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Full chronological index

Classified index (below):

  1. Community

  2. Globalisation

  3. Nonviolence

  4. Sustainability & climate

  5. Land Reform

  6. Superquarries

  7. Epistemology

  8. Scottish constitutional

  9. Psychology & ethnology

  10. PNG & South Pacific

  11. Theology & philosophy

  12. Consciousness studies

  13. Mythology & poetics

  14. Spirituality


New publications, past year:


BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship from Ben Nevis, where I'm with Anna Magnusson on Transfiguration (Oct 2022)

Atomic Theology & Peace Activism, Wiley-Blackwell chapter (Oct 2022)

The Parallel Polis as a 'Theatre of the Spirit', The Alternative (Aug 2022)

Reflection on Rethinking Civil Society, University of York research (June 2022)

COP 26 as a Ritual Space - Chapter 8 of Theos think tank report, pp. 64-74 (PDF of full report, Jun 2022)

Reviews, ecotheology & climate cnange, in Modern Believing (June 2022)

Climate Change - science, denialism & alarmism, The Plough (May 2022)

Alongside Pain & Hope, Good Friday radio programme (Apr 2022, 30 mins)

How Eigg lit a fire under land reform, The National (Apr 2022)

Report on GalGael Trust Iona visit (Mar 2022)

Wild Food in Govan - Venison, GalGael & COP26 (Mar 2022)

Nonviolent Preparation & the Ukraine War (Mar 2022)

Community of Contested Discourse in the Gaelic Development Debate (Feb 2022)

The Angus Macleod Memorial Lecture 2021 - Climate Change, Land & Spirituality PDF (or video, starts 9 mins in), Oct 2021

Raimon Panikkar's 9 Sutras for COP 26, his 1991 Glasgow Lecture, Sep 2021

And So Somersault, introduction to Maoilios Caimbeul's faerie poem, audio & pdf, SEALL, Aug 2021

Rising Through the Third Great Flood,The Iona Community, Aug 2021

Data Set on our solar & heat pump renewable energy system - 64% cut in domestic carbon emissions (updates)

Interviews - press, radio, TV, podcast (to date) 

[BBC Thoughts for the Day (to date)

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     Hello, and a warm welcome to the website of Alastair McIntosh. Thank you for visiting my home page. See below for contact details and my public itinerary. The tabs above for are for main themes, and links on the left include a classified index of my publications and some other key ports of call.

I grew up and was educated on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland,. Together with four years in the 1970-80s working with appropriate technology in Papua New Guinea, my background gave me a grounding that has shaped my life's work. Much of this has focussed on land reform, community empowerment and the psychology and even spirituality of the wider human condition.

Since 2004, my wife Vérène Nicolas and I have lived within the parish boundary of Govan in the City of Glasgow where I am a founding trustee of the GalGael Trust. This works to "demonstrate ways of living with greater humanity in our times", helping one another to rebuild community and to counter unjust social structures that impact upon a hard-pressed urban area. Véréne is French. We met in rural Ireland in 1996, and she works with transformative learning and collaborative leadership.

Nearly all of what I've posted on this website has been previously published or delivered as an address. The resources here include landing pages for my books, the text of speeches, academic papers, articles and letters in the press, poetry, reports and some broadcasts. There's direct links to the past year's publications at the bottom left column of this page. Video etc. is either on the interviews menu, or provided as Zoom recording links for the current and previous year in my public itinerary lower down this page.

Since 1996, my work has been mainly freelance as a human ecologist, writer, speaker, researcher and activist. I am a Quaker, an honorary senior research fellow (honorary professor) in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow, and as a Fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology was Scotland's first professor of human ecology at the University of Strathclyde. I have also held honorary fellowships at the Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages (University of Ulster), the School of Divinity (University of Edinburgh) and the Schumacher Society.


What I do and stand for

     This website broadly represents my work in human ecology - the study of and participation in relationships between the natural environment and the social environment. My approach to this integrates depth psychology and the spiritual. I understand the spiritual to be the inner ground of being in which our outer lives are held. In this, I am especially influenced by liberation theology in Christianity and other faiths, this being theology that liberates theology to liberate humanity. In choosing what to work on, I therefore ask questions like:

bulletDoes what I do feed the hungry?
bulletIs it relevant to the poor or to the broken in nature?
bulletIs it meaningful?
bulletDoes it give life?

In practice, this means working with professional groups, communities and key individuals within them to develop their vision, courage and capacity for practical change. It is the question of what gives life that most binds my work together, work that often involves holding seeming contradictions together in tension, and trying to approach matters with what the Celtic monks called "the inward ear of the heart" (Adomnán, Columba, II:13).

