Earth First! Summer Gathering 2015

Summer Gathering 2015

19th-24th Aug, Peak District

Five days of skill-sharing for grassroots ecological direct action - make links, share ideas, and get involved in the struggles against fracking, new roads and more

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Summer Gathering Workshops

This is a family-friendly gathering structured around a full programme of diverse workshops, campaigns round-ups, networking sessions and more. From physical & practical outdoor sessions to discussion-based workshops - the aim is to provide something for everyone, whether you're just dipping your toes into direct action campaigning or have been around a while. It is also a great opportunity to meet, socialise and organise with like-minded people and have some fun!

The workshop programme will run from Wednesday morning through to the evening meal on Sunday. Wednesday morning’s workshops will be practical ones focused on setting up a protest site or gathering - so if you’ve not there already helping set-up, come Tuesday night or first thing Wednesday to gain valuable skills. The full timetable will be announced when finalised, so check back for updates.

Please contact us if you would like to offer to run a workshop at the gathering (or know of somebody who could) via .

Workshop Programme

The full, printed, programme, is now available (pdf). A list of workshops which have been confirmed (over 170 titles/230 workshops so far) can also be found below.

Workshop Categories: Earth First!, Campaigns/Issues, Campaign & Strategy Skills, Skills For Working In Groups, Action Skills, Practical Skills, Camp Skills, Critical Reflections, Solidarity and Resilience and Creative Activism:

Title Description Day/Time
Monday/Tuesday 17/18th August
Set-Up Please come and help with setting up the site on Monday/Tuesday if you can. You don't need to have any particular skills for this, just willingness to do a bit of work and you'll walk away with lots of practical skills and new friends. Mon/Tues
Wednesday 19th August
Introduction To Earth First! & the Gathering If it’s your first time or you’re curious about how EF! and the Gathering works, come and ask questions and hear a bit about why Earth First! and why people got involved. See how the EF! network can support your passion to fan the flames... Weds
9:30
(30 mins)
Camp Hygiene General principles to keep people at camps healthy and how germs spread Weds
10:00
(75 mins)
How To Set Up A Field Kitchen Key practical and health considerations for field kitchens Weds
10:00
(75 mins)
How To Put Up Marquees And Domes Learn how to erect structures & maintain them against the elements Weds
10:00
(75 mins)
Flat-Pack Compost Toilet Cubicles How to assemble, as well as their basic principles Weds
10:00
(75 mins)
Learn About Laying Out A Site Best practice for laying out a site, including legal requirements such as fire lanes and licensing laws Weds
10:00
(75 mins)
How To Build Hands-Free Hand-Washing Stations A must for camp hygiene, simple & low-tech Weds
11:30
(90 mins)
Help Make The Space Welcoming And Beautiful Sprucing up the site, including welcome tent Weds
11:30
(90 mins)
How To Make A Camp Accessible Methods for making a site as accessible as possible, with few resources Weds
11:30
(90 mins)
Simple Site Plumbing Basic principles, including soak-aways Weds
11:30
(90 mins)
Off-Grid Electrics For Sites Set up & basic principles Weds
11:30
(90 mins)
How To Do Mass Catering A hands-on workshop. With over 25 years of vegan mass catering in fields and on protests, come and learn how to feed the masses, wholesome, tasty and hygienic, with time to ask questions and hear experiences – come ready to chop! (Veggies) Weds
11:30
(90 mins)
Headline-Grabbing Interventions This workshop will be about small scale urban activism. How can you gain a maximum effect with small interventions (urban accupuncture), getting as much attention as possible. This workshop will point out the importance of a communication-plan and give useful pointers on how to communicate effectively through your actions. Weds
14:00
(60 mins)
The Highs And Lows Of Working As A Coalition – The Example of Frack Free Dee Hear how our coalition is structured and organises, adopt our successes into your campaign and avoid our pitfalls. Then share your success stories and discuss how things could be improved with the luxury of hindsight. (Frack Free Dee) Weds
14:00
(60 mins)
Land Access And Traveller Law Introduction to laws regarding land access. Covering private, common and open access land and the right to roam. Discussion and knowledge sharing regarding traveller statutes in the criminal justice act. Land access rights under common law. Weds
14:00
(60 mins)
Radical Views ... Critical Thought? An Introductory Workshop On Critical Thinking, Ideology And Culture Anyone attending this gathering will have, at some point, broken with the conventional ideological wisdom of our culture. But does that mean we have broken with ideology itself? Have we managed to free our minds of all ideology, or simply escaped from one set of rigid beliefs into another? This workshop will provide a number of examples of the ways we tend to slip into uncritical patterns of thoughts, and some tools to help us challenge those patterns. Weds
14:00
(60 mins)
Emotional Resilience & Repression An opportunity to talk about the emotional impacts of repression in a safe, facilitated space. We will share tools & strategies for coping & recovering from repression so we can stay engaged in social and ecological struggles. (Free to Fight) Weds
14:00
(60 mins)
Introduction To Radical Ecopsychology What is ecopsychology and what is radical about it? This workshop begins with a short talk on the relationship between psyche, nature and society, continues with some experiential exercises working in pairs and concludes with a group discussion on the importance of bringing an ecopsychological perspective into our activism and outreach work. Weds
14:00
(60 mins)
The ZAD – A French Grassroots Anti-Aviation Struggle Learn about the campaign against the seizure of 4000 acres by the French state for an airport project from the point of view of a participant in this 7 year struggle, which has been occupying and cultivating the land for 4 years. Including a brief history of the more than 45 year project and the struggle against it, beginning with the 2009 Climate Action Camp, through a large scale eviction attempt that failed in 2012 and reinforced the struggle, which has involved a wide variety of people including farmers, citizen associations, political parties, hobos, radical militants and others. The occupation is a collective experiment intent on establishing a permanent autonomous base, perhaps one of many which could supplant the system from the inside. However, the government is set on evicting us, destroying the preserved ecosystem, dismantling our experiment, building one more airport and developing a huge area of land. International support is always needed and welcome! More info here: (La ZAD) Weds
15:15
(60 mins)
Tools For Strategy Social change takes time! This workshop will introduce tools for helping campaigners plan campaigns that are strategic, work towards long-term goals, and to develop tactics that help achieve them. (War Resisters International) Weds
15:15
(120 mins)
Conflict Resolution Forming and maintaining groups requires skills to deal with conflicts that will inevitably come up in the process. I will present tools to deal with conflict that mainly originate from the concepts of Mediation and Nonviolent Communication and offer some exercises to develop useful skills. Weds
15:15
(120 mins)
Tools For Strategy Social change takes time! This workshop will introduce tools for helping campaigners plan campaigns that are strategic, work towards long-term goals, and to develop tactics that help achieve them. (War Resisters International) Weds
15:15
(120 mins)
Power & Privilege In Our Groups Whether you’re relieved to read that workshop title, haven’t come across the phrase power and privilege before, are irritated by it, or anything in between, this participative workshop is for you. Our groups and campaigns often unintentionally replicate the power structures many of us are trying to challenge. We’ll be talking about how race, culture, class, gender and other issues play out in environmental groups, how we talk (or don’t talk) about them, how we get better at listening to each other and specifically, what we can do so all voices are valued equally. (London Roots) Weds
15:15
(120 mins)
Capture The Media How can we navigate the media? Learn how to use it, and not be used by it. (Gathering Place News) Weds
15:15
(120 mins)
(In)Direct Action? ... A Critical Reflection On Radical Politics Why do we do what we do? What do we think it will achieve? How do we imagine our movement growing, and what would happen if it did? Within radical politics, there are many fundamental beliefs about the world, and how to change it. Although we critically reflect on the world 'out there', our own assumptions are often left unquestioned. This workshop aims to provide time, space, and tools for us all to really put our ways of thinking and doing to the test - even if we come out believing the same things as we did at the beginning, this can only help us be stronger and clearer in fighting for change. Weds
15:45
(90 mins)
Brainstorm Your Video Idea Talk to the radical media crew one-on-one about your video project. (Gathering Place News / VisionOnTV) Weds
17:30
(30 mins)
Access To Land & Food Sovereignty, A Reclaim The Fields Introduction This workshop will introduce the different areas of struggle for Reclaim the Fields across Europe, including access to land and food sovereignty. There will also be an introduction to the action camp taking place in Shropshire the week after Earth First, with info on how people can get involved. (Reclaim The Fields) Weds
17:30
(90 mins)
Resisting Coal In Germon€y For over three years, a movement of dedicated eco-defenders have been fighting the energy giant RWE on many fronts – from the annual climate camps with it’s mass actions to the Hambach forest squatters with their tree-sits and blockades of forest-wrecking machinery, from concerned locals filing law-suits to night-time ‘infrastructure-maintenance’, a broad variety of tactics are being deployed to bring a halt to the ever-consuming death machine of the coal fueled industry. A review on the actions happening in the Rhineland region and a call for more. Weds
17:30
(90 mins)
Rising Up & Letting Go A retrospective of land protection in Bristol. A brief history of the Rising Up campaign – what worked, what didn’t, and why it’s more vital than ever to reframe direct action. Weds
17:30
(90 mins)
Nature Awareness Practices And Games Based on the work of Tom Brown Jr, this is an introduction to some simple nature connection practices and some practical and fun ways to practice them alone or in a group. Weds
17:30
(90 mins)
Precarity Consciousness-Raising: Anxiety And Modern Life This session will trial the precarity consciousnes-raising method proposed by the Institute for Precarious Consciousness in a series of articles in 2014-15. The approach is based on the hypothesis that shifts in the structure of social control have led to forms of personal and social movement paralysis arising from anxiety. There is a need to construct perspectives on this process so as to generate responses. The first part of the session will involve small-group discussions of experiences of anxiety. The second half will attempt to link these experiences to structures of contemporary capitalism and/or industrial society. Weds
17:30
(90 mins)
Daily Discussion A series of discussion sessions on a topics picked during the gathering based on the suggestions and popularity among of those attending Weds
17:30
(90 mins)
How To Do Mass Catering A hands-on workshop. With over 25 years of vegan mass catering in fields and on protests, come and learn how to feed the masses, wholesome, tasty and hygienic, with time to ask questions and hear experiences – come ready to chop! (Veggies) Weds
17:30
(90 mins)
Vegan Cake-Baking Perfect vegan cake-baking for the masses: chocolate, ginger, Bakewell. A hands-on not hands-in session. (Veggies) Weds
TBC
(? mins)
Simple & Effective Sitting Posture Exercise For Screen Slaves This practical well-being workshop uses mindfulness and movement differentiation to re-educate your habitual sitting posture so that your own system tells you when you are spending too long in an unhealthy fixed position. A written transcript of the exercise to practice at home is available. ‘Awareness Through Movement’ is a group teaching approach using The Feldenkrais Method. The practitioner is keen to help individual activists with specific problems, please contact him anytime through the Workshop Coordinator. Weds
20:00
(? mins)
Cinema Radical cinema space showing a wide variety of full length and short films. See board outside for details of films being shown. Weds
20:00
(? mins)
How To Run A Gathering A chance to join in with this year’s EF! Summer Gathering collective and help out for this gathering, plus learn how to run a gathering/camp. (This year’s EF!SG Collective) Weds
20:00
(? mins)
