Organisation listings

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Title Description County Country
Straw Bale Building Association

One of the first things people ask when considering building a straw bale house is, "Will I be able to get home insurance for it and will I be able to get a mortgage?" Due to the fact that this method of building is relatively new to modern construction, you may find it harder to find home insurance and mortgage companies willing to lend to you. However, If you are building a house that doesn’t use the straw bales structually but uses them as in-fill for say a timber frame building you should have far fewer problems.

If you want a truly ecological, environmentally friendly and low impact house it is hard to beat a straw bale house. Straw bales are available locally reducing transport and storgage costs and they offer fantastic thermal insulation values with virtually no impact on the environment. There are however some downsides, as with any building methods. Probably the biggest issue that affects most people is the thickness of the finished walls, a lot of internal room sizes may have to be compromised. A typical straw bale is around 500mm wide, once you add the external render and internal plaster walls can be 600-700mm thick.

Apart from structural stability the number one concern when building with straw bales is moisture. The bales must be kept dry while you are building and the floor, roof and wall coverings must keep the straw dry once the building is complete. A good damp-proof and decent overhang on the roof together with breathable render, plaster and paint should stop the water from getting in and allow any that does get through to escape.

Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge

SFEL integrates an Eco-Lodge, model PC farm, an organic restaurant, a PC design training facility and runs a program of trekking and community based cultural activities in Konso. SFEL’s project objectives are to promote alternative livelihoods for the Konso community through facilitating community inclusion in tourism activities, and to promote food security locally and more widely in Ethiopia, through offering training and consultancy services in Permaculture to stake-holders including community groups, NGOs, faith based organisations, businesses, governmental organisations and individuals. SFEL employs 20 permanent staff and up to 30 temporary workers.

Strawbuild Europe

Strawbuild is a not for profit organisation that provides natural building and training services throughout Europe, our aim is to create quality spaces that won’t cost the earth.

We enjoy designing, teaching and building quality, environmentally sensitive spaces of all kinds and sizes and love helping you realise your vision.

Committed to collaborative working, we can support you all the way through from initial concept to your finished build. We offer a wide range of services and assistance, ranging from design work and obtaining the necessary Planning Permissions and Building Regulations approvals through to on-site training or contract build.

Swansea and Neath Permaculture


United Kingdom
Tatnam Organic Patch

A small (half acre)strictly organic Community Wildlife and food prodution Site run and managed by volunteers - Although in the urban sprawl we are off grid for power and water - Work days on the 1st sunday and 3rd saturday of each month- A part of the LAND project

Dorset United Kingdom
Terra Alta Permaculture

– a small scale intensive food forest, with a blend of young and old trees spanning two Hectares, full of innovative guilds and earthworks bringing biodiversity and land design into fruition, nestled in a green valley with flowing water amongst the hills of Sintra, Portugal, close to the Atlantic Ocean and epic beaches

– an educational center focused on off the grid living and ecological design spanning all of the permaculture ethics, social, environmental and economic dimensions. Our aim is to distribute sustainable living skills, blending the teachings of permaculture, natural building, and those of many other traditions.

– a group of people, a family and international community full of a range of skills and backgrounds: educators, gardeners, musicians, craftspeople, friends, organizers, helping hands, diggers and dreamers – sharing a commitment to holistic living and an intention to manifest this through the development of healthy social relations, and the co-creation of a permanent culture.

We live “Principle Zero” at Terra Alta, which means “All is Good” – a simple philosophy based on intention with love, and turning problems into solutions!

The Apricot Centre

We are a 4 acre commercial organic fruit farm on the Essex Suffolk borders, with a training centre on site. We are a LAND site and have funding for visits. We run Permaculture design courses annually starting in October.
Marina runs the farm and also designs other farms, community gardens and gardens. She trains in permaculture and sustainable horticulture. Mark is a Process orientated psychotherapist practicing with the NHS and at home.
Marina has a permaculture diploma. Marina is a permaculture diploma tutor.

United Kingdom
The Art of Living Foundation

Founded in 1981 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar,The Art of Living is an educational and humanitarian movement engaged in stress-management and service initiatives. The organization operates globally in 152 countries and has touched the lives of over 370 million people.

The programs are guided by Sri Sri's philosophy of peace: "Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace." To help individuals get rid of stress and experience inner peace, The Art of Living offers stress-elimination programs which include breathing techniques, meditation and yoga. These programs have helped millions around the world to overcome stress, depression and violent tendencies.

The Art of Living movement has spread peace across communities through diverse humanitarian projects, including conflict resolution, disaster reliefsustainable rural developmentempowerment of womenprisoner rehabilitationeducation for all, and environmental sustainability.

The Biodynamic Land Trust

The Biodynamic Land Trust,(BDLT) is a charitable Community Benefit Society. The BDLT’s purpose is to increase biodynamic acreage for farmers, growers and communities as well as conservation, education, sustainability, research, increasing biodiversity and soil vitality.
Our aim is to secure agricultural land to hold in trust in perpetuity for affordable access for biodynamic farmers, and for community connected, sustainable farming. The benefits include supporting biodynamic farming, protecting farmland, supporting local food security, helping entrant biodynamic farmers and growers get access to affordable land and participation in events on the farm.

Gloucestershire United Kingdom
The British Chiropractic Association

The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) is the largest and longest-standing association for chiropractors in the UK.  It was founded in 1925 and has a membership comprising over 50% of the UK’s registered chiropractors. The BCA only accepts members who have graduated from a nationally or internationally-recognised college of chiropractic education, after a minimum of four years full-time training and ensures its chiropractors maintain high standards of conduct, practice, education and training. 

The BCA was a founder member of the European Chiropractors Union and the World Federation of Chiropractic.  All BCA members are covered by a high quality professional indemnity insurance and the Association operates a robust professional standards and complaints management process.


​About Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a regulated primary healthcare profession. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, and muscles), as well as the effects these disorders can have on the nervous system and general health. They have a specialist interest in neck and back pain, but when they assess patients, they take their entire physical, emotional and social wellbeing into account.

Chiropractors use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, including hands-on manipulation of the spine. As well as manual treatment, chiropractors are able to offer a package of care which includes advice on self-help, therapeutic exercises and lifestyle changes.

Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle.
Although chiropractors are best known for treating back and neck pain, which they do very well, patients also consult chiropractors regarding a range of other, related conditions.

SOURCE : The British Chiropractic Association