Vision the Future …. and help Create it!

Over the Rainbow – Steph Bradley 2012

Host me on my latest story collecting tour

– from Midsummer 2018

Throughout the summers of 2018 and 2019 I will be taking my interactive story game ‘The Quest to 2050’ to venues across the British Isles, weaving together the indigenous wisdom of our ancestors from the myths they left us with the visions of the young people of today  to create a New-Old story for our Times; one that reminds us that we cannot grow a healthy future without being deeply rooted in our sense of place, one that acknowledges the inspiration all people carry to change the world for the better and, most of all, one that bids us live deeply connected to self and the present moment.

The book that will emerge from this process will be told as a story; embedded within it will be the truth of the elders of our past and vision of the young of our tomorrow. Its message; to live at the very edge of what we believe is possible with all our passion, hope and energy, for those are our gifts to this world.

To get involved in the process of story gathering you can contact me at .  The Quest for visions of 2050 will begin midsummer 2018 and end Lammas 2019. Would you host a playing of the story game and gather a group to play? Homes, halls, gardens, woodland, festivals, storytelling huts and chairs, community spaces and gatherings of all kinds are ideal for visioning the future.

What is The Quest to 2050 ?

  • The Quest is an interactive game I have been working on since 2009 when I led a team of volunteers taking Transition Tales into schools.
  • It started out as a way of exploring gritty issues of the day to find out-of-the-box, creative solutions.
  • The Quest has been played all over the world and with all ages, and types of groups, from families to educators, and in all settings from festivals to public community events.
  • Later I developed a dimension that explored our own inner responses to the world around us.
  • Now, the game is in its third stage; how can our creative solutions, together with our inner reflections on our own responses to today’s challenges, come together to vision a better future.
  • The Quest is fun, highly communicative, and a great way of accessing your inner passion to be a change maker!
  • What we vision today becomes the future!

Want to be a host?

You will need to :
  • Provide a venue
  • Gather a group of people together (btw 6- 30)
  • Organise a bring and share meal
You might need to:
  • Provide me with overnight accommodation

Summer Tour 2018

Where I will be when:

June – Devon

June – Wales

July –  Lancashire, Cumbria

August – Oxfordshire,  Glos., Hampshire, Dorset

September –  Cornwall & Devon


Friends old and friends new – I would love to see you and share some magical storytime!

The Old Ones are Calling

The old ones are calling us,

way across the oceans of time

They have something to tell us

Want to help us

In our search for a new way of being

They are calling us back to see our roots

To understand how we came to be here


The old ones are calling us

To recognise our ancestors.

Their struggles

And their truth

Are our birthright

The things that strengthen us

T he stories that guide us


We have learnt half truths

Laid over half truths

And they serve us not

They feed not our soul

For we know in the depths

Who we truly are

And the old ones are calling us

Back home


To the stories of our kin

We came from over the sea

We came in boats

We came ashore

We came to conquer new lands

We came to find new homes

We came for we were lost

Refugees on the ocean of time


We came in waves

Over time uncountable

Kin of kin

Kin slaying kin

Memories erased by time

And half told truths

Back to our shores

The land of plenty


The land of our dreams

The land of our forebearers

The land of prophecy and vision

The land of our long forgotten past

Our ancestors

And our future

We came to seek our home

As all sea borne creatures do


The old ones are calling us

It is time

To reclaim our stories

The Storytellers have returned

To teach us the will and the wit

Of long forgotten kin

To peel back the layers

Of long forgotten tales


We can never go back

Ne’er return

Nor ought to try

And neither can we go on

To a paradise sought

Not ought to try

For the wisdom of the elders

Is right here with us now


It’s here in the whisper of the wind

It calls on the wailing tides

It burns through clouds

A vision of summer

And baked it holds us

Womb like

Feeding and quenching

Every need


Our old ones were shamans

There is no need to seek

Them in the lands of others

There is no need to borrow

From alien traditions

There is no need

For anything more

Than a good ear


When the old tales are taught

Forget your sums calculations and graphs

Forget the rise and fall of those in power

Live not in the future

And dwell not in your past

But listen to the old ones

As they sing your soul back home.

