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International Reclaim the Fields Action Camp 28th August – 2nd September 2015 in Shropshire

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When: Friday 6pm 28th August – Wednesday 2nd September 2015

Where: Dudleston Community Protection Camp, Shropshire on the Wales/England Border.

http://www.reclaimthefields.org.uk/reclaim-the-fields-international-action-camp-2015/workshops-programme/
About: Reclaim the Fields UK (RTF) was born in 2011, as a star in a wider constellation of food and land struggles that reaches around the globe. Since 2011, camps and other RTF gatherings have helped support local communities in struggle, share skills, developed networks, and strengthened the resistance to exploitation, in Bristol, west London, Gloucestershire, Nottingham and Fife among other locations.
Every two years there is also an international camp, where people from around Europe and beyond meet together to support a local struggle (from gold mining in Romania to open cast coal mining in Germany, for example). People share share stories and ideas about resistance and reclaiming our food system beyond national borders. This year, an international gathering will be held in the UK, in Dudleston, Shropshire, on the Welsh/English border.

The aims of the camp are:

To support local communities in the west and north west of England, and the north of Wales with their struggles against fracking
To increase participation in Reclaim the Fields
To demonstrate visible, active opposition to prison construction
To support Dudleston Community Protection Camp build a garden and infrastructure to become more self-reliant
To demonstrate the interconnection between these struggles
To inspire and radicalise everyone involved

What is happening:

Two days of Action – Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd September – demonstrations & actions against companies involved in the construction of the North Wales prison, as well as local fracking-related targets.
Workshops & Skillshares – Over the bank holiday weekend there will be abundant opportunities to learn, share, discuss and connect with other people.
Building & Growing on the site – Be part of installing gardens & low impact infrastructure at the community protection camp. Learn about permaculture, agroecology, forest gardening, mushroom growing, pallet construction, compost toilet making, off-grid electrics and more.

Why:

This camp has been organised to support the local community in Dudleston to resist fracking in their area (as well as working with other local anti-fracking groups & protection camps in the North West who have been resisting extreme energy developments for a number of years). To find out more about their struggle visit: http://frack-off.org.uk/blockade/dudleston-community-protection-camp/
It has also been organised to give attention to the North Wales Prison Project that is being constructed. This will be Europe’s second largest prison holding 2100 prisoners and the first of a number of ‘mega prisons’ that the UK Government wish to build. Click here for more information about the prison, why we are against it & links to articles about the prison industrial complex in the UK

How to get involved:

Click on the links below to find more practical information about the camp and how to get involved:

Workshops & programme – what’s happening & how to contribute
Planning Actions
Directions & public transport information
What to bring
Safer Spaces Agreement
Accessibility of the site
Food & donations

This is a DIY camp and everyone is needed to get stuck in to make it happen. People are needed to:

Support with publicity before the event – sharing the gathering online, putting posters up, encouraging your local group to get involved. People are also needed to help design the programme, respond to emails & plan facilitation.
Helping with site set up & building infrastructure (planning this in advance & being on site a few days before the gathering)
Signing up to a shift over the weekend to help with cooking, site set up & safety, being on the welcome tent & so forth
Supporting local groups to organise actions
If you can help with any of these tasks please email info@reclaimthefields.noflag.org.uk

Spread the word:

Poster design here: http://reclaimthefields.noflag.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/724x1024xRTF-Camp-2015-Small-724×1024.jpg.pagespeed.ic.nstm8bYFPI.jpg
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/560637597407933/

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Green Earth Awakening Camp 2015 May 21st

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Thursday 21st — Monday 25th May 2015
At Tinkers Bubble

A five day camp exploring how Buddhism can help us along the path towards community and sustainability. With green crafts, engaged dharma, social change, forest school, healing area and a daily timetable of workshops, talks, meditation, yoga, qi gong, dance and music. An intimate gathering to deepen into ourselves and a wider awareness. Tools for the mind, skills for our future.

Transform, sustain, thrive: through our intentions we can engage in the world with a deepened awareness. We can mindfully sustain ourselves in our daily lives, in community and in the wider world. By seeing the interconnection of all things and feeling the benefit of sustaining all life, we can become empowered to thrive.

http://www.buddhafield.com/?events=green-earth-awakening-camp

Monkton Wyld Family Fun this halfterm – February 19+20 2015

monktonwyldWYLD FAMILY FUN THIS HALF-TERM
Thursday 19th Feb, 2-4pm
Friday 20th Feb, 10-1pm
Lunch (optional) 1-2pm both days
Age 4+
Making, playing and exploring together in the beautiful surroundings of Monkton Wyld Court. Activities will be tailored to the weather so we can’t tell you what they will be yet but forest-school trained workshop leader Polly never fails to disappoint!
Activities: £6.50 per child
Lunch: £3.50 per child, £8 per adult.
Booking Essential 01297 560 34201297 560 342 or info@monktonwyldcourt.org

FarmHack UK 18th & 19th April 2015, Ruskin Mill farm Gloucestershire

Subject: [RTF- UK ] FarmHack UK 18th & 19th April 2015, Ruskin Mill farm Gloucestershire

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Dear All,The Landworkers Alliance present the first ever FarmHack event outside of north America at Ruskin Mill Farm, Gloucestershire on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th April 2015. The event will bring together farmers, growers, fabricators, engineers and IT programmers to demonstrate and share tools, skills & ideas. Over the two days there will be field demonstrations, practical workshops, seminars, entertainment, good food, local ale and a stomping ceilidh.

FarmHack is a community of farmers and growers developing appropriate tools for small scale ecological farming. It was founded by The Greenhorns in the U.S. in 2010 and has since held regular events to bring the community together on farms and in workshops across the USA. FarmHack is founded on the principles of open source technology meaning that tools and techniques are also shared and developed on the online forum www.farmhack.net

Please help us to spread the word, especially to those who have appropriate tools and machinery to demonstrate. There are also a couple of free slots in the workshop sessions for anyone who has ideas, theories or technology of benefit to the FarmHack community. Please contact Ed directly on 07858 381539 or edhamer@riseup.net if you would like to present at FarmHack UK.

Booking is essential for the Ruskin Mill event and can be completed online here: http://landworkersalliance.org.uk/farmhack/

We look forward to seeing you there!

Neighbourhoods That Work (NTW)

thelandissacredNTW is a concept for achieving a ‘neighbourhood that works’ – a place where most of us would like to live.

Neighbourhoods could be vibrant, productive, fun and sustainable places to live. Beyond what it would do for the local community this also has increasing global significance.

Dr. Ted Trainer from NSW University says that while greener industries and greener technologies will play an important role in the future, sustainability must also involve more self sufficiency and more cooperation at both household and neighbourhood levels.

see: http://landrights4all.weebly.com/