Events & Podcasts

CURRENT EVENTS

‘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...

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From Composting to Co-creation | October 18-20 2024

From Composting to Co-creation | October 18-20 2024

GreenSpirit Annual Gathering We live in a world of beauty and joy, yet also face challenges and suffering. Green spirituality teaches us that creation and transformation are part of our journey, inviting us to co-create with nature. During this weekend event, featured...

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Faith, Hope, Resilience | Saturday November 9

Faith, Hope, Resilience | Saturday November 9

A reflective day With Alan Heeks and Simon Lockett How can we find our steady centre in these uncertain times? Where do we place our faith and our hope? What would spiritual resilience look like, for us and our communities? This day of exploration and support will...

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Men’s Elderhood Retreat | November 15-17

Men’s Elderhood Retreat | November 15-17

A men's peer group   Llanthony Valley, Black Mountains, Wales This weekend offers a shared space to explore as a peer group how we harvest the fruits and adjust to the losses of getting older: a chance to look afresh at our past and present, and consider the future...

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PAST EVENTS

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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!...

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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....

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Elderhood: A Sacred, Earthy Calling?

Elderhood: A Sacred, Earthy Calling?

Elderhood: A Sacred, Earthy Calling?  A men's peer group: December 1-3  Llanthony Valley, Black Mountains, Wales    We're living in a world of rising crisis and turmoil. We're growing older, we have some talents and resources, but limited time here. How do we use...

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Hope and Resilience in the Climate and Ecological Emergency

Hope and Resilience in the Climate and Ecological Emergency

A retreat led by Alan Heeks and Jonathan Herbert Friday Feb 3 – Sunday Feb 5, 2023 at Hilfield Friary, Dorset Using material from the Christian contemplative tradition, from Joanna Macy – a Buddhist and deep ecologist,  and from Jem Bendell’s Deep Adaptation approach,...

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PODCASTS

Down the Garden Path with Joanne Shaw | Listen Now

Down the Garden Path with Joanne Shaw | Listen Now

Alan Heeks joins Joanne Shaw on her podcast, Down the Garden Path. Episode title: Natural Happiness: Use Organic Gardening Skills to Cultivate Yourself with Alan Heeks Podcast now available to listen to or download direct from the Down the Garden Path website. Down...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Past Issues

Check out previous issues of the Natural Happiness Newsletter here:

Issue 62 – July/August 2024 – Co-creating: dance with your problems!

Issue 61 – May/June 2024 – Buds, Blossoms, Fruits

Issue 60 – March/April 2024 – Book launch issue

Issue 59 – January/February 2024 – Growing through 2024 with Natural Happiness

Issue 58 – November 2023 – Joy and Resilience

Issue 57 – September 2023 – Add new dimensions to your outlook

Issue 56 – July 2023 – Exploring the Future – some more!

Issue 55 – May 2023 – Deepening with the Earth

Issue 54 – March 2023 – Seeing life differently

Issue 53 – January 2023 – Embracing the Future