Thursday 20th August
Introduction To Earth First! & the Gathering If it’s your first time or you’re curious about how EF! and the Gathering works, come and ask questions and hear a bit about why Earth First! and why people got involved. See how the EF! network can support your passion to fan the flames... Thurs
9:30
(30 mins)
Regional Meet-Ups & What Next Chance to network with individuals/groups from your region, build links, assess threats, initiate collaborations and build solidarity (Main space) Thurs
10:00
(75 mins)
Bure Zone Libre: Land Occupation At A Nuclear Waste Burial Mega-Project Learn about a new campaign to occupy a planned nuclear waste burial site at Bure, in eastern France, which is hoped to become an international place of gathering, to support the local opposition. The beginning of the digging is planed to start in 2017, but the railroad construction is supposed to start at the end of summer. The site (125 acres) where the camp is situated is an old military train station currently owned by militants. The french state wanted to use that station as the entrance of the way down the project but they decided to go around. A camp will be held 1st-10th August 2015, and will address many subjects: All the toxic energies, Preparation for the COP21, Decapitalism, Migrations, Segregations, our Militant Pratices, Anti-Repression ... Here is the programme. Of course you’re invited to come participating to this new settlement before coming to the Earth First! gathering! Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Social & Ecological Harm Of The Prison Industrial Complex A workshop introducing the prison industrial complex, its social & ecological impacts and popular struggles against it. Learn about campaigns against prison expansion in Wales, London and Leicestershire. (Empty Cages Collective) Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Facilitating Meetings With or without realising it, most of you will have learned loads about good facilitation skills from the meetings you’ve been part of, including the ones that have been a bit of a mess. Given the amount of time we spend in them, we need them well facilitated, and we need more people sharing this role around in our groups. With good facilitation you can help each other do your best thinking and get a load of work done in a short space of time. So, what is facilitation, what are facilitation skills, what works and why ? Bring your questions and your experience. (London Roots) Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Practical Knots & How to Remember Them An experiential "need" based knot workshop - the knots you need and most importantly a way to remember them! Starting from the simple overhand knot we journey across related knots building a logical path and a way to remember them. We will end with essential and useful knots for climbing, camping and action. An informal follow up and skill share practical session will be scheduled after this workshop. Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Houses Without Landlords, Work Without Bosses An introduction to housing and worker co-op’s, why they’re an effective alternative, how they work and how to set them up. (Radical Routes) Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
How To Do Mass Catering A hands-on workshop. With over 25 years of vegan mass catering in fields and on protests, come and learn how to feed the masses, wholesome, tasty and hygienic, with time to ask questions and hear experiences – come ready to chop! (Veggies) Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Restoration Ecology How useful an idea is re-wilding? A quick introduction to re-wilding and to the landscape ecology approach, followed by discussion - different points of view very welcome. Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Solidarity Activism This workshop is a space for reflection on our experiences of solidarity activism and thinking about how to work sensitively with communities facing oppression/opposing environmental destruction. The workshop is not a training. It will not tell you 'how to do solidarity activism in ten easy steps' but it will allow experienced and inexperienced people to raise and reflect on some issues around how 'we' act in solidarity with communities that may be very different from us culturally and politically, who may have very different ideas about tactics and decision-making. Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Food Sovereignty for The People: From the Roots Up We all have a right to decent food, this is the basic message of Food sovereignty. But this has not always been felt to be the case. Colonial British and European histories, when interrogated, demonstrate how and why so many contradictions exist in today’s food systems and the discourses around them, and how the legacies of slavery and imperialism are still being experienced today.by every one who eats. Come and be immersed in the story of how some of the foods we eat today traveled across continents to arrive on your plate and how the choice we experience in the west is borne of the shoulders of those who have no choice in different parts of the world. How can we move closer to a food sovereign, household, community, nation and world that is fair and just? Come and join the hot discussion at Food Sovereignty for the people: from the roots, Up! Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Introduction To Radios For Actions Cheap walkie-talkies can probably do a lot more than you realise. Find out how to make the most of them on actions. Places limited - advance sign-up required. Places limited – advance sign-up required. Thurs
11:30
(50 mins)
Aids To Communication Security Give your friends the maximum information and your foes the minimum. Designed for radio communication, but works well across other media too. Thurs
12:20
(40 mins)
Underground Coal Gasification (UCG): A Lurking Monster Underground Coal Gasification (UCG), while often lumped into the same category as fracking, is much more experimental but has the potential to be far more damaging in the longer term. UCG could unlock trillions of tonnes of otherwise unmineable coal across the globe, unleashing a tidal wave of toxic contamination and carbon emissions which would dwarf those from fracking, and threaten the very existence of most complex lifeforms. This workshop will explore the threat of UCG, in particularly the projects which are underway in Britain and how they can be resisted. (Frack Off) Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Engaging A Local Community In Activism Over The Long-Term - Grow Heathrow The Case Of Grow Heathrow. A brief presentation about the history of this community project, and how we work with people who live locally, followed by a discussion about the bonuses and challenges of this approach. A chance to explore if this strategy might work on your issue where you live. (Grow Heathrow) Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Making The Most Of The Planning System Engaging with planning applications can seem like a waste of time – but they can be great opportunities to delay a company’s progress, cost them big bucks and scare investors – they also act as great opportunities for public engagement/growing your group. This workshop will outline the basics of effectively engaging with the a planning application. Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Working Together Working in groups can be a very powerful way to resist and build alternatives. Effective and sustainable action comes from healthy groups that can work together cooperatively. The Working Together workshop will explore group dynamics and some skills to help us build inclusive and empowering groups. Whether your group is newly formed or you have been collaborating for a while, this workshop can help you to work more effectively together. Thurs
14:00
(180 mins)
Map And Compass Going into the countryside? Get the edge over the bad guys with old-school map and compass skills. Places limited - advance sign-up required. Places limited – advance sign-up required. Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Basic Computer Security Workshop A workshop for beginners on how to be more secure online in your communication and and utilise encryption to keep your files safer. Please bring basic information about your computer so we can answer specific technical questions. (Free to Fight) Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Getting Nicked Abroad A skill-share with people from the Gathering about police tactics, language and arrest processes in different countries. If you travel to mobilisations in other countries, this workshop will hopefully help you feel more prepared if you have to interact with the police. At the least you can learn how to say "Fuck the police" in different languages! Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Expressing Or Depressing Yourself: How To Deal With The 6th Era Of Extinction? Don’t you just love those lengthy conversations at work and at the bus-stop about the emotional implications of living in this modern age where about 150 species go extinct every day? Not having these conversations? Come and explore this touchy and topical issue. Experience how healing it can be to express instead of suppress! Expect some use of games and roleplay. Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Introduction To Guide To Public Order Situations A chance to exchange info and experience from big protest situations and relevant policing, with a view to incorporating into the Guide to Public Order Situations. Depending on time and interest, we may do small practices on particular points and situations spotting police tactics and moving strategically. Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Art Space Drop-In Drop in to the Creative Resistance space to make visual material for actions (like banners, masks, posters, stencils, prints etc.), to enhance the colourfulness, creativeness and clarity of your actions. You are welcome to work on props and visuals for any projects as well. Thurs
14:00
(300 mins)
Climbing For Action: With Ropes A drop in session running all afternoon. If you have never climbed before, want a refresher or want tips on using climbing in action contexts this session will give you basic skills for staying safe at heights. Will include a range of techniques from using modern expensive equipment to ultra cheap safe ways to climb rope. Thurs
14:00
(210 mins)
Fundraising For Radical Groups Groups with radical aims are very limited in funding options, but there are a few! We’ll look at where you can apply for funds and the pros and cons of doing so, as well as sharing ideas of other ways of getting the funds and resources you need to run your group. Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Working With Conflict An exploration of the skills and attitudes needed to really hear different points of view and move through conflict in groups and between individuals (Rhizome) Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Day Navigation Route A chance to practice your map and compass skills in teams. Places limited - advance sign-up required. Includes briefing and drop-off. You will have to either already have experience using a map and compass, or have attended the relevant workshop. Places limited – advance sign-up required. Includes briefing and drop-off. Come if you either already have experience using a map and compass, or have attended the relevant workshop. Thurs
15:15
(180 mins)
Working Together On Actions Adrenaline, excitement and anxiety: working together on actions when the pressure is on and the stakes are high. Playing to your strengths and meeting your needs. Affinity groups, roles, quick decision-making and understanding different ways of working. Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Hunt Sabbing – Practical Skills Want to save British native wildlife with the hunt saboteurs but don’t know how to get involved or what is expected? Join our two hour fully interactive workshop and hear how it is done and then have a go. It’s going to involve some quick thinking, travelling across country and practising common techniques. We want to be as inclusive as possible but those with limited mobility are unlikely to be able to fully participate. (Two hour workshop which will make far more sense if you are there for all of it). Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Foraging And Plant Identification Tour of the site, identifying and collecting a variety of wild plants and discussing their uses for food, medicine and other applications as well as folk lore and history. Introduction to some commonly foraged plants and foraging etiquette and personal safety. Countryside management act is at applies to foraging will be briefly covered. Examination of the nutritional and health benefits of wild foods and the 'polyculture vs the monoculture'. Consideration of wild and home grown food as a part of community self-sufficiency and autonomy. Open discussion and knowledge sharing. Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Can Anarchist & Electoral Politics Mix? The Experience In Barcelona An anarchist squatter will share the journey of Catalan social movements – including the Indignados (the first Occupy) & ant-austerity eviction resisters – who have recently engaged & won Barcelona elections. Focusing on the debates, tensions & opportunities. Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Know Your Rights Workshop Police Officers often rely on the lack of legal understanding of those participating in protest. This interactive session will give you the tools to take action more confidently. (Green and Black Cross) Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Radical Mental Health Oftentimes, emotional crises are dealt with privately and many people feel unsure how to support people who are in crisis. We will explore new ways to define Mental Health and Mental Illness to feel more confident about our experiences. We will also reflect on positive actions during a crisis and how we want to be supported by others. This workshop is a preparation for emotional crises but not the place to deal with them. If you feel you are emotionally very unstable at the moment, please bring a support person with you! Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Extreme Energy, Or Why The World Is Going To Shit Extreme Energy is a process which, while not widely understood or appreciated, is never the less already having a growing influence over all aspects of the world we live in. By its nature Extreme Energy will come to dominate our lives and therefore the whole planet in coming decades, unless radical changes are made to the way human societies function. This workshop aims to introduce the fundamental concepts in an interactive and easy to understand way, providing participants with the foundation they need to effectively begin resisting this growing threat. (Frack Off) Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
