hosted by Permaculture Magazine
Here at Hawkwood’s Seed Festival we have so much experience and expertise within the all the festival goers, we felt to offer Hive Mind Sessions where we cross pollinate each other – it will be buzzing!

Polly Higgins’ FootstepsStop Ecocide
It was the first Seed Festival here at Hawkwood that inspired visionary earth lawyer Polly Higgins to move to Stroud, where she spent her last five years in her true community and spiritual home. Join her closest colleagues for a walk through the beautiful grounds to share memories and inspirations. Let your steps be joyful… we promise she’ll be smiling.


Chrysalis mobile arts, culture and learning space – Encounters
Chrysalis a beautiful  mobile arts, culture and learning space for gatherings and exploration of all kind will be visiting the Seed Festival. Encounters Arts who have co-designed and made Chrysalis with the hands and imagination of hundreds of people in South Devon and Torbay will be hosting Chrysalis. Drop in and take part in some of encounters  tried and tested creative, playful, and reflective activities. Chrysalis will also be open as a pop up venue for anybody to use during the festival  just add your name to the blackboard outside if you want to host something. Encounters create the conditions for a creative caring connected world where we learn to flourish together living within the earths limits. 



Trees, Woods and People – from outrage to separation to now – Woodland Trust
It’s taken 800 years for us to acknowledge the debt we owe to trees. But the leaves are turning with the Tree Charter. This ground-up, people-led accord articulates our very modern relationship with some of the planet’s oldest inhabitants. Now all we need to do is bring it to life…



Climate for electric cars? Anthony Simpson
I used to be normal. Then 15 years ago I attended a talk by a climate scientist which changed everything about my life and career. Recently, following two years with the University of Reading researching and modelling electric vehicle charging, I now work for leading EV leasing company DriveElectric to develop smart EV charging solutions. The talk aims to answer some of the key questions – are EVs really greener? How close is the EV transition? Can our electricity system cope?  And does it matter when I charge the car? Finally, I hope to convince everyone why embracing smart meters is a vital step towards net zero.



Prayer for the Planet – Active Service Sanjula Manthe
Sanjula a Healer and workshop leader from the Osho community and Findhorn has been working in different styles of healing and meditation over many years . She will guide you into an active healing and pray ritual for the earth and ourselves. Taking the time in deep silence to re align our natural balance to Mother Earth..



Embercombe – Where the Wild Things Are  Rachel Fleming
Imagine a lost world … a place where the flow of nature knows no bounds, where animals roam freely in a sound-bath of birdsong. This is a place where the wild things are. Does such a place still exist? And would we be able to live elegantly within it if it did?

Time for a consumer revolution! Jarvis and Katie founders of My Green Pod
the UK’s biggest independent ethical lifestyle media company have over 10 years experience in what makes the mainstream consumer shift to becoming a more sustainable citizen. They have driven consumer campaigns in 100% Renewable Energy, Eco Household Goods, Natural Beauty Products and Organic and Vegan Food working with leading ethical brands and organisations at the highest level including Weleda, Octopus Energy, Yeo Valley, Tesla, Good Energy, Triodos Bank, Soil Association and Iceland to name but a few.  Jarvis and Katie also founded and host the UK’s number 1 sustainability awards P.E.A. Awards www.peaawards.com now in it’s 9th year.
The Sensory Herbal Handbook – survival into the future – Seed Sistas
In this workshop we will divulge some top tips for getting familiar with the plant world and the medicine it has on offer.  What are the ecological plant stories waiting to be told and what can we do with this knowledge?  Come and discover an essential part of any survival tool kit, Sensory Herbalism.



eARTh  is Art as Prayer  EXHIBITION by Azul-Valerie Thome
An exhibition and a practice of making beautiful ART and CRAFT for the mending of our connection with EARTH while activating the world of our longing through this ritual making.

It includes the new series Dark Matter, Anima Mundi as well as the Archetypal Daimon Series.  Azul will be opening the exhibition by the spring with Grief Composting Circles Ritual at 11am Saturday.





