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Jul 24, 2023
Jul 25, 2023

Localisation: A journey of head, heart and hands, with, as, through and by nature.


Join Helena Norberg-Hodge and Seth Tabatznik for an immersive retreat exploring localisation through the lens of our food system. Over these two days we’ll be exploring pathways to create and support economic systems that enhance both human and ecological wellbeing.

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About this event

What would the world look like if we lived in harmony with nature, as nature?

An important pathway for achieving this is to create and support an economic system which enhances both human and ecological wellbeing. This retreat explores urgently needed alternatives to business-as-usual economics through the power of economic localisation, a solution multiplier which restores the fabric of community, and reconnects us to our true nature.

We will examine Localisation through the lens of our food systems, exploring steps involved in moving towards integrated, human-scale economic systems in which deeply personal, heartfelt relationships matter most of all. Envisioning a shift from global to local entails grappling with a number of difficult questions:

Just how localised should we strive to be?
What is the role of technology in a localised economy?
How do we start from where we are?
What skills and lifestyles are required?
And what is each of our roles within the much needed transformation that is about to take place?

Helena Norberg-Hodge

Our approach is broad and holistic, we consider a range of themes including:

• Putting food and farming at the centre of the local economy
• Reducing energy use while creating meaningful jobs
• Resolving the meta-crises through localisation
• The spiritual and psychological benefits of connecting to nature and community Rethinking Economics
• Lessons from Ancient Cultures
• The spiritual and psychological benefits of connecting to nature and community
• Practical strategies for fostering and supporting genuine social, ecological, and economic renewal
• Inner and outer transformation

Taking place at 42 Acres in Somerset, you’ll be immersed in 170 acres of regenerative gardens, rewilded land and enchanting woodland. 42 Acres will be providing their delicious, wholesome ‘soil-to-gut’ menu - with many ingredients coming from the land. Alongside talks with Helena and Seth, there will be a wild activity from the 42 Acres team and a magical evening of Forest Dining.

Room Options

We have a range of comfortable rooms to suit a variety of budgets. Every room has beautiful views over either our woodland or estate with snug beds for peaceful sleeping. There are reading lights, woollen blankets and space to store your belongings.

Our bathrooms are modern with responsibly sourced toiletries and soft towels. Plus all our buildings are eco-powered plus we have bootrooms for your wellies and coats.

Tickets are sold per room. If you'd like to share your room with a partner or friend there is an additional fee of £150.00 to cover workshops and meals. Add this to your ticket when you book. (Please note, there are no twin rooms on this experience)

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Monday 24th July

2pm - Arrival, welcome talk Helena & Seth
3.30pm - 42 Acres wild activity
5pm - Session with Helena & Seth
7pm - Forest dining & Fire Circle session

Tuesday 25th July

7am - (Optional) Wild swim or wild yoga 
9am-10am - Breakfast
10.30am-12.30pm - Session with Helena & Seth
12.30pm - Lunch
2pm - Closing circle and farewells

What's Included

  • Talks with Helena Norberg-Hodge and Seth Tabatznik
  • Delicious, wholesome meals and snacks from 42 Acres 'Soil-to-Gut' menu
  • Accommodation at 42 Acres beautiful retreat centre and campsite
  • Morning Yoga & meditation
  • One 42 Acres Wild Activity
  • Forest Dining & Fire Circle
  • Access to 170 Acres of regenerative gardens and ancient woodlands
  • Lakeside actives including Wild Swimming, rowing boat & SUP boards

About the hosts

Helena Norberg-Hodge

Linguist, author and film maker, Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of the international non-profit organisation, Local Futures, a pioneer of the new economy movement, and the convenor of World Localization Day. She is the author of several books, including ‘Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh’ and is the producer of the award-winning documentary ‘The Economics of Happiness’. Helena is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Right Livelihood Award (aka the “Alternative Nobel Prize”), the Arthur Morgan Award and the Goi Peace Prize for contributing to “the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.”

Seth Tabatznik

Seth is an avid proponent of regenerative, diversified, and decentralized systems. As co-founder of 42 Acres, he is devoted to developing living examples of the much-needed transformations of our times, through our connection with nature, self, and others. In 2019, he established Be the Earth Foundation to merge impact investing and philanthropy through programs and partnerships that focus mainly on regenerative food systems. In addition, Seth serves on the boards as an adviser of alternative education organisations such as Advaya and The DO Group, as well as international leaders in regenerative agriculture, including Belltown Farms in the US and Boschendal Estate in South Africa.


Localisation: A journey of head, heart and hands, with, as, through and by nature.


Monday, July 24, 2023

2:00 pm

2:00 pm


Monday, July 24, 2023

2:00 pm


Tuesday, July 25, 2023

2:00 pm


Helena Norberg-Hodge

Seth Tabatznik


42 Acres, Holt Road, Witham Friary, Frome BA11 5HL

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