We've Been Here Before: Why The COP21 Talks Will Fail World leaders are set to descend on Paris this year to discuss Climate Change, it will be the 21st conference of its kind; CoP21 This workshop will take a look at the shambolic history of the CoP process, the power of corporate lobbying and the false solutions on the table. This process will never provide the answers we need for a safe and secure future so lets look at people powered solutions. (Reclaim the Power and Global Justice Now) Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Community Fire-Fight: Keeping Our Communities Incinerator Free Come along to find out more about the danger this invasive industry poses to us all, and how you can help, or might utilise some of these communities tactics fighting unwanted toxic industries such as Fracking and Incinerators in your area. We will also touch on also how the toxin free community strategy may be useful as a potential strategy for creating popular and powerful community engagement with issues around other toxic industries where mass community engagement could be a game changer Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Advanced Security Looking in depth at tactics and techniques that ensure actions are secure; will also look at some practical counter-surveillance. (Activist Security Collective) Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Direct Action Assault Course Buddy up! This is a space for everyone (regardless of age) to test out some key action skills. Face and break police lines, use blockading techniques, climb fences, take down corporate foes, change your identity and climb a tripod! Watch out for those snatch squads!!! Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Holding Space Sometimes we need or want to hold a space. Maybe the police are moving in and want to clear you away. How do you stand your ground? Maybe you want to occupy a roadway or a building. A hands-on session to practice different techniques to take and hold space with just your bodies. Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Movement Building And Direct Action, A Belgian Example Examples of Belgian campaigns with direct action at their core. A campaign model with a history in the anti-militarist movement was replicated in the anti-GM struggle. What are the challenges and successes for movements working with a focus on civil disobedience? What is the strategy, why and what did it achieve? Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Are You Planning To Win? In a campaign, it is easy to spend all our time with our noses to the ground focusing on the next crisis! This workshop will help you take a step back to consider the big picture, and think through how to come up with a long term plan that gives you a better chance of winning. Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Rebel & Revolutionary Song-Singing A chance to learn political songs from radical movements around the world, including Catalonia, the Basque Country & other parts of the Spanish State. Bring some copies of any songs you know and would like to sing together. Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Daily Discussion A series of discussion sessions on a topics picked during the gathering based on the suggestions and popularity among of those attending Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
How To Do Mass Catering A hands-on workshop. With over 25 years of vegan mass catering in fields and on protests, come and learn how to feed the masses, wholesome, tasty and hygienic, with time to ask questions and hear experiences – come ready to chop! (Veggies) Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Vegan Cake-Baking Perfect vegan cake-baking for the masses: chocolate, ginger, Bakewell. A hands-on not hands-in session. (Veggies) Thurs
TBC
(? mins)
How To Run A Gathering A chance to join in with this year’s EF! Summer Gathering collective and help out for this gathering, plus learn how to run a gathering/camp. (This year’s EF!SG Collective) Thurs
20:00
(? mins)
Twyford Down, where EF! & the anti-roads movement began? Hear stories & see photos from an inspiring time for Earth First! and the wider ecological direct action movement. Readings from the forthcoming book and question & answer session. How did things start? What's different now? What can we learn from these times? Hopelessly naive or inspiringly hopeful? Thurs
20:00
(? mins)
Cinema Radical cinema space showing a wide variety of full length and short films. See board outside for details of films being shown. Thurs
20:00
(? mins)
Night Navigation Route A chance to practice your map and compass skills in teams. Places limited - advance sign-up required. Includes briefing and drop-off. You will have to either already have experience using a map and compass, or have attended the relevant workshop. Places limited – advance sign-up required. Includes briefing and drop-off. Come if you either already have experience using a map and compass, or have attended the relevant workshop. Thurs
20:30
(180 mins)
Tales By The Fireside: Anti-Roads Struggles & Reclaim the Streets Come and listen to stories of derring-do and daft disasters. Bring your tales of actions gone by, learn from histories of ecological direct actions, laugh and get inspired. Thurs
21:30
(? mins)
Friday 21st August
Introduction To Earth First! & the Gathering If it’s your first time or you’re curious about how EF! and the Gathering works, come and ask questions and hear a bit about why Earth First! and why people got involved. See how the EF! network can support your passion to fan the flames... Fri
9:30
(30 mins)
Campaigns Round-Up (UK & international) Chance for campaigns to plug what they have been up to in the last year & call out for people to get involved! (Main space) Fri
10:00
(75 mins)
Reflections On The Student Movement 2010-2015, Strategies, Tactics, And Ideas For The Future In November 2010 thousands of students stormed the Conservative Party headquarters, and a new life reinvigorated the student movement. Over the coming months and years, dozens of occupations took place and hundreds of protests took place, presenting a real challenge to the coalition government. How can we expand and develop these struggles? What can the climate movement learn from this movement? And how can we take these tactics into the future? Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Direct Action Strategy What is strategy and why is it important? What makes an effective strategy? How can we choose why, where, when and what kind of direct action we should take? Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Tactical Organisation For Actions Worried about your plans falling apart on actions? Or decision-making will be too slow? Structures to make pre-action plans and during-action decisions quickly and effectively. Key concepts: bricks, multiples, planning protocol, Mission Tactics. Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Introduction To Direct Action It's Not About the D Lock! Are you new to direct action? Come and find out more about it ... Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Public Order Mass Arrest & Interview Practice Never been arrested, or has it been a while? This workshop will give you a taste of the experience by role playing through the process of arrest, processing at the police station and interview. Whilst obviously not the same as the real thing, at least it may help you to have more understanding of what is happening, reduce the shock and surprises and hopefully help you be more prepared and empowered. Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Blockading With Tripods Constructing and using tripods safely and effectively in activist situations. Thinking strategically about how and when to use. Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Aerial Walkways If done right making rope walkways between trees, buildings or lamp posts can be an effective way of resisting eviction or blocking roads. Come and find out what they are, how to tie them and have a go walking on them on the ground and up high. It would be preferred if you have some experience of using climbing equipment or have been on the Intro To Climbing workshop. Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Climate vs Capitalism A discussion about ways forward for the grassroots, anti-capitalist climate movement in the UK, part of a series of workshops being held across the country. We want to be clear that we are coming from a certain political perspective: anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian, and that certain things will not be up for discussion: whether climate change is happening, and whether or not we can or should be doing anything to stop it. We feel that in order to have a useful discussion, these things should be taken as given for all those attending. (Corporate Watch) Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Emotional Resilience & Repression An opportunity to talk about the emotional impacts of repression in a safe, facilitated space. We will share tools & strategies for coping & recovering from repression so we can stay engaged in social and ecological struggles. (Free to Fight) Fri
11:30
(60 mins)
Police Surveillance: Impossible To Avoid, Very Possible To Resist! There are practical steps everyone can follow, from stopping police photographers from taking pictures of you or intelligence gatherers finding out your personal details, to action challenging the expansion of the police ‘domestic extremism’ database. The workshop, run by the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) – a coalition of groups that monitor public order, protest and street policing – will also provide an opportunity to share your individual experiences of surveillance, harassment and attempted intimidation by the police. (Netpol) Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Waking Up to Climate Change A collaborative art project set up to help people learn about, discuss and act on climate change. The aim is to make a giant patchwork blanket, with each patch made by a different individual or group; you can write a climate change message on it. The blanket is symbolic of the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere as a result of humans’ activities. Making a patch gives us time and space to think about climate change and the impact it will have on our families and communities. The blanket also helps us join together with others around the world to make our voices heard. Patches will be hand-stitched together to make person-sized blankets. The plan is for each blanket to spend time with different individuals and groups, and tell a unique story of climate change and climate action. Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
How To Do Mass Catering A hands-on workshop. With over 25 years of vegan mass catering in fields and on protests, come and learn how to feed the masses, wholesome, tasty and hygienic, with time to ask questions and hear experiences – come ready to chop! (Veggies) Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Qi Gong With Sticks This form of Qi Gong uses a stick to perform a series of movements that follow the principles of traditional Chinese medicine to maintain health. The stick is an extension of the body; the circular movements activate the flow of energy. Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
