Marta trained as a social mediator, and in conflict resolution, community development and facilitation. Her experience in the art of hosting, holding space and healing in nature gives an exciting blend of elements to accompany this process as a community adventure.
Nick worked for many years with both adults and children in formal language teaching environments, while spending most of his free time volunteering in more informal projects such as community radio and international solidarity where he started to figure out his beliefs about education and learning. Curiously, he also fell in love with organic agriculture at the same time. Becoming a parent meant he finally had to start taking his own ideas seriously (which is never easy), and informed his participation in the development of Green Spiral. He is bad at card games but has the happy ability to surround himself with beautiful people.
An Tionól Cottage´s natural environment, with the strong presence of an Irish oak forest and its respectful approach to learning, is the vessel that holds us together in any open circle. It is our intention to continue opening space for new, fresh ways of communicating, connecting and being in the world.
Over the years we have had the opportunity to work with many friends who have enriched our lives and our work in innumerable ways, helping us to build the infrastructure for Green Spiral. Many have made their contribution and then moved on, but as the project has matured we have also found there is a core group of people who have made themselves invaluable through their ideas, love, food, knowledge and emotional support. Thanks to all of them.