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Dr. Thomas Henfrey

I am a writer and action researcher in human ecology, grassroots sustainability activist and eco-social designer, and teacher and practitioner of core shamanism. I hold a Ph.D in Environmental Anthropology, a Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design, and am a certified teacher of permaculture and shamanism. My several decades of professional experience span academic, community and NGO settings, including working at local-regional, national and international levels.


Integral Ecology, Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainability in Guyana book cover
Edges, Fringes, Frontiers
Wapishana ethnoecology book cover
Wapishana Ethnoecology
Resilience Community Action Societal Transformation book cover
Resilience, Community Action and Societal Transformation
Permaculture and climate change adaptation book cover
Permaculture and Climate Change Adaptation

Shamanic Political Ecology

Inspired by the tradition of Sacred Activism, this multi-level training programme supports activists working for positive environmental and social change to draw upon shamanic experiences, concepts and practices.

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Trainings for individuals and groups

I offer bespoke training for researchers working on projects involving non-academic partners, based on my ongoing work applying social permaculture to the design and delivery of collaborative research. The purpose is to equip researchers to move towards what I term Mode 3 research, in which positive environmental and social impacts are integral features of research design. In other words, this implies envisioning and delivering research as a form of Sacred Political Ecology. More info

The Permaculture Diploma is a programme of advanced training open to anyone who holds a Permaculture Design Certificate. It involves largely self-directed study towards creation of a portfolio of ten completed designs of the apprentice’s choosing, over a timescale of two years or more. Apprentices have the option of ongoing support from a dedicated diploma tutor and the opportunity to join a thriving and dynamic international community of apprentices, tutors and diploma holders. More info

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