What Is Fracking?: An Introduction To Unconventional Oil & Gas Fracking is a word, and one that means many different things to different people, but behind that word there is an industry intent on spreading its influence across the globe into lives everyone on the planet. This workshop aims to unveil the gritty reality of the unconventional oil and gas industry which lies behind the fracking hype, and convey the fundamental knowledge which everyone will need in order to effective resist this growing threat to community and the wider ecosystems of which they are a part. (Frack Off) Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Climate vs Capitalism Continued from previous session. A discussion about ways forward for the grassroots, anti-capitalist climate movement in the UK, part of a series of workshops being held across the country. We want to be clear that we are coming from a certain political perspective: anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian, and that certain things will not be up for discussion: whether climate change is happening, and whether or not we can or should be doing anything to stop it. We feel that in order to have a useful discussion, these things should be taken as given for all those attending. (Corporate Watch) Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Coal In The UK Coal is the main energy source in the UK (at 36%) and the source which produces the most CO2. In the UK there are 23 active opencast coal mines, 12 power stations and only one remaining deep mine. Communities are fighting new opencast applications, whilst coal companies bully planning officials into allowing more. Opencast devastates the environment and local people are looking to improve connections with the environmental movement. Come and find out the latest and work out how together we can fight it. Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Fresh Experiences From The “Ende Gelände” Action Ende Gelände is trying to establish mass civil disobedience against coal mining in germany. It is a heterogeneous coalition of both grassroots and ngo’s and the first action will take place from 14th-16th this August. At the time of writing this text I cannot say how many people we will be and how effective our blockade might be but at the time this workshops happens I’ll know more! Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Nuclear Will Cost the Earth While Fukushima continues to poison the Pacific Ocean closer to home Sellafield continues poisoning the Irish Sea, posing “intolerable risks to people and the environment” (government public accounts committee). Meanwhile having removed any pretence of democracy from the planning process for nukiller waste dumps, the government are developing their plans to dump their waste in a community near you. Come along & find out what we can do about it together! Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Bio-energy – The Biggest False Climate Solution Bio-energy, particularly biomass (foreign trees) burnt for electricity at max 38% efficiency is the biggest part of the UK renewable energy strategy, now and for the future, that nobody talks about! It drives deforestation and biodiversity loss, pollutes local people and is worse for the climate than fossil fuel. It is a dangerous false solution – yet it is subsidised to the tune of hundreds of millions of pounds a year until at least 2027. If spent on energy saving this subsidy could remove the need for this capacity for ever well before then. An overview and UK perspective and a look at what is being done and can be done to stop this nonsense. Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Field Exercise To practice skills from Tactical Organisation workshop. Places limited - advance sign-up required. Come if you attended the Tactical Organisation workshop. Fri
14:00
(210 mins)
Introduction To Climbing Skills For Actions A drop in session running all afternoon. If you have never climbed before, want a refresher or want tips on using climbing in action contexts this session will give you basic skills for staying safe at heights. Includes using harnesses, cows-tails, and prussiking. Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Advanced Computer Security Workshop A workshop for existing users of encryption and computer security practices. This workshop is to share tools and techniques around encryption, secure communication and safe storage of data. (Free to Fight) Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Applied Knots Skillshare Anyone with experience and knowledge can share useful knots and rope skills in a structured environment. This more advanced practical session is open to everyone. Attending the beginners knots session is advisable for people new to knots or with little experience. Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Activist Talkshow: Let's Talk About Elephants In The Room You will learn some things on indigenous struggles but this is not a lecture - this is a group exercise using improv theatre games! Are you shy in public? No worries ... you all get to wear masks of your favourite environmentalists & bad politicians. Plus all participants in the talkshow win an elephant-medal for talking about elephants in the room (e.g. power & privilege, solidarity, climate justice)! Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Art Space Drop-In Drop in to the Creative Resistance space to make visual material for actions (like banners, masks, posters, stencils, prints etc.), to enhance the colourfulness, creativeness and clarity of your actions. You are welcome to work on props and visuals for any projects as well. Fri
14:00
(300 mins)
How To Build A Treehouse Treehouses are a popular way to defend land from developers. Learn the whole process from deciding where in the tree to constructing the main frame work, then looking at floor, roof and further defences. No climbing involved in this as we’ll practice at ground level. Bring a penknife if you have one. Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Building A Treehouse: Drop-In Session We’ll be building a treehouse all day and you’re welcome to join us for as long as you want. You can help with or without climbing. You can do the climbing with little experience but beginners will find it easier in the afternoon. It would help if you sign up in the morning for when you want to join in, to help plan the day. Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
Want A Strong Ecological Direct Action Group In Your Area? This workshop is for you if you are thinking about starting a new ecological direct action group or getting more people into your existing one. Come along to explore the challenges, assess different ways of organising and search for possible solutions. For example: how do you get more people involved if you are worried about security? How do you build enough trust to take risks together when lots of people are squeezing their activism into limited time? Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
Counter-Surveillance Corner: Information Security For The Discerning Anarchist Stop being paranoid – take action. Explore scenarios where your security is in danger, identify what you need to protect, the threats and suitable counter-measures. The state does not have infinite resources – let’s exploit that! This workshop will be drawing on real world experience of high risk situations where compromises are inevitable and the human is always the weakest link. Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
Smartphone Video Activism 1 – Walk The Talk The one-take interview template from our revolutionary course. Please being a charged smartphone. Free cartoons! (VisionOnTV) Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
Group Dynamics – What’s Under The Surface? A group is made up of individuals, and its also something else than the sum of its parts. Some people say that groups are living organisms, with a will of their own. You might feel comfortable in one group, and alienated in another. Why’s that? This workshop is an introduction to some fundamentals in group dynamics. Everyone is welcome – whatever your experiences of being in groups – whether you love them, hate them, find them confusing, or something else. (Seeds For Change) Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
Legal Observer Training Legal Observers play a key role at protests. Whether they are handing out key advice on bust cards, or finding witnesses for arrests, legal observers help to ensure that people protesting do not face the legal system alone. This workshop is an introduction to legal observing. (Green and Black Cross) Fri
14:00
(300 mins)
Over, Under, Through: Fences And Overcoming Them When trying to take direct action we are often held back by fences. Come and find out about different types of fences, and how to get past them in a variety of ways. There is a practical element to this workshop so come if you are wearing clothes and footwear that you can move and climb in. The fence will be around all weekend to practice and share your skills on. Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
Nature Awareness Practices And Games For young people - all ages welcome. Based on the work of Tom Brown Jr, this is an introduction to some simple nature connection practices and some practical and fun ways to practice them alone or in a group. Fri
15:15
(90 mins)
Power & Privilege In Our Groups Whether you’re relieved to read that workshop title, haven’t come across the phrase power and privilege before, are irritated by it, or anything in between, this participative workshop is for you. Our groups and campaigns often unintentionally replicate the power structures many of us are trying to challenge. We’ll be talking about how race, culture, class, gender and other issues play out in environmental groups, how we talk (or don’t talk) about them, how we get better at listening to each other and specifically, what we can do so all voices are valued equally. (London Roots) Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
History, Methods And Impacts Of Undercover Policing & Infiltrators For nearly 50 years radical political movements have had long term deep cover spies living among them. Since Mark Kennedy was exposed in 2010 we’ve learned a lot about who, how and why they work. Here’s what’s known about them and how we can resist. (Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance) Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
Try Out A New Activist Strategy Game Play-test a fun strategy game being developed by and for activists. The game lets you use collective intelligence to creatively think about social transformation. Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
Daily Discussion A series of discussion sessions on a topics picked during the gathering based on the suggestions and popularity among of those attending Fri
15:15
(90 mins)
Unconventional Fossil Fuels Capitalism and the endless pursuit of economic growth is driving ever more extreme forms of energy extraction. This workshop will give an overview of fracking, tar sands and other types of unconventional fossil fuels. This will be followed by a discussion on the growing resistance to these forms of 'extreme energy' in the UK and around the world, and how we can build towards a world beyond capitalism where energy is democratically controlled and we exist in harmony with the natural world. (Corporate Watch) Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Fighting Incineration And Creating A Zero Waste World 'Waste to Energy' incineration is being heralded as a renewable way to tackle waste and generate 'green energy'. However this is far from the truth, hear about the true impacts of waste incineration and learn from the experiences of struggles against incineration in the UK and across the world. Help plan strategies and tactics for moving forward towards a zero waste world, free from incineration and landfills. (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives - GAIA) Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Solidarity With Ecological Movements In North Kurdistan The Turkish government is planning to build thousands of hydroelectric dam including the Ilısu dam, which will flood almost 200 Kurdish villages. We will discuss the strategic and militarist motivations for these projects and the calls for solidarity from Kurdish people struggling against them. The workshop will also highlight the need for solidarity with North Kurdish ecological resistance movements within the context of the wider Kurdish struggle for freedom. (Corporate Watch) Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Stop GM Crops A target of direct action for over two decades now. What is GM and why do people oppose so strongly? Links to climate, food sovereignty and corporate control. We’ll discuss some new developments, and the industry’s discourse pushing GM as ‘climate smart’ or ‘feeding the world’. How is the industry lobby working in Brussels, and what is the role of the UK? Inspirational stories of actions and grassroots campaigns from a range of different countries. Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
How Can We Stop Airport Expansion? The government’s likely to give a green light to a new runway in the South-East, and likely growth at other airports. What can we all do about this? (HACAN) Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
