One of the core threads of the Off-Grid Festival is the commitment to skill-sharing, particularly practically applicable skills and techniques.
Technology has limited use unless we understand how it works and what it is. In an ideal world, technology can be repaired by ourselves, or by others in our community we trust. Here at Off-Grid we explore the realms of small-scale (even micro-), DIY and appropriate
Complementing the technology are the ancient and traditional crafts of our land. From blacksmithing to bronze working; willow-weaving to thatching; hurdle-making to stone carving, artisan crafts are an important part of our emergent culture. These and many more have featured at Off-Grid across the years.
Another key element of our programme is eco-build skills – sharing the skills and practices that we need to build our own homes, greenhouses, shelters and other structures. This can from the most simple bushcraft shelter through to straw bale, cob or timber-frame homes. Over the years we’ve had it all.
Living on the land and from the land also takes another set of skills. The skills of food production, nature awareness, foraging and medicine making. The skills of the pioneer in new territory. All can be found at Off-Grid.
Do you have a skill to share? A craft to teach? Get in touch with ideas of how you could participate in this year’s gathering.