Land and Social Change Area

Buddhafield Festival 2018 | That’s All Folks!

A man using a draw knife on a piece of timber

Traditional methods for working with wood | Image © John Flemming 2015

Land and Social Change

Our time on this earth is both fleeting and precious; we must make best use of our time and resources as caretakers for all future beings. Find here an inspirational array of speakers sharing their stories and skills to help us move towards our collective potential in connetion with land and society. Here you will find the Land Tent, the Social Change Space, the ‘We the Uncivilised’ Lodge and Trackways.

We’re delighted to say that we’ve confirmed the following talks and worskhops so far this year.

Wetheuncivilised Lodge - Solar powered Ecological Cinema and Learning Hub. Join us in co-creating a culture of connection and belonging, as we explore the possibilities and challenges of meeting these times of ecological and social crisis through activism in its many forms. Come to connect and explore ideas through a wealth of talks, discussions, and workshops, to inspire, inform and ultimately, empower us to make a stand. In the evenings come to kick back on cushions for films, live music, and our late night off-grid open mic and jam sessions. Bring your instruments and your voices as we weave together our stories of belonging and active hope! Featuring workshops/films and discussion by: Landmatters Community, Reclaim the Power, Greenpeace, Rising Up, 8-Shields Network, The Work that Reconnects with many more to be confirmed!

Trackways teaches skills that make us feel at home on the Earth, they awaken a strong innate connection to nature and open our lives to adventure in the wilds. Thomas has been teaching for 23 years and weaves the shamanic and the practical skills together with insight and experience. Trackways will be offering Flint knapping, Nature connection, Tracking and other ancient craft skills.

Land Tent

Host to daily workshops on permaculture, social permaculture, foraging, nature awareness and gardening, plus a well stocked reference library.

Workshops in the Land Tent:

Learn Permaculture with Aranya, author of ‘Permaculture Design: a Step-by-Step Guide’. He has served the British Permaculture Association for many years as both a trustee and a member of several working groups, including Diploma development, now acting as a senior tutor in the Diploma system. He has a You Tube channel ‘Learn Permaculture‘, and is currently finishing a second book about systems thinking & using patterns in permaculture design.

  • Change your world with permaculture Wanting to green up your life, but not sure where to start? Permaculture can help! This workshop introduces you to its key elements and shows you how its ethics, principles and design process can help you to clarify your next steps.
  • Patterns and forms - nature's secrets of success (outdoors walk - weather permitting)

Nature abounds with beautiful patterns, but why do we see the same forms repeating over and over again? Discover how we can also use these patterns to efficiently and harmoniously meet many of our needs, such as conserving energy or distributing resources. This workshop will show you a new way of seeing the world.

  • The permaculture garden While permaculture is so much more than just ‘a kind of organic gardening’, it can be the easiest place to start applying it. The principles of permaculture enable us to apply nature’s secrets of success to our own landscape, creating a diverse, wildlife-friendly and productive habitat, with less work.
  • Real wealth and wiser money The current money system may be the reason why our beautiful Earth is being so dangerously exploited, but exchange is not only natural but essential to a strong community. Come along to discover how we can do this so much better and how you may have more to offer your community than you realise.

Counter Cultural Explorations with Tim Lawrence. Tim has been exploring the interactions between community,  learning, livelihood, ecology, land rights and spirituality in a range of guises, cultures and contexts for twenty odd years.

  • The Eagle and the Raven - Totems for today? Reimagining our landscapes through the lenses of historical fiction, grief, and ecological restoration.
  • In and Over the Hedge we go Looking for culture beyond enclosures, using foraging, feral learning, and the myth of human supremacy as our guides.
  • De-growth, Diversity and Inner Demons Facing the shadows of productivity, privelege, and power, in order to revive community, habitat and land - based livelihoods.

Allotment Gardening with Colin Payne.

  • The No-Dig Allotment How to grow organically on an allotment without digging. Despite what the experts tell us, it is not necessary to dig your soil routinely. In this workshop I will explain the how and the why of no-dig growing. The workshop includes guidance on reclaiming an overgrown allotment without digging.
  • The Low-Maintenance Allotment How to manage your allotment efficiently and organically, minimising effort, and without digging. We shouldn't be afraid to question accepted wisdom and to ask ourselves whether jobs are really necessary.
  • The Self-Sufficient Allotment How to maximise the productivity of an allotment, growing organically and intensively without digging. Suggestions on how to achieve 6 crops from your land in 4 years. Suggestions on how to extend the season of certain crops, and how to preserve your surpluses.

Flyagaric offer nature based activities for all ages. Fun, wild, exploring of nature and self. Based near Findhorn, Scotland.

