Veronica is half-Portuguese and half-Ethiopian by blood, but growing up between Pakistan, Sudan, Italy, and Angola, has given her a global identity and outlook. Her international experiences has fuelled her endeavour to contribute towards a shift in the way that we perceive ourselves, our relationship to the earth, and those we share it with.
Through years of being involved in campaigning on global and local issues, supporting asylum seekers as a caseworker, and working in legal and anthropological education, she has explored different ways of having an impact on the way we live and organise our society.
Today, she is part of an organisation called Global Generation and works at the Skip Garden project in London, engaging young people and the community on topics including sustainability, seasonality, biodiversity, and cultural diversity. This is facilitated through the medium of harvesting, foraging and cooking together, and in doing so opening up spaces for people to experience the interconnectedness between people, our environment, and our challenges. Currently she is particularly interested in listening to stories from and of the land and people, and to learn alongside others with similar passions and aspirations.
(In collaboration with Zoe Vokes & Nessie Reid)
SACRED SUNDAY DISCO SOUP: Food and Farming as a Sacred Act
A one day festival of workshops, meditations, movement practices and more, inspired by the principles of spiritual ecology, along with rich dialogue around the theme of food, farming and spirituality.
Purpose: To educate, inspire, and cultivate a deeper connection between city-dwellers with the Earth/Natural world, each other and ourselves through the celebration of food growing, harvesting, and cooking. To offer an experience of engagement and connection to our food, shifting perspectives around food as ritual and as sacred. This event was successfully hosted at the Skip Garden in King’s Cross with about 60 people attending throughout the day with lots of lively conversation, fun and food!
“The journey as a whole was extremely valuable – including the intangible elements. It was a privilege to be held for nine months and to be given the space to explore the principles of spiritual ecology while working through our own personal development with other likeminded people – all in order for us to get on with the work ahead of us. The formal sessions, the rituals, the exercises, the walks, the group meditations were all valuable, but so were the conversations over a cup of tea or while cooking – all played a huge role in the growth I’ve experienced over the course of the fellowship. As a result, I have found myself stepping up more, making things happen rather than waiting for the right time, but also making the most of the opportunities and privilege I have in order to create spaces to explore what has felt alive and necessary.”