Introducing… Hollingdean Wholefoods

EarthSea Wholefoods has now morphed into Hollingdean Wholefoods, a plant-based wholefoods shop run by and for the community. Some old faces, as well as some new ones.

Check out the Hollingdean Wholefoods facebook page for the latest news and opening hours.

Keep checking this website if you want to find out what the members of EarthSea Coop are up to while they look for new ventures in the exciting world of plant-based health and nutrition.

Peace, Love and Plants

The EarthSea crew (Megan and Bill)


Community Wholefood Shop Meeting

On Monday night, thirteen people turned up for the initial meeting that looked at plans to turn EarthSea Plantbased Wholefoods into a community shop. We had a lively discussion, with lots of ideas kicked around. Because not everyone who was at the meeting is going to be able to commit time to the project, we still need more people to get involved.

There is an email list that has been set up. If you want to be added, pop into the shop, or send us an email on earthsea[at]

Community Shop Meeting this evening, Monday 14 May, 6PM at the Coachwerks

A quick reminder that the meeting to discuss the future of the wholefood shop at the Coachwerks is tonight. We will be gauging interest and discussing how to move the shop forward as a community endeavor. We will try to keep the meeting short (one hour) as many of us have families. Feel free to bring your little ones, and keep checking this space…

The crew at EarthSea Plantbased Wholefoods

A New Community Wholefood Shop for Hollingdean?

EarthSea Plantbased Wholefoods is turning into a community shop, run by and for members of Hollingdean (and surrounding) community. We are calling on those who want to preserve the shop for the community to get involved in running it.

There will be an initial meeting to gauge interest and to discuss ideas about how a community wholefood shop could work. This will be on

Monday, 14 May, at 6pm, at the Coachwerks

Based on the success of this meeting, there will be further meetings in the coming weeks.

Some background and specifics:

As you are probably aware, EarthSea Plantbased Wholefoods (until recently known as Coachwerks Wholefoods) is a small, plantbased wholefood shop based at the Coachwerk Studios on Hollingdean Terrace. The shop is run by a small workers’ cooperative (Megan and Bill), on a not-for-profit basis. Our aim is to sell healthy, where possible seasonal, organic and local food, at affordable prices. For each product, we find the most ethical supplier. We also sell arts and crafts made in Hollingdean.

When we set up the shop in 2015, it was our plan to take stock after two years and see where we would want to take the shop at that point.

In 2017, we tried to recruit new members to our team, but instead we got some interest from people who wanted to volunteer in the shop. As we have a young family, it is no longer sustainable for us to run the shop, and, given that we already have people volunteering, we hit upon the idea of transforming the shop into a community project. The vision is that the shop will be run by and for people of the Hollingdean (and wider) community, on a voluntary basis. Many of our customers have said that Hollingdean needs a wholefood shop.

The people of the workers’ coop would initially stay involved in the background to help with administrative tasks, and with general help and advice, and would then gradually withdraw.

Based on the success of the meeting on Monday, 14 May, there will be further meetings in the coming weeks. We will keep you posted of these meetings, and any further developments, via the website (

2018-03-03 13.21.28_previewThe crew at EarthSea

New name, new shop…

This week (13 to 19 February) we will be closed as we are moving the shop into a new, brighter space. We are still in the Coachwerks building, in fact, we will be right by the entrance. We will also adopt a new name. From now on, we’ll be known as…ESlogocolor.png

Check back here for updates on the building work.

See you in the new shop, opening 9am on Tuesday 20 February.

New Layout & Fresh Seasonal Veg

We’re back to regular opening hours, and have taken this opportunity to remodel the shop, so we can offer you even more ethical whole foods. It should now be easier to find what you want. We also have created a baby section, which we’ll be adding to soon.

First reactions to the new shop layout are really positive. We have created a bit of extra shelf space, and we are keen to hear from you which products you would like us to stock.

In other news, we’ve just received another load of organic local vegetables from Ashurst Organics, which you’ll find displayed outside our door and in the vegetable fridge that’s moved to inside the shop. There you’ll also find the gorgeous bread made by the people at Flint Owl (in the shop that is, not in the fridge).

See you soon…