The Program

When to land? When to leave? What to expect?

Arrival and Departure 

Arriving

The festival will begin on the evening of Saturday 10th August 2019. Please plan your arrival for 16:00 onward.

We will then share our first meal together at 17:30 followed by a community opening circle beginning at 18:45

Departing

The festival will be ending with our last shared lunch on Saturday 17th August – Please plan to then be packed and ready to leave by 15:00

Please stay for the whole festival time if possible. It will serve the community and each of us and contribute to safety and flow. (and we know that sometimes that is not possible. if you need to leave earlier – please get in touch with us in advance.)

Structure

This festival is structured with Open Space technology, meaning that there are no official trainers or set programs. The spaces are co-led, co-facilitated and co-hosted by the entire community and as such they spring from whatever is alive in us.

Every morning there will be an offering of workshops, as well as requests for workshops, for the two workshop slots available each day. Every member of the community, from young to old, is welcome to offer trainings/sharings and grow on either side. We are open to a great variety in the subjects surronding, influencing and arising from the field of Nonviolent Communication. From dance to shame work, yoga, natur awareness, playtime, conflict work and more – the offerings available will be presented in the morning gathering and posted on a board so that they are easily tracked and followed.

We are planning to host and hold an opening ceremony as well as holding a No-need-for-talent show (no talent required just passion and play!), and apart from that we will create each day together.

For those who would like an idea – this is how it might look (please stay open for it to be changed):

07.00 – 08.00     Morning Offering
07.30 – 09.00     Breakfast
09.30 – 10.30     Morning Circle
11.00 – 12.30     Workshop I
12.30 – 14.00     Lunch
14.00 – 14.30     Free Time, Self Care
14.30 – 15.30     Empathy Groups
15.30 – 17.30     Village Time, Be together, Movement Time (Offers for Free Time)
17.30 – 18.45     Dinner
19.15 – 20.15     Evening Circle
20.30 – open      Evening offers

For those who know they would like to offer a workshop:
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The intention is to create an environment where people feel safe and joyful to share their gifts and offer workshops. For those of you who come with sessions and workshops already in mind – please remember to put in any extra items you might need for the presentation of your own space – special paper, pens, laptops, print outs etc – or contact the team to check if the needed items are already on site.

Please bear in mind that we shall be in pristine and calming natural surroundings at the foot of mountains and nearby to trees and nature – you may wish to offer something that means being outside – this could be forest or medicine walks, meditations in nature, connection to the environment or something similar – we invite you to bring whatever you may need to offer these sorts of spaces as well as those that more indoor workshop focused.

Empathy/Sharing Groups

It is a common practice in Non-Violent Communication camps and extended seminars to help people to form themselves into small empathy circles – groups who spend some time together each day with the intention of hearing, receiving and accompanying each other throughout the week with whatever is there/needed.

Sharing groups serve many purposes, though maybe the biggest one is to create a sort of home base. It can often feel safe to know that you will sit with and be held by the same people each day. talking about what has been going on for you is a great way to help reflect on your day and learning.

We will help you form these groups alongside one-another and try and make sure there is at least one person in each group who is experienced in listening and empathy skills so that they can support those of who who might be newer to this concept.

Food

Our chef for the kitchen will be Harry Edgar Kloser-Pitcher (aka Lived Kitchen – http://www.livedkitchen.com) and will be offering to us breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as (hopefully) cakes and snacks.

The will be vegetarian/vegan and nearly all organic – if there are specific foods needs then these can for the most part be catered to as well and this will be a question we will be asking on the registration form – it is deeply important to us that you are all nourished, satisfied and full.

We acknowledge that some children are at times needing much plainer food than adults. and as such we will be providing extra amounts of plain rice, pasta and vegetable sticks that experience tells us works well for little one when needed.

Anything Else

If you have any other questions, queries or thoughts around what the festival is and how we are intending to offer it please don’t hesitate in contacting us.