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ISSUE 7 JUN/JUL 2010

the green living magazine for Exeter, Plymouth and South Devon

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Health is the fullest expression of you as an individual with the least friction with your environment. it implies adaptation, fluidity, freedom and ease and is truly a blessing. Here at the Centre, we work with you to find the most suitable ways for you to restore and sustain your health. We work from a holistic perspective and with an integrated approach. situated just off Queen street right in the heart of the city we offer a wide range of complementary therapies all provided by respected and experienced practitioners. our consulting rooms are light and airy and many of our visitors have been delighted by the tranquil ambience of the Centre. LARGE, BRIGHT TRAINING ROOM FACILITY & MEETING ROOMS suitable for training courses & seminars, workshops and business meetings. THE PRACTITIONERS: Core ProCess PsyChotheraPy andy Gibb

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It’s not easy to please all the people all the time, of course, and as a magazine devoted to all aspects of green (or at least greener) living, it is impossible to get the mix right for everyone, all the time.

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We simply work on the basis that if you’re keen to live one aspect of your life in a more sustainable way, by growing some of your own food, for example, there’s a good chance you’ll be interested in other areas too – like producing energy, or using greener building and decorating materials.

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Judging by the reactions from you, the readers, it’s a very sound assumption. And that’s great news for our advertisers too, of course – which, in turn, is great news for us all because we can then produce bigger magazines to bring you even more news of even more local green stuff.

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And there’s certainly no shortage of stories. We could easily fill twice the number of pages - and sincerely hope that, in the future, we’ll do just that. ONE way of giving some sense of order to so many stories, covering so many different areas, is to create sections, or dedicated pages, within the magazine.

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The local food and energy pages have been running for some months now and continue to go from strength to strength. The logical next step seemed to be the creation of a section dedicated to health and wellbeing and, given that many of our complementary health and personal development advertisers feature in our Guide section, that seemed the natural home for it. So, it gives us great pleasure to introduce... Wellbeing. In each issue it will bring together newsy items on new practitioners, new therapies and treatments, and the classified advertisement section, which is rapidly growing into ‘the place to go’ to find local complementary health treatments.

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AND finally... we’re hoping to launch a new Eco Homes section within the next few issues, so if you’re involved in sustainable building, decorating materials or home furnishings, we’d love to hear from you.

If you want to be part of Wellbeing, call Louise on 07866 013 637.

Whatever you want to say about Reconnect, or however you want to become involved, please do get in touch.

UP at the top of these ramblings, I said we’d had some amazing feedback recently - and we want more. In fact, we want there to be more of a two-way traffic in communication between Reconnect and you, our readers, so we’re finally going to get a grip on new media – meet you all on Twitter and Facebook soon!

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Our last issue received an embarrassment of praise from all sorts of people and by all manner of routes, and I only hope we haven’t set the bar too high and that this issue measures up equally well.

Looking after our Wellbeing advertisers is a new member of the Reconnect team, Louise Woods, who is herself a part-time therapist.

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local people local events local food local health local environment Away from the flock RECONNECT’s favourite off-grid holiday hideaway has got even lovelier over the winter. Mill Valley, a sustainable yurt and tipi site near Wadebridge in Cornwall, has added an atmospheric shepherd’s hut (complete with full-size bed) and a new yurt to its accommodation. All visitors still enjoy the ultimate off-grid break from modern life, with an amazing woodstove-fired bathroom block (well, ok, shed, but it is very cute), plus compost loos, egg-laying hens and two more new arrivals - pigs. Find out more at www.millvalley.co.uk, or call the lovely Lisa and Neil on 01208 841163 or 07725 055370.

IF you’re not based in Exeter, you may not be familiar with Phonic FM. But there’s an argument that you should be. First on the air seven years ago, as part of Exeter’s Vibraphonic music festival, Phonic FM was set up in 2008 as a full-time community radio station broadcasting on 106.8 FM. It is based in The Phoenix, and its community radio status means you can only pick it up on your tranny if you’re local, but it’s also available online online at www.phonicfm.com. There are a great many radio stations out there now, but what sets Phonic FM apart is that you can’t remotely predict what you’re going to hear. Shows range from The Edge of Jazz to Music To Bake Cakes To and include funk, soul, hip hop, blues, rock, classical, folk and everything else. And they have no playlists and no adverts.

Doing it with frequency Phonic FM has ninety-odd (some really odd) amateur presenters who are all serious about the content of their programmes. And while there may be slips and lurches in the broadcasting, they are all utterly committed and immensely stimulating. The station’s commitment to the local community is really powerful, with content as diverse as book reviews and discussions on local and global issues, as well as the music.

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Free to sing THE anti-slavery movement, still a force for freedom177 years after its abolition, is the cause behind a concert in Exeter on June 26. The Caldicot Male Voice Choir from South Wales will sing at the Corn Exchange in George Street, introduced by Father Gerard Wilberforce, the great, great grandson of William Wilberforce, the famous Victorian antislavery campaigner. Father Wilberforce, a Catholic Priest who lives in Topsham, is Patron of the Exeter Anti-Slavery Group (www.antislavery.org/ english). Call 01392 665866 or visit www.exeter.gov.uk/ cornexchange for tickets.

Wild art ENVIRONMENTAL artist Kurt Jackson, known for wild and colourful landscapes and for environmental campaigning, is exhibiting at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery until July 10. Find out more at www.plymouth.gov.uk

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And they host and support performances of extraordinary local bands which can be broadcast live. Phonic FM is highly recommended by the Times (“the answer to prayers of alternative music fans across the country’), by Radio World International (“genuinely refreshing, genuine alternative, from which the best is yet to come”) and by Reconnect (see above)! Picture: Sharon Gaal

Climate change of career CLIMATE change is an influence in all our lives, but for Plymouth student Rob Ellis it looks like becoming a career. Rob, who is 25 and lives in Plymouth, has just returned from the Antarctic with an international group of scientists - and TV presenter David Attenborough

The purpose of the adventure was to familiarise scientists with the routines involved in polar exploration in order to open them up to investigation. Rob is currently studying for a Phd in marine biology at Plymouth University and was one of only 25 students from around the world who were invited to take part. The purpose of Rob’s Phd is to study the impact of ocean acidification on the immune system of marine invertebrates – in his case mussels. His work will have particular significance in the future if global warming continues and the acidic content of our oceans changes. Said Rob: “If predictions are correct, the changes are going to take hundreds of years to remediate. If we don’t change our behaviour now, it could be too late.” One of the other travellers on his expedition was TV presenter David Attenborough.

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IF you fancy a big green day out, the Beech Hill Community open day is a must. Beech Hill, at Morchard Bishop near Crediton, is an established community of 14 people who have their own living units within and around a large house set in a few acres of grounds. As well as seeing how a community works, the open day will give you a chance to see their renewable energy systems - solar panels, wind turbine and ultra-efficient log boiler (the picture shows co-op member Zed Bargielowski loading up the latter) - and their reed bed sewage system, compost loos and community composting scheme. And you can check out the stalls and enjoy tea and music on the lovely lawns. Reconnect editor Martin Foster was part of the community’s management committee when he lived in the area and promises it’s well worth a visit. And, if you need even more incentive, it’s also on the same weekend as Sustainable Crediton’s Sustainable Living Weekend. Beech Hill’s open day is on Saturday, June 26, from 2-6pm, and entry costs £2 for adults/50p for children over 5. To find out more about Beech Hill, visit www.beechhillcommunity.org.uk, email beechhill@gmail.com or call 01363 877228. • Read more about Sustainable Crediton - page 14.

