Think Like a Tree

Think like a Tree was founded by Sarah Spencer in 2017, following her Diploma in Permaculture Design.

Sarah recognised that the valuable tools, principles and ethics from permaculture, biomimicry, and other nature-inspired design solutions, had application to all human systems, but felt this valuable information was not reaching the mainstream fast enough in the context of a rapidly warming world, ecological destruction and mental and physical ill-health.

The ultimate aim of Think like a Tree is to bring regenerative, nature-inspired ideas to the mainstream. It recognises these approaches as the only solutions known to work on planet Earth. All its work aims to ‘meet people where they are’ in a language that is familiar and welcoming, valuing diversity. It campaigns and raises awareness of the importance of nature as a teacher, and ecosystems as a model for human systems, and tries to reach as diverse audiences as possible, both in the UK and worldwide.

The project comprises a number of different elements:

  • The Think like a Tree programme supports individuals to design the life they want with the ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share woven in.
  • The book Think like a Tree: The natural principles guide to life by Sarah Spencer enabled greater reach.
  • The Think Like a Forest programme is targeted at businesses and organisations and how these can become regenerative, using the principles of natural ecosystems as a guide.
  • 17 facilitators have been trained already in the UK, with 2023 seeing the movement expand worldwide.
  • 2023
  • Influence Award
Photo: Think Like a Tree

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