Re-generation Festivals Talk – Lonan
Re-generation Festival started in Spain in 2017 with the idea of putting on a festival that wasn’t just leave no trace, but instead left the land in a better state than when we found it. Tree planting and workshops combined with bands and DJs for a weekend of ecological hedonism.

is an art installation focused on creating awareness through interactivity on environmental issues. By including data our purpose is to create empathy, aiming directly at enhancing people’s consciousness in order to generate behaviour change and stimulate pro-environmental actions. We want to communicate people’s environmental impact, motivate and consequently encourage pro-environmental response. 

Rediscover Hemp – the original seed of life! Hempen Co-operative
There is evidence to suggest that hemp was the first ever cultivated crop and maybe even the plant that taught us the seed to plant process. Until 100 years ago this plant was abundant, its only now that we are rediscovering hemp and its ability to change our world.


Panel includes: Extinction Rebellion 
LUSH and the If Not Now Digital
If not YOU then WHO?
If not NOW then WHEN?
The fact is we need all hands to the wheel
in whatever ways and skills you have.
Enjoy this lively debate with this amazing panel
and see how many ways there is to make an impact!

Community strength and deep adaptation – Alan Heeks
In the turbulent times ahead, local communities could be vital. This session will be a shared exploration of how to raise and harness community strength, drawing on experience from Alan’s Future Conversations project and his involvement with Jem Bendell’s work on Deep Adaptation to climate change.


Nature in Mind? What your biology teacher never told you – Roger Duncan
This talk will explore a kind of madness at the core of the developed world that has separated the growth of human cultural systems from the destruction of the environment on which these systems depend and will invite you to radically reimagine the relationship between humans and nature.



Plant-based for the planet: is it worth it? William Gildea
We often hear that plant-based is better for the environment, but by how much? Is it worth the effort? Are there better diets for the planet? Find out at this engaging 101 on food and the climate, and get some fresh tips on how to plate up for the planet.


Three years to transform soil, landscape, community – Biodynamic Association
Biodynamics? See examples of soil transformation, bare fields becoming nature-rich farms. Gardens become places of transformation for the individual, family, community and nature. Biodynamics brings wellbeing to your soil, your soul and your insects. Join the garden rebellion – bring yours alive, soil soul and spirit.




hosted by Resurgance & Ecologist Magazine
and the Network of Wellbeing – NOW
Here at Hawkwood’s Seed Festival we have so much experience and expertise within the all the festival goers, we felt to offer Hive Mind Sessions where we cross pollinate each other – it will be buzzing!

Tree Walk – Robin Walter
Author of Living with trees Robin Walter will walk round the grounds of Hawkwood observing the trees and woods, reflecting on their many contributions and considering our future together. What can we do to help our trees? How can we live better with trees and welcome more into our lives?

Reflective council – Roger Duncan
In this session we will hold a space for a form of meeting practiced by indigenous cultures. Council is a way of speaking and listening from the heart that invites us to listen to the emerging ideas that wait patiently beyond the reach of purely intellectual debate.

The Hunter-Gatherer Way – Fyyona Campbell
Many people believe there are lean times in the wild food year. It’s not true. This talk explains how I discovered the long forgotten migration route we took as hunter-gatherers ensuring a continuous supply of delicious wild food all year round. I found it by using logic I’d learnt from living with Aborigines.




Panel includes: The Vegan Society 
and Biodynamic Association
With Industrial Agriculture contributing to emissions and water usage
we are having to rethink our choices with food and what we serve up on our plates.
Whether you enjoyed Veganuary or organic local meat this is a sizzling topic with many voices.

Living With Trees – Robin Walter
Why have we lost most of our trees and woods? What role do trees play today? Despite our conquest of nature, trees remain important features in our lives and our landscapes. With an active engagement with trees, we can start to restore the web of life and our place in it.

Land for Food, Food for Health Biodynamic Association
visit the local Stroud Micro Dairy, Stroud Community Agriculture and starter farm and hear about how they work on land funded by the community. Taste the organic raw milk, yogurt, kefir, fresh carrots and other produce on Oakbrook farm which is in conversion to Demeter/Biodynamics.

Earth Temple Talk – Azul Valerie Thome
How can a human-built space restore a broken relationship with the natural world? The vision is for Earth Temples to be built on the edge of all cities and respond to this question. The Earth Temple is a round place to rest, reflect, reconnect and restore our relationship to the natural world. It is a place of belonging to the Earth that is open to all; a place of beauty, made of local natural materials, and designed to include the presence of all beings of the natural world.