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Another successful chapter THE world’s appetite for eco living is clearly in evidence at the South West publishing house of Green Books. The company was set up in the mid-Eighties by green pioneer Satish Kumar, before subjects like the environment and global warming were centre-stage. From those early years, when books sold in their hundreds, Green Books now boasts a cumulative total of 300,000 sales a year - a massive rise of 1,500 per cent over the past 10 years. The company’s early days were spent in a converted barn in Hartland, in north Devon, next to the home of its founder. It moved into Dartington in 1993 and now has five full-time equivalent employees. According to managing director John Elford, they have always specialised in green issues, ecology, eco spiritual subjects and books on the history of the organic movement. And the company’s eco stance is not limited to subject matter. Last year, Green Books won the Environmental Award at the British Book Design and Publishing Awards for its book Herbs for Home Treatment by Anna Newton. It can also claim a top10 position in The Bookseller’s list of bestselling environment books, with its Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins sitting at the number seven slot. In fact, the publishers are very much a driving force within the transition movement, having set up Transition Books

(www.transitionbooks.net), a Green Books imprint, which also includes the Transition Timeline, Local Food and Local Money, with others in the pipeline. Said John: “For five years the organic directory, which we did with the Soil Association, was our flagship title. It was quite a big seller for us but that has completely disappeared now because people just go onto the web if they want to find their nearest organic shop.” According to John, the popular subjects in green publishing, apart from the transition series, are now practical books, such as eco building. All Green Books titles are printed on a minimum of 75 per cent recycled paper and, wherever possible, 100 per cent recycled paper. Said John: “The book covers of recent titles are made of 75–100 per cent recycled materials. All the printers we currently use are within 150 miles as the crow flies from our offices in Devon, and they use vegetable–based inks. We don’t print overseas, thus reducing ‘book miles’ and our carbon footprint”. Call Green Books on 01803 863260, or visit www.greenbooks.co.uk.

Transition is... NEWCOMERS to Reconnect might not know what Transition is all about, so who better to define it than Transition Town Totnes (TTT), the first Transition initiative and the base of the worldwide Transition Network? They define a Transition Initiative (they used to be Transition Towns, but both larger and smaller communities are now part of the movement) as: “a community in a process of imagining and creating a future that addresses the twin challenges of diminishing oil and gas supplies and climate change, and creates the kind of community that we would all want to be part of.” TTT’s major project for the past 20 months or so has been to create a vision of how things could look in the town in the year 2030, from transport, to food production, to housing. The result is the Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP), a weighty publication that explains how a more sustainable and resilient community would operate – and what action should be taken to keep Totnes on the right route. EDAP was launched early in May and copies can be bought from the dedicated website, www.totnesedap.org.uk. It runs to more than 300 pages, all in full colour, and costs £20.10p. But, true to Transition principles, you can also read it online at the same website address. Either way, do check it out - wherever you live.

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So what’s your story? FEW can doubt the value of parents reading and telling stories to their children. But for people who lack the confidence, it’s not so easy. Now there are two booklets full of tips and hints, written by local author Alison Shakspeare and published by Southgate Publishers, in Sandford, near Crediton. ‘Making up stories with and for children’ gives bags of useful tips on how to get creative and ‘Enjoy reading aloud to children’, covers making noises, showing feelings and being scary. Find out more, and get free workshop notes, at www. southgatepublishers. co.uk.

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local people local events local food local health local environment RECONNECT will continue to bring you all the news, views and gossip on local food – from community veg schemes to local producers - and there’s plenty to feast on in this issue. If you’re involved in any aspect of local food, and want to spread the word, get in touch – editor@reconnectonline.co.uk or 01392 346204

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IF you are a passionate grower based in Exeter, and fancy passing on some of your skills and knowledge through a community garden project, you need to act fast. Harvest, which aims to get city dwellers together to grow and share food, is running a two-day training course for volunteer Growing Champions on June 12 and 26. Organisers Exeter Community Initiatives have a massive £220,000 of Lottery funding over three years to get the ambitious scheme going. The idea is to give residents container gardening starter kits, along with any help and

• Visit our vineyard & cheese dairy set in a stunning location on the banks of the river Dart near Totnes. • Take a tour of the vineyard, indulge in some wine & cheese tasting or enjoy lunch in our alfresco café. Admission to the vineyard shop is free, tour prices start from £4.95 per adult, children free. See www.sharpham.com for tour details. • Vineyard shop open every day including Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am – 5pm from April 1st – end of September. Vineyard shop open Monday- Saturday 10am-5pm in October, November, December (until Christmas Eve) & March. Closed in January & February. • Vineyard café open seasonally from Easter until end of September. Open every day including Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am-5pm. Booking for lunch strongly recommended on 01803 732 178. To find us follow the brown signs from the A381 Totnes – Dartmouth road.

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advice they need (that’s where the Growing Champions come in). It’s hoped that some of these new growers will then want to move onto plots of land across the city, including an allotment half-plot they have just been given at Cowick. “We’re setting up weekly sessions,” said Andi Tobe who, with ECI colleague Ellie Parker, is helping to run the project. “That way the community can share the work – and the produce.” Anyone who would like to get involved with Harvest, as a Growing Champion, a container gardener, or on the allotment plot, call Andi or Ellie on 01392 661330.

A taste of Sharpham THE English are increasingly gaining a reputation as fine wine makers and Sharpham, with a stack of international awards, is one of England’s foremost quality producers. Sharpham vineyard and cheese dairy is set in a stunning location on the banks of the river Dart and is open to the public daily. As Reconnect hits the streets, the vineyard is in the middle of Devon Wine Week, which runs from May 29 - June 6.

Events include guided tours of the vineyard, at 11am and 3pm, an art exhibition in the Sharpham Winery, portrait painting by local artist Mick Chambers and various live music acts. Outside of the wine week celebrations the estate still makes for an interesting family outing, with a shop and vineyard tours giving visitors a chance to taste wines and cheeses or enjoy lunch in the alfresco café. Booking is advised - call 01803 732178, or visit www.sharpham.com.

The Barker family outside their shop during the birthday celebration

Find a gem in the city SEASONS health food shop is one of Exeter’s hidden gems. But owners Rachel and Rob Barker want more shoppers to make the discovery. The shop has been selling health foods for over 30 years under various owners and Rachel and Rob have just celebrated their first birthday as proprietors.

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Rob worked for the previous owner for four years before taking it over and now wants to improve the store’s visibility in the city. The shop, off the beaten track at 8 Well Street off York Road (EX4 6QR), specialises in everything local in the way of health foods. Said Rob: “We want to broaden the appeal and

be a bit more dynamic and vibrant. Health foods don’t have to be worthy. We believe in eating natural food to help us feel alive.” Seasons held a birthday party in May and are offering a 10% discount for purchases over £10. See voucher on opposite page. Call 01392 201282.

