Festival Speakers

Come and be inspired by our wonderful speakers;

we are really thrilled to be bringing you such a wide variety of talks this year.

Hosted by Georgie Palmer


Power of Breath with Amber Macintosh

Our breath has the ability to affect nearly every facet of our mental and physical being and yet we often take it for granted. The experience of the past year has taught us that now is the time to regain control and influence our well-being by learning about the power of breath. In this workshop Amber will give simple exercises to help you to expand lung capacity and balance the nervous system in ways that are suitable for everyone and with some fun thrown in.

Amber is a yoga, breathwork and nutrition coach – www.dandelionwellbeing.com

Fabulous Floristry with Simon Lycett

Simon J Lycett Ltd enjoys an international reputation for being one of Europe’s finest floral decorating companies. Simon created the wedding decorations for TRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Windsor Castle, David and Victoria Beckham, Viscount and Viscountess Weymouth, Cheryl Cole and for the wedding reception of HRH Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. Simon and his Team have decorated parties for HM Queen Elizabeth for over 20 years, working throughout some of London’s most exclusive venues, the Royal Palaces and Windsor Castle.

Simon’s has appeared countless times on TV with Mary Berry, on ITVs Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh, at numerous RHS Chelsea Flower Shows and has presented the BBC2 documentary ‘The World’ Biggest Flower Market’. Simon is also a frequent guest at the BBC Radio London studio on the Jo Good afternoon show.

Simon spent the early part of 2020 in Los Angeles filming the first series of a floral design competition for HBO Max featuring 10 of America’s budding florists vying to be voted America’s best, with Simon as serving as Host Judge. Simon returned to LA to film the second series during Spring 2021. Simon runs floral Masterclasses and spent time in Philadelphia where he taught at the world-famous Longwood Gardens.

Simon is passionate about British floristry and seasonal flowers and devotes much of his time to raising the profile of British Floristry. Simon has recently published his seventh book.


Producing Food with Nature with Alexandra Tomlinson

At a time when we all need the power of healing, what better lens than the food we eat, through which to view our world, and to reconnect to nature. This session will give insights into how we can produce food in a way that restores the health of our ecosystem, our wildlife, our livestock, and ourselves; shining a light on the benefits of working with nature, from small gardens to wide expansive landscapes.

As a qualified veterinarian — specialising in wildlife health, disease, and conservation, and more recently self-educating in regenerative land management — Alex understands how regenerative principles and practices have the potential to enhance our world. Alongside work as a regenerative consultant, Alex is a director of two organisations: sankalpa and WilderCulture. sankalpa supports activities that transform the way people interact with animals, the environment and each other; and WilderCulture promotes ecological restoration and food production from our uplands.