Here you can find films of the parallel sessions from our Harmony in Food and Farming conference.

Sacred Life, Sacred Death

Industrial practices have dehumanised livestock production and slaughter. This panel discussion explores whether Harmony thinking can inform a transformation of attitudes and practice in relation to farm animals, both in life and in death?

Prof. John Webster

Muhsen Hassanin, Halal Butcher
Rosamund Young, Kites Nest Farm and Author of ‘The Secret Lives of Cows’
Lutfi Radwan, Willowbrook Farm
Ruth Tudor, Trealy Farm

Sacred Food, Sacred Soil, Sacred Silence

This panel discussion explores the role of faith communities in developing harmonious and healthy food systems, which enhance wellbeing and meaning and provide transformative examples for others to follow.

Moderator: Prof. David Cadman, Harmony Professor in Practice

Venerable Master Chin Kung
Benedict Bowmaker, Soil, Science and Service

Science and Spirituality

Science is catching up with intuition and breaking new boundaries in our understanding of Harmony Principles. In this session the panelists explore some of these connections, including pilgrimage, meditation, and gratitude.

A conversation led by Rupert Sheldrake, biologist and author Professor Nicolas Campion, University of Wales Trinity Saint David Marc Andrus, Bishop of California

Farming in Harmony with Nature

Modern farming methods have confined nature to the margins of otherwise intensively farmed land. This panel discussion explores how biodiversity, in all its forms, can be reintegrated into farming systems?

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Vogtmann

Mike Clarke, RSPB
Ian Boyd, Whittington Farm Lodge and Photographer
Rebecca Hosking, Village Farm
Justin Adams, Nature Conservancy

Music of the Spheres

If music is in part inspired by nature, how can we build a bridge between music, the principles of harmony which inform the musical scale and the practice of agriculture?

Moderator: Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor

Guy Hayward and Will Parsons, British Pilgrimage Trust
Kayleen Asbo, mythologist and musician

Harmony Principles in Farm Architecture

This panel discussion explores how the design of farms and farm buildings can be beautiful, functional and express a sense of place. The themes include the importance of local materials and urban food system design.

Moderator: Mark Hoare, Hoare Ridge & Morris

Kim Wilkie, Royal Designer for Industry
Stephanie Evans, Advisor to The National Trust

Principles of Harmony in Education

This discussion explores how harmony thinking can be applied effectively in education, by inspiring children to become future leaders through enquiries of learning.

Richard Dunne, Ashley School
Natasha Beeby, Ashley School

Harmony and the Circular Economy

In this panel discussion the question is explored: How can agriculture respond to the vision of shifting to a circular economy which recognises the finite nature of natural resources and the need to observe the law of return?

Moderator: Guillermo Castilleja, The Gordon and Better Moore Foundation

Patrick Holden, The Sustainable Food Trust
John Fullerton, The Capital Institute
Volkert Engelsman, Eosta

Harmony, Diets and Health

Modern food systems are undermining the health of societies throughout the world. This panel discussion explores the links between farming practice, food quality and physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Moderator: Dr. Martin Scurr, GP and columnist

Graham Harvey, Journalist and writer
Prof. Aruni Bhatnagar, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Prof. Dr. Angelika Ploeger, University of Kassel, Germany

Agriculture’s Role in Re-Balancing the Carbon Cycle

Over the last 50 years, agriculture has shifted from a being cyclical system of carbon renewal to a major contributor to climate change. In this discussion panelists explore how farmers can become better stewards of carbon, and help to reverse this trend.

Moderator: Charlotte Russell, The Eden Project

Craig Sams, Carbon Gold
Peter Segger, Blaencamel Farm
Richard Young, Sustainable Food Trust

Harmony in Local Food Systems

This panel discussion explores the opportunities for a transition towards re-localised food systems, away from the present commodity-based, globalised models of production and distribution.

Moderator: Haydn Evans, Parceithin Farm

Gareth Wyn Jones, Farmer and television presenter
Dr. Jane Davidson, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Ben Pugh, Farmdrop
Duncan Catchpole, Cambridge Organic Food Co

Eating as an Agricultural Act

Each time we eat, we are extending the biology of the farm ecosystem beyond the farm gate. This panel discussion explores the bridge between raw materials from the farm and the food we eat, through the prism of cheese, meat and wine.

Moderator: Darina Allen, Ballymaloe Cookery School

Bronwen Percival, Neal’s Yard Dairy
Illtud Llyr Dunsford, Charcutier

Farming and Biodynamic Agriculture

This panel discussion explores the ways in which the ideas and intuitions of Rudolf Steiner, which inspired the development of biodynamic farming, connect with the Harmony philosophy, principles and practices.

Moderator: Thomas Harttung, Sustainable Food Trust and Aarstiderne

Peter Brown, Biodynamic Association
Ed Berger, Ruskin Mill Trust
Alex Valsecchi, Albury Organic Vineyard
Ueli Huerter, Goetheanum

Reconciling Systemic Discord

How can we reconcile the underlying tensions that give rise to disharmony in the world? This session explores the evolving discipline and practice of systemic constellation work.

Gaye Donaldson, Kindred constellations
Nick Mayhew, Integral Change Consulting

The Farm as an Ecosystem

This panel discussion explores the ways in which farms of the future could be managed as healthy self-sustaining systems which depend less on external inputs, and incorporate plants and animals that are adapted to their unique environments.

Moderator: Lawrence Woodward, Organic Research Centre

Panelists: Helen Browning, Soil Association

Ian Wilkinson, Cotswold Seeds

Richard Young, Sustainable Food Trust

John Meadley, Pasture-Fed Livestock Association

Photograph: Richard Weaver

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