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Behind the scenes we’re putting together our most exciting, engaging and boundary pushing line up ever. This A-Z will be as comprehensive as we can make it, yet expect other surprises to appear over the weekend as the programme evolves across the days. For full details of each talk please see the individual programme pages.
If ever there was an opportunity to come together and share…
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Below is a taster of our speakers from 2017
“Why women will save the planet”
Saturday 1:30- 3 pm
Anairda has given talks and presentations on Art & Social Change, Climate Justice and Eco-feminism. She’s the founder and coordinator of Feminist Fusion: a community arts project which supports women’s arts and maintains a public dialogue on feminism and patriarchal oppression.
Veterans For Peace talk and discussion
Thursday 3:30- 5 pm
Ben is the Founder and Director of Moving Conflicts and UK representative of Combatants for Peace (CfP). Ben has 25 years experience of group facilitation and training, a Movement Medicine Facilitator and Teacher, a creative therapist, Theatre Director, and Change Agent.
Ben creates and facilitates innovative, non-violent and collaborative interventions, which transform conflict from barriers to relationship into opportunities for change.
After serving in the Israeli Army (83-86), Ben left Israel making a promise to himself that he would never carry a weapon again. It took him 20 years of personal process and a meeting with “Combatants For Peace” co-founder, Chen Alon, to find the gateway for his personal expression and action towards contributing to ending the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through non-violent means.
Over the last 25 years Ben has worked with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages offering them tailored, creative and therapeutic interventions. He works with people for whom the notion of change is vitally needed and yet seems impossible in their eyes. Ben is a father of three and a grandfather of one and lives with his Partner in Totnes, South Devon- England.
Friday 11th 3:30- 4: 30 pm
Bill’s sustainability consultancy, 4th World Ecological Design, helps its clients reduce their ecological footprint. The permaculture ethics; Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share have been influential on his thinking. Bill works closely with planners Geo Ltd to provide support and training for both applicants and planning authorities considering One Planet Developments. One Planet Developments recognise that the impacts of development are as much to do with the behaviour of the occupants/users as they are to do with the design of the structure.
Charlotte Oliver (Landmatters Community)
Planning Permission for Low Impact Development
Sunday 13th 3:30- 4:30 pm
Most people have little experience of the planning system until they need to use it. This session will cover an introduction to why there is a system, how to make the most of it, and some pitfalls to avoid, in the context of low impact development. It will be mostly in Q&A format with everyone’s questions and answers welcome. So please bring your experiences, good and not so great, to share with others embarking on the L.I.D. path.
Charlotte lives at Landmatters permaculture community near Totnes, Devon. She was involved in their journey from enforcement notices to permanent planning permission, and draws on this experience and that of similar low impact developments.
Clive Milburn Dragon
Saturday 12th, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Clive was born in the fifties; grew up in East Anglia amidst rolling fields and woodland; a true education in wilderness survival. Clive moved to London in the 70’s where he was part of the “Frestonia” social project. He helped to run other Arts projects and worked in the Arts at Holland Park School for many years. Clive has a post graduate degree in Learning Resources.
He now resides on a small holding in the southwest, keeping many small animals and poultry for the last 15 years. This is where his rainwater harvesting journey began. It’s so easy, he wants everyone to do it.
The Prostitute State – How Britain’s Democracy Has Been Bought
Friday 3:30- 5pm
Donnachadh McCarthy is a free-lance environmental journalist & activist writing for the Ecologist, Permaculture Magazine, Guardian & Independent. He was the eco-auditor for BBC’s ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ program and ITV’s ‘How Green is Your House’. He is the author of “Saving the Planet Without Costing the Earth’, “Easy Eco-auditing” and “ The Prostitute State – How Britains Democracy has been Bought’. His home is London’ s first carbon negative house. It has solar electric & hot water, rainharvester, composting loo, solid wall insulation and a wood-burner. He co-founded the successful ‘Stop Killing Cyclists’ campaign, organising regular ‘Die-Ins’ in London. He was arrested 5 times in Parliament Square whilst peacefully protesting against criminal fossil-fuel investments as part of Occupy Democracy. He is a former Deputy Chair of the Liberal Democrats.
