Spirals of abundance is a family run business operating since 2005. We have been registered as fair trade importers and retailers with BAFTS -British Association of Fair Trade Shops since 2006. We look to develop and maintain long term working relationships with people in Nepal. Currently we help support the Himalayan Permaculture Centre, a farmer-based grass roots development organisation working in remote areas of western Nepal.

Looby Macnamara is an active member of the permaculture community. She has served on the board of trustees for the Permaculture Association (Britain) for four years and was the chairperson for 2 years. She teaches permaculture design courses and has her diploma in applied permaculture design. She has co-ordinated 2 camps for women in permaculture & the permaculture NetTogether - the biggest permaculture event in Britain. She has a degree in Human Sciences from University of Sussex. Her interests have taken her to Nepal where she has made connections with the local grassroots organisations such as the Himalayan Permaculture Centre and the Nepal Permaculture Group. She is working on developing a sustainable market for products related to rural development programmes that aim to improve livelihoods of marginal communities, as well as crafts from small businesses. Looby is also an author, having written the first book to explore the use of permaculture principles and design in personal and social contexts - People and Permaculture

Chris Evans has lived and worked in Nepal since 1985, co-founding the Jajarkot Permaculture Project, which successfully spread new ideas in line with existing cultural traditions. Chris started his career as a VSO volunteer in a community forestry programme in Nepal after graduating in Forestry in the UK. Based in the remote western district of Jajarkot, he quickly realised the shortfalls of international development and so in 1988, when he came across the concept of Permaculture, he embarked on an ambitious alternative. Starting with a local friend, £500 and an acre of degraded farmland in the district centre of Jajarkot he founded a demonstration and training centre which grew organically into the Jajarkot Permaculture Programme (JPP), a diverse array of projects spanning 4 districts, 65 villages, 8 resource centres (working farms), 120 staff and volunteers, and a membership of 12,000 farmers. He stayed with the JPP until 2001 when he started to work with community groups which were spawned from the original programme. He ran the Nepal programmes for the UK charity Appropriate Technology Asia from 2002 to 2008, directing their Nepal programmes, working in the district of Humla, one of the remotest and most challenging areas of the country. He currently works with a 3rd generation progeny of the JPP, the Himalayan Permaculture Centre (HPC). Beside his grass-roots experience in Nepal, Chris has taught permaculture in UK, India, U.S.A. and Mexico. He is also a tutor for apprentices working towards their diploma in applied permaculture design.

Both Looby & Chris teach permaculture in Britain with Designed Visions. See www.designedvisions.com for details of their forthcoming permaculture courses.