The New Road-Building Menace The evictions and the victories of the amazing Combe Haven Defenders, the first and the worst of a long-line of 720 miles of proposed new roads chomping through ancient monuments, woodlands and everything that is green. Hear about new security and government eviction tactics. How we got hear here & a brief history of quiet victories and noisy defeats from the once vibrant anti-roads movement, including Newbury and the No M11 Campaign. How we can be at worst a huge eco-tax, and at best a spanner in the machine! (Campaign for Better Transport/Combe Haven Defenders/Druids against the Stonehenge Tunnel) Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Big Banner Design & Deployment Making and deploying very large banners. Keeping them compact, light and low wind resistance. Outdoors (possibly): rope techniques such as ascending and abseiling, deploying banners. Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Direct Action Assault Course Buddy up! This is a space for everyone (regardless of age) to test out some key action skills. Face and break police lines, use blockading techniques, climb fences, take down corporate foes, change your identity and climb a tripod! Watch out for those snatch squads!!! Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
How To Do Mass Catering A hands-on workshop. With over 25 years of vegan mass catering in fields and on protests, come and learn how to feed the masses, wholesome, tasty and hygienic, with time to ask questions and hear experiences – come ready to chop! (Veggies) Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Vegan Cake-Baking Perfect vegan cake-baking for the masses: chocolate, ginger, Bakewell. A hands-on not hands-in session. (Veggies) Fri
TBC
(? mins)
UK Direct Action Histories: What’s Changed & What Can We Learn? This session will look at the history of Earth First! with a focus on direct action in Britain in the 1990s. We will look at traditions of direct action in the UK and what can be leaned by comparison with previous generations. The aim is to discuss what is similar and what has changed over time and why it has changes with an eye to learning lessons for the future. Fri
20:00
(90 mins)
How To Run A Gathering A chance to join in with this year’s EF! Summer Gathering collective and help out for this gathering, plus learn how to run a gathering/camp. (This year’s EF!SG Collective) Fri
20:00
(? mins)
Night Time Skills 'Not seen, no heard: Moving about at night without being detected' - a practical exercise in ways of dressing and moving that gets you in place for an action without raising the alarm. Fri
20:00
(? mins)
Cinema Radical cinema space showing a wide variety of full length and short films. See board outside for details of films being shown. Fri
20:00
(? mins)
Simple & Effective Sitting Posture Exercise For Screen Slaves This practical well-being workshop uses mindfulness and movement differentiation to re-educate your habitual sitting posture so that your own system tells you when you are spending too long in an unhealthy fixed position. A written transcript of the exercise to practice at home is available. ‘Awareness Through Movement’ is a group teaching approach using The Feldenkrais Method. The practitioner is keen to help individual activists with specific problems, please contact him anytime through the Workshop Coordinator. Fri
20:00
(? mins)
Tales By The Fireside: Anti‑GM Crop Campaigning? Come and listen to stories of derring-do and daft disasters. Bring your tales of actions gone by, learn from histories of ecological direct actions, laugh and get inspired. Fri
21:30
(? mins)
Saturday 22nd August
Yoga A guided session, whether you are a beginner or already have a have a practice. Please wear comfortable clothes. Sat
7:30
(30 mins)
Introduction To Earth First! & the Gathering If it’s your first time or you’re curious about how EF! and the Gathering works, come and ask questions and hear a bit about why Earth First! and why people got involved. See how the EF! network can support your passion to fan the flames... Sat
9:30
(30 mins)
Regional Meet-Ups & What Next Chance to network with individuals/groups from your region, build links, assess threats, initiate collaborations and build solidarity (Main space) Sat
10:00
(75 mins)
Campaign-Based Networking And Organising Sessions This workshop will start in the main marquee but split down into separate campaign sessions (in different spaces) after a very brief introduction to the available campaigns. Each session will focus facilitating a space where participants can network and organise around their chosen issue. Campaigns will include Fracking, Coal, GM, Nuclear, Roads, Incineration, Climate and Bio-Energy. Sat
11:30
(90 mins)
Woodland Crafts 1: Using Tools Use tools including knives, hand drills, bill hook, axe etc to make stuff! All ages welcome! Sat
11:30
(90 mins)
How To Do Mass Catering A hands-on workshop. With over 25 years of vegan mass catering in fields and on protests, come and learn how to feed the masses, wholesome, tasty and hygienic, with time to ask questions and hear experiences – come ready to chop! (Veggies) Sat
11:30
(90 mins)
The True Cost of Extreme Energy Visual storytelling using the Beehive Collective’s stunning graphics of the connections between extreme energy, climate change, community action, social justice and an ever expanding economy. Sat
13:00
(60 mins)
Kayaking For Actions Basic activist kayak training. Familiarisation with inflatable kayaks and thinking strategically about how to board a vessel and using protective movements. How to do actions on the water. Places limited – advance sign-up required on Friday. Make sure you bring swimming costumes and a towel. Sign up in advance on Friday. Age: 16+ only. Sat
13:30
(135 mins)
Hello Anarchism What is anarchism? What is its relevance today, both around the world and here in the UK? How anarchist is Earth First!? A participatory discussion. (Kebele Anarchist Social Centre) Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
How To Research Companies Corporate Watch's 'Do-It-Yourself' training for groups, organisations and individuals who want to research companies in order to take action against them. It will explain how to find out key details about a company, including how to look into its actions and track record, how much money it is making, its owners and directors, links with government and public sector contracts and licences. (Corporate Watch) Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Working Together Working in groups can be a very powerful way to resist and build alternatives. Effective and sustainable action comes from healthy groups that can work together cooperatively. The Working Together workshop will explore group dynamics and some skills to help us build inclusive and empowering groups. Whether your group is newly formed or you have been collaborating for a while, this workshop can help you to work more effectively together. Sat
14:00
(? mins)
Co-operation And Consensus Consensus decision-making needs co-operation, which is not always easy to find in a society built on competition. A fun session using group activities to explore what it means to co-operate, and how we can support ourselves and each other to leave competition at the door when we sit down to do consensus. (Rhizome) Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Fracking Direct Action: How To Shutdown A Drilling Rig And Other Useful Tips The ultimate line of defence for any community threatened by fracking is direct action to disrupt the industry's invasion of their area. While a lot can be achieved by fighting planning applications, in the end applications will be approved when they are appealed to central government. This workshop aims to explore some of the weak points of the fracking industry and potential techniques which can be used to exploit them. Including how site occupations, road blockades and rig sitting, can best be used in the context of the fracking industry. Note this will provide a general overview with pointers on where to go for more information, not necessarily all the skills you need to immediately take action. (Frack Off) Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Basic Computer Security Workshop A workshop for beginners on how to be more secure online in your communication and and utilise encryption to keep your files safer. Please bring basic information about your computer so we can answer specific technical questions. (Free to Fight) Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
The Politics Of Technology What does a critical politics of technology mean in the 21st century? Presentation & sharing of experiences in different campaigns and struggles including alternative visions of social and technological development, and the transition to a sustainable and socially just society; challenging the concept of progress through technology. Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Resisting Infiltration & Undercover Police A discussion on what has been learned to date on infiltration and informers, and the upcoming Pitchford Inquiry. (Activist Security Collective) Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Zine Making Drop-In Zines are a creative, powerfully DIY communication tool for social history archives, subcultures and social movements. The aim of this workshop is to make a collaborative zine in a day – come with your passions, ideas and willingness to have a go. Sat
14:00
(180 mins)
Art Space Drop-In Drop in to the Creative Resistance space to make visual material for actions (like banners, masks, posters, stencils, prints etc.), to enhance the colourfulness, creativeness and clarity of your actions. You are welcome to work on props and visuals for any projects as well. Sat
14:00
(300 mins)
How To Build A Treehouse Treehouses are a popular way to defend land from developers. Learn the whole process from deciding where in the tree to constructing the main frame work, then looking at floor, roof and further defences. No climbing involved in this as we’ll practice at ground level. Bring a penknife if you have one. Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Building A Treehouse: Drop-In Session We’ll be building a treehouse all day and you’re welcome to join us for as long as you want. You can help with or without climbing. You can do the climbing with little experience but beginners will find it easier in the afternoon. It would help if you sign up in the morning for when you want to join in, to help plan the day. Sat
15:15
(225 mins)
Want A Strong Ecological Direct Action Group In Your Area? This workshop is for you if you are thinking about starting a new ecological direct action group or getting more people into your existing one. Come along to explore the challenges, assess different ways of organising and search for possible solutions. For example: how do you get more people involved if you are worried about security? How do you build enough trust to take risks together when lots of people are squeezing their activism into limited time? Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Fundamental Skills For Effective Media We will look at creating super snappy soundbites, crafting the perfect press release and honing your interview skills. Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Facilitating Meetings With or without realising it, most of you will have learned loads about good facilitation skills from the meetings you’ve been part of, including the ones that have been a bit of a mess. Given the amount of time we spend in them, we need them well facilitated, and we need more people sharing this role around in our groups. With good facilitation you can help each other do your best thinking and get a load of work done in a short space of time. So, what is facilitation, what are facilitation skills, what works and why ? Bring your questions and your experience. (London Roots) Sat
15:15
(90 mins)
Consensus That Works! Consensus decision-making has the potential to be a fantastic and liberating process that brings us closer to each other and closer to our ideals. But first we have to navigate the obstacles thrown up by blocks to that process, by conflict, by polarised opinion. In this session we’ll explore, and practice, how to move beyond those blocks. (Rhizome) Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Reconnaissance For Actions A good plan for any kind of action usually involves checking out the site beforehand. This session will give you tips and practical experience to help you know what to look out for, and how to record the information without giving the game away too soon. Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Over, Under, Through: Fences And Overcoming Them When trying to take direct action we are often held back by fences. Come and find out about different types of fences, and how to get past them in a variety of ways. There is a practical element to this workshop so come if you are wearing clothes and footwear that you can move and climb in. The fence will be around all weekend to practice and share your skills on. Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Building Lock‑Ons Learn how to build shit-hot lock ons for longer lasting blockades. Places limited – advance sign-up required on Friday. Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Woodland Crafts 2: Making Fire and Cooking On It Fire lighting & basic cooking (mmm…dough sticks). All ages welcome! Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Foraging And Plant Identification Tour of the site, identifying and collecting a variety of wild plants and discussing their uses for food, medicine and other applications as well as folk lore and history. Introduction to some commonly foraged plants and foraging etiquette and personal safety. Countryside management act is at applies to foraging will be briefly covered. Examination of the nutritional and health benefits of wild foods and the 'polyculture vs the monoculture'. Consideration of wild and home grown food as a part of community self-sufficiency and autonomy. Open discussion and knowledge sharing. Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Daily Discussion A series of discussion sessions on a topics picked during the gathering based on the suggestions and popularity among of those attending Sat