Facebook: Donnachadh McCarthy
Doug King Smith of The Hillyfield
The Hillyfield: Woodland Management & Restoration on Dartmoor
Friday 11th 2- 3 pm
Doug and his partner Claire manage 45 acres of ancient woodland and organic pasture in Dartmoor. In the usual absurd way that planning departments function, as with Steward Wood they are now being put under pressure from planners, aiming to force them to take down their buildings of work despite their practicing forestry on the land.
Buzz Tour screening and Q & A
Felipe Viveros (GNH Centre of Bhutan)
The Power of Networks
Saturday 12th 5- 6 pm
Felipe Viveros is the European representative of the GNH Centre Bhutan. He is a Chilean born independent action researcher and consultant. Felipe holds a Masters in Science from Schumacher College, UK. Previously he served as project coordinator for the Tairona Heritage Trust, a UK charity that focuses on conservation and indigenous peoples rights. He has worked internationally creating co-learning events that combine deep ecology, permaculture & mindfulness with Wake Up International.
The Cannabis Revolution
Friday 5- 6 pm
Guy will talk about the history of cannabis and hemp, the identification of the Endo-cannabinoid System, the birth of the CBD industry and the worldwide legalisation of cannabis.
Helen Kearney and Clare Shippey
Medicinal Forage Walk
Saturday 12th, 11am – 12:30 pm
Helen Kearney and Clare Shippey are Devon based Herbalists. Helen lives and works at Elder Farm; a 5 acre off grid organic herb farm which is being established using permaculture principals. She has a degree in Herbal Medicine and is a member of the National Institute of Herbal Medicine. Clare trained for her degree at the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine and qualified in 2010. She has a regular clinic in Totnes.
Ian Westmoreland from ‘Demand Energy Equality’
Understanding Off Grid Energy Systems
Sunday 13th 1:30 – 3 pm
Ian is a director of Demand Energy Equality, an organisation that runs grassroots, practical energy workshops to provide insight into basic energy concepts and challenges. The workshops provide hands-on access to renewable energy technologies, enabling participants to explore the future of energy and to understand the links between energy use, consumer society and climate change.
Saturday 12th 2- 3 pm
Isabel Carlisle leads the team that is bringing the Bioregional Learning Centre
into being in South Devon. She is also Education Coordinator for Transition Network and is co-founder of the Community Chartering Network She lives in Totnes, Devon.
Following a long career in the art world (in art publishing; as an art critic for The Times; and exhibitions curator at the Royal Academy of Arts in London) Isabel set up and directed the Festival of Muslim Cultures that took place across Britain throughout 2006. Over 120 events in almost every conceivable art form brought audiences into contact with the Muslim world in order to build bridges of understanding between cultures. After that Isabel became a Creative Consultant to the University of the Arts in London and developed education strategies for sustainability with schools in the east end of London. She moved to Totnes in 2010 and created two blueprint education programmes for Transition Network: Schools in Transition and One Year in Transition (1YT). 1YT is a sustainable livelihood-creation programme for over 20s that is now being replicated abroad. Isabel is also a member of the European Commons Assembly.
Food Not Bombs – the rise of the vegetable army!
Friday 11th, 1:30- 3 pm
Jude Hutchen is a Bristol based artist who creates visual work as well as interactive activities around social and political topics, particularly UK militarism. Her artwork aims at opening space for critical thought and often incorporates a humorous approach to dark subjects.
Joanna Dornan, Landworkers Alliance
The Agroecological Land Trust: A Co-housing solution
for low-impact land-based communities
Saturday 12th 3:30- 4:30 pm
Landworkers Alliance and Post Brexit Agricultural Policy
Friday 11am- 12:30 pm
Joanna Dornan – With an interest in permaculture, forest gardening and landrights, Joanna set up and ran a community forest garden on open access council land in Leeds: bedfordfields.co.uk Also for the past 2 years she’s been following the GAPS diet, an acestral/primal diet approach to healing the gut, which has helped heal long-standing health issues. She’s recently moved to Wales with a view to being part of or setting up a landbased community focusing on regenerative farming, soil carbon sequestration, ancestral/primal diet and herbal medicine for healing humans and the land.