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providing a place for recreation and community. Said Nicola: “We would like to have a broader sweep of members. For example, people who are not able to find an allotment and would like to grow food in a communal way. Any surplus we sell to friends and neighbours. We don’t want to compete with other local producers.” C The group has had mentoring and training from experienced M organic grower Tim Deane of Northwood Farm, Christow, whoseY visits have been supported by the CM Soil Association. Community farm workers usually MY cycle, walk, catch the bus or CY car-share to the farm. CMY Call Alison Ward on 01392 216899, or visit www.exetercommunity K agriculture.co.uk

The new art of farming STRAY from the footpaths onto farmland and you may find yourself in hot water, but at one Exeter farm the public are being welcomed with open arms. Ten years ago Andy Bragg (right) had 100 dairy cows and three employees at West Town Farm, near Ide, producing organic milk for supermarkets. But the treadmill was too much for him and in 2006 he decided to wind down the herd, move into producing beef and open his doors to the public. The inspiration came when Andy spent two years in Scotland working on a community farm. He returned to create a working farm specialising in educational visits, art exhibitions, volunteering and open days. And to manage the visits from community groups, families and organisations, the farm works with a charity called organicARTS.

Andy Bragg’s commitment to West Town comes from a passion for seeing people at the farm enjoying the countryside, coupled with the fact that he’s producing good local food and not having to deal with the supermarkets. West Town Farm is owned by the Church Commissioners and has been in the Bragg family for three generations. It now caters for up to 70 educational visits a year, mainly from schools in Exeter, and there are plans to increase that number. The farm also runs team building courses and away days for adults. All activities are led by qualified teachers or experienced workers and artists. Said Andy: “The influence of organicARTS has helped to give West Town Farm an educational, artistic

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and cultural flair that is different to most farms.” organicARTS was formed in 2004 by Jo Cotter and Christine Duff, who are both artists and educators and continue to be involved in the development of the organisation. It is a volunteer-led project working from grants, fundraising, fees, and donations. The charity is based at West Town Farm, working closely with Andy Bragg, and aims to work creatively to help educate people about farming, environmental and other rural issues.

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A LIBRARY manager, a school clerk and a couple of professional gardeners last year helped to cultivate more than 2.5 tons of spuds as members of the 44-strong group Exeter Community Agriculture. And group member Nicola Beglin says their four acres of organic farmland near Shillingford is this year expected to produce even more fruit and veg for the local community. The group, started in September 2008 by six members of Transition Exeter, then known as Low Carbon Exeter, has grown organically with little or no publicity. Among the initial group were farm landlord Andy Bragg, who farms West Town Farm, and Martin Bragg, his brother, who runs Shillingford Organics. There are now well over 100 people involved, committed to reconnecting people with the land, as well as

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local people local events local food local health local environment Pick your preserve

Farming magic THERE’S something ever-so-slightly otherworldly about Woodfruit, South Devon’s new exotic mushroom farm. Although the word ‘exotic’ refers to the specialist nature of the mushrooms themselves – forget common buttons and think Shitake, Golden Oyster, Lions Mane the process is pretty exotic too. Sure, all the elements of conventional farming are there, from cultivating and nurturing to harvesting and marketing, but there’s an added dimension. It feels like alchemy, or even magic. In fact, it’s science, but no less remarkable for that. Behind the project is the very enthusiastic, friendly and young Adam Sayner , who found his way into mushrooms

via an ecology degree and a desire to create a sustainable business. And he found his way to his unit on The Dartington Estate, near Totnes, in a bid to create a “quieter life” and a sustainable market for his sustainable product. In fact, there can be few greener businesses. Woodfruit don’t use chemicals, the mushroom spores are grown on sawdust, chippings and organic straw (“all sourced from less than 10 miles away”) and the waste product is composted on a neighbour’s organic farm. Woodfruit’s exotic mushrooms should be for sale across South Devon by the time you read this. Visit www. woodfruit.co.uk, or call 07871 983451.

Town’s tasty fest CREDITON’S monthly farmers’ market on June 5 provides the appetiser for the Crediton Food Festival, which runs over the weekend of June 19 and 20. Saturday will see the town bursting with foodie goings-on, with stalls, demonstrations and other activities involving the local Fairtrade group, the Women’s Farming Network, the Women’s Environmental Network, and Sustainable Crediton (who will be launching their Local Food Directory – see elsewhere on this page), as well as a whole range of local food producers and retailers. On the Sunday, the feasting continues with The Big Sunday Lunch, when local restaurants will be offering special festival menus and the market square will again be taken over, this time by stalls selling hot and cold local produce for people to enjoy at tables provided by the organisers. And there will be live music and entertainment too. Add a children’s food-themed art competition and elderly people sharing their memories of bygone food production and there really is something for everyone. And seconds if you have room! Find out more at www.creditonfoodfestival.co.uk.

If you’re a true Devonian you will be licking your lips at the prospect of the well-known delicacy runner bean chutney. According to preserve champion Lori Reich, the runner bean has been a favourite ingredient for Devonian preserve makers for many years. The traditional recipe is just one of many for Lori who helps run the pick-your-own farm Shute Fruit and Produce at Bishopsteignton. Two years ago Lori was spurred on to develop her 10-year-old preserve business as part of the farm after her strawberry jam won the Best of Preserves award at the Taste of the West fair. Strawberries is what the 50 acre Shute Fruit business is famous for and the farm opens in the middle of June – depending on the

weather – for pick-yourown devotees. Apart from Strawberries there will be broad beans and new potatoes available. There are also autumn raspberries and redcurrants, sugar snap peas and sweet corn on offer at different times of the year. Said Lori: “We suggest people look at our website or give us a call to find out what we are picking and when.” About her preserves, Lori said: “Everything we grow ends up a in jar – strawberry jam, pumpkin pickle, hot chilli corn relish – and I’m always looking for traditional recipes.” Lori sells her preserves at local farmers’ markets. Call 01626 777670 or visit www.shutefruit.co.uk.

Supper is served YET another project up and running thanks to Sustainable Crediton’s Food and Farming Group is the Seasonal Supper, where foodies gather to cook, share and enjoy a meal prepared using local produce. A recent gathering saw 20 people spend about an hour and a half chopping, chatting and sipping wine as they prepared a meal together. The suppers cost £5 a head, with future events planned for July 3, and sometime in October and December. If you want to take part, call Carol Lee on 01363 82794 or email carollee3@googlemail.com.

The click way to source local food Slow food feast THE people of Totnes will celebrate local produce at the first TTT Slow Food Feast on June 26. A three-course gourmet meal at Totnes Methodist Hall will feature produce from within five miles and 363 yards of the town – followed by a barn dance to work off the calories. Find out more on 01803 868305, or 01803 840526, or visit totnes.transitionnetwork.org.

A NEW online local food directory brings together information on producers, produce, outlets, eateries and even gives users the opportunity to sell their surpluses. www.creditonlocalproduce. co.uk is the latest project of the particularly ever-industrious Food and Farming Group, part of the generally ever-industrious Sustainable Crediton.

