Learning From Nature
The New Futures Academy is a community based education initiative. Our work focuses on learning from nature through practical skills, creativity and personal development.
We aim to provide young people and diverse communities with the practical skills, inspiration and knowledge to create climate and ecological solutions, whilst nurturing and enhancing their own sense of wellbeing...and of course, having fun and enjoying being outdoors!
Most of our activities are based at Little Barton: a beautiful 24 acre site in Littlehempston, South Devon, overlooking the River Dart. Little Barton is an exciting new permaculture project, which we will be helping the landowners to develop as part of our learning activities, such as: establishing a large forest garden and nut orchard, perennial and annual vegetable beds, cut flower beds, a wildflower meadow, a wild woodland and much more... We also occasionally offer training and events at other inspiring locations, and can deliver bespoke courses and workshops at a location of you choice by arrangement.
Youth Work and Social Enterprise
A core part of our mission is to provide affordable wellbeing and learning experiences for young people age 16 - 19, to enable them to learn from nature and incorporate ecological design into their lifestyles and future livelihoods. Our workshop programme, whilst being available to people of all ages, is also intended to raise the finance to make our youth programme either free or subsidised. We also plan to make similar experiences available to other communities of need with a widening participation programme in the near future.
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