We hold space for place-based conversations about culture in Scotland, the UK, and Europe. We collaborate with culture-shifting individuals and groups to develop and promote transformational social technologies; and, we offer ongoing workshop series tailor-made for Youth, Communities, and Community Development Practitioners, which convey the most up-to-the-minute best practices for connective, creative, and collaborative group cultures in an engaging, experiential format.
We chose the name "The Culture Garden" to describe the practice of creating a supportive environment for groups in which a diversity of healthy cultural forms can grow.
The Mother Tree
We use the metaphor of the “Mother Tree” to describe how our programs work. A Mother Tree is a large, often very ancient tree which acts as a central hub in a vast underground forest network. Through their extensive root systems, Mother Trees supply the other trees around them with extra nutrients when they are sick, send messages about environmental changes or threats, and enculturate seedlings with the fungal cultures they will need to thrive in their particular soil.
Similarly, The Culture Garden is a hub and distribution point for cultural nutrients. We make information available on many levels at once, so that what arises in the held space of our programs can be shaped and applied by the groups we work with in a multitude of ways.