Full Programme Details
Saturday 17th February
9.00 House Meeting – daily resident and volunteer meeting to check in and allocate the tasks of the day – guests are also welcome.
A Globe of Villages, and the Power of Local Communities: Chris Rhodes.
Oil and natural gas are essential to modern industrialised agriculture; however, its practices are driving erosion of the world’s soils and a loss of biodiversity. In contrast, food production on a more local scale is found to preserve the quality and fertility of soil. Permaculture is a design “system” based on “nature as teacher”, which could help optimise the use of energy and other resources in town and city settings, while minimising and repurposing “waste”. The Transition Towns movement and the Circular Economy are based on permaculture principles.
Includes film In Transition 2.0 – a story of resilience and hope in extraordinary times – showing how communities are adapting to provide for their needs.
Committee of Management Meeting – Sensory – The first part of the committee of management meeting, the ‘sensory’ session is open to all – The meeting will contemplate the items on the agenda and hear feelings about the issues before moving into the executive phase in the afternoon – observations and contributions welcomed.
Learning through games in the woods – Andy Freedman of Forest School Camps and Woodcraft Movement discusses progressive education such as camping, outdoor community and exposure to wild places as a catalyst to understanding ourselves within a group and understanding the natural environment of which we are part. Join in immersive and fun outdoor sessions playing in nature and sharpening senses. Discussions will include approaches to education including recognition of rituals and trials important to Woodcraft and Forest School movements and a look at cultural appropriation. Continues at 12:00
11:30 Refreshments break Organic teas, coffee and herbals with home-made cookies
Film screening: Inhabit – a Permaculture Perspective – examples of humans as healing forces for the planet, designing sustainable, regenerative ecosystems, forest gardens and happy, healthy communities … Could our footprint be something good to leave?
Learning through games in the woods (part 2) – see earlier session
13:00 -14:00 Lunch
Lunch must be booked in advance – A home cooked buffet lunch using mostly local and organic ingredients (vegan & gluten free options can be requested on booking)
14:00 – 16:00
Poetry Walk – a gentle guided walk with specially selected poems to listen to or read aloud – led by Ruth Garwood
Tomorrow (Demain) – French made inspirational film. Showing solutions, telling a feel-good story… this may be the best way to solve the ecological, economic and social crises that our countries are going through. Meet the pioneers who are re-inventing agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education.
Bread Making part 1
First stages learning to make a perfect crusty loaf, a focaccia and sourdough breads (2 further sessions) with Adele from Cracking Good Food
A very hands-on introduction to bread making, incorporating the history and politics of bread, learning about the different yeasts, organic flours and of course how to knead well. The results will be enjoyed at dinner time.
16:00 Refreshment break
Intentional Communities – Documentary film about community living, made at Braziers Park
Bread Making part 2 – second stage and baking the bread for dinner
18:30 -19:30 Dinner (must be pre-booked)
19.30 – Bonfire, burgers & bar behind the barn
Barn Dance: cost £10/£8 – under 12s £5 please book in advance – see separate event listing and booking form.
Relax and Chat in the inner hall for those not wishing to join barn dance or bonfire – feel free to bring a drink or snacks to share. Any musicians may like to bring instruments.
Sunday 18th February
07:00 Bread Making part 3 – Sourdough – Meet in the main kitchen for an early morning session before the breakfast cooks arrive
08:00 Quiet Meeting / meditation in The Library – enjoy some meditation or contemplation and start your day with quietness
08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast buffet with fruit juice, toast, boiled eggs and porridge
Pay and pack
If you haven’t already now is your chance to pay in the office. Payments can be made by bank transfer (see booking form), cash or cheque but not card.
House history tour
Hear all about the origins of the house and the community, some famous past owners of Braziers and the architecture whilst exploring the nooks and crannies.
10:00 – 11:00
Particles and States of Matter
Fun physics with rubber bands and no maths – for those who didn’t get it first time with Aggie Forster. Using a bit of history, modelling, some rubber bands and paper, we will examine exactly what goes on when materials melt or evaporate, or solidify again. With next to no equations and absolutely no maths lets see if we can find the words to make sense of our world. If all you remember of physics at school is hard and boring you will be surprised!
How to enrich your life with empathic communication
Introduction to nonviolent communication (NVC) bring compassion and peace to your relationships – Clare Palmer
Guided Estate Tour
A leisurely stroll around the estate spotting early spring flowers including hellebore and snowdrops, ornamental gardens, organic walled vegetable garden, orchard, woodland and meadows – you may get a glimpse of the Vortex too!
11:00 Refreshment break
Is the food system broken?
A talk by Jon Tomlinson & Adele Jordan of Cracking Good Food social enterprise. Cracking Good Food campaigns against food waste and delivers
community cooking training sessions. Food poverty, mental health and social isolation are all addressed by bringing communities together to cook and eat delicious meals made from scratch with surplus fresh produce. Could something like this happen in your community?
13:00 -14:00 Lunch
Braziers’ Archives – an update from project team
Braziers Park School of Integrative Social Research has archives and weekly meeting notes going back to 1950 – Charlotte and Catherine have taken on the task of delving in and attempting some order – hear what fascinating nuggets they have found so far.
Poetry circle / workshop / open mic
A time to try your hand at writing poetry and/or bring a favourite poem to share with the group or listen to others’ contributions.
Society for Preservation of Ancient Buildings (S.P.A.B)
An open meeting to continue discussions on the preservation of Braziers’ ancient and historic buildings
Plenary Session – the final session where everyone can come together to share what anything they have learned and enjoyed during the weekend.