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Nourishing the soil, nurturing the soul – 25th to Sunday 27th June

This weekend is led by Lynn and Tony Fry and runs from Friday 25th until Sunday 27th June.  Arrivals from 4pm.  The course starts at 6pm on the Friday and finishes at 12 noon on the Sunday. Guests depart after lunch.

Producing much of our own food is an important part of our life in The Friary.  Caring for our soil is the first stage of the journey from seed to table.  This weekend will be a mix of practical and thoughtful activities, opening ourselves to the way of growing, cooking and sharing food can feed our souls. Suitable for all abilities.

If you cannot attend the weekend in person, you can join us by Zoom for the talk with Alastair McIntosh on Sunday 27th at 11.00. Donations for the Zoom talk only £10.

Soil, Soul and Community in COP26

Climate change cannot be addressed by technical, political and economic policies alone. It is deeply about us. About our relationships with the earth, with the spirit that gives life, and with one another in community. Soil, soul and society as Satish Kumar of Schumacher College came to describe it after discussing with Alastair the title of his best known book. The postponed COP26 climate change conference of the United Nations is due to take place in Glasgow later this year. How can we ground the global issues to be discussed there in local ways of building soil and soul based community? Alastair will share, drawing on experience from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland to New Guinea.

Alastair McIntosh’s books include Soil and Soul (Aurum 2021) on land and community, Poacher’s Pilgrimage about a spiritual journey into an ecology of the imagination (Birlinn 2021), and Riders on the Storm: The Climate Crisis and the Survival of Being (Birlinn 2020), described by Sir Jonathon Porritt as “imbued with the deepest hope for a better world.” He is an honorary professor at the University of Glasgow.


25 June @ 6:00 pm


27 June @ 12:00 pm




Hilfield Friary
Dorset, dt2 7be United Kingdom


01300 341345


Lynn & Tony Fry

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