My books have variously been described as "weaving a dizzying range of ideas into a single bright fabric" by the poet John Burnside, "an inspiration to anyone who cares about their own connection to place" by Professor Carolyn Merchant, "a life-giving vision for our collective future" by Professor Michael E. Mann, "solid on the science yet dedicated to the human spirit" by Professor Katharine Hayhoe, "careful, sober reasoning" by Mary Midgley, "a spiritual journey" by Starhawk, "world-changing" by George Monbiot, "life-changing" by the Bishop of Liverpool and "truly mental" by Tom Yorke of Radiohead.

Places at which I have spoken or taught include:

bulletEnvironmental organisations including the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, WWF International, the Society for Ecological Regeneration and Schumacher College;
bulletReligious bodies such as the World Council of Churches, the Holy Trinity Sergyev monastery and Iona Abbey;
bulletMilitary institutions (on nonviolence) regularly at the UK Defence Academy, also the Royal College of Defence Studies, the École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, the Irish Military College and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy;
bulletBusiness groups including Groupe Credit Mutuel, Shell plc, Nokia Research Centre and Lafarge (on whose Sustainability Stakeholders' Panel I sat for a decade);
bulletUniversity institutions including the Russian Academy of Sciences, Duke Divinity School, INSEAD business school, the Glasgow School of Art and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama;
bulletFestivals including the Edinburgh International, Ashville Wordfest, Greenbelt, HowTheLightGetsIn and the Lochs Agricultural Show back home in the Isle of Lewis.


Background and availability for events

     Born in 1955, all of my school education (1960-73) took place in the community where I was raised, on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides or Western Isles. A traditional Scottish education allows for a generalist worldview. I hold a BSc in geography from the University of Aberdeen (1973-77) submajoring in psychology and moral philosophy; a financial MBA from the University of Edinburgh (1980-81); and a PhD by published works in liberation theology, land reform and community empowerment from the Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages, University of Ulster (2008). A CV and short bio is here.

Since 1996 I've made my living on an entirely self employed basis - writing, broadcasting, keynote speaking at events, workshops, retreats, taught courses and consultancy. For availability see my public itinerary, and a rough idea of the kind of things I talk about at this list. My personal financial accountability, my suggesting scale of charging for events, and my approach to travel in the face of climate change are all given here. I undertake live and online events, and have the technology to offer blended events using Zoom.

The pandemic has caused most face-to-face events to have been cancelled or shifted online from 2020 into early 2022. However, I am fully vaccinated, and for in-person invitations can offer to bring and operate Zoom-adequate cameras and studio-quality wireless microphones to enable blended events.

I run this website to represent myself professionally. Its main purpose is to make my published work readily available and to give events information. Forgive it being a homespun website. I use antique FrontPage software from the last century, but it does a good enough job and I know how to manage it myself. Treat it as a retro experience.


Contact information:


Alastair McIntosh

26 Luss Road


G51 3YD

Scotland / Ecosse



Email - mail@AlastairMcIntosh.com (preferred first point of contact)


Mobile (cellphone): +44 (0) 7444 580 380 (preferred second point of contact)


Twitter: @alastairmci (I can be DM'd without requiring to follow. I do not normally use other social media.)


For work issues please try to avoid phoning outside weekday working hours. Remember time zones - we're in GMT or BST in summer (i.e. GMT+1). If you need to discuss something that requires much thought I prefer an email first if possible to arrange a mutually convenient calling time. I am on Skype, Facetime, WhattsApp and Zoom: but unless it is a pressing matter please first try to arrange any call by email or text.



Directions to our home/office:


Public Transport: For public transport in Scotland, it is worthwhile downloading the Traveline Scotland app. If coming from central Glasgow, take the subway (underground train) to either Govan or Ibrox. They're each one mile from our house. From Govan is a more interesting walk, but Ibrox is a simpler route and less congested if we're picking you up by car (see below if walking). From either Govan subway station or the city centre (Renfield St), you can get a McGills Route 26 bus to the second stop on Craigton Road, from where we're the next street up on the right. The fare is £3.60 from town as of the start of 2018). They're every 10 or 16 minutes during the day, but the timetable is unreliable. Our house is no. 26, half way along Luss Rd on the right. If coming from city centre's Queen St or Central stations, the stops for the 26 bus are on Renfield Street (extending onto Union Street). Taxis up from Govan are about £4, from city centre about £12, and from the airport about £20.


If walking from the subway exit at Ibrox, turn right onto Copland Road. Up to the lights and turn right. Pass alongside the Rangers football stadium, go straight on over the first roundabout, straight over the second roundabout, on to the lights, turn right down Craigton Road, and Luss Road is the 5th exit on the left (depending on what you count as an exit).


By Car: If coming on the M8 from east or west, exit at junction 24 (Helen Street), signposted for Govan. Head downhill and over the lights to a roundabout, as if heading to the Clyde Tunnel. Turn left at the roundabout then right at the lights into a residential area, Craigton Road (signposted to "Elderpark Workspace"). Luss Road is the 3rd on the left (or 4th depending on what you count). 


