Greetings for Lammas, today’s cross-quarter point between summer solstice and autumn equinox, marking the high summer and first grain harvest. 
It’s a time for gathering in and giving thanks for abundance and nourishment: one in which people would feast and offer gratitude for the grain that represents sustenance for the community, both immediately and through the winter. It also celebrates the gathering, within that harvest, of seeds for the next cycle – and promise of renewal and future nourishment therein.
Lammas is also a time of heat and intensity, and we, like many of you we’re sure, have been lit up by the energy of this season as well as deeply unsettled by the alarming recent heatwaves in Europe and beyond. We have been thinking about the importance of nourishment in these times, and recently spent some beautiful days exploring this with a small group near Gemma’s home on Dartmoor (see our recommendations of some Dartmoor-based practitioners below). We will also be slowing down a little for the rest of the summer, and hope you will too, so will keep this note short with an offering of some new audio encounters and a few glimmers of inspiration for you.
As always, thank you for being here, and we always love hearing from you if you have feedback, suggestions, or want to share something you are exploring this summer.
With love and hope,
Iris, Gemma, Hadeel, Jo and Lily
New Constellations
Old ways and new encounters
We have three new encounters for you to enjoy over summer – two from wise Icelanders: writer, documentary filmmaker and activist Andri Snær Magnason and artist and teacher Goddur Magnússon – and one recorded by Gemma as part of her experience with The Old Way. The Old Way is a year-long course that invites people to learn from our ancient past to help shape better futures, by exploring our ancestral blueprints, our own rewilding and how we can reconstitute the webs of connection that we have lost with the natural world.
Image: The River Dart in Hembury Wood, credit Adrian Colston
With Lammas being a harvest festival, we’ve been thinking about the future of food and farming. A few glimmers of inspiration we’ve discovered include Cultivating Justice: a project and podcast challenging stereotypes around who farms, coordinated by three amazing grassroots organisations: Land In Our Names (LION), the Landworkers' Alliance LGBTQIA+ working group, and Farmerama (co-founded by our very own Jo). We’ve also been inspired by the work of Incredible Edible, Down to Earth Derby and Sitopia Farm among many others, and are looking forward to reading London Feeds Itself.
We were at New Frontiers in Funding a few weeks ago, which explored a huge range of powerful ideas around the role of philanthropy and investment in building the futures we need. Some of the key themes are explored by speakers (including Gemma) in this short film, and the conference’s Notion site is a treasure trove of resources.
Ever-inspiring Healing Justice London have a lovely new website and powerful new programme exploring a complete reimagination of our health system. Learn more about HJL in Director Farzana Khan’s audio encounter.
Some more summer listening – we’ve recently discovered The Light Ahead: a speculative fiction podcast dreaming up better economic futures, you can hear Gemma in the next episode of the Building Belonging podcast, and The Acosta Institute (founded by Dr Angel Acosta) also has a new podcast.
Anyone feeling anxious about the heatwaves and their implications might appreciate Not Too Late (a new project from the brilliant Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua), the Fix Joy Issue and All We Can Save. We also want to pay tribute to James Lovelock, creator of the inspiring Gaia hypothesis, who died last week on his 103rd birthday.
We’re hoping to make it to London this summer to see Eternally Yours at Somerset House – a free exhibition exploring care, repair and healing (a subject we dove into in a recent journey), and to catch Our Time on Earth which is in its last few weeks at The Barbican. And if you’re lucky enough to make your way to Dartmoor some time as we recently did, our thanks to and heartfelt recommendations of Dartmoor’s Daughter, the School of Botanical Arts, Linda Lemieux and seed-to-plate chefs Donna and Sonny for wonderful and nourishing experiences of the moor’s many gifts.

Finally, like many of you we imagine, we had our minds blown by the awe-inspiring first images of our beautiful universe from the James Webb telescope.
Image: Stephan's Quintet, the largest image to date from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, credit NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI.
Thank you for reading, wishing you gratitude and nourishment this Lammas.
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