Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Sustaining Our Activism: Building Resilient CommunitiesWorkshops in the UK in 2016 - #olsx #occupy #activism #community #sustainable

Sustaining Our Activism: Building Resilient Communities

Workshops in the UK in 2016

To sustain our work for social change
 we need to feel empowered, nourished and creative. In these workshops we will explore tools and strategies for finding inspiration, hope, and ways forward through the ups and downs, to keep going for the long haul.

We are planning a series of workshops including:
  • A 6-day residential workshop on 26th – 31st March, in Devon (details below)
  • 1 and 2 day open workshops around the UK (dates tbc)
  • We can run workshops with your group or organisation

These workshops are for anyone working for social change – whether that means building community through arts or events, organising campaigns, resisting injustice, building alternatives or taking direct action.
The workshop will provide an opportunity to get away from our busy lives and take stock, taking time to reflect and learn from our experiences, and build resilience. We will question the long term viability and sustainability of the ways that we work personally and in our groups, highlighting ways of working that if left un-noticed can produce conflict, physical and mental ill health, trauma and exhaustion. Over the 10 days we will develop skills, practices and ideas to help us make changes in our day to day lives that will support our wellbeing and explore ways of working which keep ourselves, our groups, and our communities sustained and effective in the struggle for social, economic and ecological justice. All workshops will be free, or on a pay-what-you-can basis.

6 day residential workshop

26th – 31st March 2016

(Arriving evening of 25th March, leaving morning of 1st April)
The workshop venue is the High Heathercombe Centre:, which is on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon. Surrounded by woodland and wild moorland, it provides ideal conditions for reflection and renewal. We hope to bring together a diverse group of people, from across the UK and Europe, involved in a wide variety of issues and projects who are keen to share their learning with their networks.
To make the workshop as accessible as we can, we are asking you to make a contribution towards the workshop costs based on a sliding scale of between £20 – £500 (this includes accommodation and all meals).
Please send us an email asking for an application form if you are interested in participating.
Deadline for applications is 12th February.
Places are limited.
This course will be facilitated by: Kathryn (, Claire (, Jake ( ) and Mara ( &
If you are interested in participating in any of these workshops, or you would like to discuss us running a workshop with your group or organisation, please email us so we can keep you updated:

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