Built around a database of local food producers, it allows anyone to access local food information by searching for specific produce, producers, or shops. Another click and you’re on a list of restaurants, cafes and pubs who use local ingredients and sell local food and drink. Other interesting stuff includes details of workshops on growing

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School of rockpools THE rock pools along our coastline are being used as a natural classroom to help teach youngsters about the delicate shoreline habitats and how human activity can affect them. Marine biologist Charlotte Coleman has started a business called Seafaris and Beacon Primary School in Exmouth was the first school to enrol on Charlotte’s new marine education programme. Unique Barn Conversion Providing Call 07968 429, Therapy Rooms High034 Quality (Also Suitable for Alternative uses STP) or email exeseafaris@gmail.com.

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SOME of the biggest names of the literary world will be at Dartington Hall, near Totnes, for the Ways With Words Festival, from July 9-19. Over 17,000 visitors are expected to attend 150 events, with speakers like Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Andrew Motion, PD James, Martin Bell and Melvyn Bragg. And just to prove it’s not all highbrow stuff, they’re screening the World Cup final on July 11 - in the 14th century Great Hall, hosted by writers and footie fans Blake Morrison and John Lanchester. Find out more at www. wayswithwords.co.uk or call 01803 867373.

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Music, yoga... and fun ANY class that starts with a song called Bendy, Giggly, Clever and Strong is all right by us, and parents of young children in the Exeter area are finding Tatty Bumpkin sessions are popular with children too. Ria Fabian, a former PR teacher, took on the city franchise when she decided to change career after having children. “The classes encompass many things I love in life - music, animals, storytelling, activity, yoga and fun!” says Ria.

“We encourage parents and carers to take part, so it helps develop their imagination and creativity too.” Ria is running the following taster sessions: 11am each day on July 13, 14 and 15 at the Exeter Natural Health Centre; at 2.45pm on July 15 at the Orange Elephant, Taverners Farm, Kennford; and at Darts Farm Village on July 17, starting at 2.30pm. Booking is essential – call 0845 6805 208, or visit www.exeter.tattybumpkin.com

Eco retreat open EDEN Rise is a new venue for retreats and workshops, designed, built and managed on environmentally-friendly principles. Officially opened at Easter 2010, the convertedbarn venue near Totnes uses solar panels to heat the water for showers, kitchen and hot tub; the kitchen units and surfaces were hand-crafted from local timber; water is sourced from a borehole and all food waste is composted. Ecologically-sound, fume-free products were used for most paintwork and finishes and, ultimately, produce will be provided on-site too, from fruit and nut trees and a vegetable garden. “Eden Rise is a place to reconnect to the earth and nourish the body, heart and spirit, where visitors can enjoy inspiring views across the terrain and as far as Dartmoor,” says one of the Eden Rise team, Annabel Milln. Find out more at www.edenrise.org or call Annabel on 01364 652487.

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Art on the edge THERE are several reasons to visit the new Kaya Gallery in Totnes, but you really only need one the paintings of Saul Cathcart. The gallery offers a selection of local and national painters, sculptors and photographers, but it’s Cornish artist Saul’s work, capturing the wildness of the Westcountry coast, that first captures the eye. Norman Holmes, who opened the High Street gallery earlier this year after establishing a popular gallery of the same name in Plymouth’s Barbican, says local and national collectors believe Saul’s worth is worthy of the same critical acclaim that earned Kurt Jackson his international reputation. And Saul, who makes all his work on location around the Devon and Cornwall coast, says: “I try to keep the balance between representational line and instinctive marks, allowing the piece to evolve freely - by not thinking too much, I hope to retain the looseness and freshness of a quick sketch!” You’ll find Saul’s work, and that of other artists, including David Gray, Jean May Parsons, Janice Walton and Penelope Timmis, at 84 High Street, Totnes, or see it online at www.kayagallery.co.uk.

In the Quest mix THIS year’s Quest festival, at Newton Abbot racecourse from July 8-11, is a tempting mix of the familiar and the new. Following the hugely successful formula of the previous years, the 15th Quest will include stalls, talks and workshops, all with a new age, complementary therapy or personal development theme. And there will be the customary wide range of quality music and dance acts (and workshops), running through the days and into the evenings. This year’s line-up includes Praying for the Rain, Bodhran, Sheelanagig, Exile Project, Nigel Shaw and Carolyn Hillier and Goma. But the organisers are also widening the festival’s scope, giving visitors a chance to learn about wild food, bio-dynamic gardening,

permaculture, and renewable energy. And for real sustainable lifestyle inspiration, there’s a Transition Initiative marquee, where you can meet and get involved with local groups. Other highlights include: a women’s drumming workshop; children’s workshops; various dance workshops; the Wise Moon Marquee with talks about birth and parenting; and a creche for £1.50 an hour. This year’s special offer is free entry to Thursday’s evening music if you book for the whole three days. Find out more at www.questuk. co.uk, or call 01803 762674. And if you want to meet the team behind Reconnect (and pick up any back issues you missed), you’ll find us on Stand 44.

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“You can go for years without knowing your neighbours,” says Jenny Gellatly of another group in Broomborough Drive. “I hadn’t expected how much we’d share things - I feel I can go round and knock on a neighbour’s door to borrow tools, and our scraps are eaten by neighbours’ chickens.” It is expected that TS householders’ investment in solar-PV may be recouped within 5-7 years, depending on their grant level, as a result of the new Feed-In Tariff (FIT), which requires energy companies to pay renewable energy producers for all the energy they produce - and buy the electricity they don’t use. Friends and neighbours in Totnes and Dartington can form a Transition Together group at any time, and they will be invited to apply for the second round of PVsolar grants later in the year. Find out more on 01803 867358, email transitiontowntotnes@gmail.com, or visit www.transitionstreets.org.uk.

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Solar’s best in the west THE South West’s green aspirations mean a brisk turnover for those companies specialising in renewable energy systems. According to Solartwin, a company that has been manufacturing and installing solar hot water systems all over the UK since 1999, the South West is well ahead of all other areas – apart from Scotland. The Scottish parliament is offering far greater incentives than the rest of the UK resulting in a huge take-up of systems. Ben Parker of Solartwin said people in the South West had more of a green conscience and considered renewables more as a way of life rather than a way of saving money. Although based in Chester, Solartwin uses installers local to the area to fit their systems and all ordering and interviewing is done over the phone to minimise their use of carbon.

Unlike other systems, the Solartwin is zero carbon and incorporates a photovoltaic panel to run the

pump rather than connecting to the property’s mains supply. A standard system on a four-bedroom house will cost around £4,000 fully installed. One panel can provide hot water for washing and bathing for up to four people. There is currently a government grant of £400 available, but that is soon to be withdrawn. Systems will soon be attracting a heat incentive payment from the government – a reward based on the amount of heat generated – which could pay households up to £180 a year. The payments are due to come in next April and will apply to all systems installed since July last year. The payments are index linked. Email: hi@solartwin.com. Website: www.solartwin.com. Tel: 0845 1300 137.

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Bringing it home THERE’S a chance to get an insight into real-life sustainable living when at least 11 homes in and around Crediton open their doors to visitors. Organised by Sustainable Crediton, the Sustainable Living Weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, June 26/27, will feature various wood or pellet burning stoves, boilers and ranges, at least three solar hot water systems, four photovoltaic electricity generating systems, three wind turbines, one air source heat pump, and two solid wall insulated houses.