If coming by car from the North via the Clyde Tunnel, as you exit the tunnel prepare to take the first left just at the tunnel's end. Be careful - it comes on you very quickly and it's easy to overshoot. This brings you out onto Govan Road with a very large roundabout. Turn right at this, onto Drive Road, passing a Elder Park on your left. At the end of Drive road, keep the park on your left by turning left onto Langlands Road. Take the 3rd right, just before you lose the park, onto Arklett Road, then 2nd right is Luss Road.


Avoid the M8 approaches if you can when there's a football match on at Ibrox. There may also be parking congestion at such times. Taxi drivers from outwith this area do not know it well. Tell them that you want Luss Road which is off Craigton Road, and to take the Helen Street exit if coming from the M8.


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Alastair McIntosh's Itinerary of Main Events

This table shows roughly which dates I'm booked up for, with booking links and, often, links to previous events' video recordings. It also shows what sorts of events I take on. For information on booking me for events please click here. For an overview of my typical speaking topics click here. Gaps in the timetable do not necessarily signify availability, especially over weekends, as this is not my private diary. Dates marked for delivery of Thought for the Day mean that I have to be near a BBC studio early that morning, and have time on the previous day for preparation - though these dates can be swapped with another presenter. Events marked "s.t.c." are "subject to consent/confirmation", and it is best to confirm events with the organisers' information before turning up.

2021 (last year)

This Year - 2022+



The year that was COP 26


  1. Talk on The Practice of Pilgrimage to retreat of Red Letter Christians, 0945, Thu 7 Jan, Zoom but not sure if public.

  2. Panel discussion in the Red Letter Christians retreat on the theme: Borders and Space: Our Relationship with The Land. 1400, Fri 8 Jan, Zoom as above.

  3. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Tue 12 Jan, (preparation previous day).

  4. Delivering The Immortal Memory at the GalGael Trust on-line Burns Supper, 1730 Thu 28 Jan, by Zoom.

  5. Guest interviewee along with the Birmingham Bard Jimmy Davis at the launch of Luke Concannon's (of Nizlopi) new album, Ecstatic Bird in the Burning, 2000, Fri 5 Feb, join on Zoom or Facebook here.

  6. Glasgow Quaker readers' group discussion of Riders on the Storm, 2000, Mon 15 Feb. Others are welcome, but discussion priority will be to given the group.

  7. Talk on Faith in the Environment: climate change & community to Westport (Ireland) Eco-congregation, 1930, Thu 16 Feb. Watch video on YouTube here.

  8. Speaking in the Paisley Book Festival on Climate and Community, interviewed by Roxani Krystalli, 1800, Sat 27 Feb. Watch video on YouTube until late April.

  9. Speaking in 'Enough for Lent' organised by Enough, on How to be Local: belonging, meaning and knowing life and nature at home, 1800 - 2000, Wed. 10 Mar.. Free, register for Zoom link.

  10. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Fri 12 Mar, (preparation previous day).

  11. In conversation with Ruth Harvey, leader of the Iona Community, on Difficult Conversations Around Climate Change: Civic Space for Climate Justice, 1900, Wed 17 Mar. Watch video on YouTube here.

  12. Edinburgh University talk on Modern Scottish Land Reform to students of MSc Global Environment, Politics and Society, 1000, Fri 26 Mar.

  13. Leeds University talk, Place and Performance Research Group, Land Consciousness: What can England learn from Scotland about Taking Back Control? 1600, Fri 26 Mar. Watch the webinar video from this link.

  14. Book group for Riders on the Storm with St James' Church, Leith, 1930, Mon 29 Mar..

  15. Lecture to environmental MBA students at Lausanne Business School, Switzerland, The Being and Doing of Leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility, 1000 GMT+1 (1100 CET+1), Fri 9 Apr.

  16. A talk and sharing with The Welcoming on Climate Justice and the Survival of Community, 1730, Tue 13 April, Zoom registration here (free).

  17. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Tue 13 Apr, (preparation previous day).

  18. Lecture to New York Open Center, A Celtic View of Nature on Earth Day, for one hour starting 12pm EST (1700 BST - in UK), Thu 22 Apr, immediately followed by event below. It's free, but please consider the donation option, as they're being kind enough to pay me. Watch the video here.

  19. An Earth Day conversation at the New York Open Center with Jeff Gitterman of Gitterman Wealth Management, on Wall St and the climate crisis. This follows directly on previous session. For one hour starting 1pm EST (1800 BST in UK). Use the same video link as above, but Gitterman part starts one hour in.

  20. Leading a breakout group for COP26 Coalition event, on vision for a future Scotland, 1030 Sat 24 Apr, Zoom registration here (free).

  21. Discussion with environmental students at the Canadian Mennonite University using Riders on the Storm as their course book, 1930 BST, Sat 24 Apr..

  22. Red Letter Christians - 'book club' event to discuss Spiritual Activism (Green Books) with me and co-author Matt Carmichael, 1000 - 1200, Sat 1 May. Free, register for Zoom link.

