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Fri 19Apr
Sun 21Apr

Use organic gardening skills to cultivate yourself

Facilitator: Alan Heeks

In these stormy times, this course will help you dig deep and stay cheerful: it shows how gardening methods like composting, mulching, and crop rotation can be used to cultivate human nature too. A gardener uses skills like observation, patience and creativity, and you can adapt them to deal with daily stresses and big issues like climate change. Alan’s approach is positive and practical, easy to use for gardeners and others.

Early Bird pricing available until 5pm on Friday 19th January 2024.

Event time: Fri 19th Apr 2024 at 4:00pm - Sun 21st Apr 2024 at 4:00pm

At a Glance

  • Find inspiration in nature
  • Explore how to cultivate yourself and your community
  • Methods to deal with difficult times
  • An opportunity to learn in beautiful surroundings with nourishing food

Participants Will Gain

  • Confidence in how to work with and adapt in difficult situations
  • Useful metaphors and practical tools for life
  • A deeper connection with nature
The course explores Alan’s Seven Seeds of Natural Happiness, which grow from 30 years’ experience of helping people learn from Nature, and from creating gardens and an organic farm. They are:
Nourish your roots, and your ground condition.
Use natural energy sources, like appreciation and enthusiasm.
Compost your troubles: turn setbacks into useful energy!
Shaping uncertainty, the co-creative way: new ways to dance with challenges.
Cultivating community: learn from gardens about cooperation and diversity.
Growing through climate change: how humans and Nature can raise resilience and adapt together.
Natural inspiration: find purpose and perspective through Nature. 



Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

Additional Activities

  • Mindful walking through our woodland trails
  • Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
  • Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
  • Discover surrounding charming market towns

Price Options

£238 Early Bird Non-Residential
£297 Early Bird Residential Shared
£340 Early Bird Residential Single
£280 Non-Residential
£350 Residential Shared
£400 Residential Single


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EB Residential Single Deposit
£ 150.00
8 available
EB Residential Shared Deposit
£ 150.00
8 available
EB Non-Residential Deposit
£ 150.00
8 available

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Practical Information

Check in is at 4pm, with your first activity being supper as a group at 6:30pm.

Please bring a notebook and pen. You will also need suitable outdoor clothing as elements of this course will be taught outside.

Alan Heeks

Alan is a successful writer, workshop leader and social entrepreneur with a passion for sustainability and resilience in the full sense: human, social, environmental and economic. He has three published books, and a fourth on the way.

Since 2011, Alan’s work has focussed increasingly on resilience and responses to climate change. He has developed the unique Natural Happiness Model using ecosystems and organic cultivation as models for human resilience and is involved with several pilot projects on community and individual resilience

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