Samantha Woods ( BSc. PgDip. LLm. PTLSS. Dip Ap Perm)
Course leader, Samantha Woods, has spent over 35 years exploring different ways that organisations and individuals can live simple and fulfilling lives, without damaging themselves or the more-than-human world.
Sam has been an active member of the Transition Town Movement since 2008 and, as part of Transition Leicester, was involved in the creation of a number of community enterprises.
She qualified as a Permaculture Teacher in 2013 and as a Think Like a Tree Facilitator in 2019.
Progressing from an early career in which she tried to influence large corporations to be less environmentally damaging, Sam has focused increasingly on empowering action by individuals and grassroots organisations.
Seed of the Forest is the culmination of her commitment to the ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Shares in her own life.
She considers it a privilege to be working with her son, Reuben, and alongside other dedicated teachers and facilitators, as we all head into the next stage of the Great Turning, and take up the challenge of co-creating a world founded on justice and harmony.
Dani was born and brought up in Italy where he ended up with a degree in languages and a young family. He was involved in the promotion of fair trade in his home city of Modena and its development nationally. He has been based for the past 25 years in the UK, first in Cambridgeshire and then Leicestershire. His early desire for justice, fairness and a sustainable lifestyle for all, mixed with his passion for all things good and tasty lead him to train first in conservation and horticulture and then in permaculture and sustainable land use (with Patrick Whitefield and others).
He is a qualified Forest School Leader and has worked for the last 2 decades in organic gardening and outdoor education.
He has been involved in the Transition Towns movement in Leicestershire and co-founded a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) cooperative in the area. He is inspired by all actions, thoughts and events that lead to a more connected way of seeing, thinking and being. He is actively searching and open to any wisdom from any tradition, old and new, that can guide humanity and our planet on this journey.
Photography and Marketing
Reuben Woods is a BA (hons) Photography student at Nottingham Trent University. He currently works part-time for Seed of the Forest, designing resources and managing our marketing and social media. His area of interest is accessibility in the arts and considerations of the (un)availability of resources to individuals and communities.