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Please bear with us as this list grows week by week between now and the convergence!
Blacksmithing Drop in Workshops
with Dean Agget
‘I have been working as a professional smith for the best part of 30 years and my family have been smiths since 1550, I travel to shows and fairs to demonstrate the tools and techniques of hand forging in a traditional way that uses only hand power to produce a wide variety of items, in wrought iron, steel, copper, and stainless steel, and will run workshops in weaving at the event if you would like as well as the demonstrations, at home I live off grid on the zero miles project’ ~ Dean Agget
Changing minds: what works?
with Marc Gardiner
Presentation: An introduction to strengths-based & solution-focused (SF) thinking - origins in therapy, strong evidence-base in any change work
Small group practice: having a go at one or two core SF questions in real conversations with each other
Why does it work? A few clues from neuroscience
Implications of SF for change movements & conversations
Future-thinking: what will change look like?
Clay refining workshops
with Martin Scaseat Village Green
with Tinker's Bellat Nourish Tent
Don’t just eat vegan, grow vegan: PlantBased strategies to reduce your carbon footprint and increase your self-reliance.
with Piers Warren
An introduction to how growing your own food using vegan organic techniques in a closed-loop system, can be one of the most effective ways to lower your carbon footprint and build your self-reliance whilst being beneficial to wildlife and the land. Introducing a range of permaculture and veganic approaches. Taking steps towards self-sufficiency is an exciting and fulfilling journey.
This will be a talk alongside a powerpoint slide show.
Drop in Trapeze workshops for all ages
with Pink Lotus Creationsat Nourish Tent
Elemental Experience Wild Clay Workshop and Kiln building
with Martin Scase
Sessions throughout the weekend
Elemental Experience guides the participant through the process of locating and digging for clay, refining it and creating fun or practical pieces. Using ancient techniques and traditional crafting skills to create a piece which can then be fired in a temporary kiln. Festival-goers are invited to drop-in to participate in all or any of the specific elements of the process.
What you will learn:
- Digging for clay – where to find it and how to recognise it.
- Process for refining clay – how to extract clay from matter you’ve dug up.
- Creating a piece; ie: pinch or coil pot, slab tile, boggart, pendant/beads, personal trinket.
- Technical skills – joining, burnishing, carving, decorating.
- Building a temporary kiln structure, firing the (paper or barrel) kiln, monitoring temperature, using charcoal making technology.
- Unloading kiln and finishing pieces.
Exploring our wild food larder. How to identify, prepare and use wild plants
with Chris Hopeat Permaculture Hub
with Christie Animas
How much of yourself are you actually able to access? Do you long for more energy in your life? Do you long for more inspiration?
The Fool Expression is calling us as human to access the Unicity in ourselves, and learn to play with the masks in us, some known, some not known yet.
It is a deeply playful and transformative process. It allows us to dive deeper into ourselves through a safe connection with an audience. In this benevolent container, our human nature is called to open, express and bring transformation. This work comes from the lineage of Franki Anderson’ amazing work – Cornwall.
The Fool is this part of us that has no fear, if she/he has fear, she/he will learn to play with it, to show up within all the different aspects of being a Human Being. One foot in the known, one foot in the unknown.
To be able to access our Inner Fool, to have the freedom of being fully alive at each moment and sharing that with an audience, we meet and learn to play with a range of masks: the mask of ourselves who holds us back; the ones who long to show up; the one who keeps us small; the one who wants to share the uniqueness and subtlety of our being; the mask who knows; the mask who doesn’t know…
In this Introduction, I will invite the participants to deepen their relation with the body, learn some of the basics of the Fool’s Way on stage, explore and learn to play with the different masks/ personalities in ourselves as we step on a stage, and explore the relation with an audience.
After the workshop, participants will feel nourished and inspired by their Inner Player. They will feel supported by their connection with the audience and will be ready to play more.
Welcome to a magic and surprising Fool-filling journey!
