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Friday, 2 April 2010


My blog is here at Check out my Facebook and Twitter

I'm setting up 'GForce 'Resilience Training' social enterprise with the help of the Lloyd's Bank Social Entrepreneurs Program and also hopefully publishing my book in the near future! G Force will teach Resilience, sustainable and innovative methods for optimising how we meet our basic needs for food, shelter, energy and water. G Force will provide a route for people to save energy and money and increase their adaptive capacity to disasters whether economic or environmental.
We recently received a grant from Somerset Community Food to build two perpetual edible community gardens, that immediately increase resilience by encouraging vegetables to grow by themselves, all they need is harvesting and composting!
I'm planning Earth Medic Technician (EaMT) Courses to begin this year for people to learn Resilience Training from Survival to Thriving!

Thursday, 26 July 2007


Below are the links to everything on my site. There are Films instructional and inspiring, that I have searched and put together to introduce topics on Survival, Alternative energy and other inspirations. Then there are my own articles on Health and Fitness, Creating your own Income and Wilderness Living. There's also a short biography here and contact details. I am interested in everything that works, that has a positive effect, that offers solutions to all the problems of today. That's why I put everything I learn here, in the hope that you too may find something useful. If you click here you go to my constantly updated and uplifting blog

Saturday, 14 July 2007


Click on the main title to go to the location of the unlinked videos listed below it or directly on the linked films. If you find any of the films inaccessible please contact me Louise at
quoting 'video link'.

The films accompany the Positive Impact Living Life Skills Course; they have been sought and vetted by the author to offer the best positive and most practical knowlege available. The videos are meant to inspire you to get really practical and to provide the knowlege you need to have the biggest positive impact you possibly can. Enjoy!

Peace One Day
What would it look like? - The Global Oneness Project
Great T.E.D talks from Chris Obami
George Sampson winner of Britain's Got Talent - a little positivity goes a long way
The Displace Me film from Invisible Children
Low Impact Living
Recording artist, marathon runner and Tibetan Monk Mipham - teaches about Bodhichitta
My Secret Stash
JK Rowling's speech to Harvard
Amma Dancing
Bill Mason - Waterwalker
The A-Z of Bushcraft
Paddle to the Sea 1,2,3
Angelina Jolie and Jeffrey Sachs in Kenya - Stopping poverty in twenty years with the Millenium Project
Dancing Butterfly by ME!
Across Canada in a canoe
NZ Canoe adventure
Flying over the Karakoram
Sam who is 7 truly enjoys the outdoors
The World Wants Obama

Films about wilderness living
Primitive Skills, Applied
Wilderness Survival - Part One - Heat loss
Wilderness Survival - Part Two - Priorities
Into the woodlands - James Bruchac
My favourite - Naked into the wilderness

The Yoga Challenge - our amazing potential!
The Renegade Health Show
Damien Walters speaks for himself
Rene Caisse telling the true story of Essiac/caisse tea
Hunza diet
Shaolin monk (Sifu Shi Yan Ming) now teaches in New York
Dr talks about the effect of Goji berries on cells
Outline of Noni berries

Sustainable Homes
A Forest Garden Year
Make a hydrogen fuel cell
How Solar Panels are Made

Water Car/Hybrid Car
Car that runs on wood
Start of a wood gas car
canoe building

debris shelter
building a wikiup A quick survival shelter
The maker was recently in Canada during the winter. His friend and he went out into the woods and built a shelter for their survival trip.
Tarp knots and packiing away
how to set up a tarp
hexa yurt
Cob Houses
Building a cob wall
Eco Building
Cob in a bucket
Mixing Cob
Building with the Lakota in Wounded Knee
Cob: The Origin Story (1/2)
Earth Building: for Free
Cob Solar cooker: Making the form

