PEACE Retreat 2022 - Peace Empowerment And Cultural Emergence


8th -14th August 2022


Looby Macnamara 

Leona Johnson

Regina Paul


Applewood Permaculture Centre, Herefordshire, UK

Retreat Description

Join Looby Macnamara, Leona Johnson and Regina Paul for this nurturing experience to discover tools for positive cultural evolution.

This is an exciting opportunity to connect, relax and have fun with the author of Cultural Emergence on her land. Come and enjoy fires under starry skies, deep and meaningful conversations, connection time with the more than human world and songs and laughter together.

This module of the Cultural Emergence toolkit gives us the opportunity to deeply connect with ourselves, each other and the more than human world. It is an experiential journey to finding peace and empowerment within ourselves. We can carry these tools forward to emerge a peaceful culture in our own lives.



Having been involved in permaculture for some time exploring ways to bring its richness into other areas of justice work for social and environmental change, I found the Cultural Emergence course just what I was looking for to broaden my work in these areas. The  program embodied the principles and practices it was teaching in its very design and implementation. Creative, imaginative, and well facilitated by experienced mentors in the field, it was a wonderful blend of rich discussion and application of the concepts of cultural emergence. Combining this in the beautiful outdoor setting of Applewood Permaculture with plenty of reflective time in nature, wonderful food and new friendships with people from around the world made it one of those life changing events I’ll draw from for years to come. It was both personally and professionally enriching and I highly recommend it to anyone preparing and designing for a better future.

Ken, Canada

* To grow a peaceful culture within the group so that we can carry this into our lives and communities

* To learn, experience and embody the Nourish and Empower phase, practices and principles of Cultural Emergence

* To Nourish and Empower ourselves as changemakers, and enable deep connection to ourselves, each other and the land to bring us into a state of fertile Cultural Emergence.

This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with like minded people and create a collaborative learning community. Participants will get a chance to connect with Looby, Regina and Leona, share wisdom and stories with them. The use of the toolkit will be embedded into the retreat itself to create a culture of connection, care and empowerment, that invites us all to shine our gifts and invites emergent wisdom to flow through the group.


Through interactive, lively and participatory processes we will become familiar with the practices of Cultural Emergence. We will be immersed in the natural world, and continually deepening our connection . We will be connecting with a bigger vision for humanity and how we can play our part in bringing this vision into reality.

During the week we will be crafting with natural materials around us. Using our hands to create and craft will help us to connect to the land and ourselves in an embodied way. Using our hands in this way is an ancient customs of humanity that has been lost in modern times. You will get a chance to make nettle cordage, simple weaving, nature mandalas and whittling.

In order to be able to fully experience the wonder and joy of life, as part of healthy communities, we need to be able to acknowledge and release the feelings of fear, anger, sadness and helplessness that build up each day whilst living in these challenging and uncertain times. As part of the retreat, space will be given to hold and honour these struggles in a healthy, contained way in order to support the healing the we all need to live our fullest potential and feel most alive.

The intention is to come away  nourished and empowered to live the life we want to live and make a positive contribution to humanity. This is an opportunity to come to a beautiful place, meet amazing people and gift yourself with some quality time and connection.

It is a wonderful chance to connect, collaborate and spend quality time with Looby, Regina and Leona.

During the PEACE retreat we will learn
  • how to use the Cultural Emergence toolkit in our own lives to become more intentional in making our relationships kinder, more connected and truly regenerative.
  • how to integrate the principles and practices of Cultural Emergence into our everyday lives to empower us to make changes
  • deep nature connections practices to enhance our well-being 
  • develop an understanding of the map of the 8 shields as a way of consciously bringing connection into our wider lives
  • tools and principles for creating an active practice of Peacemaking in our lives, for ourselves and our relationships
  • ways to build resilience
It will be particularly useful and relevant to
  •  The course is accessible for anyone wishing to create more peace, empowerment and connection into their lives and relationships
  • Those working towards a holistic sustainable vision for humanity
  • People wanting a deeper grounding in skills and principles that support healthy relationships
  • People involved in creating healthy communities through Transition initiatives and other community projects.
  • 8 Shields practitioners, village builders and community facilitators
  • Permaculturists wanting to increase their knowledge or specialise in people permaculture (personal and social permaculture)
  • People interested in supporting nature connection practices
  • Those involved in Extinction Rebellion and other forms of activism and resistance who are looking for tools to build regenerative cultures.
  • People wanting a meaningful, nourishing way to spend some of their summer

It is beneficial (but not essential) for people to do the ACE - Activating Cultural Emergence course prior to attendance to lay the foundations of the Cultural Emergence toolkit and enable deeper learning.

2 ACE courses are available in 2022 at Applewood in June 2022 and September 2022. Click here to learn more

See Cultural Emergence Learning Pathways for more information about the different modules.

WOW! What an incredible fertile space of love and creation! Thank you so much for sharing your land, knowledge and love with us all. I feel empowered with the tools to create ripples of revolution.




8th - 14th August 2022

Arrivals on Monday 8th, with the opening circle at 4pm.

Departures on Sunday 14th after a closing circle in the morning



This is a chance to invest in your ongoing development and life path.

  • Concessions £495 (earlybird - £450) (means-tested benefits, students limited to 4 places)
  • Low waged £595 (earlybird - £495) (<£15K/year)
  • Waged £695 (earlybird - £650) 

Costs include all tuition, food and camping.

Bursaries - if you feel compelled to join us and can't afford the fees, please do get in contact about our bursary places


For further details and to apply for a place on the course please contact Emma

Coronavirus update

With regards the coronavirus, we don't know what the situation will be by the time  our courses take place and we aim to let you know in plenty of time if things are going to change. If we have to cancel we will offer the option of a full refund. If you have to drop out and the course is still going ahead, we will refund minus an admin fee. Alternatively you can transfer your fees already paid to a future course, without an admin fee.

We will enjoy wonderful, nutritious vegetarian food.  We can cater for vegan and gluten free diets and other special dietary needs as well. Much of the produce comes direct from our gardens onto our plates. (some people say it's worth coming on our courses just for the food!)

This course is camping. We have extra tents and bedding available for people to borrow if needed.


Applewood Permaculture Centre is based in North Hereforshire. Our nearest train stations are Ludlow or Leominster.

Postcode is SY8 4JG - Orleton Common (more details provided on booking)

If you are coming from overseas please contact Emma for more information about the different transport options

Looby Macnamara is co-developer of the Cultural Emergence toolkit with Jon Young. She is an experienced permaculture teacher, author and designer. She is author of 4 books, Cultural Emergence,  People and Permaculture and 7 Ways to Think Differently.

People and Permaculture is the first book to directly translate the principles and design methods of permaculture from land to people. Looby enjoys using creative teaching methods to create a fun and collaborative learning environment.

The Venue
The land and all of the beings here provide an ideal environment for connecting deeply with the more than human world. We will be blessed with spending summer days in the marquee in the orchard, and evenings around the campfire with stories, song and music accompanied by owl hoots. Nature is said to be the best teacher, and at Applewood we will be immersed in the more than human world, allowing for the learning to become a truly embodied experience.

Facilitators & Venue

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