  • Wild Nature Connection Games for children and adults in a fun for all ages session.
  • "Useful Nature"  Wild Food Foraging Walks around the fields and hedges of the festival site, exploring wild foods, wild medicinal plants and some of the lore and stories around them. What different tree's uses are, how we would have related to wildlife historically and today, and much more as we interact and explore the wild nature around the site.

Nature Connection, Culture Repair and Growing the Village: An Introduction to the 8 Shields and the Art of Mentoring Join Peter Cow, the lead organiser of last year's UK Art of Mentoring camp to hear about the 8 Shields 200-year culture repair project: How can we connect more deeply to ourselves, each other and nature? What cultural principles can we learn from long term, land connected cultures around the world? What has happened in the first 37 years of the project? How can you get involved?

Acorn Leadership Introduction with Peter Cow. Hear about the way these events are set up to create a wholistic, healing field for all, wehere people feel deeply met and held, and are invited to be a part of that holding. How can we use the wisdom and tools of the 8 Shields and the Art of Mentoring to create effective and wholistic groups and communities? What important roles and archetypes are needed to create a wholistic 'field' at an event or organisation? How can we make sure our work and groups are fun and rewarding as well as effective?

Wild Medicine Walk Join Medical Herbalist Jessie Martelhof on this gentle walk and learn how to safely identify and use some of our native wild flowers, leaves, seeds and trees as botanical medicine.

Nature Connection Daniel Thompson-Mills has been living at Steward Wood on the edge of Dartmoor as part of the low impact eco-community there for 18 years. He has a passion for facilitating nature connection and as well as teaching bushcraft and nature awareness skills, he is an archery instructor.

  • Wild Food Foray Daniel will open the world of edible plants to those who wish to discover and share knowledge. You will learn: The benefits of foraging. The Golden Rules of foraging. Classifying plants by family. Some medicinal uses of plants. Wild food recipes. The basics of preserving foods.
  • Nature Awareness Would you like to experience being in Nature in a deeper way? Ever wondered how you can have closer encounters with wildlife? This workshop will guide you in ways to tune up your senses and drop into a deeper and richer experience of being in the outdoors.

Sat 2pm - Buddhafield Festival -Should we be Vegan, Should we be Organic? -Come and give your opinion to the organisers whether all traders at Buddhafield Festival should be organic or vegan.

Social Change

The social change space offers an inspirational array of speakers sharing their stories and skills to help us move towards our collective potential. You will find these workshops in either the Social Change Tent or the Wetheuncivilised Lodge. Check the boards at the Info Point for times and location.

Secrets of Community Living an interactive workshop exploring what makes communities thrive or nose-dive. Understand the difference between structural and interpersonal conflict and discover types of community glue. Let's move from talking to creating. Led by Naim Ritter from the Art/Earth/Tech Institute and Noah Walton from

Envisioning Conscious Co-Living an interctive workshop encouraging you to envision your ideal conscious co-living community. We will present the "Co-Living Manifesto," which can be used as a reference point incorporating aspects such as Sustainability, Community, Wellbeing, Finance, Legal & Architecture. Led by the Art/Earth/Tech Institute, Naima Ritter and Noah Walton

Buzztour a 1400 mile walk to find hope amongst environmentalists, dressed as a bee, living off donations. Eve Carnall is author of The Buzz Tour.

  • Overcoming Fear, Looking at the nature of fear and techniques so that it doesn’t hold us back from doing what we want to do. This workshop does not deal with trauma or mental illness. Eve CarnallIn the Wetheuncivilised Hub
  • Change the Culture not the Climate, Looking at the types of social change to protect the environment and how we might create system change.

Sustainability Conversations, with Heike Schroeder and Bruce Lankford. This is a series of four workshops to engage in sustainability conversations. We will be covering the topics of climate change, deforestation, food and water security. Heike is a senior lecturer in climate change and international development at the University of East Anglia and member of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Rising Up! Started in 2016 by a group who felt that what activist groups are doing is great but that something different is needed, Rising Up is based on researching the successes and failures of social movements around the world, to come up with ideas of what a group in the UK might do to build towards systems change. It will focus on its new campaign, ‘Extinction Rebellion’, which is pushing for a national conversation about the climate crisis and a zero carbon economy.

Democracy Anywhere with Rising Up! The purpose of 'Democracy Anywhere' is to create much needed open spaces for airing viewpoints and working out directions of travel to make the world a fairer and more sustainable place. This is a 'pop up democracy' combination of art and politics based on a spectrum line game of 'yes' at one end, 'no' at the other and 'maybe' in the middle. It is guided by the following questions: what are the problems? What needs to happen to resolve them? How do we need to get there?

Spoken Truths (performance) with Jay from Rising Up! A journey of becoming in our broken world; of going to the heart of despair, and reclaiming what we choose to fight for. A powerful mixed media solo performance piece, using spoken word, paintings and music to explore themes of destruction of nature, slavery and guilt, losing and finding our own power, addiction to unsustainable energy, resistance to domination and fighting back.