“The Landworkers’ Alliance is an organisation of farmers, growers and land-based workers. We work to overcome the obstacles facing us by campaigning for policies to support the infrastructure and markets central to our members livelihoods, building alliances and encouraging solidarity.
We also raise awareness of the role that small-scale producers, family farmers and land-based workers play in providing food security, environmental stewardship, rural livelihoods, strong communities, animal welfare and high-quality affordable food.”
from the Centre for Resilience, University of Westminster
Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion
Saturday 11am- 12:30pm
Lizzie Frankline and Dick Thompson
Permaculture Your Body
Friday 12th, 11 am – 12:30 pm
What is Permaculture?
Marion lives on a one acre Permaculture Garden in North Devon where she keeps hens and bees and grows as much food as she can. She is currently in the process of creating a ‘People care Project’ on her woodland plot and will also be convening, with others, an ‘Introduction to Permaculture’ weekend on 16th / 17th September near to Barnstaple.
How farms can be a local hub for the community
Sunday 13th 9 – 10:30 am
Martyn Bragg is the founder of Shillingford Organics
Merlin Howse (Steward Community Woodland)
Friday 11th, 1:30- 3 pm
Merlin Howse lives at Steward Community Woodland, a low impact, permaculture community in a 32 acre mixed woodland on the edge of Dartmoor.
“I have lived off-grid in the community since the project
started in 2000. Since being here we have explored various methods of
renewable energy use from as simple as a camp fire to keep warm at night
to micro-hydro and photovoltaic solar systems with charge controllers
and storage. I have always had a keen interest in electrics and so one
of my main roles in the community is maintaining our renewable energy
systems. During this time I have learned lots of new skills which I
love to share with others. I also run courses on the subject!” Merlin Howse
Michael Thomas (Transition Network) and Dan Hurring (Permaculture Association) Felipe Viveros (GNH Centre) Hal Gilmore (REconomy)
The Power of Networks
Saturday 12th 5- 6 pm
Mike Thomas has worked for Transition Network for the past 4 years developing support structures and Regional Networks in the UK. He has a distinct interest in developing infrastructure to support movements to grow and develop in order to meet the challenges we face as a species. As well as looking at practical ways of building movements, he is also interested in the wider questions of how we can structure society in a different way to maximise human potential as well as moving towards a sustainable way of living.
To investigate this he has read widely around philosophy, psychology, politics and systems thinking. At this workshop Mike will explain the work he has been doing in the UK with Transition Groups as well as touching on the bigger issues of how we can work together to make the shift that is needed to develop a better world. Mike also runs the website http://www.permanentculturenow.com which has lots of talks and information around these topics.
The Charter of the Forest
Saturday 12th 3:30- 4: 30 pm
Nathalie Griffin and Tim Beasley
‘Activist’ Burnout: what is it and what can we do about it?
Activism and Alcohol – a Recipe for Fun, or Disaster?
Friday 11am- 12:30pm
Saturday 1:30- 3 pm
“Since moving to England from Canada in 2001, I’ve been involved primarily with activist legal support and prisoner solidarity and, since 2007, I’ve been involved with a permaculture allotment project in Bristol. After re-training as a counselling therapist, I volunteered for Counselling for Social Change for two years, providing counselling support for many people managing the stress that comes with trying to build a more socially just world. I am always humbled by the resiliency and honesty of the participants” Nathalie Griffin
“I’ve been politically conscious & active since the late 1970’s thanks to anarko-punk and the anti-fascist struggles of those times. After campaigning for the Labour Party in the 1983 general election, I have never voted again following Labour’s betrayal of the miners union during the 1984/5 strike. Instead, I’ve been involved in numerous projects, campaigns & protest groups….many of which involved a significant amount of drinking! Since moving to Bristol 15 years ago, I’ve been a long-term supporter of the Kebele social centre and the activities that emerge from groups who use it, alongside a growing interest in & application of permaculture.” Tim Beasley
Saturday 12th, 3:30- 5 pm
Nick Mercer has been doing what is now called ‘hardware hacking’ since the late 1950’s, starting by chopping up valve radios with dangerous high voltage inside.
