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March 4, 2019

I’m not sure we all make it out of the underworld. Not the real underworld, I mean. I suspect that when one starts to feel as though one might be coming through, to the other side of pain, one doesn’t quite know for sure. I love Martin Shaw’s line so much: “Anybody who actually gets out of the underworld will carry a limp. You’re marked by it. You’re marked by it…and you’re meant to be.” I he...

I’ve just returned from a long, snowy, winter’s retreat in Belgium. From minus 2 degrees to 38 degrees in a matter of 14 hours, it’s enough to fry a brain. The funny thing about this kind of circuitous work is all the stuff that happens that is unexpected. It sidles in as if on the icy breath of a winter king, only present in the deepest winter season.

Does it all melt as I return to blazing s...

January 16, 2019

‘Times are urgent. Let’s slow down’.

Bayo says this is an African proverb.

It’s incredible. I met Satish Kumar when I was seven months pregnant for my second-born. That’s about 26 years ago, when I went to Schumacher College for the very first time, attending Fritjof Capra’s first Systems Theory course held over five meandering weeks at a mysterious place in south Devon, England. It is a soft,...

December 12, 2018

I talk to my beloved friend yesterday. He is 79 coming to 80. When he opens his mouth to speak, the words sound as if they come from middle-earth. From that ancient place inside mountains who have been around long enough to say something.

Set as I was, without a cent in a desert of destruction, this is the one who sent me on a path to the traditional healer, offering to pay as he sensed the pr...

October 24, 2018

In a world of displacement, migrations and wrenching from all that people seem to know, I find myself wondering about place. The place I call home. What it means to me. Really - when the chips are down, and there is little that makes sense, what is this notion of ‘home’? What does the man with all his belongings in a supermarket trolley do about a sense of place? He unpacks for the night, to...

September 17, 2018

On our last night together, we eat really extraordinary food in a restaurant overlooking the Pacific ocean. I choose wine that lands up about worth the whole food bill by mistake. From Chile, and completely fantastic. I scream silently, but we are quite delighted with my error. They cook from scratch, and we melt into the view, talking, drinking wine and then the tastes we share in some awe....

August 28, 2018

I’m overjoyed we trekked in the Cordillera Blanca - purest nature, feelings of infinity, love and the cosmos. All of that!

And now, my tourist thing. There’s a light buoyancy in the station and on the train to Machu Picchu. Windows in the roof of the train show the majesty of the Andes mountains as we meander through the Sacred Valley. Awe in all of us tourists, anticipation, many local people...

August 26, 2018

It’s a slightly surreal journey back to Lima from the Cordillera Blanca. In another zone completely, touched by purest nature, thinnest air, highest heights and long, slow walking we drive slowly and a little unwillingly. A crazy ice-cream vendor dressed in bright yellow flies past us on his bike, ringing his bell hectically. Crazy because it’s one of those endlessly long, downward sloping ro...

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EVER-INSPIRING:
STUDENTS WRITING 

Many students have co-created our learning spaces over many years, and their writing is an incredible gift. Here is some - raw, unplugged, ravenous for a world that is different. The students that choose the strands of leading transitions, ecological ethics and facilitating are a special breed. They come with their eyes wide open. Most carry a yearning for that which is beautiful, good and true - and are unafraid of the shadow that pads alongside. In a world of artificial intelligence and biogenetics, we need people who are able to exercise judgement rooted in transformative ethics. Their gaze is inscrutably honest.

Long may it last.

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