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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…
A Pretty Penny
Love Off Grid, been apart of it since the 1st one, A Pretty Penny is a coin cutting workshop where children and adults can make pendants and badges out of old pennies 9th year of coin cutting and 3rd year of running this workshop at events.
Association of Resilient Living
“When you let the day to day mundane world slip away, when you let go the masks of personality and allow yourself to drop deeper, deeper into yourself, what do you find there?
That is where we begin.
My approach is first and foremost, client centred. I know from my own experience, that the deepest healing comes from one’s own experience. Your own awareness is the greatest healer. So, I guide my clients in the process of their healing journey at their own pace, as we heal your wounds and strengthen your heart, that you may be “a light unto yourself”. Noone else can tell you your truth. Healing is a path to self knowledge and self empowerment.
In one to one healing sessions, I use a range of approaches and methods, responding to what is needed in the moment.”
Brendan Montague is editor of The Ecologist online and is responsible for publishing all the content on the website. Brendan’s interests include systems theory, social ecology and almost any subject featured on In Our Time. He is the founder of the Request Initiative and the author of Impact of Market Forces on Addictive Substances and Behaviours: The web of influence of addictive industries (Oxford University Press). Brendan was a committed environmentalist as soon as it became cool - writing about McDonald’s in HSM - his secondary school magazine - which was banned. He has worked for more than a decade on regional newspapers, learning the craft of journalism, before spending a few years on the nationals, publishing with The Guardian, The Independent and the Sunday Times, as well as New Internationalist, the New Statesman and Vice.com.
I have run workshops many times at festivals. The ethos fits perfectly to my off grid lifestyle and teachings about using our wild plants. Each foraging walk and workshop is different except in the feelings of having sown seeds of greater resilience in the attendees. With my foraging card games I can entertain kids as well as adults, putting lots of fun into learning about foraging.
I am a graduate in medicinal horticulture which has developed into a wild foods educator over the past 8 years. I have recently created a growing foraging resource online at https://www.wildplantguide.com
Cosmic Green Heart
I live off grid, i am a yoga teacher and therapist on a journey of embodying the values i believe to be true.
Dan has also been one of the film makers helping to promote and document Off Grid festivals over the last few years and itʼs a role he enjoys immensly. He is passionate about trying to find ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Eventually heʼd love to build his own eco home. Dan is also a director on the board of NEWBIAS CIC a Hip-Hop focused community interest company involved in music driven youth outreach programmes and he works pro bono on music videos for the socially conscious British Hip-Hop artist Carpetface. In 2014 Dan travelled to Brazil with The Exeter City Football Club and he made a documentary of the tour. The players and Dan were all blown away by the abject poverty but tenacity and positivity of the youngsters they met there and as a result Dan is now a trustee of the Brazilian charity Onda Solidaria (Childrenʼs Aid), which aims to provide opportunities for young people from favelas via the medium of sport and in particular football. His three children are home schooled too, so his feet barely touch the ground but thatʼs the way he likes it. You will see Dan around the festival site. Do feel free to say hello, heʼs very friendly but may well try to nab an interview. @WVideoP Vimeo.com/wisemanproductions Youtube.com/wisemanproductionsUK facebook.com/WisemanProductionsUK
I live off grid, and provide a large amount of the things needed for everyday living on site, including food water power, fuel, basic materials for spinning weaving and cloth manufacture by hand, growing willow and making basketwork, growing copising trees to make the charcoal for the forge to repurpose redundant metal objects into tools and utensils, alternative power creation and storage solutions, and can discus any aspects with anyone that is interested in how I do any of it.
Gihan Sami Soliman, BA, PGCE, MSc Gihan is an award-winning educator and an environmental researcher, with a career spanning 26 years of hard work and creativity. She is the founder and president of the International-Curricula Educators Association (ICEA), a winner of Educating Africa Award, 2011 for entrepreneurship in education. ICEA is UN accredited for Rio+20. Also is:
- Coopted trustee of the Permaculture Association - April 2018.
- Coordinator of the International Permaculture Network of Africa, Mediterranean and the Middle East (IPNAMME): A Rio+20 Initiative.
- Member of the IUCN Commission of Education and Communication (CEC).
- An affiliate practitioner to the Forum UNESCO University and Heritage, and a semi-finalist in the MIT Forum Enterprise, with the Sinai Sustainability Cybernetics Centre.