Nine of the homes will be opening their gardens and on show will be small holdings, organic gardens, a composting loo and a reed bed sewerage system. More details are available from their website, www. sustainablecrediton.org.uk, and from the Green House wholefood store in Crediton. Worth checking out that new website, incidentally, and the new Sustainable Crediton (formerly Crediton Climate Action) newsletter.

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local people local events local food local health local environment More westy festivals JUST in case our last issue’s round-up of music festivals didn’t fill up enough of your summer weekends (check out our Going Out Diary for June/ July dates), here are a couple more. Gold Coast Ocean Fest, June 18-20, is a surf festival in Croyde (North Devon), but even the permanently beached will enjoy music from The Magic Numbers, Joshua Radin, Gideon Conn and others. Visit www. goldcoastoceanfest. co.uk for more details. Galhampton, a small village in Somerset, has been staging its Party in the Park since 2005 and has been a ticket sell-out for some years – unsurprisingly, given the bargain ticket prices (£16 in advance this year) and impressive line-up. This year’s event, on Saturday July 10, sees Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds (punk tunes on folk instruments), plus Sham 69 (with original Dave Parsons) and an interesting mix of supports. See the full line-up and book your tickets now at www.galhampton.com.

Circle of light THE Exmouth Circle of Light holds monthly clairvoyant evenings, and will feature Shirley Chubb, from Plymouth, on Friday, June 11, and Jacqi Norbury and friends on Friday, July 9. Both start at 8pm and entrance is £4 on the door. All welcome. The spiritual church, in Church Road, Exmouth, also holds services, led by Dawn Smykulis, on the last Sunday of the month at 3pm. Find out more from Gaby Slater on 01395 222024.

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Top of the list THERE’S always an impressive gig listing at Exeter Phoenix but for their Exeter Summer Festival they’ve excelled themselves with a broad spread of musical genres and a universal depth of quality. Check out their website, www.exeterphoenix.org. uk, for the full rundown but don’t miss: Rumba funksters The Congo Allstars (July 2); Brit folk hero Martin Carthy (June 25); and Maceo Parker (July 9), the legendary funk-soul-jazz saxophonist - you won’t be able to keep your feet, or anything else, still.

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Our four year course is designed to allow you to learn alongside your existing work/family commitments. Attendance is one weekend a month (exluding Summer break) at the Exeter Natural Health Centre in the heart of the city. Between weekends approximately 15 hours a week home study will be required.

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FROM Devon Wine Week to a Mind, Body and Spirit Fayre, there’s something for everyone in our latest Going Out Diary. As always, we would suggest checking with the organisers before setting off to an event to ensure it hasn’t changed or sold-out. If you have an event for our next issue (covering August and September), please email details before July 9 – editor@ reconnectonline.co.uk. And if you’re looking for a course or workshop (or you have one to publicise), turn to page 22. Go on, get out there! JUNE Until Sunday 6 Devon Wine Week,   events across the region, www. devonwineweek.co.uk Until Sunday 6 Emma Carter,  exhibition of seascapes, Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 01548 854708, www. harbourhouse.org.uk Thursday 3 Until Sunday 6

Exeter Respect 2010,  celebration of diversity, Belmont Park, 12noon-6pm, www. exeter-respect.org PuppetCraft presents The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde,   The Barn, Dartington, 11.30am and 2pm, 01803 847070, www. dartington.org

Working with local clay,  workshop, The Potting Shed, Ashprington TQ9 7EE, 11am-4pm, £5 on day, 01803 863223, totnes. transitionnetwork.org Exeter Respect 2010,  celebration of diversity, Belmont Park, 12noon-6pm, www. exeter-respect.org Elderflower Day,  Sharpham Estate, Ashprington, Totnes, 10.30am-4pm, info@ treesforhealth.org, www.treesforhealth.org

Shifting Strands:  exhibition of constructed textiles by members of Devon Weavers Workshop, Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 01548 854708, www. harbourhouse.org.uk Thursday 10

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Think Colour,   abstract painting, sculpture and pottery, Gallery 36, St Leonards, Exeter, 01392 256206, www. gallery36.co.uk

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Training day for Growing Champions,  Exeter Harvest project, 01392 661330 Sunday 13 Until Saturday 19 Hungry Earth,  artworks inspired by St Petrox Church, Dartmouth, by Marta Killey and Beth Hughes, Birdwood House Gallery, High Street, Totnes, 10am-5pm Open Farm Sunday   – farms open across the region. Find a farm in your area www.farmsunday.org

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Wednesday 16 Wondermentalist: Taking The Mic,  Exeter Phoenix, free in bar, 8pm, www. wondermentalist.com Friday 18 Until Sunday 20 Teignmouth Folk Festival,  The Carlton Theatre, 01803 290427, annemgill@ tiscali.co.uk Until Sunday 20

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Saturday 19 And Sunday 20 Big Days In The Park,  live music, stalls, etc, part of The Mutley and Greenbank Festival, 07722 308462 And Sunday 20 Clay Oven Building Course,  Occombe Farm Education Centre, Occombe Farm, Paignton, booking essential 01803 606035 , www. occombe.org.uk

Anjali Orchestra, concert at St John’s Church  in Bridgetown, Totnes, 4-6pm, 07540 941287, shaktariom@ hotmail.com

Gold Coast Ocean Fest,  surf festival in Croyde, North Devon, www. goldcoastoceanfest. co.uk

Crediton Food Festival,  events in town square and across town, www.creditonfoodfestival. co.uk

Anjali Orchestra, concert at St John’s Church  in Bridgetown, Totnes, 8-10pm, 07540 941287, shaktariom@ hotmail.com

Transition Plymouth - meeting for all,  Room 301, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University, 01752 604422, plymouthtransition@ nature-mail.com

Crediton Food Festival,  events in town square and across town, www.creditonfoodfestival. co.uk

Tuesday 15 Until Sunday 20 The Writing on the Wall  - recent works by George Fox, Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 01548 854708, www. harbourhouse.org.uk

Deadline for entries for Exeter Contemporary Open 2010,  Exeter Phoenix, www.exeterphoenix. org.uk

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Tuesday 22 Until July 4 The Lie of the Land - Salcombe Printmakers,  the work of 13 local printmakers, Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 01548 854708, www. harbourhouse.org.uk

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Merrivale on Dartmoor on the Summer Solstice, Sunday June 20,10am-6pm. Said Roselle: “We’ll be drawing on ancient sources and returning to the wells from which we sometimes forget to drink. Coming back we use poetry and creative writing to record our experience in whatever words have been given to us during the day, alive and thrumming.” Call 01548 821004, or email roselle@fire-in-the-head.co.uk.

