Vipassana Movement

Global movement for the propagation of a powerful meditation technique.


Four different methods of meditation from the Buddhist and Hindu traditions.


Tarassaco Officinale

One of the best known and widespread wild plants. As well being a rich source of nectar and pollen for the bees, dandelion has a huge a variety of culinary and medicinal uses.

Nutrients: Vitamins A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium

Parts Used: Roots, Leaves, Flowers, Buds

Medical Uses: Detoxify Stomach and Liver, Clearer Skin

Culinary uses:
-Its leaves and flowers are used in salads.
-Its young buds are tasty when fried and salty.
-Its leaves and flowers are uses to make wines and tonic drinks.
-Its roots can be roasted and prepared like coffee.

Here is a simple guide for making Dandelion coffee.



Symphytum officinale

Comfrey is an invaluable plant to have in the medicine cabinet, as well as in the garden. It’s hairy leaves and fleshy roots can be applied externally heal all kinds of injuries; burn, stings, cuts, bruises, or sprains. First recorded over 2000 years ago by Pliny the Elder, the medicinal uses of this plant remain as effective today.

Medicinal uses: Healing wounds, bones, burns

Important Compounds: Allantoin, Rosmarinic Acid, Mucilage

Parts Used: Roots, Leaves

Preparation: Salve

Caution: Comfrey has a long history of internal use to treat ulcers. However, it contains a number of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which can damage the liver.

Other Uses:
-Comfrey is full of potash and nitrogen, and can be made into a fertiliser.
-Comfrey is what’s known in permaculture as a ‘dynamic accumulator’. It’s long roots brings underground minerals to the surface, and makes them available to other plants in the garden.

Here is a simple guide to make a comfrey salve.


Climbing & Knots

The basics of climbing and some important knots for building a tree house.

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Building Cob Walls

How to build walls using sand, clay, straw and water.

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Stellaria media

Chickweed is a widely dispersed and nutritious edible herb. Growing across the ground, its succulent stems can reach lengths of around a meter and a half.

Nutrients: Vitamin A, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Manganese, Sodium, Copper, Iron, Silica

Parts Used: Stems, Leaves, Flowers, Seed Pods

Medical Uses: Anti-inflammatory

Caution: Chickweed contains saponins, which can be toxic in large doses. However, you would have to consume several kilos of Chickweed to induce toxic effects.


St. John’s Wort

Hypericum perforatum

St John’s wort is a powerful herb whose usage goes back at least to the ancient Greeks. Today it is widely used to combat mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. It is so called because it was traditionally harvested on the summer solstice, also known as St. John’s day

Medicinal uses: Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral

Important Compounds: Hyperforin, Hypericin

Parts Used: Leaves, Flowers, Seeds

Preparation: Tinture, Tea, Oil

Caution: May reduce effects of other medication including HIV medication and the contraceptive pill


Hambacher Forst

Forest occupation preventing the expansion of a coal mine in western Germany.


Ende Gelände

Climate action in which thousands of people storm coal mines across Germany.