Including Fire Lighting Techniques, Fire Drill Methods (Hand drill and Bow Drill), and Fire Layouts
Lighting Methods -
Horses hoof fungus and iron pyrite/flint lighting
Fire by friction
Fire - flint and steel Fire lighting kit, charcloth, hacksaw blade
Making fire with cotton ball and vaseline
Magnesium fire starter
Making char cloth for flint and steel use
Using an alcohol prep pad and Swedish fire starter to build a fire
Gathering tinder fuel and one match fire
Firelighting and piston
Fire Drills -
hand drill fire
hand drill
This is the intro to the bow drill set video
Pt.2 Bow Drill set and fire
fire drill
Hand drill using Fatwood starting a fire in under 40 seconds
Fire Layouts -
billycan over fire
dakota firepit - exellent energy saving method for conserving wood in a bushcraft camp
Dakota fire pit commando fire pit

Water - dryad
Water -survivalistboards

A Forest Garden Year
tapping birch trees
wild edible plants
edible wild stinging nettle
Suburban Renewal - One Backyard at a Time
Greg Felsen a Peace Corp member involved with Permaculture development in Lesotho Permaculture In Lesotho
Permaculture with Claude Genest
What Is Permaculture - a future of possibility
A Field Walk With: Jeff Mason
edible apartment balcony
edible wild plantain permaculture

Essential Kit
daypack Contents

Longline fishing with hawthorn
Ice fishing

Crook knife maker
Green pete knife making series
making a knife series
flint knapping
Spoon making
18thc wood working
Simple fence making
making a candle lantern out of a drinks can

Trangia stove
Pocket Cooker - Part 1 of a series looking at non-gas cooksets
Part 2 - Crusader Cooker
Part 3 - Cooksets
Wood Gas Camp Stove
Wood burning turbine/stove/generator
Down draught wood gas burners
Biogas wood stove

processing indian hemp/dogbane
Cordage making
How to make hemp bracelets

Special forces survival navigation training
Navigation with a compass and GPS - Part 1

humanure composting systems

Search and rescue training
Wasdale mountain rescue team training at Piers Gill on Scafell Pike
Riley: The real 9/11 K9 hero

Monday, 2 July 2007


You can contact me Louise Brookes at stating PILLS in your subject line. Thank you

Saturday, 23 June 2007


For Positive News
For Useful Plant Reference
For Living Machines
For Economy where people matter Small is beautiful The E.F.Schumacher Society
The Wilderness Awareness School
For Traffic Building
Foraging With the "Wildman"

Learn about edible and medicinal wild vegetables, herbs, greens, fruits, berries, nuts, seeds, and mushrooms with America's go-to guy for foraging, naturalist, book- and app author "Wildman" Steve Brill. Find out about his public foraging tours in local parks, and the work he does with kids. Read excerpts from his books and app, watch his TV clips and DVD excerpts, enjoy his botanical artwork and vegan recipes, and find out what happened after he was arrested and handcuffed by undercover NYC park rangers for eating a dandelion in Central Park!

Social Network
Mark Bradshaw's Blog
Real Women's Fitness
My Journey To eliminate debt

If you think you can write an article suitable for this site reflecting the above categories or offering a new one, please contact me lou88inwoods (at) with the subject 'Article submission' with your suggestion, and I will add a link for you once you've sent your article with a short bio about yourself and your own link URL.

I am also happy to swop links, if you send me the link URL where you have posted my site link to the above email subject 'PILLS Link Swop', then I will add you to my Links.

Thank you Louise

Thursday, 7 June 2007

About Me!

I'm an Advanced Survival Instructor trained at the Woodcraft
School, Writer and Blogger. I recently joined the Lloyd's Bank School of Social Entrepreneurs Program and was accepted after a lengthy application process. The training and grant money will help me to set up G-Force, a social enterprise which will carry out work building resilience through surveys, site based projects, workshops, homestudy courses and self-supporting expeditions that encourage disaster prevention and sustainably optimising how we meet our basic needs of Food, Water, Shelter and Energy.

