Do you have a favourite green place to stay? I am working with the Best Kept Secret Awards this year to help them find the hotel with the Best Eco Credentials. You can share your best eco place to stay up until 27th August.
LateRooms.com has just launched its annual search for the UK hotel industry’s hidden gems with its 2012 Best Kept Secret Awards. The hotel booking specialist is once again calling for nominations of hotels, B&Bs and all types of accomodation following the thousands of entries that last year’s awards received. Guests have until August 27th to nominate their favourite hotels for one of the coveted awards.
Ten categories will recognise an array of accomodation, and unique categories will give properties with their own special qualities the chance to shine, honouring those with the Best Eco Credentials, Best Service, Best Spa and Best Gardens. Nominations for properties can be made via the LateRooms.com website and the dedicated 2012 Best Kept Secret Awards page. A shortlist of finalists will then be drawn up, with the judging panel selecting the eventual winners.
Super excited to be heading off to Buddhafield this weekend. This year’s theme is Doorway to Freedom and if the programme is anything to go by, we’re going to be hard pressed to find enough hours in the day to try out all the wonderful things that we’d like to experience.
Last year we had the most amazing heart opening time at Buddhafield. Our eldest daughter explained that it was her favourite festival because everyone was genuinely happy. The no drugs, no alcohol policy at the festival means that everyone is more likely to be expressing their true self. This makes for a very special experience. We enjoyed all sorts of workshops, dancing, therapies, yoga sessions, singing and impromptu events. It was quite magical.
This year we are hoping for more of the same. The Dharma Parlour looks especially interesting with an abundant programme of talks and events, including hot debate topics such as “a serious Buddhist is a vegan Buddhist”. I can’t wait to check out some of the yoga classes on offer, including Yoga Twister – yes!!. Avalon Roots and Carrie Tree are providing some of the lush sounds on offer throughout the weekend and oh the workshops…. Well, Jewels Wingfield is offering a magical mix of the divine and the earthly so I hope to catch plenty of that! Plus there’s Goddess Dance and Tribal Bellydancing, Biodanza and Soulful Singing with Mahasukha, Family Constellations and NVC Parenting. The kids area looks special with meditation games, stories and a space for older kids to try out DJing, circus skills and acrobatics. Plus of course there’s a permaculture area with Natural Bee keeping talks, forest gardening and Patrick Whitefield teaching Reading the Landscape skills. Plus there’s Green Crafts, Women’s Space and heaps, heaps more.
The green credentials of the festival are particularly strong with site-wide compost loos, very active recycling team and plenty of yummy locally sourced organic veggie food.
There are still tickets available and it’ll probably be the most valuable £110 you’ve ever spent.
Hope to see you there xx
We are just in the process of putting issue 47 to bed. It’s been an easier lifeline this issue as we’ve been able to work with the energies of the New Moon. This always makes the whole process smoother and less stressful. If only it was possible to schedule the lifeline for every magazine with the New Moon. Actually looking at our schedule for the new two editions, we will be aligned with the dark moon so each magazine should be a breeze!
We’ve chosen a Go Wild theme for our next edition and there’s so much inside to inspire. Articles on wild swimming, camping with teens and foraging for food sit alongside pieces on biodynamic beauty and how to create a baby naming ceremony. Plus one of our readers went meat-free for a month with her family and shares her diaries of the experience. We have lots of simple tasty family meal ideas and a gorgeous craft project too.
As well as heaps of great articles in the mag we’ve put together a packed guide to the summer with our Free Festival Guide. This free pull out guide has loads of green events taking place this year and a chance to win tickets to plenty of them. Jez has put together a new design for the guide this year and it’s really fun and exciting.
We received a review copy of Natalie Fee’s new book; The Everyday Alchemist’ Happiness Handbook and are super proud that this brilliant author writes for The Green Parent magazine. Her book is vibrant and life-enhancing and packed with tools and techniques for readers to bring greater joy into their lives. This would make a great pick me up pressie for when the weather is soggy and grey.
Apart from the good soaking that the garden is receiving, another plus point is that working at a computer is easier when the weather is like this – the rain is pouring down in torrents outside the window and I don’t feel as though I’m missing out so much. So, better plough on…
There’s a real buzz around our 2012 beauty awards this week. We are currently gathering thousands of products, which will be sent out to a team of natural beauty testers in the first week of April. To find out how you can get involved read on…
Each item has to meet strict criteria regarding ingredients, manufacturing, packaging etc. In 2011, the Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards were highly respected in the industry because we had strict guidelines and only the cleanest, greenest products received awards. Another plus point cited by industry insiders was the fact that our testing process allowed the small scale cottage industries to do as well as the larger brands.
