Faculty Regenerative Culture Repair

Dr Deborah Benham

Dr Deborah Benham
Deborah is part of the 8 Shields Global Leadership Programme; co-founder of 8 Shields UK and a mentor to 'Village Builders' all over the world. She has been a student of Jon Young's for several years and is now part of the 8 Shields strategic and design team. Deborah has a PhD in wildlife conservation, environmental education and the people/nature interface. After 15 years working in this field she moved into broader areas of regenerative culture and design for sustainability; with a particular interest in social sustainability, peacemaking and social enterprise. She was until recently Managing Director of the Newbold Trust, a retreat and education centre focusing on sustainable living and wellbeing. She is now freelance, working closely with 8 Shields, teaching, providing facilitation, consultancy, trainings and workshops in regenerative culture, sustainability, nature connection and youth empowerment. She is an experienced facilitator, and dedicated 'Hopemonger' who loves to create connective, uplifting and transformative programmes in support of healthy communities and ecosystems.

Root Cuthbertson

Root Cuthbertson is currently a writer, hopemonger, and ecosocial designer delivering trainings on social sustainability and culture repair.  Since 2008 he has been a group facilitator, presenter, and wordsmith. He is the former education coordinator of The Newbold Trust, a sustainable living and retreat centre in Forres, Scotland.  He holds a Master's degree in Environmental Education from Vermont College of Norwich University and a Certificate in Ecovillage Design from Findhorn College. He leads courses on sociocracy, designing for peace, contact improvisation dance, and has designed programs for JourneyDance™, Lost Valley Education Center, Sunseed Desert Technology, and D Acres Permaculture Farm and Educational Homestead. With a background in theater, dance, and music, Root advocates raising awareness to regenerate resilient communities and ecosystems. His interests include cross-pollinating ideas, Non-Violent Communication, traditional celebrations, cooking & nutrition, monofloral honeys, matching needs with resources, the healing power of forgiveness, and the Art of Mentoring.

Findhorn  College
Findhorn Foundation College, The Park, Findhorn, Forres, Morayshire, IV36 3TZ, Scotland
Scottish Charity No: SCO31792. Company No: SC215385