Garden hamlets: a sane response to crazy times

Improving food security and affordable housing supply   There's a widespread view that strengthening local communities will be crucial in the years ahead, to help us all to adapt to increasing levels of disruption, including food supplies, utilities, weather...

Green prescribing and Natural Happiness

Growing wellbeing from the roots I see green prescribing as one of the more hopeful innovations by the NHS in recent years. This blog explains briefly what it is, and shows how my Natural Happiness methods can contribute to it. NHS England’s website has a whole...

Sunak’s Natural Happiness Manifesto

Prompted by months of low ratings, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced a radical change of routes with a new manifesto based on the organic growth principles of Alan Heeks’ new book, Natural Happiness. Posing with his lectern beside a tree in St James’ Park,...

What others say about Natural Happiness

Feedback on the book, workshops and coaching   Endorsements for the book Natural Happiness is inspiring and practical. Based on decades of hands-on experience, Alan Heeks entwines gardening strategies with mindful exercises that are proven to improve your...

Natural Happiness Seed 1: Nourish Your Roots

This is the first in a series of blogs presenting the Seven Seeds of Natural Happiness, a unique way to help people grow their own happiness using parallels with organic gardening and farming, created by Alan Heeks. For an overview of all seven seeds, click here. In...

Natural Happiness Seed 2: Natural Energy Sources

Do you find it’s getting harder to find the energy to get through the day? You’re not alone! Life and work really are getting more complex and demanding for most of us, so it’s no wonder if your energy feels depleted more often. One reason why this topic is so...

Deepening with the Earth

How to nourish yourself with Nature connection Aiding our wellbeing through Nature contact has become a truism, but as life keeps getting more uncertain and demanding, we truly need to deepen with the Earth, for both emotional and physical health. That's what this...

Natural Happiness Seed 4 – Shaping Uncertainty – The Co-Creative Way

​Most people are trying to shape their lives amid more uncertainty than they can handle: co-creative skills make this easier. It's about finding solutions with other people's needs, with apparent obstacles, with uncertainty, balancing them with your own needs and...

Natural Happiness Seed 6: Growing Through Climate Change

The climate crisis can easily feel overwhelming, bewildering and depressing. Human nature needs something to hope for, and that’s hard to find when the outlook appears bleak. We need to redefine what kind of hope is possible, and to keep managing our perception of...

Natural Happiness Seed 7: Natural Inspiration

The future outlook for all of us is turbulent. We’re going to need a quantum step up in our resilience, and that’s what this blog aims to offer you. I believe the fastest way to do this is by a deeper connection with inspiration, and what we might call higher...

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Sunak’s Natural Happiness Manifesto

Sunak’s Natural Happiness Manifesto

Prompted by months of low ratings, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced a radical change of routes with a new manifesto based on the organic growth principles of Alan Heeks’ new book, Natural Happiness. Posing with his lectern beside a tree in St James’ Park,...

The Roots and All Podcast by Sarah Wilson | Listen now

The Roots and All Podcast by Sarah Wilson | Listen now

Alan Heeks joins Sarah Wilson on The Roots and All Podcast. Podcast now available to listen below. Sarah Wilson's description of the show This episode my guest is Alan Heeks, former corporate world inhabitant, organic farmer, coach and author of the book ‘Natural...

Green prescribing and Natural Happiness

Green prescribing and Natural Happiness

Growing wellbeing from the roots I see green prescribing as one of the more hopeful innovations by the NHS in recent years. This blog explains briefly what it is, and shows how my Natural Happiness methods can contribute to it. NHS England’s website has a whole...

What others say about Natural Happiness

What others say about Natural Happiness

Feedback on the book, workshops and coaching   Endorsements for the book Natural Happiness is inspiring and practical. Based on decades of hands-on experience, Alan Heeks entwines gardening strategies with mindful exercises that are proven to improve your...

Natural Happiness: Online Event | March 7

Natural Happiness: Online Event | March 7

Use Organic Gardening Skills to Cultivate Yourself This is a unique chance to hear Alan share the stories behind his new book, Natural Happiness: use organic gardening skills to cultivate yourself. He will describe how these methods have helped him and many others....

Natural Happiness: Online Event | March 20

Natural Happiness: Online Event | March 20

Deepening the Roots of Resilience This event is hosted by the Association of Sustainability Practitioners (ASP) Alan Heeks shares some powerful insights from his new book, Natural Happiness, and from his research on raising community resilience. Compost your troubles!...