15:15
(90 mins)
Qi Gong With Sticks This form of Qi Gong uses a stick to perform a series of movements that follow the principles of traditional Chinese medicine to maintain health. The stick is an extension of the body; the circular movements activate the flow of energy. Sat
15:15
(90 mins)
Kayaking For Actions Basic activist kayak training. Familiarisation with inflatable kayaks and thinking strategically about how to board a vessel and using protective movements. How to do actions on the water. Places limited – advance sign-up required on Friday. Make sure you bring swimming costumes and a towel. Sign up in advance on Friday. Age: 16+ only. Sat
15:30
(135 mins)
Perspectives From Anti-GM Crop Protests In France Since 2003, hundreds of ‘Faucheurs Volontaires d’OGM’ have worked to get genetically-modified crops out of France, in the fields, off the plates and out of the troughs. This has included mass ripping out of crops openly during the daytime, at night, and blockading of boats importing GM animal feed. What can we learn from this approach that has been very different than the UK activist approach, and has also had notable successes. Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Introduction To Security For Activists And Campaigners If you have not thought about activist security before, or you want a refresher this session is for you. A chance to think through processes to keep you as secure as possible and how to integrate them into your life and campaigning. Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Smartphone Video Activism 2 – Shoot And Go The one-shot news report. Please bring a charged smartphone. Free cartoons! (VisionOnTV) Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Change Happens In Different Ways Discussion Taking direct action. Going on marches. Going to protests at UN summits. Organising locally. Lobbying local or national government. Damaging the reputation of corporations. Developing regional, national and international networks of activists, campaigners, and organisers. These are some tactics that grassroots organisers get involved in, in the attempt to make change happen. What kind of change are they creating? What tactics are particularly useful in different campaigns at the moment? What can we learn from past movements? In this debate we will ask some of these questions, and more besides. You are warmly invited to share your opinions, and be curious about opinions different to your own. Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Surviving Capitalism?! A skill-share on how people are managing to sustain themselves financially while fighting back. We will share experiences of how we are able to make the time to organise and still subsist with the demise of the dole and increasing austerity. Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Organising Defendant Support & Solidarity This workshop is about how to organise consistent emotional and practical support for individuals and groups facing legal challenges and repression following resistance; whether that is large numbers of people from anti-fracking camps, or one-to-one support. (Bristol Defendant Solidarity and Free to Fight) Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Reflecting On Burnout Burnout is when someone experiences physical, emotional and mental exhaustion from which they may never fully recover. It is often accepted as a by-product of being involved in activism. There is always so much to do and not enough people to do it, that we just keep on working until we exhaust ourselves. Burnout also affects the groups that we belong to and the wider social change movement. We will focus in this workshop on how it affects us as individuals. Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Spiritual Activism What does spirituality have to offer the activist? What insights can it bring into the destruction of nature everywhere? What is the relationship between spirituality and the religious traditions? What can we learn from the spirituality of activists like Gerard Winstanley, Julia ‘Butterfly’ Hill, Vandana Shiva and Alastair McIntosh? Talk, readings and open discussion – all perspectives welcome. Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Blockading With Tripods Constructing and using tripods safely and effectively in activist situations. Thinking strategically about how and when to use. Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Rebel & Revolutionary Song-Singing A chance to learn political songs from radical movements around the world, including Catalonia, the Basque Country & other parts of the Spanish State. Bring some copies of any songs you know and would like to sing together. Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Direct Action Assault Course Buddy up! This is a space for everyone (regardless of age) to test out some key action skills. Face and break police lines, use blockading techniques, climb fences, take down corporate foes, change your identity and climb a tripod! Watch out for those snatch squads!!! Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
How To Do Mass Catering A hands-on workshop. With over 25 years of vegan mass catering in fields and on protests, come and learn how to feed the masses, wholesome, tasty and hygienic, with time to ask questions and hear experiences – come ready to chop! (Veggies) Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Vegan Cake-Baking Perfect vegan cake-baking for the masses: chocolate, ginger, Bakewell. A hands-on not hands-in session. (Veggies) Sat
TBC
(? mins)
Simple & Effective Sitting Posture Exercise For Screen Slaves This practical well-being workshop uses mindfulness and movement differentiation to re-educate your habitual sitting posture so that your own system tells you when you are spending too long in an unhealthy fixed position. A written transcript of the exercise to practice at home is available. ‘Awareness Through Movement’ is a group teaching approach using The Feldenkrais Method. The practitioner is keen to help individual activists with specific problems, please contact him anytime through the Workshop Coordinator. Sat
20:00
(? mins)
How To Run A Gathering A chance to join in with this year’s EF! Summer Gathering collective and help out for this gathering, plus learn how to run a gathering/camp. (This year’s EF!SG Collective) Sat
20:00
(? mins)
Roots Of Resistance: 20 Years Of Earth First! A show celebrating the rise of radical ecological activism. From the treetops of Newbury, to planting trees on the M11, to the tops of power station chimneys, it gathers together the stories of many activists, bringing to life both legendary and forgotten victories. It uses a magically simple technique: cut-out drawings moved against a backdrop, filmed and projected live – the effect is like an animated zine. With live music and sound. (Otherstory) Sat
20:00
(? mins)
Cinema Radical cinema space showing a wide variety of full length and short films. See board outside for details of films being shown. Sat
20:00
(? mins)
Water-Borne Action Practice At Night Come if you have kayaking experience, or have come to the earlier workshop and shown competence on the water, and want to practice how that is in a more covert situation. Simulated affinity group/night-time action. Places limited – advance sign-up required on Friday. Make sure you bring swimming costumes and a towel. Sign up in advance on Friday. Age: 16+ only. Sat
21:30
(150 mins)
Sunday 23rd August
Yoga A guided session, whether you are a beginner or already have a have a practice. Please wear comfortable clothes. Sun
7:30
(30 mins)
Guided Meditation A guided session, whether you are a beginner or already have a have a practice. Please wear comfortable clothes. Sun
7:30
(30 mins)
Introduction To Earth First! & the Gathering If it’s your first time or you’re curious about how EF! and the Gathering works, come and ask questions and hear a bit about why Earth First! and why people got involved. See how the EF! network can support your passion to fan the flames... Sun
9:30
(30 mins)
Arms To Renewables: environmental action to Stop the Arms fair! This September, the world's weapons industry plans to arrive in London for a huge arms fair: Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI). The results of DSEI are felt around the world as people are killed, economies are devastated, refugees are traumatised and peaceful protest is crushed. As military delegations from around the world arrive to browse the latest killing technology, we will be taking action to challenge them, and to transform the space around the arms fair to reflect the world we want to see. The UK spends 25 times more on weapons research than research into renewable energy, and government military spending far outweighs that spent tackling climate change. On Wednesday 7 September, take action to call for a shift from arms to renewables, and help us stop the arms fair! Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Hello Anarchism What is anarchism? What is its relevance today, both around the world and here in the UK? How anarchist is Earth First!? A participatory discussion. (Kebele Anarchist Social Centre) Sun
10:00
(60 mins)
Introduction To The Climate Games At Paris COP21 In December 2015, corporate power will play a high-risk gamble with the UN climate talks. Fossil fuel lobbyists and the pedlars of false solutions are already conspiring to overwhelm the COP21 summit in Paris. But it won't be business-as-usual this time: global movements will converge to obstruct their corrosive activities, intercept their influence, and chase them out of politics. Get ready for the world's largest non-violent civil disobedience direct action adventure game in the streets of Paris, in cyberspace and beyond. Find out more about the Climate Games, a new breed of creative mischief. Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Aerial Walkways If done right making rope walkways between trees, buildings or lamp posts can be an effective way of resisting eviction or blocking roads. Come and find out what they are, how to tie them and have a go walking on them on the ground and up high. It would be preferred if you have some experience of using climbing equipment or have been on the Intro To Climbing workshop. Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Reinvigorating Radical Media In the age of likes, retweets, and 24/7 news, how can activists challenge corporate media hegemony? How can we create our own independent media networks that support activists and strengthen movements? Open discussion and creative workshop looking at the media we use and the media we want. Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Practical Knots & How to Remember Them An experiential "need" based knot workshop - the knots you need and most importantly a way to remember them! Starting from the simple overhand knot we journey across related knots building a logical path and a way to remember them. We will end with essential and useful knots for climbing, camping and action. An informal follow up and skill share practical session will be scheduled after this workshop. Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Zine Making Drop-In Zines are a creative, powerfully DIY communication tool for social history archives, subcultures and social movements. The aim of this workshop is to make a collaborative zine in a day – come with your passions, ideas and willingness to have a go. Sun
10:00
(180 mins)
DIY Wind Turbines And Off-Grid Systems V3 Power have been hand-building Hugh Piggot wind turbines for 8 years. Here they talk about it’s design and manufacture as well as giving an overview of off-grid electrical systems and how wind turbines can be integrated into them. Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Community Resistance: The Importance Of Autonomy, Diversity and Solidarity In The Context Of Fracking Fracking is highly distributed, but ultimately pervasive, industry which needs unfettered access to vast swathes of land, and the communities which inhabit it. While at national level fracking may have the unswerving support of the institutions whose existence depends on the fossil fuels it claims it can provide, at a local level the numerous communities the fracking industry must get passed are far less easily swayed. This workshop will explore the strategy behind community resistance in the context for fracking, and the some of the tactics which can allow communities to effectively defend themselves, and support each other. (Frack Off) Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Prisoner support - why & how A workshop exploring why and how to support prisoners. With practical ideas for everyone involved in social struggle about how to make prisoner support more visible and effective. (Bristol Anarchist Black Cross) Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