An Introduction to the Theatre of The Oppressed with Reboot the Roots “Theatre is the Art of Looking at Ourselves" - Augusto Boal. Theatre of the Oppressed is a range of techniques, games and exercises, developed to support the empowerment and liberation of individuals and their communities. It is a way of analysing the power dynamics of our society and our personal relationships, based on the belief that personal problems are social problems. In this workshop we will explore empowering change through dialogue.  Using the games and exercises we will introduce theatre as a tool for exploring external and internal oppressions.

What is Eco Dharma? with Drew McCauley. The Eco Dharma Centre in the Catalan Pyrenees, offers courses, events and retreats to help reach our human potential and the development of an ecological consciousness.

What is the Green Earth Awakening? Buddhafield’s engaged buddhist event for buddhists, activists, and anyone wanting to move towards social and ecological renewal. Come and find out more and how to get involved.

Routes to Resilience with Amaragita. Exploring 6 key Routes to Resilience and how they can be applied to Individuals, teams/group, and organisations. Would you like to understand map and measure resilience in different contexts? Through a series of participatory exercises and discussions we will bring attention to what could most helpfully be addressed to increase your resilience.

Nicola Peel is a highly acclaimed international speaker on the challenges of environmental sustainability and the creation of grassroots solutions to problems left behind in the Amazon by global corporations. She is founder of Eyes of Gaia, a hub with ideas of how tomake the world a better place.

  • Positive Solutions Around the World from cleaning up oil spills with fungi, and building from waste, learn the wonders of biomimicry and what nature can teach us.
  • Reconnecting to the Elements through discussion, movement and sound.
  • What Can One Person Do how we can all maximise our efforts to create the world we wish to see.

LABO is an organisation for social change that works with popular education such as Theater of the Oppressed and The Work that reconnects. We organise workshops and events to raise conciousness and to empower critical citizenship. These interactive workshop is inspired by ‘the work that reconnect’ of Joanna Macy (eco-philosopher and Buddhist activist)

  • Where are we Coming From: Connection with Ancestors Experience how the connection with the past can empower ourself in the now. By going back in time we can realise that our industrial consumption society is only a fraction from the whole and that we can learn from the deeper rooted heritage of our planet to make change.
  • Where are we Now: Connection with Ourself and our Body Experience the connection to deeper levels of knowledge and to ancient powers in ourselves through our bodies. By doing this we open our consciousness for what is at stake in this world because the dangers we are confronted with are the dangers of our bodies.
  • Where are we Going to: from Despair to Action This workshop helps us to transform fear and despair into inspiration and empowerment. It’s a true medicine for the soul. To face and participate in these times, we need to gather all the resources, wisdom and support we can to sustain ourselves and our visions for new ways of doing and being in the world. Inspired by ‘the work that reconnect’ of Joanna Macy (eco-philosopher and Buddhist activist) and ‘Theater of the Oppressed’ of Augusto Boal.

You will also find in Land and Social Change;

Spinning Learn to spin sheep fleece and other natural fibres using a drop spindle to create colourful and textured yarns. Learn the basics of spinning, suitable for children and beginners. Learn how to: Spin using a drop spindle. Card fleece into rolags ready for spinning. Compare different fibre and fleece. Examine and use a variety of spinning equipment.

Weaving Weave using your own spun yarn or a variety of textured and colourful yarn together using different techniques. Learn the basics of weaving, suitable for children and beginners. Learn how to: Use a variety of weaving looms. Design your fabric. Prepare your loom. Weave using a variety of techniques. Complete your weaving, possibly using fringing

Wonderful Woods with Jay Hadley. Wood working. Learn how to make dove tail joints, try different tools, explore different woods of the world, talk wood, be wood, wood, wood, wood.

Create, Repair, Invent and Adjust!! with Benjamin Schulz. Learn how to give your most loved clothes a new lease of life!

  • Basic sewing machine skills this is a two hour workshop learning how to set up and thread a traditional hand crank machine and the basic stiches, as well as the designing, cutting out and sewing of a simple item.
  • Advanced sewing machine skills and garment making this is a two-three hours workshop that requires some previous experience (potentially the basic skills workshop above) and would include the care, cleaning and oiling of the machine, and the drawing, cutting out and sewing of a garment of choice.
  • Clothes mending and altering workshops these are short, one hour long, workshops to learn basic mending and altering skills, along with tips on how to keep your clothes lasting for as long as possible. The specific skills to be taught include: How to make patches for holes and rips. How to sew buttons and fix button holes. How to mend hems and take up trousers and skirts. How to rethread waistband cords and elasticated areas.

See also the Green Crafts programme.