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local people local events local food local health local environment Wednesday 23 Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet by Miracle Theatre Company,  7.30pm, The Flavel, Dartmouth, 01803 839530, www. theflavel.org.uk We are what we eat – or are we?  Open forum with The Barefoot Doctor, St John’s Church, Bridgetown, Totnes, 7.30pm, free, 01803 814338, raminthebare footdoctor@gmail.com Thursday 24 Uncut poets: James Bell and Steve Spence,  Exeter Phoenix, 7.30pm, www.exeterphoenix. org.uk, 01392 667080 Friday 25 Until July 10 Exeter Summer Festival,  full programme of events, Exeter Phoenix, www. exeterphoenix.org.uk, 01392 667080 Saturday 26 Mind, Body and Spirit Fayre,   The Carlton Theatre, Teignmouth, 10am-4pm, free, 01626 775401, tkelly@btinternet.com Training day for Growing Champions,  Exeter Harvest project, 01392 661330 Totnes Slow Food Fest,  Totnes Methodist Hall, meal and entertainment, 7.30pm, totnes. transitionnetwork.org Home, acoustic festival of music, voice, language and roots,  Dartington Hall, 01803 847070, www. dartington.org Caldicot Male Voice Choir concert,  in aid of anti-slavery campaign, Corn Exchange, Exeter, 01392 665866, www.exeter.gov.uk/ cornexchange JULY Saturday 3 And Sunday 4 Sharpham Estate open weekend,  music, theatre, walks, talks, 01803 732542, www.sharphamtrust. org

Seasonal Supper, Sustainable Crediton,  01363 82794, carollee3@ googlemail.com Sunday 4 Embercombe Open Day and Summer Fair  – activities, crafts, performances, organic food, 11am–4pm, www.embercombe. co.uk Monday 5 Until Saturday 10 Exhibition by The Consortium of South Hams Artists,  Kingsbridge market hall, 01548 854541, emma@littlemissprint. co.uk Until July 19 Cool Recovery,  exhibition of work by people with mental health problems, The Flavel, Dartmouth, 01803 839530, www. theflavel.org.uk Thursday 8 Until Sunday 11 Quest natural health festival,  Newton Abbot racecourse, stands, workshops, music, 01803 762674, www.questuk.co.uk Totnes Folk Song Club,  The Dartmouth Inn, Totnes, Anne Gill 01803 290427, annemgill@tiscali. co.uk Friday 9 Until Monday 19 Ways With Words Festival,  Dartington Hall, 150 literary events, 01803 867373, www. wayswithwords.co.uk THE Exmouth Circle of Light  clairvoyant evening with Jacqi Norbury, 8pm, £4, 01395 222024 Saturday 10 Barn Dance,  West Town Farm, Exeter, Ceilidh band Red Shed, 6pm-midnight, www.westtownfarm. co.uk Party in the Park,  music festival at Galhampton, Somerset, www.galhampton.com

Wednesday 14 Until Sunday 18 Buddhafield,  music, dance and spirituality, Taunton, Somerset, www.buddhafield.com

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Friday 16 And Sunday 17 Chagstock,  small and friendly festival at Chagford, www.chagstock.info Saturday 17 Japanese Day at Devon Craftsmen Guild,  Bovey Tracey, 01626 832223, www. crafts.org.uk Tuesday 20 Until Saturday 24 Rob & Siân Dudley,  exhibition of watercolours from artists behind Moor To Sea Arts workshops, Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 01548 854708, www. harbourhouse.org.uk Saturday 24 South Devon Festival,  Newton Abbot racecourse, mainstream and indie bands, www.manorevents.co.uk

2010 Ade Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds, Sham 69 & many more Plus high quality food & drink, a range of real ales and a variety of local produce.

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12noon to 10:30pm

Tickets £16 at www.galhampton.com

Tuesday 27 Until August 1 Retrospection  exhibition of work by Arthur Glendinning, local artist and illustrator, Harbour House, Kingsbridge, 01548 854708, www. harbourhouse.org.uk Wednesday 28 Health is Inner Peace -   open forum with The Barefoot Doctor, St John’s Church, Bridgetown, Totnes, 7.30pm, free, 01803 814338, raminthebare footdoctor@gmail.com Friday 30 Until Aug 6 Sidmouth Folk Week,  mix of music at venues all over town, www.sidmouthfolkweek. co.uk Saturday 31

Mind, Body and Spirit Fayre,  Edible garden crawl,  The Carlton Theatre, Teignmouth, 10amFoxhole, Dartington 4pm, free, 01626 Estate, 10am775401, tkelly@ 3pm, £4/2, totnes. transitionnetwork.org btinternet.com Sunday 11

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Are your green investments colourfast? WELL, we’ve got a new government. But at the point of starting to write this, it was all rather unclear what was going to happen. And this is one of the reasons that the equity market dropped about five per cent. Now, this is likely to be for several reasons – one being that a number of traders were fairly clear the election wouldn’t produce a guaranteed outcome. And they were also clear the market had gone up by about 40 per cent in the last 12 months. This led to a prediction that establishing a new government would need to be negotiated, which meant they couldn’t predict, with any real certainty, what was going to happen. So quite a number of them decided to sell their shares to retain their profits. And when there’s more selling than buying, the desirability of share changes and the prices at which they trade starts to fall. Which means other people get scared about losing money and therefore sell their own holdings - as a result of which the market drops even further. You’ll appreciate that these weren’t the only issues. The problems in the Greek economy, the effect of the Iceland volcano, the BP oil spill off America – all these affect the market as well. But largely on an emotional level rather than a rational one. This is significant because, when people experience things like greed and fear, they react on a short-term basis, largely in a conventional way (ie, one they’re familiar with), such as selling shares to make or save money. Things like wanting to protect the world and secure the environment, however, are much more long-term and are therefore more conceptual rather than emotional - which means people regard them as a good idea but find it difficult to commit to them now. This is one of the reasons why you should review your finances and check if they are short-term, medium-term or long-term. Look at it this way: if you want to support lowcarbon-emission companies by investing in them, how would you feel if the shares were sold when the market was dropping because of a combination of short-term greed and fear? The green company might then find it difficult to continue supporting the environment because of a change in their trading price.

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This means short-term emotions can affect long-term environmentalism - rather like the difficulty in the negotiations at the Copenhagen conference at the end of last year (remember that?). Most of the established economies were willing to commit to reducing carbon emissions for a long-term effect, but the developing ones want to make money now and couldn’t pick up what this would cost in the future. And they didn’t want to be regarded as being manipulated by their parents either.

Sounds good, eh? And if I mentioned that the predicted returns were between 10-20 per cent pa this would make them even more attractive.

So is there a clever way out?

Oh, and by the way, thanks to all of you who have checked in to the GreenMoneyMan website. We don’t have enough signed up yet to set up the seminars, but we’re getting close. So please check it out and, if you’d like to know more, sign up online.

Well, there are a number of things that can be done. One of which is to invest in a ‘green fund’, which is managed on the long-term. And a rather perverse one (and this is not a recommendation, you’ll understand) is to support individual companies and organisations which aren’t traded on the stock market. There are a number of these – some of which are listed on my blog-site www.greenmoneyman. com. These include collectives such as the new Big Issue Invest fund, which supports the creation of jobs, education and training, health and social care, environmental goods and services, financial inclusion and disability. Then there are things like the Blue Orchard Fund (which invests in microfinance institutions), Catalyst Fund (which supports energy efficiency and the environment, education, training and recruitment), and Cochabamba Timber (which is in partnership with the smallholders in one of the poorest countries in South America and is developing the replacement of forests). There’s also Euroscape IV (which lends money to develop property for key workers who currently don’t have adequate housing), Invicta Biomass (which organises medium-size biomass plants in Scotland), Oasis Social Venture (which funds socially beneficial enterprises in low-income communities), Oikocredit (which is a microcredit fund), and Silverlands (which invests in subSaharan Africa where people are not only poor but actually hungry).