The timeless one


Is all we need heed

Sink into deep leafy earth

Rejoice in spring breezy airs

Leap into the summer lands

And harvest well

The old ones worshipped

What they saw, felt and heard

All around them


We would do well

To follow suit

It is here we are home

Revelling in the very pith

Of our land

Growing roots

To reach down

To take hands


One to another

There beneath the loam

Where our ancestors roam


And we on the surface their senses

Whilst high above

Birds dance on the wing

We are one, we are one, we are one


Teach this simple truth

T o your children

Sing and dance it

Into their very bones

Pray with your bliss

And revere with your grief

Honour with your fear

And champion with your rage


These are our sacred gifts

Listen to the tales of the old ones

Listen and repeat them lovingly

Savouring their flavours

Upon your tongue

And your belly

Let your heart follow its desire

And join hands with your kin


The old ones have spoken

Revel in their tales

Bring them to life

Dwell in woods

By the sea

Let the breeze lift your hair

And gladden your heart

Run deer like across meadows


Open your heart to the sound of love

As it courses through every living being

Respond to subtle signs

Follow your intuition

Honour all as your equal

And doubt not your skill

Live the life of a story

Wind borne


One to the other


Yet changeless

Rejoice in our roots

Love our land

Remember our tales

And become as a child

The true receptacle


Then take up your sword

Your mighty flaming power

And forge passion into your life

Live and breathe your story

Share all you have to give


And aim true

Your purpose is all.


Then honour the old ones

Those who came before

For what are you

But the sinew of a greater one

A woven thread

Of the tapestry

Of our people

Who came to this land

From over the sea.


The Old Ones are calling

can you hear, can you hear

Can you hear?


                          Mission Statement

The time has come to talk of passion, vision and inspiration.

What do you get if you cross

a diplomatic well spoken harmony gardener, artist, muso and writer who sympathetically restores historic buildings  including eco retrofits, and has a longing to grow good healthy food in a way that plants love,

with a passionate and enthusiastic writer, workshop facilitator, trainer, poet and storyteller with a penchant for cooking for health with local organic ingredients?

…a totally transparent,ethical, beautiful,inspiring,meaningful and fulfilling, nourishing , transformational, affordable Centre for Arts and Wellbeing.

We love working with creatives,would-be creatives, young people and old people,those who have lost their way,are trying to find their way or who simply need a quiet space to recharge their batteries and their dreams.

We have experience of:

working with multi lingual groups

teaching language and designing tailor made courses

working with young people

Vegan and Vegetarian cookery (specializing in special dietary requirements)

catering for up to 50 people in retreat settings (indoors and out)

growing food for large groups

building and restoring historic buildings


organizing events

running workshops and training courses

creating personalized poetry, art work, health regimes, birth chart readings


therapeutic gardening


fixing, make, do and mend

leading storywalks

and so much more.

We speak English,Welsh and Portuguese, are practical,inventive and innovative, and enthusiastic and sympathetic listeners. We are people, plant and animal lovers. We believe the indigenous myths of Britain hold the key to the future happiness of our people and that all nationalities’ stories hold pieces of the future within them.

Our dream is to create and co-manage a little piece of the future now, in the present; full of mutual understanding,inspiration and co-creation.

People will come to us to replenish, recharge, re-energize, re-vision and re-create their lives and dreams.  There will always be space for rich and poor alike and new dreams and collaborations will emerge.

We will provide full board and lodging in a beautiful environment with close links to nature, local trades, services and crafts, against a mythic and magical vision of the future backdrop for short term participants; encouraging them to go and replicate  what they have experienced. Finances will be totally transparent and any collaborators will be amply rewarded with mutually beneficial exchanges.

In our Centre there will be a large communal dining room and kitchen with range and pantry, a library, a round house for storytelling, music and sharing, a large wooden floored workshop/movement and dance space, south to SW facing land with a large walled garden and orchard, native woodland, big horizons and a range of accommodation possibilities for around 12 -14 persons. The centre will be rural, sheltered and secluded with an old market town within 15 miles. The coast will be easily accessible as will wild nature.

We know the most amazing professionals; conscious dance instructors, masseurs, herbalists and alternative health practitioners, movement, presence, mindfulness and yoga teachers, singing teachers, forest gardeners and permaculturists, astrologers, constellators, art and beauty therapists, storytellers and travelling minstrels, change agents and life coaches. We’ve visited and lived in community,both familial and intentional,and have Transition collaborators all over the world.

We are inspired by Felin Uchaf, Embercombe, Tir Ysbridol, Sharpham House, the Schumacher College and Sprint Mill.

Missing ingredient: the land on which to create the vision. The buildings are old and story filled, the surroundings still bear the footprint of ancient ways, (perhaps it lies on an ancient pilgrims’ route), the ground is fertile, sheltered and welcoming …and if it isn’t we will make it so!


You can help by…

Investing Capital in our social enterprise

Buying your annual retreat space ahead of time

Being our local eye in Devon,Cornwall,Dorset,Wales, Herefordshire and Glos. for suitable properties

Renting or selling us the dilapidated buildings you despair of for us to transform

Helping us create a totally ethical business plan

Sharing this blog on social media.

Telling your friends!


Help clear the mist and enable us create a little piece of Newtopia!