Men’s Elderhood Retreat | May 10-12

Men’s Elderhood Retreat | May 10-12

A men's peer group This weekend offers a shared space to explore as a peer group how we harvest the fruits, enjoy the blessings and adjust to the downsides of getting older: a chance to look afresh and consider the future we'd like to help create. How can we serve as...

Happiness in Gardening: Hay Festival | May 31

Happiness in Gardening: Hay Festival | May 31

Growing plants, whether inside or outside, can foster feelings of happiness and bring people together. Community gardener and designer Tayshan Hayden-Smith and writer Alan Heeks discuss the importance of greenery of all kinds. Hayden-Smith’s Small Space...

The Roots of Wellbeing: Online Workshop | June 4

The Roots of Wellbeing: Online Workshop | June 4

This is an opportunity to learn about the self-help approach developed by Alan Heeks and set out in his new book, Natural Happiness: use organic gardening skills to cultivate yourself. Alan will introduce the concept, offer a guided visualisation exercise, and also...

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2024 | July 3

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2024 | July 3

Alan Heeks will discuss the approach set out in his new book, Natural Happiness: Use Organic Gardening Skills to Cultivate Yourself. Facilitator: Alan Heeks Alan Heeks is a wellbeing expert and keen gardener with many years’ experience helping people to cultivate...

‘Deepening Your Roots’ Walk | September 8

‘Deepening Your Roots’ Walk | September 8

Guided Walk around Talgarth, Brecon with special guest author Alan Heeks talking about 'Natural Happiness' An inner and outer exploration on foot from Talgarth, including magical woods and waterfalls, and Black Mountain College’s pioneering organic farm. Alan Heeks...

UK Health Radio podcast | Listen now

UK Health Radio podcast | Listen now

Alan Heeks joins Danielle Sax on her UK Health Radio show From Stress To Authentic Success.    Episode title: How to work with natural processes to create your happiness and health Podcast now available to listen to or download direct from the UK Health Radio...

The Spiritual Forum | Watch now

The Spiritual Forum | Watch now

Alan Heeks in interview with the Rev. Carol Saunders from The Spiritual Forum. Episode details Alan Heeks left his successful business career to start an organic farm from scratch. This bold transition led him to profound insights about cultivating human nature.🌱 In...

The Exploding Human podcast | Listen now

The Exploding Human podcast | Listen now

Alan joins Bob Nickman in this episode from The Exploding Human: Natural Happiness and the Nature of Nature. Episode details ALAN HEEKS is an inspiring guide to helping people cultivate their wellbeing through parallels with Nature. After a Harvard MBA and successful...

Spiritual Unity Today podcast | Listen now

Spiritual Unity Today podcast | Listen now

Alan Heeks in conversation with Larry Bloomfield on US radio show Spiritual Unity Today on KXCR. Click here to listen to the podcast.   KXCR's description of the show Join Larry Bloomfield, host of Spiritual Unity Today, to hear stories of hope, spiritual...

Seven Seeds Overview

How can you stay happy when there’s too much change and uncertainty?  Are there ways to bounce back and thrive if life is getting you down?  Natural Happiness uses skills from organic gardening and farming to help you cultivate your own wellbeing. The Seven Seeds...

Deepening with the Earth

Deepening with the Earth

How to nourish yourself with Nature connection Aiding our wellbeing through Nature contact has become a truism, but as life keeps getting more uncertain and demanding, we truly need to deepen with the Earth, for both emotional and physical health. That's what this...

Sunak’s Natural Happiness Manifesto

Sunak’s Natural Happiness Manifesto

Prompted by months of low ratings, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced a radical change of routes with a new manifesto based on the organic growth principles of Alan Heeks’ new book, Natural Happiness. Posing with his lectern beside a tree in St James’ Park,...

The Roots and All Podcast by Sarah Wilson | Listen now

The Roots and All Podcast by Sarah Wilson | Listen now

Alan Heeks joins Sarah Wilson on The Roots and All Podcast. Podcast now available to listen below. Sarah Wilson's description of the show This episode my guest is Alan Heeks, former corporate world inhabitant, organic farmer, coach and author of the book ‘Natural...

Green prescribing and Natural Happiness

Green prescribing and Natural Happiness

Growing wellbeing from the roots I see green prescribing as one of the more hopeful innovations by the NHS in recent years. This blog explains briefly what it is, and shows how my Natural Happiness methods can contribute to it. NHS England’s website has a whole...