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As I mentioned above, these are not a recommendation. Not least because, as an independent financial adviser, I can’t (and won’t) recommend an investment unless I have the potential client’s details, their ethical criteria, risk profile and time-frame. But if you’re interested or inspired by this option, please feel free to give me a call...

Robin Currie is an Independent Financial Adviser and a specialist in green, ethicallyscreened and environmentally-sensitive funds. For an appointment, call Robin direct on 01392-411630 or e-mail robin.currie@barchestergreen.co.uk. Details about the workshop Making Friends with Money are available at www.makingfriendswithmoney.co.uk or by calling Sharn Kern on 01392-346336

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Sitting comfortably? WILD flower meadows, woodlands, yurt villages and a wildlife lake are the stunning backdrop to this year’s Westcountry Storytelling Festival. The camp, now in its seventh year, has had several homes but this year it is being hosted in the beautiful surroundings of Embercombe, near Exeter, from August 27-30. The 50-acre valley, on the edge of Dartmoor and the Haldon Forest, offers the perfect setting for everything the festival has to offer, which includes an organic garden, a large indoor venue, together with yurt, tipi and fireside locations. The festival is a truly sustainable event, with the big marquee boasting a solar powered stage, composting toilets and a recycling system for waste.

A host of volunteers who work on the land will be serving home-baked organic food from Ceridwen’s kitchen and the fires of Pluto’s pizza ovens plus Beowulf’s BBQ and bar. Artistic director Chris Salisbury said: “This could be our home at last. It’s a stunning site with the possibility of story walks on the moor, by the river and in the forest.” Heading the bill this year will be Hugh Lupton, Jan Blake and Robin Williamson ahead of over 30 other storytellers, poets, musicians and artists. Call 01647 252983, or visit www.weststoryfest.co.uk

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A warm and welcoming gallery offering a broad selection of affordable classic and contemporary artwork, from both local and national painters, sculptors and photographers.

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Win bushcraft handbook I LOVE My World is a guidebook for parents, forest school leaders, teachers and anyone else who runs, or wants to run, outdoor learning activities for kids. It offers a whole range of practical exercises for young children, all laid out in a ‘Ready, get set, go!’ format, to provide a fact-filled introduction, tips on how to set up the exercise and notes on how to run it. From making and using fire to navigating and discovering wildlife, the book is stuffed with superb ideas, along with the more philosophical aspects of living with nature – and all of it in down-toearth language, shot through with author

Chris Holland’s very obvious enthusiasm for the subject. But while the activities are inspiring for children, they are likely to have just as great an effect on adults, many of whom are just as removed from those elemental experiences as their kids. And by introducing the wonders of ‘bushcraft’ to kids, adults too can rekindle the delights of adventurous play.

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If you work with kids, or have some of your own, buy this book and get out there. And if not, buy it anyway and rediscover the child inside yourself. Find out more about the book at www. Iovemyworld.info, and about author Chris Holland’s bushcraft workshops, at www. wholeland.org.uk. We have three copies of I Live My World to give away. Just email your name and address to editor@ reconnectonline. co.uk, with ‘I Love My World’ in the subject. The books will go to the first three emails received.

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The new section for practitioners and clients IF you are a complementary therapy or personal development practitioner, Wellbeing is the perfect place to get your message across Exeter, Plymouth, Totnes and the rest of South Devon.

A single column box (61mm x 49mm) costs just £50, a double column box (125mm x 49mm) £90, and lineage ads are 85p a word (minimum of 20 words).

We can base ads around your business card or leaflet or, if you’re starting from scratch, our designer Andy will create one for a minimal charge. And we can help you decide on wording too.

First-time advertisers can book three advertisements for the price of two – so a regular single column box costs just £100 for six months. That’s less than £20 a month!

Call our Wellbeing specialist Louise Woods (above) on 07866 013637, or email louise@reconnectonline.co.uk. She’s also a therapist, so you’ll be talking to someone who understands.

Sarah’s Gaza experience THE trauma and grief suffered by the people of the Gaza Strip could not be further away from the peace and solitude of South Devon. The comparison has been a life-changing experience for acupuncturist Sarah Horswell, who has just returned from the Palestinian territory where she treated hundreds of patients as part of a World Medicine charity project. Sarah, who practises in Brixham, has been part of a team providing complementary and alternative healthcare to people around the world suffering the effects of trauma, disaster and poverty. Said Sarah: “I was part of a group of six acupuncturists who treated citizens and refugees suffering from the physical and emotional effects of trauma and war.

LIFECOACH Kate Harris is offering lifecoaching taster days at her farmhouse near Totnes on June 26 and July 10, 10.15am -3.45pm, for £50 including lunch. “There are only 6-8 people in the groups,” said Kate. “Taster days are fun, informative and focused, giving participants the opportunity to discover something they really want to do or be - and creating a goal to take away and act on. “Past participants enjoyed the warm, relaxed atmosphere and left glowing and ready for action with a clear plan in mind.”

a day spending an hour with each one, but in Gaza she was seeing around 37 patients a day in a group setting. Sarah was so touched by the trip she is planning to return to the Gaza Strip in the autumn and is looking for donations to cover the cost of travel, accommodation and translators’ equipment. To donate go to: www.justgiving. com/sarahhorswell. To see a short video clip of the last visit go to: www.worldmedicine.org.uk.

“We received such a warm welcome, there was a huge demand for treatments and the results were fantastic. It was an incredible experience and one that touched me deeply.” In her South Devon practice, Sarah treats up to seven or eight patients

A taste for lifecoaching

Sarah (right) with a patient

Call Kate, a life coach and self esteem specialist offering individual and group work, on 01803 847674 or visit www.kateharris-lifecoaching.co.uk.

Therapy Space EXETER’S longest running health centre is on the lookout for more therapists to join its team. The Natural Health Practice in Spicer Road has been run by husband and wife team Richard and Karin Walters virtually since it opened 18 years ago. Now the couple want to find additional experienced practitioners to make use of the centre’s competitively priced and attractive rooms located on the edge of the city. Therapies currently range from acupuncture and hypnotherapy to craniosacral and zero balancing and the centre specialises in fertility, pregnancy and babies. Visit www.natural healthexeter.co.uk Kate Harris

NUTRITIONAL therapist Carol Lee and kinesiologist Sarah-Jayne Hayden-Binder have teamed up to create and run a course on... nutrition for kinesiologists. The four-day course, open to anyone with a minimum of a foundation qualification in Kinesiology, can go towards KFRP status because it covers the syllabus recognised by the Kinesiology Federation of Great Britain. “We will explore natural nutrition and how it dovetails with five-element theory,” says Carol, who runs the Natural Food School near Crediton, where the course is held. “The course is ideal for those new to the power of nutrition and those wishing to extend their knowledge in the area of diet and its effect on wellbeing - both of themselves and their clients.” The workshops are on Thursday June 24, Thursday July 8, Thursday July 15 and Thursday July 22 and cost £80 a day, or £280 for the whole course. Call Sarah-Jayne on 01363 877581, email sarah-jayne@ well-being-centre. co.uk, or visit www. well-being-centre. co.uk.