Graham has 20 years experience as a Business Process Architect consulting in both the public and private sectors. He is currently a director trustee on the board of the Permaculture Association, and devotes time as a Permaculture Designer and Project Manager in the domain of social resilience building, sustainability, and the facilitation of localised grass roots change. Graham is member of the British Aquaponics Association CIC (BAQUA). Graham is also an experienced trainer covering the practical aspects of permaculture design and aquaponics for both domestic and commercial application.
HempTank is the first UK Think Tank for hemp education and policy development. We educate people on the history, uses and benefits of hemp, work with the hemp industry and Government to support the growth of the hemp industry/hemp projects in the UK.
HempTank is the UK's Think Tank for Hemp Education and Policy Development. Together we can build the momentum so that this versatile plant can create a green industrial revolution.
Hugh trained as an actor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he learnt improvisation, physical theatre, group work, voice and public speaking amongst other disciplines. However, he left drama school with a strong sense of the vacuity of the commercial film and theatre industry, and has since focused on using theatre to bring people together and spread positive messages.
In this vein, he has written and directed a walkabout family pantomime entitled 'Tom Ato & The Village Growing Pains', led storytelling workshops in primary schools and home education groups, and told stories at spoken word events and in old people's homes. Most recently he piloted a new workshop, ‘Storytelling for Change’, at Hamilton House in Bristol as part of Activate Bristol, an event comprising of a series of workshops and performances themed around the creation of a better, fairer world. He is a lover of words and people, and believes that telling stories can pave the way towards peace and unity.
He is part of the editorial and creative team for The Hedge - a magazine which aims to inspire people to reconnect with the seasons and form a closer relationship with land. An enthusiastic writer, his pen scrawls out musings on a variety of themes, from political satire to ecological activism to his inability to grow facial hair, which he has performed at a range of different gatherings and happenings.
I've been teaching people about practical renewable energy for several years now. Giving people hands-on access to renewable energy technologies is a great way to improve understanding of energy consumption and generation, as a way to encourage better use of natural energy sources. I've found that festivals are a fantastic environment for people to let their curiosity lead them into new learning experiences. I've delivered these workshops at Off Grid festival for the last 2 years, and I've been running solar energy workshops for the past 4 years.
Larry Leventhal Tinker's Bubble Community
I have been on a 6 year journey from being a pub General Manager in London to living within an intentional community in the countryside. I am now a member of Tinkers Bubble, but for 15 months I was the volunteer co-ordinator at Monkton Wyld Court, and I have seen how many people are looking for an alternative lifestyle. Many people seem to be trying to 'escape the rat race' but joining a community is a delicate process - like joining any dysfunctional family…. There are many alternatives to joining an intentional community and, having met many different travelers, WWOOFers and community members, I have thought of the pros and cons of community life, the motivations for people to join one and the other options which may be more suitable and beneficial to the wider society.
Ecobricks is a solution to single use plastics. Workshops aim to get people to think about how plastic is used and disposed of, as well as how to change our reliance on single use. Please see the worldwide website www.ecobricks.org Or our UK facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1639389892816439/
Plymothian who's worked for 30 years in social care and community work in the city. Co-founder of Zebra Collective, a worker cooperative which does development work with organisations in the helping sectors: managing culture change in orgs, training, supervision, reflective practice; also community development in excluded city communities. Our core values are social justice and strengths-based approaches.
Wild Clay workshops take the participant back to basics in using natural, locally sourced materials. During the last 2 Off-Grid festivals we have worked with a wide range of ages and abilities, which demonstrated the accessibility of such a workshop. It offers fun and messy play to children and more advanced skills to those with some experience of clay. Using the 4-day weekend enables us to provide an educational overview and practice of the complete process of 'clay to ceramic'. Both Martin and Leah work in Education, so have teaching experience in a range of mainstream, independent and specialist Education.This workshop has been delivered at Off-Grid for the past 2 years and within schools and community centres, in various forms; to offer traditional craft skills, therapeutic and fun access to clay for all ages and abilities.
Mother Nature Mother Nurture
Firstly, I would say that no one can teach you how to parent. Not only are you the person who best knows your child, but only you know how you were raised, the needs you have and your emotional blueprint. I am a firm believer that you should trust your own instincts above anyone’s advice.
Tune into your own heart and ask yourself this – “Is our daily rhythm allowing me and my child time to breathe and be joyful? Is the way I communicate with my child bringing us closer? Is my child’s education inspiring a love of learning? Do I have the support I need to process what’s coming up for me as a parent? Am I clear on how I handle conflicts, sharing, hitting, tantrums, eating, etc?” For me, the answers are YES. That’s my starting point. I feel passionate that I can support you reaching that “yes” too.