GM Crops and Foods: Natural or Nasty?
with Myc Riggulsford
Starting from the discovery of genetics in Devon this talk and discussion with science and environment journalist Myc Riggulsford, who has over 25 years experience writing, broadcasting and lecturing about GM crops, animals, and foods, will look at some of the science and nature behind genetic modification technology and its implications for organic farming and sustainable living today. With examples from famous anti-GM campaigns and some surprising foods it will show how GM is now embedded in our society. It will look at the nature of land rights and how we are losing our Natural Capital, prompting a discussion about the way we want society to progress in future, how we should place a value on our ecosystem services, and how we are losing them as they increasingly fail, depriving us of clean air, clean water, and healthy soils. These ideas are currently being talked about at the theoretical level by many governments and countries around the world, especially those that recognise that young people are economically excluded, corralled into cities and have lost contact with and therefore interest in nature. We are all losing our Natural Capital through biodiversity losses, and the ability of the world to sustain us. Off Grid is the right place to discuss this. www.smallpower.co.uk (this is currently under reconstruction, at present mainly about renewables).
Gardening Towards a Zero Carbon Future
with Tammi Dallastonat Permaculture Hub
Tammi is currently undertaking this research for ZCB, and as part of my post graduate studies. There are only a handful of us in the UK currently studying hyperlocal food production, and uniquely I am looking at it from a social science perspective. My current research is looking at the role horticulture and edible landscapes (gardens, villages, towns and cities) can have on the trajectory of hyperlocal food production, with a view to the myriad ways this reduces carbon dioxide emissions and increases well being. Each time I run workshops and talks on the subject, it enriches my research.
During this session participants will gain:
- greater understanding of climate change and it’s impacts
- introduction to CAT’s ZCB reports, which show how we can achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050
- better understanding of the impact of hyperlocal food production on carbon capture and storage
- better understanding of the role of hyperlocal food production on climate change
- An introduction to community food production and cobenefits
Imagine the World
with Hugh Roseat Nourish Tent
During Imagine the World, we look specifically at the narratives churned out by politics and the media. These shape how we perceive ourselves and others, which in turn affects how we behave. The workshop aims to a) expose xenophobic, fear-based messages as fallacies, and b) harness storytelling as a way to replace them with a new story, one which celebrates difference and diversity rather than problematizes it.
We are constantly surrounded by stories. They pour out of our televisions, plaster our newspapers and fill the mouths of our leaders. But are these stories ones we want to subscribe to? Do these they represent us for who we, the human race, really are? The narrative of mainstream media and politics is one of fear and mistrust. We are consistently reminded of our differences and pitted against one another: Leave vs. Remain, Left vs. Right, East vs. West. In a country where negative new stories outweigh their positive counterparts by 17 to 1, is it any wonder that xenophobia and social division are seemingly on the rise? The deluge of negativity is relentless – it can be tempting to avoid it altogether, to shut ourselves away and ignore the problem. But maybe we don’t have to. Maybe we just have to replace it with something else. A new story.
Stories are powerful things – they aren’t just for entertainment – they shape our perceptions and beliefs, which in turn effects how we act. We know those who challenge the dominant narrative are important change-makers, because they’re always the first to be thrown behind bars by autocrats (this isn’t part of the workshop). This workshop will build on Stand Up Speak Out (though it will serve too as a stand alone session), this time focusing on imagination rather than autobiography. Our imagination is our most powerful tool for compassion: by putting ourselves in another’s shoes, we grow our capacity to connect with and understand that person. The more we imagine, the more we are free to love, and the less we are bound by fear. Through a series of imaginative games and explorations, we will explore the simple truths of being human, at the ties that bind irrespective of culture, geography race and gender. Because, for all our differences, it’s a small world after all. I have not been to any other workshops that offer quite what I believe these workshops offer, and hope they will contribute value to the Off Grid experience!
Low-Impact Communities meet Development Control
with Charlotte Oliverat Permaculture Hub
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.