An early experiment of powering a light bulb with a small electric motor spun by a hand cranked grinding wheel triggered a fascination with electricity generation.
Hearing the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s Dr Who theme in 1963 inspired the construction of analogue synthesizers and building analogue guitar effects contraptions for Danielle Dax’s band in the 70’s.
After 20 years making pedal generators, he’s now collecting and restoring vintage sewing machines.
Stress Management Visualisation Techniques and Mindfulness
Friday 1:30- 3 pm
“I am an advanced level emdr practitioner, clinical hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner. My private practice specialises in trauma and anxiety and I work with a wide range of clients of all ages. I have a first class honours degree in child development specialising in attachment theory, mindsets and Mindfulness. Rethink Your Life CIC is the community interest company I run to provide free and donations based therapy for people from a disadvantaged background and I also run the Resilient Kids Project which is a series of workshops for children and their families teaching different exercises to help manage fear and anxiety.” Niki Portus
Systems of Social Change: Building a Restorative World
Saturday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Paul works with people in diverse contexts as a community mediator, facilitator and trainer. Working independently and with Navigate, Bristol Mediation and Open Edge, he believes there is profound potential in processes that bring people together, to engage with conflict and pain through dialogue, and to collaborate in finding ways forward that work for everyone. Paul supports people directly with mediation and facilitation, as well as training
and supporting groups to develop their own ways to respond to conflict and work together. Paul’s work is inspired and guided by the principles of Restorative Circles, Nonviolent Communication and related processes.
Introduction Non-Violent Communication
Thursday 3:30- 5 pm
Systems of Social Change: Building a Restorative World
Saturday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sophie works with conflict transformation and dialogue as an organiser, workshop leader and facilitator. She has a degree in Politics and Economics and a Postgraduate diploma in Law and has trained in Restorative Justice, mediation and Nonviolent communication. Sophie has a background in communications and organising events for social change including festivals, conferences, and workshops and has worked with a number of charities and change making organisations in the field of nonviolence.
She is committed to exploring how we can organise in a way that is inclusive and collaborative, supporting connection and empowerment in order to make change together and create a social and economic framework that is for the good for all.
Charles Dowding’s ‘No Dig Approach’
Saturday 1:30 – 3 pm
Steph is an organic kitchen gardener, writer, teacher, chef, blogger and co-author of No Dig Organic Home and Garden with Charles Dowding. Based in Somerset Steph grows abundant vegetables, fruit, flowers and herbs using no dig methods, almost self sufficiently in her smallish home garden and allotment. She works at Homeacres with Charles and runs a restaurant kitchen garden at an international art gallery. She writes about her work, potions, creations and her home gardening in her blog, NoDigHome. Her writing and photography has featured in many publications including Gardens Illustrated, Permaculture Magazine, Grow It (Now Kitchen Gardens Magazine) and Mark Boyle’s Moneyless Manifesto. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of sustainable growing and cooking to feed families and communities.
Steph gives talks and workshops on various subjects including gardening and natural potion making across the country for gardening groups, WIs, Permaculture festivals, at River Cottage and other events. As part of this educational work, she has created pop up demonstration gardens for festivals and shows and was part of a team advising and participating in the transformed Horticultural Village at the Bath and West Show, to include more examples of edible gardens. Steph is currently working on a plant based recipe book.
Wild Food Foraging Walk
Friday 11th and Sunday 13th 11 am – 12:30 pm
“I have been gathering food from the wild since a teenager. Having studied some archaeology, I’m fascinated by how our ancestors would have gathered all they needed to eat from the land and sea and how we still can with some basic knowledge and skills.
Working in countryside conservation throughout South Devon for 20 years, I built on my knowledge of plants and habitats and shared them with hundreds of people through the guided walks and activities programme that I ran. I have hosted wild food suppers for 40, forages for classes of school children, foraging skillshares and best of all, shared my knowledge with my own children, who are to be seen chomping from the hedgerow as they stroll along!
I’m particularly passionate about seashore plants- including all our wonderful superfood seaweeds- and about the many ways in which we can preserve and use nature’s bounty by preserving, drying and pickling.” – Trudy Turrell