The present is already so uncertain and demanding that most of us don’t want to consider the future. But surely the pressures and changes we face now are likely to continue, and increase? The aim of the Seeding our Future project is to identify and share ways that individuals, communities and public service providers in the UK can grow their resilience skills and wisdom to thrive and adapt to meet future pressures positively.
Hazel Hill Wood is a beautiful, secluded 70-acre wood and sustainable retreat/education centre, seven miles from Salisbury, which offers unique scope for people to deepen their connection with nature and learn about living renewably. The programme includes retreats, conservation, men’s and women’s groups, and the wood is available for group bookings. The facilities include heated bedrooms and sleeping lofts, indoor group room, camping area, compost loos, good showers and a hot tub.
Hazel Hill has been owned and stewarded by Alan Heeks since 1987. He has led the creation of education facilities and programmes there since 1993, and has co-led many groups there, especially vision quests for teenagers, men’s groups and conservation weekends. In June 2015, Alan gifted ownership of the wood to a new registered charity the Hazel Hill Trust, of which he is currently Chair.
The Threshold Centre at Cole Street Farm near Gillingham, North Dorset, is a unique pioneering co-housing community and sustainable education centre, which aims to demonstrate a way of life which is more green, affordable, and neighbourly. Cohousing combines small, self-contained homes with shared facilities: at the Threshold Centre, these include the shared courtyard garden, market garden with polytunnel, and shared rooms for eating, relaxing, and guest visitors. The Threshold Centre was founded by Alan Heeks, who lived there for the first 5 years of the project.
Magdalen is a 132-acre organic working farm between Bridport and Chard, on the Dorset-Somerset border. It is a registered educational charity offering programmes and facilities for a wide range of groups, with both a dedicated residential centre and a traditional farmhouse, which can be used separately, or together for large groups.