What is it?
The Green Earth Awakening is an intimate, late summer gathering to explore engaged Buddhism, community living, land skills and creative responses to forging social resilience. To bring together Buddhists, activists and anyone who is drawn to exploring the skills required to reach our collective potential. An Off-grid, drug and alcohol-free, temporary community where creativity can weave and connections can deepen. Expect the opportunity to network and collaborate through discourse, movement, music, play and fireside story and song.
In turbulent times how do we find the motivation and inner resources to effect positive change without reacting from anxiety, fear and anger? The principles taught by the Buddha are of benefit to those seeking effective and sustained social transformation.
Through talks, group discussion and practical workshops we will explore the skills available to us for stepping out into the world with our intentions sustained and resourced.
We have hosted 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, Wetheuncivilised plus community groups, facilitators, eco-psychologists, activists, permaculture teachers, climate scientists.
The profits from this event will go towards funding the Buddhafield Charity and supporting groups, networks and individuals engaged in ecological and social resistance.
The Green Earth Awakening is a camping event for up to 500 people in the beautiful Blackdown Hills. 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 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 healing area will offer an array of bodywork and healing through the week and the kid's area will provide free workshops and play.
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.
This is a camping event in late summer so come prepared with all you might need such as a torch, tent, sleeping bag, roll mat, warm clothes and waterproof shoes. A watch is helpful to get to workshops on time. A gong will be rung 10 minutes before the start of each session.
Our Forest School leader has written a letter for parents wanting to apply for absence during term time. This will be available to download and print early in 2019, to accompany a personal letter to your child's teacher.
Our 2019 Theme is Evolution or Extinction
'Magical, re-inspiring, inspirational'
'My favourite event of the year'
'You have created for so many people - a chance to remember who they are'
'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 experience that has echoed throughout the last months and I hope will continue to do so until GEA 2017 next September.' Birgit Muller
Generosity and support
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.