
    With Tim Potter. “I've had permaculture smallholding for 10 years; worked at the Earth Centre and have a Degree in Countryside Management and Interpretive Design.”
  • Permaculture
    With Caroline Aitken, author of Food from Your Forest Garden By Martin Crawford & Caroline Aitken. See the Green Books, Patrick Whitefield, and Permaculture Plate websites.
  • Practical herbal medicine making, from plant to potion!
    With medical herbalists Helen Kearney and Clare Shippey. Learn to forage, dry and process common plants in to effective medicine for a range of conditions.
  • Medicinal Weed Walk
    With Jessie Martelhof. Come and learn about the medicinal uses of some of the plants and trees we find growing wild around the Buddhafield site, from Dandelion to Oak, Nettle to Blackberry and more. Jessie is a Medical Herbalist in-training and lover of wild plants. “Please wear suitable footwear, we may be walking off site”
  • Wild Food Foraging Guided Tour (Take a walk on the wildside; a closer look at the weeds beneath your feet!)
    with Theresa Webb BA. Dip.NT. Naturopathic Nutritionist; see her Kitchen Buddy website.
  • “Hello tree” — communicating across the species boundary
    With Jo Goldsmid. Earthwhispering is the practice of using all of who we are to connect deeply to the nature around us. We'll be using our senses, intuition and imagination under the woodland canopy. If we are lucky we'll unearth feelings of wondrous enchantment and deep belonging. At the very least, we'll feel a bit more alive. Expect mind-expanding reflections, silent games, mindful walking and whispered conversations with other-than-human beings.... Visit the earthwhisperer website
  • Healing Ourselves and the Planet
    With Cathy Whitefield. Gentle, experiential, workshops with an experienced facilitator, to access our relationship with the ourselves and the earth. Cathy Lotus Heart Wisdom Coaching.
  • Natural Beekeeping
    Tim is a natural, bee first beekeeper based at Embercombe and Canonteign Falls working with the bees to support them back to health and resilience. Visit the Embercombe website.
  • Wild nature games with Flyagaric!
    We offer nature based activities for all ages. Fun, wild, exploring of nature and self. Based near Findhorn, Scotland. Find them on Facebook.
  • First UK tour: “Wetheuncivilised, A Life Story”
    A grassroots documentary film project that seeks to challenge the ‘civilised’ story of separation. The film follows a life cycle from birth to death, and looks at the points in our lives when we have an opportunity to make a choice to follow our wilder nature, and to step into an ‘un-civilised’ story of relationship, connection and belonging.
    The film is an intimate journey featuring diverse voices from across the UK. They speak to grassroots activists, alongside the pioneering voices of Satish Kumar (The Ecologist), Polly Higgins (Ecocide Lawyer), Bruce Parry (explorer), Mark Boyle (Moneyless Manifesto), Martin Shaw (School of Myth), Glennie Kindred (artist and writer), the late Patrick Whitefield (permaculturist) and Simon Fairlie (The Land).
    See the trailer and visit the website.

See also the Green Crafts programme.