The UK's Role In The Global Coal Trade 79% of coal burnt in the UK comes from abroad. Almost all of this is from Russia, Colombia and the US. Explore the consequences for the environment and the people who live near the points of extraction and coal infrastructure. Discuss the situation in relation to British coal power stations in terms of EU law compliance, closure plans, a new power station and the clean coal lie. The time to act is now, before we are locked into the next generation of coal. Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Defending Yourself in Court – Costs and Consequences Reductions in legal aid and potential large costs and fines can be a deterrent to taking action. This workshop looks at the legal aftermath if you should be charged with an offence. Topics include… minimising legal risk, dealing with the court process and legal system, possible costs and consequences, representing yourself in court. Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Fracking Resistance In Denmark With test drilling currently in progress, fracking resistance in Denmark has grown to an unprecedented level of grassroots movement, involving rural and urban activists in a new degree of collaboration. Meanwhile, corporations and national government largely attempt to paint fracking as politically neutral and rational, removing the issue from localized environmental and community impacts. After presenting an overview of the situation and resistance in this context, we will discuss how resistance groups challenge resource-driven narratives and organize strategically both locally, nationally and internationally to resist fracking efforts. Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Nature Awareness Practices And Games Based on the work of Tom Brown Jr, this is an introduction to some simple nature connection practices and some practical and fun ways to practice them alone or in a group. Sun
10:00
(90 mins)
Rigwatch: Keeping Tabs On The Fracking Industry The fight against fracking is partially a battle over information. The industry's standard practice is to try to hide, obscure and diminish the appearance of its activities until it is too late to effectively oppose it. Gathering and distributing accurate information on the activities of the fracking industry is crucial to making resistance possible. This workshop aims provide a concise overview of what the industry does, the procedures and equipment it uses, and best ways of collecting useful information on it. (Frack Off) Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Discussion About Anti-Gold Mining In Romania The case of Rosia Montana, an old village in the mountains - Introduction to the context; the beginning of an environmental movement; tactics used by activists and lessons learned; connection to anti fracking and anti GMO fights. Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Introduction To Direct Action It's Not About the D Lock! Are you new to direct action? Come and find out more about it ... Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Blockading Practice using different techniques, equipment and your body to block access to something safely and effectively - a road, an office block, a fracking site etc. Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Street Medic Skillshare The First Aid at Work course does not mention pepper spray, Wilderness First Aid does not tell you how to treat a casualty with a line of riot cops headed your way. This workshop is for people who already have first aid training to learn some action medic tactics and work through some common first aid scenarios that come up on protests. Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Land Occupations & Taking Sites A practical discussion on reclaiming space, occupying land, and what to do with it once you have it. Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Blags & Scams - Sharing Your Tips Put in an expenses claim for your unpaid labour! Come to this skillshare with your tips for low-income survival in the 21st century. Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Qi Gong With Sticks This form of Qi Gong uses a stick to perform a series of movements that follow the principles of traditional Chinese medicine to maintain health. The stick is an extension of the body; the circular movements activate the flow of energy. Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Art Space Drop-In Drop in to the Creative Resistance space to make visual material for actions (like banners, masks, posters, stencils, prints etc.), to enhance the colourfulness, creativeness and clarity of your actions. You are welcome to work on props and visuals for any projects as well. Sun
11:30
(300 mins)
How To Do Mass Catering A hands-on workshop. With over 25 years of vegan mass catering in fields and on protests, come and learn how to feed the masses, wholesome, tasty and hygienic, with time to ask questions and hear experiences – come ready to chop! (Veggies) Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Organising The Next EF! Winter Moot & Summer Gathering Come learn about how you can get involved in the exciting resurgence of Earth First! in Britain. Get involved in collectives to organise next year’s (2016) Winter Moot & Summer Gathering – now is the time to start planning for an even better gathering next year! Sun
14:00
(60 mins)
Growing Earth First! – Local Groups, Website, Publications And More Come learn about how you can get involved in the exciting resurgence of Earth First! in Britain. Get involved in helping run the EF! website and talk about launching dynamic new initiatives to engage and inspire new people. Sun
14:00
(60 mins)
Beyond Borders: An Overview Of Fortress Europe And The No Borders / Migrant Solidarity Network An overview of Fortress Europe and the No Borders / Migrant Solidarity Network, including two smaller workshops about Calais Migrant Solidarity and No Borders Morocco / Interzone Voices. What is happening at the border, how have solidarity movements in those flashpoints grown and developed, and where can we go from here? Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Smartphone Video Activism 3 – Edit This! Introduction to editing, witness video, screenings and more. Free cartoons! (VisionOnTV) Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Know Your Rights Workshop Police Officers often rely on the lack of legal understanding of those participating in protest. This interactive session will give you the tools to take action more confidently. (Green and Black Cross) Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Over, Under, Through: Fences And Overcoming Them When trying to take direct action we are often held back by fences. Come and find out about different types of fences, and how to get past them in a variety of ways. There is a practical element to this workshop so come if you are wearing clothes and footwear that you can move and climb in. The fence will be around all weekend to practice and share your skills on. Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Fundraising For Radical Groups Groups with radical aims are very limited in funding options, but there are a few! We’ll look at where you can apply for funds and the pros and cons of doing so, as well as sharing ideas of other ways of getting the funds and resources you need to run your group. Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Climbing For Action: With Ropes A drop in session running all afternoon. If you have never climbed before, want a refresher or want tips on using climbing in action contexts this session will give you basic skills for staying safe at heights. Will include a range of techniques from using modern expensive equipment to ultra cheap safe ways to climb rope. Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Climbing For Action: Without Ropes (Industrial Structures) When climbing industrial structures rope is often only necessary initially, not needed at all or a dangerous hindrance. This workshop covers some basic techniques for staying safe whilst being mobile at height when ropes are not an option. Normally aimed at those with some basic climbing experience but will be run alongside standard climbing with ropes session – newbies very much encouraged! Spaces limited! Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Exploration of Nonviolence Active nonviolence is a profoundly practical approach to bringing about change, grounded in the work of Gandhi, Martin Luther King and many others. It refuses to play by the rules of those who exert power over us, underpinned as they are by violence against people and the Earth. Instead it develops our collective power for change, based on connection and creativity. In this workshop we will explore, in an active and practical way, the relevance of Nonviolence to our own situations – challenging and questioning it, and hopefully taking away ideas we can use. (Turning the Tide) Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Daily Discussion A series of discussion sessions on a topics picked during the gathering based on the suggestions and popularity among of those attending Sun
15:15
(90 mins)
Squatting Skillshare Whether you’re new to squatting or a seasoned pro lets share our knowledge and get more people squatting. Topics to cover are an introduction to squatting for new people – practically, legally and everything else, how the ban on residential squatting has affected us and what we can do about it, and how to resist evictions Sun
15:15
(60 mins)
Biodiversity Crisis It is becoming widely accepted that we are entering the 6th mass extinction of life on Earth, precipitated by human activity. Are there any rational responses to this situation? A discussion of this complex and daunting issue. Sun
15:15
(60 mins)
Protest Law & Legal Aid Changes A facilitated discussion about recent changes to protest law and legal aid, and their implications. Hard copy information will be provided to inform the discussion. Sun
16:15
(60 mins)
Antifascism Current status of the far-right in Britain and further afield, and discussions of effective opposition to it. Sun
16:15
(60 mins)
How To Do Mass Catering A hands-on workshop. With over 25 years of vegan mass catering in fields and on protests, come and learn how to feed the masses, wholesome, tasty and hygienic, with time to ask questions and hear experiences – come ready to chop! (Veggies) Sun
15:15
(90 mins)
Campaigns Report-Back/Next Steps & Evaluation Feedback to the gathering & announcement of new plans or projects. Also a chance to evaluate how the gathering has been. (Main space) Sun
17:30
(90 mins)
Vegan Cake-Baking Perfect vegan cake-baking for the masses: chocolate, ginger, Bakewell. A hands-on not hands-in session. (Veggies) Sun
TBC
(? mins)
How To Run A Gathering A chance to join in with this year’s EF! Summer Gathering collective and help out for this gathering, plus learn how to run a gathering/camp. (This year’s EF!SG Collective) Sun
20:00
(? mins)
Cinema Radical cinema space showing a wide variety of full length and short films. See board outside for details of films being shown. Sun
20:00
(? mins)
Energy And Power: A Radical History Of Resistance A story telling. Three short stories, spanning times from the Middle Ages to the modern era, tell of the imposition of energy technologies as vehicles for extending the economic and social power of elites, and the struggles of ordinary folk to resist their introduction. Find out how a 'football match' turned into act of insurrection and learn why the paving of an abbot's parlour was a symbol of the subjugation of a whole community. The stories will be followed by a short discussion about the lessons to be learnt for our current struggles. Sun
20:00
(? mins)
Monday 24th August
Guided Meditation A guided session, whether you are a beginner or already have a have a practice. Please wear comfortable clothes. Mon
7:30
(30 mins)
Tat-Down Please stay and help with taking down the site on Monday if you can. You don't need to have any particular skills for this, just willingness to do a bit of work and you'll walk away with lots of practical skills and new friends. Mon
A Trip To Nine Ladies The site of a prolonged struggle against a quarry expansion over a stone circle – one of the longest protest camps with dizzying aerial walkways and strong community. The rekindled threat a year ago, opposed by local residents, previously unsupportive of the camp but now welcoming tree-sitters with open arms, has seen off the planners…for now. Mon
TBC
(? mins)
Title Description Day/Time
Earth First!