  23. Two lectures to the Command & Staff Course, Irish Military College, Curragh: The Nonviolent Challenge to Conflict and The Depth Psychology of Conflict, 1400 - 1600, Mon 10 May (by Zoom).

  24. Kenmure Sharing on refugees, identity and solidarity, with Prof Alison Phipps, 1700, Sat 15 May, by Zoom.

  25. Reunion meeting from Findhorn 2019 group, 1830 - 2000, Mon 24 May, private event.

  26. A sharing on "Reimagining Activisms" in online course A Journey Home, put on by Christabel Reed of Advaya, Tue 1 Jun.

  27. Panel on Spirituaity after Covid, Ekklesia with Luath Press, 1930 - 2045, Thu 3 Jun, details t.b.a..

  28. Sermon about climate change at St Martin's Episcopalian Church, Dalry, Edinburgh, 1030, Sunday 6 Jun. In person if restrictions allow.

  29. Speaking in day conference on Land, Food Heritage and Power at University of Bangor, Wales, by Zoom, on "Land, Power and Community Food Security in Scotland", Wed 16 Jun (all day, speaking at 1105 then panel at 1430).

  30. Giving the Adderbury Gathering Annual Public Lecture 2021, on the theme Riding the Climate Storm: a Call to Quaker Calling, hosted by the Banbury & Evesham Quakers, 1500 (doors open from 1430), Sun 20 June, book a free Zoom ticket here.

  31. Presentation to school children participants at the Inspiring Purpose Sustainable Futures award ceremony, Association for Character Education, 1600, Thu 22 Jun, by Zoom.

  32. The Pilgrimage of Life - an online pilgrimage exploring departure, initiation and return organised by the Quakers, open to all (with optional donation to Glasgow Quaker meeting house funds), 1400 - 1715, Sun 27 Jun, Zoom info & registration link: http://bit.ly/GQpilgrimage

  33. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Fri 2 Jul, (preparation previous day).

  34. Speaking on Climate Change and the Human Future in the Edinburgh Science Festival, "The Encampment of Eternal Hope", Royal Botanic Gardens, 1100, Sat 10 Jul, free but bookings here.

  35. Brighton Book Group: discussion with readers of  Soil and Soul, 1900, Mon 12 Jul, by Zoom.

  36. Speaking and panelist at Summer Stravaig, Design Innovation & Land Assets, Glasgow School of Art and University of Ulster, 1000, Wed 14 Jul.

  37. Mostly unavailable Sat 17 Jul - Mon 2 Aug, holiday back home on Isle of Lewis.

  38. Keynote talk, Community, Consumerism and Climate Change: Scotland and West Papua Province in the international course, Guardians of the Forest, Wed 4 Aug, course participants only.

  39. Talks at SEALL Live Literature festival at Armadale Castle, Isle of Skye in two events Wed 11 Aug around the year's theme, Scotland's Coasts and Water. Riding the Three Great Floods (1430 hrs, p. 31 of programme); and in conversation with Skye poet Myles/Maoilios Campbell for the first bilngual publication of  great mythic poem, And so Somersault (1930 hrs, pp. 32 - 33 of programme) - with a special focus on tradition bearing today with guests Catherine MacPhee & Iain MacKinnon joining our discussion.

  40. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Wed 25 Aug (preparation previous day).

  41. TV filming in Govan for COP 26 with Bullion Productions, late morning Mon 30 Aug.

  42. Training for the clergy of the Unitarian church in Spiritual Leadership, conference On Being Beloved Community, Mon 6 - Wed 8 Sep, Great Hucklow, Derbyshire.

  43. Mostly unavailable, in France, Wed 8 - Wed 22 Sep - Verene's family and holiday, some Zoom availability but probably not 11 - 19 & 22 Sep.

  44. Panel with Loving Earth Conversation, Quaker Meeting House, Glasgow (and online), evening Fri 24 Sep.. Book free Eventbrite ticket here. #COP26

  45. Talk and workshop, Scottish Communities Climate Acton Network (SCCAN), 1400 - 1700, Sat 25 Sept, St Columba's by the Castle, Edinburgh, and blended with Zoom. Registration for both options here. #COP26

  46. Preaching at St Salvator's Chapel, University of St Andrews, 1100, Sun 26 Sep, on the spirituality of climate change. Sermon outline here. #COP26

  47. Sharing (1 of 2) with students at the College of Charleston, South Carolina, around Soil and Soul, 1600, Wed 29 Sep., by Zoom.

  48. An Evening with Alastair McIntosh chaired by theologian Simon Barrow on the theme, In our Doom is our Dharma: Climate change and consciousness. Hosted by the Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality & Peace, now changed to online, 1900, Wed 29 Sep, tickets £6/£4 here. #COP26

  49. Speaking on Geopoetics, Land and Tackling the Climate Crisis (also James Murray-White on rewilding), Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, Mary Barbour Suite, Pearce Institute, Govan, Glasgow and webcast, 1700 - 1900, Thu 30. Zoom recording here.

