PEACE – Peace, Empowerment and Cultural Emergence – Sweden 2019


20th -25th August 2019

Looby Macnamara

Helena Von Bothmer


Koster Tragardar, Stromstrad, Sweden

Course Description

Connect with self, people and land.

Join Looby Macnamara and Helena Von Bothmer for this pioneering experience to discover tools for positive cultural evolution. Through an embodied experience of connection we find peace within us, and resource ourselves with tools to create peaceful relationships.  This module of Cultural Emergence focuses on how we can Nourish and Empower ourselves through connection practices.

Come and connect with like-minded people, enjoy the wild and beautiful island with beaches. Swim, relax, connect.

This is an exciting opportunity to learn and converse with the co-founders and collaborators of the Cultural Emergence project and to be part of the global activation and development of Cultural Emergence.

During the Peace, Empowerment And Cultural Emergence course 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
• deep nature connections practices to enhance our well-being
• tools and principles for Designing for Peace for ourselves and our relationships

• methods for effective Collaboration and Co-creation

This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with like minded people and create a collaborative learning community. The use of the toolkit will be embedded into the course 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.

We will be immersed in the natural world, and continually deepening our connection with ourselves and each other as well as the vast world around us. We will get a chance to relax and play as well as have meaningful conversations and connections with each other.

We will be connecting with the bigger vision for humanity and how we can play our part in bringing this vision into reality.

The intention is to come away  nourished and empowered to live the life we want to live and make a positive contribution to humanity.

We will be continually renewing and developing our sense of peace and empowerment and finding ways in which we can take this forward into our own lives.

This is a wonderful opportunity to come to a beautiful place, meet amazing people and gift yourself with some quality time and connection.

This course is accessible and is for anyone wishing to create more peace, empowerment and connection in their lives.
  • 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

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.


Thank you for sharing your wisdom and nudging the possibility for a new culture to emerge within me, with me and around me.


I was impressed by the positive group culture that emerged from the course through careful facilitation and the uniquely talented and compassionate people who gathered for this course. It felt like opening a door into possibility, confidence, positivity and connection.



We will eat wonderful vegetarian meals prepared by the on-site cafe.  Much of the vegetables are grown in the garden.

Accommodation is either in shared or single rooms or camping.


The course begins on Tuesday 20th August in the afternoon. We will finish the course on Sunday 25th August in time for the afternoon ferry.


All food, accommodation and tuition is included. Accommodation is in shared single sex rooms, there is a discount for those camping and the option of a single room.

Sliding cost:

Waged 8000 SEK early bird 7600 SEK
low waged 7200 SEK early bird 6800 SEK

This includes a bed in shared room and all meals during course.
A reduction of 1000SEK if sleeping in tent instead of a shared room
An addition of 2000SEK if sleeping in private single room
Please pay a booking fee of 1000SEK


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

The course will be at Kosters Trädgårdar 1, 45205 Sydkoster, Sweden WGS84
and the map location is 58°53'12.2"N    11°0'54.3"E

Facilitators & Venue

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 3 books 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.

Helena von Bothmer is a gardener and permaculture designer. She took her PDC course in 1992 and diploma in 1998. Since then she has been working with the project and operation at Kosters Trädgårdar, which she initiated with her husband in 1995. Helena arranges and co- creates permaculture courses (PDCs) in Sweden and Norway. And she is now eager to expand the venue and herself into the social field of permaculture.

Helena has completed the year long People and Permaculture Facilitator Training with Looby and Peter Cow. Through this course Helena and Looby have developed a deep friendship and mutual respect. Looby is delighted to visit Helena and her venue to co-facilitate together.

Applewood is a very beautiful place, a rural retreat where I can relax, engage in deep learning and connect intimately with the natural world. I love the dynamic flexibility of working with Looby as it allows for a creative, emergent process where new understandings and insights can emerge for all involved

The Venue

Kosters Tradgardar is a permaculture garden, restaurant and course venue situated in the first Swedish Marine National Park on an island on the Swedish west coast. (Sydkoster) During summer months Kosters Tradgardar is open for visitors and tourists with the underlying wish to inspire everyone who enters to take steps towards sustainability. In winter, early spring and late autumn we mainly work with arranging special events, courses and gatherings within the theme of sustainability, food, gardening, cooperation and micro enterprises. On the venue there are two enterprises, one being a cooperative, which is in charge of the restaurant the other a family enterprise in charge of the gardens, production of food, courses and guided events.

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