 I am currently designing my new website and working on my book on Resilience Training which I hope to publish soon! And have somehow become a traditional, gluten free and vegan baker! I've been volunteering with the Paddington Farm Trust and hope to help out at Hallr Wood with Wilder
You can also find me on Twitter and join the recent Positive Impact Living Facebook Community

I am presently focused on finishing the 'Emergency Prevention Handbook' (working title) - tools for optimising our adaptive capacity to climate change and humanitarian disasters'. Simple solutions for personal and planetary crises.

I am also finishing some fictional manuscript. If you're an agent/publisher and are interested in contacting me. Please get in touch here:- louisembrookes at and I will send you

my proposals. Thanks.

'...She can motivate others just with the passion she has in her creative writing, speech and leadership. She synthesizes so many different aspects of society as a whole: global society, not just the society in which she exists. She sees the detrimental aspects of globalization, of the drive for oil and industrialization, and the rape of nations natural resources (from minerals in the earth to the humans and insects that live there). The thing is, when sitting around brainstorming about what to do and how to do something about all of this negativity happening in the world, she comes up with some AMAZING ideas. Not just flights of fancy, but really creative, pleasant, nurturing, healthy ways to make a community whole, and have it reach out to other communities with open arms, instead of with arms and ammunition. I think, given half a chance, she is going to make big changes in many many peoples lives. She has the courage to do it.' Dannyn Qualls-Peterson 'A Leg to Stand On'

Vatnajokull Glacier, Iceland 95
Pigne d'Arolla, Switzerland 02
below & Alpine route planning.
Krakow teashop winter 07, and a spot of night cooking on year long NCFE Advanced Survival Course .

I've been an adventure sports instructor; teaching rock climbing, surfing, kayaking and abseiling. at Adventure International, Cornwall and Adventure Unlimited, Brighton. I've worked for some years as an apprentice of Tibetan Medicine at the Eden Medical Centre in London, learning and practising Herbal Medicine, Massage and Acupressure.

I attended the British Schools Exploring Society's Iceland expedition for several weeks when I was 16yrs old, with the British Schools Exploration Society and since then have gravitated towards Alpine Climbing - completing the Alpine Apprenticeship in Switzerland in '02 with the renowned Plas Y Brenin Mountain Outdoor Centre. I have a background in Ecological Living, staying at Sun Run Ecovillage Network of Canada in 1997  helping to set up a housing co-op and living in various fields (literally) implementing renewable energy, permaculture and living machines and planting a lot of trees.

When I was nine years old I had to attend a special school 'Pilgrims' because of crippling eczema and asthma, which I have overcome. I became a proficient climber, kayaker and dinghy sailor throughout my teens eventually joining the Navy Cadets at Brighton College.

I have also overcome M.E or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which I contracted age eighteen. With the help of Christopher Hansard and Stephanie Wright of the Eden Medical Centre, London and their expertise in Tibetan Medicine I was able to fully recover.

I have been a Sales Manager for a Magpie Recycling Box Scheme, lived at the Ecovillage HQ of Canada, and worked as a Product Advisor for Karrimor Adventure Stores in Soho. I was also a waitress and food bar manager when I was 15 and as a Country Park Warden apprentice here, sold karate lessons door-to-door, helped cater for 300 people on retreats in Dzogchen Beara, Ireland and in Summer 06 I travelled around Somerset with a horse and cart.

I followed that with grape picking in Provence with about twenty Moroccans, I believe I learnt more Arabic than French. I've also volunteered with a local veggie box scheme with Colette and Peter of Ashurst Organics been Press Officer for Oxfam, run workshops, organised conferences and spent a lot of time planting seeds and pulling leeks and carrots.

In '06 I went to Krakow, Poland and ate lots of pyrogi. I have worked in a stable near Bramley, England - looking after about forty hungry horses. Recently I have been helping out the Ripa European Centre and setting up an International Fund for Peace in the Middle East with which involved visting the Quai D'Orsay in Paris to discuss this strategy with MEP's and similar folk.