Metal Pendant and Badge Crafting
with A Pretty Pennyat Village Green
Drop in sessions throughout the weekend
It is a very Zen process, recycling old coins into something else
Practical Solar Energy
with Ian Westermoorlandat Resilience College
Radical Art drop-in workshops
with The Radical Art Space
Art can challenge, inform or simply stimulate the senses and I want to remind you that ANYONE can create beautiful/powerful artworks. Pop along to this informal space and create your own piece of protest art (or non protest art if you prefer!). All materials provided.
Saving Open-Pollinated Seeds for a Resilient Future
with Fred Groomat Permaculture Hub
In this workshop you will learn the basic skills and facts required to save your own high quality vegetable, herb and flower seed. Since the birth of agriculture 10,000 years ago, knowledge of how to save seed for the next year’s planting has been crucial, as without this skill, crop varieties would quickly loose their vitality. Only in the last 100 years has this skill been lost from the repertoire of farmers and gardeners as seed production has been gradually outsourced to multi-national chemical corporations. These corporations prioritise the needs of industrial farming systems over small-scale producers resulting in many great varieties becoming extinct.
Become empowered to take back control of your own seeds and varieties in this workshop!
- learn about basic plant reproductive biology from different crop families and their implications for saving seed
- gain practical experience in processing seed
- learn why we should save seed
- understand which crops are easy to save seed from and which are more challenging
Shamanic Qi Gong
with Maor Netsahat Nourish Tent
Open your body and activate your energy in the Ancient Shamanic Way of imitating the movements, breathing and even sounds of animals (in Chinese tradition the Tiger, Deer, Bear, Bird and Monkey). We will connect with our body, nature, and then each other through play and fun massage trains (in the style of each animal!).
Stand Up Speak Out
with Hugh Roseat Nourish Tent
During ‘Stand Up Speak Out’, we look at what stories we tell ourselves (and others) about who we are, and how that affects our lives. I aim to create a space where participants feel able to voice themselves more freely, giving them tools to overcome inhibitions. The workshop uses the power of group work to tap into something deeply personal – our identity – and comprises a series of exercises which balance introspection, creativity and fun.
It’s a lot to cope with, living in the modern age. Amid all the shouting and tweeting, it is easy to lose a sense of who we are. And who’s listening anyway? Establishing an individual idea of self can at times feel overwhelming, let alone an identity as a united community. But what stories should we be telling ourselves, and each other, if we are to create a world in which all can thrive? And how do we go about telling them?
This workshop will explore verbal self-expression, a basic human need and right, and yet one that is so often denied for one reason or another. By gathering together, we can engage hearts and minds to express our stories and see how they might offer a deeper understanding of ourselves and others. Through the simple acts of speaking and listening, we can become more human. The session will focus on meeting the need to bring ourselves to the world head on. We will spend time addressing the barriers that obstruct us from speaking out authentically, exploring physical and emotional techniques to grow confidence in who we are and how to give voice to that. Using a variety of games and exercises, we will build an atmosphere of trust and safety in which there is room for us, every one of us, with all our oddities and eccentricities. Finally, we will look at how to take this renewed self-belief and trust in the value of our unique life story into the outside world. If public speaking is a challenge for you; if you believe your life story irrelevant to the big picture; if you feel drowned out by the noise and chaos of today’s world, then do, please, join us.
Story of the International Permaculture Convergence India 2017
with Russ Spollin
Russ will share his story and what he learned during his months spent in India at the volunteering at the International Permaculture Convergence 2017.