What others say about Natural Happiness

What others say about Natural Happiness

Feedback on the book, workshops and coaching   Endorsements for the book Natural Happiness is inspiring and practical. Based on decades of hands-on experience, Alan Heeks entwines gardening strategies with mindful exercises that are proven to improve your...

Natural Happiness: Online Event | March 7

Natural Happiness: Online Event | March 7

Use Organic Gardening Skills to Cultivate Yourself This is a unique chance to hear Alan share the stories behind his new book, Natural Happiness: use organic gardening skills to cultivate yourself. He will describe how these methods have helped him and many others....

Natural Happiness: Online Event | March 20

Natural Happiness: Online Event | March 20

Deepening the Roots of Resilience This event is hosted by the Association of Sustainability Practitioners (ASP) Alan Heeks shares some powerful insights from his new book, Natural Happiness, and from his research on raising community resilience. Compost your troubles!...

Men’s Elderhood Retreat | May 10-12

Men’s Elderhood Retreat | May 10-12

A men's peer group This weekend offers a shared space to explore as a peer group how we harvest the fruits, enjoy the blessings and adjust to the downsides of getting older: a chance to look afresh and consider the future we'd like to help create. How can we serve as...

Happiness in Gardening: Hay Festival | May 31

Happiness in Gardening: Hay Festival | May 31

Growing plants, whether inside or outside, can foster feelings of happiness and bring people together. Community gardener and designer Tayshan Hayden-Smith and writer Alan Heeks discuss the importance of greenery of all kinds. Hayden-Smith’s Small Space...

The Roots of Wellbeing: Online Workshop | June 4

The Roots of Wellbeing: Online Workshop | June 4

This is an opportunity to learn about the self-help approach developed by Alan Heeks and set out in his new book, Natural Happiness: use organic gardening skills to cultivate yourself. Alan will introduce the concept, offer a guided visualisation exercise, and also...

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2024 | July 3

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2024 | July 3

Alan Heeks will discuss the approach set out in his new book, Natural Happiness: Use Organic Gardening Skills to Cultivate Yourself. Facilitator: Alan Heeks Alan Heeks is a wellbeing expert and keen gardener with many years’ experience helping people to cultivate...

‘Deepening Your Roots’ Walk | September 8

‘Deepening Your Roots’ Walk | September 8

Guided Walk around Talgarth, Brecon with special guest author Alan Heeks talking about 'Natural Happiness' An inner and outer exploration on foot from Talgarth, including magical woods and waterfalls, and Black Mountain College’s pioneering organic farm. Alan Heeks...

UK Health Radio podcast | Listen now

UK Health Radio podcast | Listen now

Alan Heeks joins Danielle Sax on her UK Health Radio show From Stress To Authentic Success.    Episode title: How to work with natural processes to create your happiness and health Podcast now available to listen to or download direct from the UK Health Radio...

The Spiritual Forum | Watch now

The Spiritual Forum | Watch now

Alan Heeks in interview with the Rev. Carol Saunders from The Spiritual Forum. Episode details Alan Heeks left his successful business career to start an organic farm from scratch. This bold transition led him to profound insights about cultivating human nature.🌱 In...

The Exploding Human podcast | Listen now

The Exploding Human podcast | Listen now

Alan joins Bob Nickman in this episode from The Exploding Human: Natural Happiness and the Nature of Nature. Episode details ALAN HEEKS is an inspiring guide to helping people cultivate their wellbeing through parallels with Nature. After a Harvard MBA and successful...

Spiritual Unity Today podcast | Listen now

Spiritual Unity Today podcast | Listen now

Alan Heeks in conversation with Larry Bloomfield on US radio show Spiritual Unity Today on KXCR. Click here to listen to the podcast.   KXCR's description of the show Join Larry Bloomfield, host of Spiritual Unity Today, to hear stories of hope, spiritual...

Seven Seeds Overview

How can you stay happy when there’s too much change and uncertainty?  Are there ways to bounce back and thrive if life is getting you down?  Natural Happiness uses skills from organic gardening and farming to help you cultivate your own wellbeing. The Seven Seeds...

Deepening with the Earth

Deepening with the Earth

How to nourish yourself with Nature connection Aiding our wellbeing through Nature contact has become a truism, but as life keeps getting more uncertain and demanding, we truly need to deepen with the Earth, for both emotional and physical health. That's what this...