One of my dogs Murphy, (right pic - he's diabetic and needs an insulin shot everyday, and blind, but you'd never know because he sees with his nose) and Benson (left pic) who is currently tired out after a hard day at the office, he likes to eat oranges, walnuts, apple and things dogs shouldn't.

Getting a better perspective in the Swiss Alps, sunset where I used to live in France. I can currently be found in Glastonbury at the foot of the Tor.

Click here to view more details
Please check out and have an amazing life. Thanks.


Click on the Main Category Title for a short description of each article within that category:-

Health and Fitness
The Shaolin Workout
Essiac or Caisse Tea Cancer Cure
The Benefits of Hiking and Climbing - Becoming a Human Animal
Ultimate Fitness Program...
Progress is Process - Training program
What to do about sports injuries
Progress Report 1 - Ultimate Fitness
Be Your Healthiest You
Plant medicine
Depression - do you have an uneccessary ailment?
Music Medicine
Histamine Patches/Procarin for stopping Multiple Sclerosis or M.S

Bushcraft/Survival Homestudy Course
Course Outline,
An Introduction to Shelter,
Habitat-Shelter from the Skin Up,
The Backyard Bushcraft Experience,
Fire Making"
how to remove a tick
How to put up a Tarp and a Hammock
Learning to Identify Plants
Plant Medicine - free medicine, free health, first aid for the crafty
Orientating yourself by Using the Sun, guest article by Mark Bradshaw
The Shaolin Workout and building a hazel wikkiup

Sustainable Technology
The Tale of the Energy Efficient Lightbulb
What is my ecological footprint?
Living Machines, Composting, Biocultures, making money from poo~
Solar Water Heater Part 1 Motivation

Creating Multiple Sources of Income
Building Traffic
Making Money Online
Grow your own Forest Garden
How to be Helpful
Three Jobs
The £25000. hour!

For Healing Illness
Histamine Patches/Procarin for stopping Multiple Sclerosis or M.S
Crystal Clear
Essiac or Caisse Tea Cancer Cure
The Benefits of Hiking and Climbing - Becoming a Human Animal
Be Your Healthiest You
Plant medicine
Your potential you
Depression - do you have an uneccessary ailment?
Music Medicine
Acupuncture for chronic illnesses

Build Your Own...
Grow your own Forest Garden
A Forest Garden Year
Plant a Tree and stop climate change
The Tree Tally
The Living Machine
Living Machines, Composting, Biocultures, making money from poo~
Build Your Own Solar Water Heater
Grow your own Herbs
Solar Funnel Cooker
Water Turbines
Dynamo's for bicycles and other small machines
Alternative Transport

What would it look like?
Michelle Obama - Be not Afraid
Wangari Maathai on conflict and scarce resources
More from Wangari Maathai
Living Service
The Seva Cafe
Our Human Rights
The Power of Myth
David Beckham's Balls
The Shaolin Workout
Hopi Elder's Message Regarding the Milllenium
Achieve everything in five simple steps
The Tale of the Energy Efficient Lightbulb
The Benefits of Hiking and Climbing - Becoming a Human Animal
An Attitude of Fierce Resolve
The Thinking Blogger Award
Return of the Tribe,
Your potential you
Depression - do you have an uneccessary ailment?
Music Medicine

The Tibetan and Indian Mystics
Martin Luther King

Plant medicine
A Forest Garden Year
An explanation of Permaculture
Community Shared Agriculture
Sattvic Food
Raw food and juicing

Business and work
How to Help
Making Money Online
Setting up a Housing Co-operative
Setting up a Worker's Co-operative
Setting up Land Trusts

Local Exchange Trading System (L.E.T.S)
Cyber LETS
Positive Investing

Positive Impact Living Projects
The Thinking Blogger Award
The Tree Tally
How to Help
Tithing your pay

The Roots of Suffering/Finding the Source
Our Human Rights
Landmines Gone in Five Years
Your potential you
Music Medicine

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