ENTER YOUR PRODUCTS
If you sell beauty products and would like to enter them into our 2012 awards, you still have time. The lifeline for this is 26th March. If you have not received forms for entry please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get more info sent out to you.
JOIN OUR TESTING PANEL
If you are a natural beauty guru and would like to be considered for our panel of testers, you can read more about that here.
We’ve had an amazing response to our survey, which is now available on our Facebook page – check it out. Tell us what you think of The Green Parent and you could win a whole array of goodies. We are getting lots of requests for more content relevant to those with older children. So we are currently working on a way to make coverage of older children and teens a more regular and more visible part of the magazine. Many of the articles in the magazine deal with all stages of family life; communication, natural home, wellbeing, learning etc. But we do have a special section for Green Babies every issue, which we feel is really important for our new parent readers. Perhaps we need a special section each issue for older children too. Any suggestions welcome!
This week has seen us making a proper start in the garden. I’m planting by the moon so I have sowed leaf (spinach, oriental greens, lettuce) and fruit (sweetcorn, beans and peas) seeds into pots and insulated with a bit of bubble wrap and created some plastic bag mini greenhouses so the soil stays warm enough for them to germinate. Leaves should be sown when the moon is in a water sign (Scorpio this week), and fruit when the moon is in a fire sign of the zodiac (Sagittarius). There is conflicting advice as to whether seeds should be sown in the next couple of weeks as the moon is ascending through the zodiac signs. Some sources say this is the best time for germination, others recommend not sowing at this time as all the energy is concentrated upwards and you end up with tall, spindly plants. Am undecided which source I trust most at the moment. I think if I am tempted to get some flowers in tomorrow (the moon is in Aquarius, an Air sign until Tuesday morn) I just will. I have some exciting flower seeds saved from last year – cornflowers, aquilegia, calendula, nasturtiums and more.
We are also building a herb spiral using some discarded stone from a house re-fit up the road. Perfect timing! It’s in its primitive stages but should be up and running in the next week or so which is exciting.
Happy Mother’s day – hope you’ve enjoyed a day full of love and laughter xx
The latest edition of The Green Parent has just landed on my desk – it has a gorgeous fresh cover and plenty of enticing cover lines. Jez and I are really pleased with how it’s come out and want to say a big thank you to everyone involved in our forty sixth issue! This is a our Natural Home special; inside there’s article on going off-grid, clearing clutter and how to make space for learning at home. Other exciting features include Claire Ashbourne on how to heal your children’s teeth, Lisa Hassan Scott on Awareness Parenting and Sally Butcher on jewel-like edible delights from the Middle East. Tasty!
An interesting book also arrived this week – Moontimes by Lucy Pearce takes a look at the menstrual cycle and explores ways in which we can celebrate each part of the process from ovulation through to our blood time. There are some great ideas for tuning into the body and a wealth of heartwarming information that I needed to read on the Crazy Woman time of the month! I particularly enjoyed the section on creating a menarche ceremony, written by Rachel Hertogs. Her story was inspired by many years of planning and co-ordinating these ceremonies at the Sacred Arts Camp, which takes place every spring in Oxfordshire.
Talking of camps, whispers of festival plans have been heard in the office this week. We’re planning our Family Festival Guide, which will be free with issue 47 (out on 11th May) and we’ve enjoyed the first burst of spring-like weather, prompting us to think about plans for the summer. A favourite and annual treat is Sunrise Celebration in Somerset, which this year will be held on the Solstice. Jez and I will have just put an issue to bed as the gates open to this marvellous event so we’ll be there as soon as we can after finishing. I expect the actual Solstice will be spent by the sea in Sussex, getting creative, making fire, night swimming and enjoying the company of friends and family.
Another festival that we’d love to be part of this year is Buddhafield. We had such a magical time last year. There was a real sense of love and heart centre expansion during the festival, which lasted long after we had left the beautiful wooded site near Taunton. I’d like to go back and allow each of us to experience the freedom and joy that we enjoyed last year. I had hoped to teach yoga here but spaces get booked up almost before they become available. Maybe in 2013?
Our enewsletter is going out tomorrow with some juicy content. You’ll be able to read about ways to celebrate Spring Equinox with your family, get some knitting inspiration and explore a month of meat free meals. It’s free to sign up.
Have a great week!
PS: Great pic for this week’s post features the treehouse at Bewilderwood in Norfolk, featured in our Green Holidays on the Coast article in the current edition.
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