  50. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Wed 6 Oct, (preparation previous day).

  51. A farewell talk to pilgrims - Pilgrims on the Storm: the Soil and Soul of Walking in to COP 26 -  Art & Ecology for COP 26 Pilgrimage, Belhaven Church Hall, 1900 - 2100, Sun 17 Oct. In-person tickets are sold out but book for online here. #COP26

  52. The Bishop of Reading's Café Théologique, 1930, Mon 18 Oct., Riders on the Storm: Faith and the Navigation of Climate Change, details t.b.a.. #COP26

  53. A sharing with Theo Ogbhemhe for the online magazine "Edinburgh Interfaith" - Faith and Climate Justice, Our Collective Responsibility - hosted by Joe Goldblatt (Jewish), Sister Nasim Azad (Islam) & Iain Stewart (Church of Scotland). 1300 - 1400, Thu 21 Oct. Zoom recording here #COP26

  54. Delivering the Angus Macleod Lecture 2021 hosted by Comunn Eachdraidh na Pairc (Pairc Historical Society) with :‘I’ve Never Known You Be So Bad Before! – Land, Community and Climate Change, Kinloch Historical Society hall, Balallan, Isle of Lewis, 1930, Thu 21 Oct, tickets SOLD OUT. View the recording here (starts at 09:15 mins in) and download text PDF here. #COP26

  55. By the Light of the Moonrock: Thirty Years of Light and Dark - a discussion with the silverwork artist Maeve Gillies about her Superquarry Squash Blossom 'moonstone necklace' recently exhibited at An Lanntair and now on display in Harris. At the Isle of Harris Distillery centre, Tarbert, 1030 - 1200, Fri 22 Oct.. See BBC Gaelic video news item here and watch the event recording here.

  56. Conference keynote speech to Rotary International SE Scotland - Riders on the Storm: Leadership in Times of Climate Change -  Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Cumbernauld, Sat 23 23 Oct, 1200 - 1530. #COP26

  57. Public lecture in the Science, Wisdom and Faith weekend at Greyfriars - Climate Science and the Healing of the Nations - Greyfriars Church Centre, Edinburgh, Sat 23 Oct, speaking 1715 - 1800 in session starting 1600, In-person & livesteam registration options here. #COP26

  58. Helping to welcome the Zapatistas and Amazonian tribal leaders at the GalGael Trust, Glasgow, 0900, Sat 30 Oct.

  59. House guest on BBC Radio Scotland Sunday Morning, on spirituality and climate change, The Beatles in India, and the nature of Fear at All Hallows Eve: from 0800 - 0920. #COP26

  60. Delivering a climate change sermon for St Mark's Unitarian Church, Edinburgh, The Worst & Best Nail in the Ark, 1100, Sun 31 Oct, by video, Zoom viewing link.

  61. Lecture - The Spiritual Imperative of COP 26: a Vision for the Future - hosted by Glasgow Quaker Meeting, Sun 31 Oct, 1930 - 2100. Watch Zoom recording here. #COP26

  62. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Mon 1 Nov, (preparation previous day). Text here. #COP26

  63. The GalGael Trust, Opening event, The Declaration of a Free State 25th Year, speaking on Climate Change, Land and the Recovery of Indigeniety around 1700, but the event runs 1600 - 2100, Mon 1 Nov, Fairley St, Ibrox. All GalGael events linked at www.galgael.org (this one now sold out). #COP26

  64. Tea Party, private COP visitors house event, 1700 - 1830, Tue 2 Nov. #COP26

  65. A sharing with XR Interfaith Vigil - Satyagraha: an Interfaith Reflection on Nonviolence - Wed 3 Nov, 0930 - 1030. In-person at the Glasgow Quaker Meeting House is FULL, but register here to attend by Zoom. #COP26

  66. Climate Change and the Survival of Being: a sharing between me and the Rev Kathy Galloway of the Iona Community. Themed around a talk that Raimon Panikkar gave 31 years ago at the same venue that influenced my writing of Riders on the Storm: The Climate Crisis and the Survival of Being. Hosted by The Centre for Human Ecology, McLeod Hall, Pearce Institute, Govan, Glasgow. Wed 3 Nov, 1900 - 2100. Register here for either Eventbrite in-person or Zoom online. COP26

  67. How to Hold a Meeting for Clearness: Personal spiritual discernment for climate action after COP 26 (1 of 3 options, see also 7th & 8th Nov). A free training workshop led by me and my wife Véréne Nicolas. Live at Glasgow Quaker Meeting House and live-streamed by Zoom with break-out practice groups. Thu 4 Nov, 0930 - 1300 (GMT/UTC). Zoom recording here. #COP26