- Background and intro to permaculture and IPC in general (delivered as appropriate for the audience)
- History of Aranya Agriculture and Polam Farm (hosts of IPC 2017)
- Development of Aranya and Polam Farm (transformation from desert to permaculture forest garden)
- Development of the event space (transformation from desert to event space)
- Delivery of the event
- What's next and legacy
Sustainable event management of festivals and community events
with Russ Spollinat Village Hall
- History of sustainability in an events context
- Sustainable event management systems
- Case studies (of a variety of festivals and community events) on sustainability performance
- Current and future trends and actions within the events sector
You can also find Russ's Sustainable Event Surgery, solution focused drop in sessions in the Village Hall
Tapely Park Permaculture Garden Tour
with Jen Haynesat Permaculture Hub
Over 20 years old, the permaculture garden at Tapeley is one of the oldest in the country. It was established by Hector who was inspired by the work of the horticulturist, Robert Hart. Tapeley is part of a 6.000 acre estate which activist Hector Christie is custodian.
The main characteristics of the Tapeley permaculture garden: It’s a ‘perennial’ garden – most of the plants have been in the garden for several years and we harvest food from them for most of the year. The garden is planted in layers – like a forest the garden is universally productive, from the tree canopies through shrubs and bushes, right down to the plants on the ground itself.
The permaculture garden is good for us and wildlife – everything in the garden is edible, medicinal or beneficial for wildlife – and often all three. It is naturally balanced – because the garden forms a healthy ecosystem in itself there is no need to use chemicals and pesticides.
Time for Climate Rebellion!, by RisingUp!
with RisingUp!at Nourish Tent
Rising Up! offers an introductory workshop that covers the basics of Rising Up! itself, the importance of movement care, how to become more engaged and find solutions to the crisis we are in. We will also discuss the research that has been done to get us to where we are now, the methods and the strategy of how to effectively create change, the different roles and forms direct action can take and why it is not only important but also “The most fun and meaningful thing we could do with our lives. Changing ourselves and our togetherness, as we change the bigger picture. Join us as we figure this out- our great adventure”. We also are going to be bringing creativity and play with our interactive and informative Walkabouts, an example would be the Activist Library, the Sandwich Board Collective, Democracy Anywhere and various skits that highlight the role of direct action and climate chaos. Through this we wish to have a presence throughout the festival and encourage conversation and reflection on some of the matters that really matter!
Universal Basic Income, Commons Rights, and the Charter of the Forest
with Myc Riggulsfordat Village Hall
Starting from the Charter of the Forest this talk will cover our Commons Rights, sustainable living techniques and a new economics based on fair access to vital services for all members of society, especially those currently marginalised and excluded. We will look at the nature of land rights and how we are losing our Natural Capital, prompting a discussion about the way we want society to progress in future, by including not excluding artists and makers, smallholders and off-gridders by providing them with access to the basic necessities of life via a Universal Basic Income. These ideas are currently being talked about at the theoretical level by many governments and countries around the world, especially those that recognise that young people are economically excluded and that robotics and automation threaten to further concentrate wealth and remove work opportunities. We are also losing our Natural Capital through biodiversity losses, and the ability of the world to sustain us. Off Grid is the right place to discuss this.
Participants will learn: • What Universal Basic Income offers and why we should be entitled to it today • A legal basis for our rights to Universal Basic Income under the Charter of the Forest • Sustainable living practiced in the past, especially by the Celts, and why we should still do this today • A new economics framework, Doughnut Economics, and why GDP isn’t a measure of real growth • Feminism, Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services • What Commons Rights exist today, and what rights we all should have • How the Charter of the Forest can build community resilience and may help fight GM crops and other threats
with Dean Aggetat Permaculture Hub
Wild Shakti Dance
with Christie Animasat Nourish Tent
Shakti represents the feminine life energy which moves through the universe giving birth to nature, power, movement, flow and change. Since many generations, this natural force has been pushed down, judged and feared. This Shakti Dance is a free form of dance movement. This particular Shakti Dance (there are several different variations) comes from the work of Jewels Wingfield, based on the energy of the spiral and rooted in earth based connection (it is not Yoga). It is a practice to support women to (re)discover a deeper sense of their feminine principle that is rooted in earth based connection. During the dance session I will be offering a warm, safe environment for women to connect deeper into their mystery and all that comes with it.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. – Marianne Williamson