It’s a “YES” because I embody my teaching every single day. I’m utterly fanatical, studious and an avid researcher:
Some of my inspirations include:
Pikler’s approach to physiological development Magda Gerber/RIE/Janet Lansbury’s work on clear authentic respectful communication Naomi Aldort’s approach to child empowerment Alfie Cohen on loving unconditionally Loris Malaguzzi/Reggio Emilia approach to child-led learning Lori Petro/NVC (Non-Violent Communication) for problem resolution Hand in Hand tools for connection and getting the parent support Dr Joseph Lee and Dan Siegel’s brain research
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 qualified 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 have also worked primarily in the fields of addiction and trauma. I have co-facilitated similar workshops at various Anarchist Bookfairs & other events and I am always humbled by the resiliency and honesty of the participants.
Piers Warren is an author, conservationist, film-maker, activist, cook and veganic veg-grower living in Norfolk UK.
Piers is well known throughout the wildlife film-making industry as the Principal of WILDEYE – The International School of Wildlife Film-making, which he created in 1999 and has run ever since. With a strong background in biology, education and conservation, he has had a lifelong passion for wildlife films and has a wide knowledge of natural history. Wildeye Publishing have become the leading producers of instructional wildlife film-making books in the world.
Piers has written over a dozen books and hundreds of magazine articles, many focussing on organic principles and permaculture techniques, sustainabilty, veganism and green-thinking. His best-selling books are in these fields including How to Store Your Garden Produce (published by Green Books) and a co-production with his daughter, Ella Bee Glendining, The Vegan Cook & Gardener (published by Permanent Publications). He has had a passionate interest in self-sufficiency since childhood and is still based in Norfolk where he grows his own food. He is a council member of GreenSpirit.
https://twitter.com/PiersWarren https://www.facebook.com/piers.warren http://www.wildeye.co.uk/piers-warren
Pink Lotus Creations
I have worked at Big Chill, Secret Garden Party. One World, Quest, Glastonbury, Womad, Wilderness, Camp Bestival. Bestival, Somersault, Unearthed, Earth Spirit, Global Gathering, Shambala. Green Man, Buddahfeild.
Pink Lotus Healing Yurt
Rising Up! is a collective of people holding different roles to make an organisation. Together Rising Up! aims to engage and empower members of the public to take effective, non-violent, fun direct action and civil disobedience. Rising Up! has a strategy developed from the study of international uprisings and system change, and now we want it here in the UK. Rising Up! uses a diversity of tactics (such as light and playful civil disobedience, chalk spray, stickering, dress up etc., to more hands on such as sit-ins, lock-ons, hunger strikes, prison sentences, etc.) and has already seen success in forcing two universities to agree to full divestment in the next five years, as well as fighting for workers’ rights, clean air for Londoners, anti-airport expansion and attending the front lines of the bank divestment/ anti-Fracking movements nationally and running several media campaigns including #toxicbankers #howtofakeademocracy etc. Rising Up! has a unique structure in which self and community care is at its heart with a focus on nature connection, sustainable development and the true belief that every single person has the power, responsibility and passion to work together toward a shift from the unsustainable and unnatural system we now find ourselves in. It is clear that this shift needs a multitude of tactics and we want to awaken people to the varied possibilities, importance and pleasure in using Direct Action to work toward the change we know is rapidly approaching. https://www.risingup.org.uk/
Sign up in the Village Hall
I am a graffiti/street art workshop leader and signwriter. running workshops in schools and with youth groups for over 17 years. I have also been signwriting since 1988, graffing since 1986. I have spent most my life squatting either on road protest sites, houses or squated social centres. WWOOFING on and off since my twenties, I have also been a care worker many times. A keen cyclist (I still don't know how to drive). I am still a 'sometimes' activist for ecological and posative social change. I hope thats not too wordy, there's more, but I'm very old! 😉
This year’s Wild Woods space will be managed by Sylvan Adventures, a not-for-profit organisation based in Devon.
Sylvan Adventures CIC has the pleasure of hosting the “Wildwood” area at this year Offgrid festival. We have recently formed a community interest company (CIC) with the aim of “Connecting People and Communities to Nature through Adventures”. The Sylvan Adventures tribe will be in the “Wildwood” area throughout the festival providing a chillout relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy time in beautiful natural woodland by a fire or in the nets and hammocks, play, make a friend or meet an old one. www.sylvanadventures.org
Dan Best~ Sylvan Adventures “I founded Sylvan Adventures in 2013 to share my lifelong passion for wildlife and the natural environment. This started with me growing up in rural Herefordshire and developed during my HND in Countryside Management, including over a year spent with the West Wales Wildlife Trust, delivering environmental education.
