Green Earth Awakening 2017:
A warm welcome! | Image © Steve Jackson 2015
Wednesday 20 — Sunday 24 September 2017.
The Green Earth Awakening is a camping event for up to 500 people in the beautiful Blackdown Hills at the new moon. Hot shower and sauna facilities are available on site for a small charge.
Each day will follow a timetable of meditation, bodywork, workshops and talks with evening music, ritual, open mic and cinema all included in the price. The crafts will run drop in spaces throughout the week and some will ask for a donation to cover their material costs.
The Buddhafield Cafe and Outer Regions Cafe will be the main food vendors. A meal pass can be purchased online that will cover all meals from Wednesday dinner through to Sunday lunch at the Buddhafield Cafe. Individual meals can also be bought from either Cafe throughout the days.
The Green Earth Awakening is a convergence of engaged Buddhism, community living, land skills, and creative responses towards social resilience. A drug and alcohol free forum for exchange and exploration, with bodywork, dance and music.
In turbulent times it can be easy to react from anger and fear. How do we find the motivation to effect positive change and to sustain that energy without sacrifice to ourselves? The principles taught by the Buddha are of universal benefit to those seeking to make effective and sustained engagement with the world.
We host a platform for groups and speakers such as D.A.N.C.E, Eco-dharma, Ecological Land Co-op, Radical Routes, Earth First!, Land Workers Alliance, The Tyndall Centre, Mindfulness4Change plus community groups, facilitators, eco-psychologists, activists, permaculture teachers, climate scientists and more.
The profits from this event will go towards funding the Buddhafield Charity and supporting groups, networks and individuals engaged in ecological and social resistance.
This year’s theme; Embracing Simplicity. Let us strip back our complicated desires of possession and consumption to embrace our wilder selves. To simplify our lives does not lead to sacrifice and limitation. We will find ourselves fuller, wiser and with an enriched clarity of purpose.
Booking is now open!
Our Forest School leader has written a letter for parents wanting to apply for absence during term time. Download and print this document to accompany a personal letter to your child's teacher.We’re recruiting volunteers for the Buddhafield Café and looking for GEA workshop proposals.
If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is tied up with mine, then let us work together.
Lila Watson, Aboriginal Activist, 1970s
Through talks, group discussion and practical workshops we will explore engaged buddhism, community living, land skills, nature connection and creative responses to social engagement. There will also be music, dance, body work, green crafts, healing area and all in a drink and drug free environment.
This was my first time at GEA. I went there together with Bristol DANCE, which gave me a great base to explore the Festival from. And I think the word ‘exploration’ sums up my festival experience quite nicely. Being inspired by the talks, challenged in the workshops, deeply moved by the ceremony for extinct animals or trying out new things like Qi Gong, a Puja or Moon salutation, all these together with meeting some amazing people made this an expierence that has echoed throughout the last months and I hope will continue to do so until GEA 2017 next September.”
A proportion of GEA budget will be given to support groups, networks and individuals engaged in ecological and social resistance. We will be supporting those who dedicate themselves to promoting the rights of all life, now and for future generations. Last year we hosted Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (DANCE) by providing free placements to active members. See also the DANCE Facebook page.
The following talks were given at The Green Earth Awakening in 2016,
- Satish Kumar: Buddha the First Ecologist,
- Ghuyapati: Transformative Groups for Fugitive Equilibrium,
- Alex Swain: Embodied Dharma: Love, Politics and Integrated Engagement,
- Kamalamani: Choosing Childlessness and Cherishing Life,