Hi I’m Helen. Thanks for visiting!

Living in the Future is a project and vehicle for the work of Helen iles. Bringing many years of experience together with creative expression, Helen is a filmmaker and workshop facilitator as well as a skillful teacher of mindfulness, meditation and yoga.

Whilst seeking a place to live with my young son, my journey led me to visit ecovillages and communities all around the world and finally, to live in a low impact community in Wales for 12 years. On this website, I share my experiences of the inspiring people and projects I found through documentary film and creative writing.

Where will YOUR journey take YOU?

You might be here because you’re looking to make a lifestyle change yourself. You might be interested in ways to live more sustainably, or in a more connected way with your community. You might be seeking help to create a film telling your own story. Either way, I’d love to hear from you!

What we do

Film Making

I’ve been working in film and video for most of my life, first in a family and corporate environment and then as part of the Undercurrents alternative media collective. As well as establishing and running a charity in Wales for thirteen years, I have worked on commissions for clients in local government, NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. I am skilled not only in ideas development, filming and editing, but also in digital marketing and am currently supporting the Off Grid Festival Off Grid Festival in Devon, UK to promote their online presence. I’m happy to offer a if you’d like to discuss how you, too, can use its persuasive power to promote yourself, your business or your vision for the world.


Writing is both my passion and a great way to process thoughts and experiences. On the Living in the Future blog, you’ll find interviews with interesting people I’ve met living low impact lifestyles and my own musings on spirituality and sustainability, as well as reflections on my other true love, community. If you like what I do, you can about content for your website, magazine or blog, or ask about writing workshops using "Freefall" writing techniques as taught by Barbara Turner-Vesselago. Since finding a great group of writers under the wonderful guidance of Annette Maxberry-Carrera, you may, sometime soon, find some fiction stories here too, but I need to gather courage before sharing those...

Meditation and Bodywork

I came to yoga as a teenager, and have been teaching for more then twenty years. My interest in bodywork also led me to qualify in Swedish and Thai massage and this, combined with a deep commitment to the dharma, now frames my practice and teaching of mindfulness and meditation. I lead Mindfulness in Nature experiences and offer one-to-one and small group facilitation to help deepen self-knowledge and awakening. Please to discuss personal tuition, classes, workshops or retreats.


I am a qualified teacher, with a first degree in Communication Studies and a Masters in Media Education. I have held positions in further and higher education and spent many years in community settings holding spaces for participatory video as a way to give people a voice. I am open to opportunities in a teaching environment, so if you have an idea you’d like to talk over, please !

What people say about our work

Helen's films are beautifully crafted and reveal her ability to communicate with a diverse range of volunteer organisations and highlight the inspiring work that they do. I commend Helen on her work and her unique and down-to-earth artistic sensibility.
Michael van Vliet, Team Leader, Community Grants, City of Yarra, Melbourne.

That is bloody fantastic Helen! What a great representation of all the good things that happen here at Atherton Gardens! Thank you thank you thank you!
Foti Margiolakis, Manager, Fitzroy Renewal Project, Melbourne