Green prescribing and Natural Happiness

Green prescribing and Natural Happiness

Growing wellbeing from the roots I see green prescribing as one of the more hopeful innovations by the NHS in recent years. This blog explains briefly what it is, and shows how my Natural Happiness methods can contribute to it. NHS England’s website has a whole...

Sunak’s Natural Happiness Manifesto

Sunak’s Natural Happiness Manifesto

Prompted by months of low ratings, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced a radical change of routes with a new manifesto based on the organic growth principles of Alan Heeks’ new book, Natural Happiness. Posing with his lectern beside a tree in St James’ Park,...

What others say about Natural Happiness

What others say about Natural Happiness

Feedback on the book, workshops and coaching   Endorsements for the book Natural Happiness is inspiring and practical. Based on decades of hands-on experience, Alan Heeks entwines gardening strategies with mindful exercises that are proven to improve your...

Deepening with the Earth

Deepening with the Earth

How to nourish yourself with Nature connection Aiding our wellbeing through Nature contact has become a truism, but as life keeps getting more uncertain and demanding, we truly need to deepen with the Earth, for both emotional and physical health. That's what this...

The physiology of joy: how to feel safe

The physiology of joy: how to feel safe

I believe it is stress and related anxious feelings which pull us away from joy, and I have learned a lot about the physiology of stress by co-leading resilience workshops for doctors alongside Professor David Peters, himself a doctor, and an expert in this field. I...

Is Earth a Karmic Enterprise Zone?

Is Earth a Karmic Enterprise Zone?

An extra-terrestrial view of our perplexities   When even slightly plausible explanations fail, it's time to try some which look highly off the wall, so give this one a test flight. It came to me in a dream while on holiday in the wilds of the Pennines. In my...

Exploring the Future, some more…

Exploring the Future, some more…

Why organic navigation is better than analytical prescription In recent years, I've spent quite a lot of my time exploring the future outlook: recently, I feel I'm getting some valuable insights, but I've also been pondering why I spend so much time on this. It feels...

Seeing life differently

Seeing life differently

Raise your spirits by changing your view Can I invite you to take a couple of minutes, and ask what gives you your sense of reality? Maybe your physical surroundings, other people, and news media and social media. But remember that most of us seek out others who share...

Losing control – the nomad way of living

Losing control – the nomad way of living

A different approach to future happiness One of my big life-changing experiences was co-leading a dozen retreats in the Tunisian Sahara with Bedouin guides. They had grown up as true nomads, moving around the desert with their camels and goats, but now living mostly...

Faith, hope and clarity… in uncertain times

Faith, hope and clarity… in uncertain times

These days, it's easy to be worried, but it takes some skill and conscious choice to stay positive. That's what this blog hopes to help with... Your top worry may be personal, national or global: in one sense, it's all the same problem, the shift from an era of...

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Amazingly, this book is an international bestseller. For me and others who have worked with UK woodlands for decades, it has felt like a benign backwater of our society, but may its time has come. The sign that this could be true is the superb recent BBC TV...

Feeling our way without a map

Feeling our way without a map

Subtle discernment for confusing times Imagine you're in a dream where you're trying to drive somewhere. Your satnav goes off. You realise you don't have an old-fashioned paper map. There's no mobile signal, so Google is no use. As you look for road signs, you see...

Emergency resilience: why you need it

Emergency resilience: why you need it

Learning from Boiled Frog syndrome Climate psychologists tell us that humans aren’t good at dealing with complex, diffuse threats whose timing is uncertain. It seems we’d be great at handling a woolly mammoth attack, and our evolution is way behind reality. If you...

Mining for hope in the quarry of gloom

Mining for hope in the quarry of gloom

There must be some kind of way outta hereSaid the joker to the thiefThere’s too much confusionI can’t get no relief In this time of big troubles, it’s easy to feel hopeless. And if you’re an anxious type, like me, you’ll always find plenty to unsettle you. Yet the...

Could a pilgrimage renew you?

Could a pilgrimage renew you?

As life keeps getting more complex and confusing, I've found that pilgrimages are a good antidote, a way to feel renewed, re-centred, clarified. The tradition of pilgrimage goes back many centuries, and has seen some revival in recent years, with Santiago de...

Discerning at the end of life

Discerning at the end of life

Discerning at the end of life Guest blog from Palden Jenkins Alan Heeks writes: Palden is an old friend, who plays a Merlin-like role in my life, popping up periodically with cryptic insights. He’s a deep thinker out of the box, a seer and astrologer, who usually...

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