  68. Speaking on The Global Imperative of Community Land in Tackling Climate Change in "Dùthchas: Our Land, Everyone’s Future", the opening of an exhibition by Community Land Scotland with Land Rights Now, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, 1600 - 1800, Thu 4 Nov. Listen to recording here (I'm on from about 1:07 hrs in, but the preceding is great stuff on modern Scottish land reform). #COP26

  69. The University of Edinburgh's and Stanford's Compassion Symposium at COP 26, speaking on a panel with Karine Polwart & Anthony Reddie on Fierce Compassion: How shall we name injustices and address global suffering?Fri 5 Nov, 1345 - 1415 (and full event running 1000 - 1800), Playfair Library, Edinburgh. Public viewing online, details t.b.a. #COP26

  70. Speaking at showing of The Moon and the Sledgehammer with director Philip Trevelyan, Whiteinch Shipyard, Glasgow event 1730, Fri 5 Nov, Glasgow, t.b.c.. #COP26

  71. En français - How to Hold a Meeting for Clearness: Personal spiritual discernment for climate action after COP 26 (2 of 3 options, see also 4th & 8th Nov for English language). A free training workshop led by my French wife Véréne Nicolas with me assisting, but otherwise all in French. Sun 7 November, 1400 - 1700 French time (CET), 1300 - 1600 UK time (UTC/GMT), 0800 - 1100 Canada etc. time (EST). In partnership via Zoom with French Quakers at Congenies. La vidéo Zoom est ici. #COP26

  72. Delivering A Sixteenth Century Irish Sermon on COP 26 (or something similar) at The Irish Pages with the Centre for Human Ecology,with leading arts figures and launches of The Anthropocene & Ben Dorian, live Irish & Scottish music. Event runs through the afternoon 1400 - 1900 but with The Sermon to finish them off from about 1800. Probably Zoom blended, McLeod Hall, Pearce Institute, Govan, Tickets here. #COP26

  73. How to Hold a Meeting for Clearness: Personal spiritual discernment for climate action after COP 26 (3 of 3 options, see also 4th & 7th Nov). A free training workshop led by me and my wife Véréne Nicolas. Live at Glasgow Quaker Meeting House and live-streamed by Zoom with break-out practice groups. Mon 8 November, 1400 - 1800 (GMT/UTC). Zoom recording here. #COP26

  74. Climate Science and Community Empowerment: Melanesia, Indonesia and Scotland, a discussion with Maria Latumahina (of West Papua Province, Indonesia), Adrian Wells (of Seventy-Three, England) & Sharon Inone (of the Solomon Islands COP 26 delegation), followed by workshops. Centre for Human Ecology, McLeod Hall, Pearce Institute, Govan, Glasgow. Tue 9 Nov, 1000 - 1200. Zoom recording here. #COP26

  75. Inverclyde Libraries talk - Riders on the Storm: Where now from COP 26? - in-person at Gourock library, 1700 - 1830, Tue 9 Nov. Watch video here, with guest Maria Latumahina of Papua, Indonesia (sound gets good after 46 mins). #COP26

  76. Managing the technology for my wife Véréne Nicolas's workshop on nonviolence, patriarchy and liberation: 1000-1200 Wed: in-person register here, or by Zoom register here.

  77. Tea Party, private COP visitors house event, 1700 - 1830, Wed 10 Nov. #COP26

  78. Tea Party, private COP visitors house event, 1700 - 1830, Thu 11 Nov. #COP26

  79. Western Isles Libraries talk - After COP 26: What makes the Western Isles a Climate Beacon? -  1630 - 1800, Tue 16 Nov.. Watch video here. #COP26

  80. Public lecture to Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church Eco Group, Human Calling After COP26, 1900 - 2030, Sun 28 Nov, Eventbrite registration here. #COP26

  81. Sharing (2 of 2) with students at the College of Charleston, South Carolina, around Soil and Soul, 1600, Mon 29 Nov., by Zoom.

  82. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Tue 7 Dec, (preparation previous day).


As this year continues to see Covid uncertainty, I can offer Zoom facilities for up to 500 participants. I  also have portable equipment for my events to offer blended meetings with excellent speaker & audience audio and wide-angle audience camera.


  1. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Tue 11 Jan 2022, (preparation previous day).

  2. Talk on Climate Change and the Farther Reaches of Human Nature, The Scientific & Medical Network, 1930, Wed 2 Feb, online, tickets £11.99 here.

  3. Seminar for the John Muir Trust and partners Northwest Regenerate, Landscape and the Gaelic Worldview, 1100-1300, Wed 9 Feb., private Zoom link.

  4. Keynote address at the Festival of Unitarians - FUSE 2022 - The Pilgrimage of Life: Journeys of Spiritual Unfolding, 1030-1330, Sat 19 Feb, by Zoom, bookings here, £25 full conference fee.

  5. Annual Gathering (AGM) of the GalGael Trust, 1800, Thu 24 Feb.

  6. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Fri 25 Feb, (preparation previous day).

