Drawing on the pedagogical opportunities that nature affords in personal development, we will explore the power of nature, drawing on the three kingdoms (animal, plant and mineral), to provide the materials for items of service, thus generating communities of social
enterprise. We will also touch on Biodynamics as well as contemporary research on sensory integration; and finish with the research and method of Ruskin Mill Trust, Practical Skills Therapeutic Education and its expanding work. Aonghus Gordon is the founder of Ruskin Mill Trust. He has recently been accepted as a Companion of the Guild of St. George. This is in recognition of Aonghus’ distinguished track record of development and leadership of several ground-breaking specialist charities that deliver innovative and restorative education for young adults with a particular emphasis on farming, gardening and craft work. Aonghus works with the metaphor and principle of ‘Vital Beauty’. Aonghus draws his inspiration from many sources but in particular from Dr Rudolf Steiner.