Since moving to Devon I have worked on the ‘Wild Nights Out’ project for Devon Discovery, Play Torbay and Play England as an Environmental Play Worker, whereby I gained both childcare and forest school qualifications. I am a member of the Forest School Association and a county representative for Devon. I co-delivered the Eco-play and delivered three John Muir Award projects. During my career I have always enjoyed supporting and developing people. As well as my passion for nature and outdoors, I have a keen interest in communication and language difficulties. “
The Earthen Craft Collective
We are a group of female artists and crafters, making handmade goods with an aim to be as locally and sustainably sourced as possible. Focusing on community and supporting each other, we have come together to share our handcrafted wares and unique skills to bring the local handmade crafts back to the people. Inspired by Mother Earth and all the materials she readily provides to us, we aim at living and embodying a low impact lifestyle and being close to the roots.
The Knitting Tent
We are on hand to teach beginners and provide a lovely relaxing space for more experienced crafters to spend some time being creative.
I've been working at festivals with The Knitting Tent for 10 years and also work on community art and craft projects, too many to mention really, but let me know if you want more details! I'm good at providing a nice chill out space, I have good social media skills so will be giving shout outs to Off-Grid in the run up to the festival
The Radical Art Space
The Zigzag Collective
The Zigzag Collective have been creating and growing together for the past five years. Based at the old Morlands site at Beckery Island, Glastonbury; The crew of men, women, children, cats and dogs are creating crafts, arts and off-grid machines from up-cycled materials.
They make rocket stoves and bio-char burners- then cook the pumpkins they grow to eat at Friday-Night Food Nights.
They will attempt to ferment anything- then they sing and dance to their own instruments and will always try and help those that pass on through.
Off Grid Festival has been a vital birthing place for The Zigzag collective. Friendships and working relationships were born there in previous years. Tin Village held a hands on participatory, resilience space at the festival which some of the crew were part of, which became a meeting space for like minded souls. Building Man, a build it yourself mini festival that merged with Off Grid saw friendships made and triggered ideas on how to do things differently on the festival scene.
I am an osteopath who lives in London with my wife and young daughter. I've lived in England most of my life though I've travelled a bit. There are lots things I'd like to see and do (though I'm an old man of 45 now) and I'm quite a student of the problems of the world. Solutions-wise, I like to work with the body: that's something you can really do something about. The body too is always changing: it's a world within us, and it's like it has its own plan to unfold. I'm really interested in ways people can unblock and unlock this potential within.
The way I do this is the work of traditional osteopathy, which is an art and science of balance of body, mind and soul. The door to this is your own body. By gentle, rhythmic movements and pressures, we move towards this balance, coordination and integration. Releasing healing resources means things change. Responses to treatment such as feeling very tired are normal and positive. Go with them. Afterwards, you will normally feel relieved and rejuvenated.
Treatments will take place in my lovely canvas bell-tent. Outside there will be more details on a board of problems we can engage with. Inside there's a table, some rugs and cushions. Sessions are not rushed and last about 1/2 and hour, though we will also talk about your life and the problem(s) you're having. I ask you undress partly, though it's fine if you just wear loose clothes. In exchange for my work and my skills I only hope to be able to cover the costs of the festival for my family. It's not a business proposition but exchange really does make things work. I ask for £25 per session, 1/2 of the normal price,
I invite you there to experience the gentle art of traditional osteopathy, to help your healing potential do its own amazing work.
I have no formal qualifications/training, but plenty of lived experience. I've been politically conscious & active since the late 1970's thanks to anarko-punk and the anti-fascist struggles of those times. My focus has been on extra-parliamentary action & activities and I've been involved in numerous projects, campaigns & protest groups. Since moving to Bristol 15 years ago, I've been a long-term supporter of the Kebele social centre (now BASE), and the activities that emerge from groups who use it, and for the last 10 years have volunteered at a permaculture based community orchard project in east Bristol.
Viva Basura long live the rubbish
In our throwaway society, it came to our attention that we could make so many great things from the items we discard every day. With a little bit of creativity, we aim to bring people together, reducing your carbon foot print by making things out of their recycling bin, old clothes and out collecting things in the parks and woods We offer a range of craft activities, all of which involve using waste products. Adults and children alike love to have a festival costume and our workshops provide just that. With many festivals being themed our workshops can be tailor made to your theme and provide festival goers the opportunity to make something to wear.