  7. Online talk and discussion, Rekindling our Inner Fire for Skye & Lochalsh Faiths Together Group, 1600-1730 Thu 10 Mar, by Zoom, link t.b.a.. (Also that day, tied up in morning recording Good Friday programme with BBC Radio Scotland, see below).

  8. Speaking on marine protection and reconnecting coastal communities after preview showing of the film Time Limit at the AGM of Our Seas, Glasgow, 1800, Thu 10 Mar, in-person.

  9. Diocese of Manchester, An Evening with AM, Author of Riders on the Storm, Mon 14 Mar, 1930 - 2100, all welcome, free, Eventbrite register here.

  10. Taking the GalGael Trust staff & volunteers to Iona, Fri 18 to Sun 21 Mar.

  11. Conference talk - ‘In Our Doom Is Our Dharma’: Quickening to the Signs of our Times - at the Woodbrooke Quaker Centre, Birmingham, 1000-1200, Sat 27 Mar, bookings here, weekend event, my sharing by Zoom.

  12. With Véréne in France to care for elderly relatives - not available for in-person events but can do things online - Wed 30 Mar - Thu 14 Apr.

  13. Alongside Pain and Hope - a BBC Radio Scotland special for Good Friday when they'd be expecting 'Good Morning Scotland'! My wife Véréne Nicolas and I with Madge Bray who researches keening, interviewed on living with and making sense of suffering, 0630, Fri 15 Apr., listen here (28 mins, permalink).

  14. Speaking in and co-organising a 2-day conference, Facing Our Future: Learning from Papua and Scotland, with the Centre for Human Ecology, the GalGael Trust, and village-based, NGO and governmental officials from Papua & West Papua provinces, Indonesia, online private event, mornings of Fri 22 and Sat 23 Apr.

  15. Caring for Creation: Unlocking the Future, keynote address to 21st annual gathering & AGM of Eco-Congregation Scotland, St Blane's, Dunblane, 1030 Sat 30 April, bookings.

  16. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Wed 4 May, (preparation previous day).

  17. Talk to SW England Quakers on Climate Change and Spiritual Calling, 1900-2100, Mon 9 May, watch Zoom recording here.

  18. Talk to the Edinburgh Jewish Cultural Centre & Edinburgh Interfaith Association - Together for our Planet - What are we called to do?, 1930 Wed 11 May, Salisbury Centre, Edinburgh. For in-person or Zoom blended, watch Zoom recording here.

  19. Assisting (technology and panel input) at a CPD training day - Working with Privileged Abandonment - held by psychotherapist Nick Duffell, author of The Making of Them and Wounded Leaders. Quaker Meeting House, Glasgow, Sat 14 May (also tied up with him on the 13th), registration here.

  20. Véréne and I organising the Elder Park Rose Garden volunteers from Govan to Benmore Botanic Gardens, Sun 15 May.

  21. Lecture to indigenous leaders, Sabah, Malaysia, on Deep Ecology and Ecofeminism as part of online conference by LEAP - Land Empowerment Animals People - 0900 - 1030, Mon 16 May, private event.

  22. Keynote address, The Depth and Context of Community Curation, to archivists & curators at Green Spaces of Care, National Museum of Wales, 1030 - 1200, Mon 23 May, Zoom private event.

  23. Lecture on Some Spiritual Considerations in Personal and Cultural Psychotherapy, to students of the Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, Garnethill Centre, Glasgow, 1700-1915, Wed 25 May, private event.

  24. On BBC Radio Scotland's Sunday Morning programme, 0910 - 0925, discussing "deference" with Cathy Macdonald, Rev Richard Frazer of the C of S and Prof Stephen Reicher.

  25. Live webcast with Heroes Too, Hong Kong, based around community and environment, details t.b.c., 0900-1000, Sun 5 June.

  26. Speaking in St Stephen's Church, Exeter, to environmental groups, The Inner-Life Demands of Climate Change, 1800, Wed 8 Jun, travelling 7th, details here.

  27. Speaking at the Realisation gathering of the Perspectiva think tank, St Giles House, Dorset, Thu 9 - Sun 12 Jun, private event.

  28. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Mon 20 Jun, (preparation previous day, note changed date).

  29. Keynote address Environmental Education for Adaptation: Knowledge, Consumption and the Ontological Question to sustainability, business & education conference, Susanna Wesley Foundation, University of Roehampton, London, Wed 29 - Thu 30 June, details t.b.a .

  30. Leading workshops and keynote address at Nordic Quakers Yearly Meeting on the theme Seeking a Quaker Spirituality for Our Times, Gottenberg, Sweden, Thu 30 June - Sun 3 Jul, details t.b.a..

  31. On holiday, Isle of Lewis, mostly unavailable, Wed 6 - Thu 21 July.

  32. Speaking on Feeding the Flow of Life Back Into the Community in the Erasmus funded Inspiring Voices programme of ENGAGE: Harvesting Biography for Social Impact, Switzerland, by Zoom, 2000, Sun 24 July.