— Life Coach

Five Element Nutrition for Kinesiologists A four-day course for Kinesiologists who are new to the power of nutrition or who want to extend their knowledge June 24 and July 8, 15, 22, near Crediton £80 a day or £280 for full course For more info contact sarah-jayne@well-being-centre.co.uk

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Ever wanted to run a home-based business selling Eco-friendly products?  Well, now you can!  Visit www.brightgreenplanet.co.uk or email saraha@wikaniko.co.uk or tel. 01363 881427. Chi Gong Chi gong for beginners,  Crediton, Saturday mornings 7.30 - 8.15am. Bookings: Jools Bond on 07546349768, www.joolsbond.com Counselling David Oxley.  Experienced, qualified and fully accredited BACP counsellor trained in Psychosynthesis and completing MA in mindfulness-based psychotherapy (Core Process) with Karuna Institute, offers counselling in central Exeter, Dartington & Plymouth. Sliding scale. david_oxley2@hotmail.com, 01392 258855, 07876 051093. www.davidoxleycounselling.co.uk EXPERIENCED practitioners Penny Lowery & Eileen Bonner  offer Acupuncture, Counselling, Craniosacral Therapy & NAET Allergy Clearing in Crediton.  01363 777261, www.acupuncturecrediton.co.uk www.well-being-centre.co.uk Reiki Reiki Practitioner/Master/Teacher  East Devon Area. Reiki Treatments and Attunements. Contact 01395 443888 or 07933 026950 or e:mail hootonsreiki@hotmail.com.

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Weekly Attitudinal Healing Groups -   An opportunity to heal the past, and to be open to a new tomorrow by being fully available in the moment. Tuesdays 2-3.30pm / Thursdays 7.30-9pm. Venue: Dartington Estate. Donation. 01803 814338. Email: raminthebarefootdoctor@gmail.com www.healingcenter.orgJune Saturday June 5 Help Yourself!  A 4-week dynamic healing course, Exeter Phoenix, Sats starting June 5, 10am - 11.30am. Bookings, please contact Jools on 07546 349768, holistichealthdevon@gmail. com www.joolsbond.com Monday June 7 Help Yourself!  A 4-week dynamic healing course, Exeter, Mondays starting June 7, 6.30 8pm.  Bookings, please contact Jools Bond on 07546349768,  holistichealthdevon@gmail.com, www.joolsbond.com Friday June 11 – Sunday 13 Friends’ Working Weekend:   stay in cosy yurts, work together on the land, make new friends and create community. For information contact Clare on 01647 252983 or info@ embercombe.co.uk or our website www. embercombe.co.uk

Sunday June 20 – Thursday June 24         Catalyst,  for young adults (18-25) who are concerned with social and environmental issues and want to make a difference - £225. For information contact Clare on 01647 252983 or info@embercombe.co.uk or our website www. embercombe.co.uk Saturday June 19 - Sunday June 20 Creative being: Is the artist within you waiting to blossom?  Dolly will guide you towards the rhythm of your creativity through a playful interaction with paint, paper, music and delight. Weekend workshop in beautiful surroundings. Art materials and light lunches provided. £145. Curious? Contact Dolly: 01803 712303, info@thebrake.net, www.thebrake.net Sunday June 20 ‘Ground of Being’ solstice outdoor day workshop with Roselle Angwin   at Merrivale, Dartmoor: creative writing and environmental awareness, Sunday June 20th. 01548 821004; roselle at www.fire-in-the-head.co.uk. July Friday July 2 – Sunday July 4 Friends’ Working Weekend:  stay in cosy yurts, work together on the land, make new friends and create community. For information contact Clare on 01647 252983 or info@embercombe.co.uk or our website www.embercombe.co.uk

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Sunday July 4 Embercombe’s Big Summer Event, Open Day and seasonal celebration  a Summer Fair with a difference, with seasonal activities, crafts, delicious organic food & entertainment from 11am – 4pm. Free Entry. For information contact Clare on 01647 252983 or info@embercombe.co.uk or our website www.embercombe.co.uk Saturday July 10 Barn Dance 6pm – midnight.  Our fantastic annual dance with Ceilidh band “Red Shed”. Also barbeque, bar and activities for children. £TBC. West Town Farm, Ide, near Exeter. www.westtownfarm.co.uk. 01392 811080 Sunday July 18 – Friday July 23        The Journey – find the inner strength,   power and deep inner commitment to have an effect in the world, harnessing all aspects of your self - your unique gifts, to make life better, to make a difference in these challenging and exciting times, £480. For information contact Clare on 01647 252983 or info@embercombe.co.uk or our website www.embercombe.co.uk Tuesday July 20 Dowsing for Health.  Learn to dowse the causes of ill health and simple remedies with professional dowser Sean Ferris. £60, Staverton, 01803 863110 (Also Sunday August 1st) Friday July 23 – Sunday July 25       Friends’ Working Weekend:  stay in cosy yurts, work together on the land, make new friends and create community. For information contact Clare on 01647 252983 or info@embercombe.co.uk or our website www.embercombe.co.uk Friday July 23 – Sunday August 1 QIGONG CAMP with Brad Richecoeur and Daverick Leggett,   Dartmoor National Park. 0845 3305086 www.qigong-southwest.co.uk. Thursday July 29 – Sunday August 1           Wildcraft:  fun weekend for young men aged 13–19. Outdoor activities, practical crafts, survival & building skills, deep conversation around the fire... £75. For information contact Clare on 01647 252983 or info@embercombe. co.uk or our website www.embercombe.co.uk Saturday July 31 - Sunday August 1 Creative being:  Is the artist within you waiting to blossom? Dolly will guide you towards the rhythm of your creativity through a playful interaction with paint, paper, music and delight. Weekend workshop in beautiful surroundings. Art materials and light lunches provided. £145. Curious? Contact Dolly: 01803 712303, info@thebrake.net, www.thebrake.net

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Offering a complete range of established treatments including: • Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Dr Stephen Hopwood • Body Stress Release Hugh Cochrane

• Chiropractor Graeme Kurvers • Colonic Hydrotherapy Jenny Stewart • Counselling Psychology Dr. Lynne Gravell • Craniosacral Therapy Heather Nicholson

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• Bowen Technique Juliet Wilson

• Detox Nutrition Dao Earl

• Homeopathy Laura Bull

• Past Life Regression & Regression Therapy Maggie Amuna • The Devon Allergy Clinic Marlene Hochstrasser • Thai Yoga Massage Yarrow Wolfe • Trager Approach Adrian Antrum • Western Medical Herbalism & Nutritional Advice Jenny Macdonald

For details of workshops and introductory talks at the clinic, please see clinic website

The Oasis Float & Therapy Centre is part of the Arcturus Clinic and offers a space of deep peace and relaxation. Treatments include Massage, Polarity Therapy, Reflexology, Indian head massage, Reiki and Shiatsu, as well as the Float Tank. An opportunity to experience pure bliss!

www.arcturusclinic.co.uk www.reconnectonline.co.uk

01803 868282

info@arcturusclinic.co.uk

Editorial: 01392 346204 editor@reconnectonline.co.uk

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