  33. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Wed 27 Jul, (preparation previous day).

  34. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Thu 25 Aug, (preparation previous day).

  35. Speaking in PeatFest, festival of peat (yes, I've warned them I'm of a hand peat-digging culture), 1100 - 1200, Thu 1 Sept, online, registration here.

  36. Family matters in France, Wed 7 - Fri 16 Sep, mostly unavailable.

  37. Riders on the Storm - a Conversation with Alastair McIntosh chaired by Rev’d Mark Johnstone, Glasgow Cathedral Festival (Castle St.), 1400 - 1500, Fri 30 Sep., details here.

  38. GalGael Trust staff & board planning away day, Tue 4 Oct..

  39. Speaking in the Centre for Human Ecology's course on "degrowth", 1830 - 2030, Wed 5 Oct, by Zoom, course registration here.

  40. BBC Radio 4 programme recording from somewhere up Ben Nevis (I kid you not!), Wed 5 - Fri 7 Oct, s.t.c..

  41. Address on Radical Human Ecology at the 50th anniversary of the Centre for Human Ecology, Sat 8 Oct, preliminary info here.

  42. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Thu 13 Oct, (preparation previous day).

  43. A short talk on The Scottish Hebridean Sabbath in the Green Sabbath Weekend online conference, 2125, Thu 20 Oct, with other talks incl. Ched Myers from 1400, free, sign-up at link.

  44. Speaker at the Small Farms & Crofts Day of Action outside the Scottish Parliament, at request of The Scottish Crafting Federation, with The Landworkers' Alliance, The Soil Association, etc.. from 1200, Tue 25 Oct. details here.

  45. Keynote address: Cultivating Peace - In Ourselves and in the World, and a Meeting for Clearness workshop at the conference of the European Unitarian Universalist churches. Fri 28 - Sun 30 Oct, Mittelwihr, France. Residential is now sold out, but for blended online, register here.

  46. Leading Sunday Worship from Ben Nevis on BBC Radio 4 jointly with broadcaster Anna Magnusson, 0810, Sun 30 Oct (the day the clocks go forward), listen live or for next 30 days at this link.

  47. Leading the Sunday service with sermon on Cultivating Peace: The Karma Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita, at the European Unitarian Universalist annual conference, 1000, Sun 30 Oct, Mittelwihr (above).

  48. Recitation from The GalGael Peoples of Scotland poem at the GalGael Trust's 25th anniversary year closing event, starting 1600, Tue 1 Nov, 15 Fairley St., Glasgow. Free, but register here.

  49. Online panel, The Power of the Eigg Story, Yesterday and Today, together with Lesley Riddoch and Andy Wightman, 1930, Wed 2 Nov, free Zoom registration here.

  50. Address on Decolonising Land and Minds for the Carrolup Touring Art Exhibition, Tracing the Art of a Stolen Generation, with the University of Glasgow and the Hunterian Museum. Exhibition viewing from 1800, refreshments 1830, talk starts at 1900, Mon 7 Nov., in-person event in the University Chapel, free, bookings here. We are also hoping to record it, if so, link will be here later.

  51. Panellist on the role of story telling in communicating the climate change emergency, at the Yorkshire Festival of Story, Settle, Yorkshire Dales, online 1900, Fri 18 Nov, details t.b.a..

  52. Speaking in John Muir Trust seminar on the meaning of wild land, morning of Thu 1 Dec., details t.b.c..

  53. GalGael Trust AGM, 1800 Thu 1 Dec, all welcome.

  54. BBC Radio Scotland Thought for the Day, broadcast 0720ish, Fri 9 Dec, (preparation previous day).

  55. Scottish launch of the new edition of Poacher's Pilgrimage: an Island Journey at the Pitlochry Winter Words Literature Festival, Fri 10 Feb 2023, details t.b.a..

  56. Lead speaker in the Maryport Arts & Literary Festival for the English launch of te new edition of Poacher's Pilgrimage, Senhouse Roman Museum, 1930, Sat 4 Mar 2023.

  57. Talk, The Basket of Community, as part of a global seminar series on insights from islands, hosted by Advia, 1800, Tue 7 Mar 2023, details t.b.a..

  58. Leading the Quaker Westerly Gathering, Crianlarich youth hostel, Fri 17 to Sun 20 March 2023, details t.b.a..

  59. In conversation with the Isle of Iona artist Mhairi Killin, Looking North Through Art, University of St Andrews, 1715 - 1830, Wed 5 April 2023, free event by Zoom, details t.b.a..

  60. Leading GalGael Trust retreat to Iona, Sat 19 - Tue 22 April 2023.

  61. Keynote address at conference Myth, Ritual and Practice for the Age of Ecological Catastrophe, provisional title, "Opening the Flows of Life into the Community". European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment with the Lincoln Theological Institute, Potsdam, Germany, 12 - 14 May (may be travelling from 11th), 2023.


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