Introduction To Earth First! & the Gathering If it’s your first time or you’re curious about how EF! and the Gathering works, come and ask questions and hear a bit about why Earth First! and why people got involved. See how the EF! network can support your passion to fan the flames... All Days
9:30
(30 mins)
Want A Strong Ecological Direct Action Group In Your Area? This workshop is for you if you are thinking about starting a new ecological direct action group or getting more people into your existing one. Come along to explore the challenges, assess different ways of organising and search for possible solutions. For example: how do you get more people involved if you are worried about security? How do you build enough trust to take risks together when lots of people are squeezing their activism into limited time? Fri+Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Twyford Down, where EF! & the anti-roads movement began? Hear stories & see photos from an inspiring time for Earth First! and the wider ecological direct action movement. Readings from the forthcoming book and question & answer session. How did things start? What's different now? What can we learn from these times? Hopelessly naive or inspiringly hopeful? Thurs
20:00
(? mins)
How To Run A Gathering A chance to join in with this year’s EF! Summer Gathering collective and help out for this gathering, plus learn how to run a gathering/camp. (This year’s EF!SG Collective) All Days
20:00
(? mins)
Hello Anarchism What is anarchism? What is its relevance today, both around the world and here in the UK? How anarchist is Earth First!? A participatory discussion. (Kebele Anarchist Social Centre) Sat+Sun
14:00/10:00
(60 mins)
Regional Meet-Ups & What Next Chance to network with individuals/groups from your region, build links, assess threats, initiate collaborations and build solidarity (Main space) Thurs/Sat
10:00
(75 mins)
Campaigns Round-Up (UK & international) Chance for campaigns to plug what they have been up to in the last year & call out for people to get involved! (Main space) Fri
10:00
(75 mins)
Campaign-Based Networking And Organising Sessions This workshop will start in the main marquee but split down into separate campaign sessions (in different spaces) after a very brief introduction to the available campaigns. Each session will focus facilitating a space where participants can network and organise around their chosen issue. Campaigns will include Fracking, Coal, GM, Nuclear, Roads, Incineration, Climate and Bio-Energy. Sat
11:30
(90 mins)
Daily Discussion A series of discussion sessions on a topics picked during the gathering based on the suggestions and popularity among of those attending All Days
17:30 or 15:15
(90 mins)
Roots Of Resistance: 20 Years Of Earth First! A show celebrating the rise of radical ecological activism. From the treetops of Newbury, to planting trees on the M11, to the tops of power station chimneys, it gathers together the stories of many activists, bringing to life both legendary and forgotten victories. It uses a magically simple technique: cut-out drawings moved against a backdrop, filmed and projected live – the effect is like an animated zine. With live music and sound. (Otherstory) Sat
20:00
(? mins)
Organising The Next EF! Winter Moot & Summer Gathering Come learn about how you can get involved in the exciting resurgence of Earth First! in Britain. Get involved in collectives to organise next year’s (2016) Winter Moot & Summer Gathering – now is the time to start planning for an even better gathering next year! Sun
14:00
(60 mins)
Growing Earth First! – Local Groups, Website, Publications And More Come learn about how you can get involved in the exciting resurgence of Earth First! in Britain. Get involved in helping run the EF! website and talk about launching dynamic new initiatives to engage and inspire new people. Sun
14:00
(60 mins)
Campaigns Report-Back/Next Steps & Evaluation Feedback to the gathering & announcement of new plans or projects. Also a chance to evaluate how the gathering has been. (Main space) Sun
17:30
(90 mins)
Campaigns/Issues
Extreme Energy, Or Why The World Is Going To Shit Extreme Energy is a process which, while not widely understood or appreciated, is never the less already having a growing influence over all aspects of the world we live in. By its nature Extreme Energy will come to dominate our lives and therefore the whole planet in coming decades, unless radical changes are made to the way human societies function. This workshop aims to introduce the fundamental concepts in an interactive and easy to understand way, providing participants with the foundation they need to effectively begin resisting this growing threat. (Frack Off) Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
What Is Fracking?: An Introduction To Unconventional Oil & Gas Fracking is a word, and one that means many different things to different people, but behind that word there is an industry intent on spreading its influence across the globe into lives everyone on the planet. This workshop aims to unveil the gritty reality of the unconventional oil and gas industry which lies behind the fracking hype, and convey the fundamental knowledge which everyone will need in order to effective resist this growing threat to community and the wider ecosystems of which they are a part. (Frack Off) Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Underground Coal Gasification (UCG): A Lurking Monster Underground Coal Gasification (UCG), while often lumped into the same category as fracking, is much more experimental but has the potential to be far more damaging in the longer term. UCG could unlock trillions of tonnes of otherwise unmineable coal across the globe, unleashing a tidal wave of toxic contamination and carbon emissions which would dwarf those from fracking, and threaten the very existence of most complex lifeforms. This workshop will explore the threat of UCG, in particularly the projects which are underway in Britain and how they can be resisted. (Frack Off) Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Unconventional Fossil Fuels Capitalism and the endless pursuit of economic growth is driving ever more extreme forms of energy extraction. This workshop will give an overview of fracking, tar sands and other types of unconventional fossil fuels. This will be followed by a discussion on the growing resistance to these forms of 'extreme energy' in the UK and around the world, and how we can build towards a world beyond capitalism where energy is democratically controlled and we exist in harmony with the natural world. (Corporate Watch) Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Arms To Renewables: environmental action to Stop the Arms fair! This September, the world's weapons industry plans to arrive in London for a huge arms fair: Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI). The results of DSEI are felt around the world as people are killed, economies are devastated, refugees are traumatised and peaceful protest is crushed. As military delegations from around the world arrive to browse the latest killing technology, we will be taking action to challenge them, and to transform the space around the arms fair to reflect the world we want to see. The UK spends 25 times more on weapons research than research into renewable energy, and government military spending far outweighs that spent tackling climate change. On Wednesday 7 September, take action to call for a shift from arms to renewables, and help us stop the arms fair! Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Discussion About Anti-Gold Mining In Romania The case of Rosia Montana, an old village in the mountains - Introduction to the context; the beginning of an environmental movement; tactics used by activists and lessons learned; connection to anti fracking and anti GMO fights. Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Fighting Incineration And Creating A Zero Waste World 'Waste to Energy' incineration is being heralded as a renewable way to tackle waste and generate 'green energy'. However this is far from the truth, hear about the true impacts of waste incineration and learn from the experiences of struggles against incineration in the UK and across the world. Help plan strategies and tactics for moving forward towards a zero waste world, free from incineration and landfills. (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives - GAIA) Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
We've Been Here Before: Why The COP21 Talks Will Fail World leaders are set to descend on Paris this year to discuss Climate Change, it will be the 21st conference of its kind; CoP21 This workshop will take a look at the shambolic history of the CoP process, the power of corporate lobbying and the false solutions on the table. This process will never provide the answers we need for a safe and secure future so lets look at people powered solutions. (Reclaim the Power and Global Justice Now) Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Introduction To The Climate Games At Paris COP21 In December 2015, corporate power will play a high-risk gamble with the UN climate talks. Fossil fuel lobbyists and the pedlars of false solutions are already conspiring to overwhelm the COP21 summit in Paris. But it won't be business-as-usual this time: global movements will converge to obstruct their corrosive activities, intercept their influence, and chase them out of politics. Get ready for the world's largest non-violent civil disobedience direct action adventure game in the streets of Paris, in cyberspace and beyond. Find out more about the Climate Games, a new breed of creative mischief. Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Coal In The UK Coal is the main energy source in the UK (at 36%) and the source which produces the most CO2. In the UK there are 23 active opencast coal mines, 12 power stations and only one remaining deep mine. Communities are fighting new opencast applications, whilst coal companies bully planning officials into allowing more. Opencast devastates the environment and local people are looking to improve connections with the environmental movement. Come and find out the latest and work out how together we can fight it. Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
The UK's Role In The Global Coal Trade 79% of coal burnt in the UK comes from abroad. Almost all of this is from Russia, Colombia and the US. Explore the consequences for the environment and the people who live near the points of extraction and coal infrastructure. Discuss the situation in relation to British coal power stations in terms of EU law compliance, closure plans, a new power station and the clean coal lie. The time to act is now, before we are locked into the next generation of coal. Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Access To Land & Food Sovereignty, A Reclaim The Fields Introduction This workshop will introduce the different areas of struggle for Reclaim the Fields across Europe, including access to land and food sovereignty. There will also be an introduction to the action camp taking place in Shropshire the week after Earth First, with info on how people can get involved. (Reclaim The Fields) Weds
17:30
(90 mins)
Community Fire-Fight: Keeping Our Communities Incinerator Free Come along to find out more about the danger this invasive industry poses to us all, and how you can help, or might utilise some of these communities tactics fighting unwanted toxic industries such as Fracking and Incinerators in your area. We will also touch on also how the toxin free community strategy may be useful as a potential strategy for creating popular and powerful community engagement with issues around other toxic industries where mass community engagement could be a game changer Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Engaging A Local Community In Activism Over The Long-Term - Grow Heathrow The Case Of Grow Heathrow. A brief presentation about the history of this community project, and how we work with people who live locally, followed by a discussion about the bonuses and challenges of this approach. A chance to explore if this strategy might work on your issue where you live. (Grow Heathrow) Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Solidarity With Ecological Movements In North Kurdistan The Turkish government is planning to build thousands of hydroelectric dam including the Ilısu dam, which will flood almost 200 Kurdish villages. We will discuss the strategic and militarist motivations for these projects and the calls for solidarity from Kurdish people struggling against them. The workshop will also highlight the need for solidarity with North Kurdish ecological resistance movements within the context of the wider Kurdish struggle for freedom. (Corporate Watch) Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Stop GM Crops A target of direct action for over two decades now. What is GM and why do people oppose so strongly? Links to climate, food sovereignty and corporate control. We’ll discuss some new developments, and the industry’s discourse pushing GM as ‘climate smart’ or ‘feeding the world’. How is the industry lobby working in Brussels, and what is the role of the UK? Inspirational stories of actions and grassroots campaigns from a range of different countries. Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Fresh Experiences From The “Ende Gelände” Action Ende Gelände is trying to establish mass civil disobedience against coal mining in germany. It is a heterogeneous coalition of both grassroots and ngo’s and the first action will take place from 14th-16th this August. At the time of writing this text I cannot say how many people we will be and how effective our blockade might be but at the time this workshops happens I’ll know more! Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
How Can We Stop Airport Expansion? The government’s likely to give a green light to a new runway in the South-East, and likely growth at other airports. What can we all do about this? (HACAN) Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
The ZAD – A French Grassroots Anti-Aviation Struggle Learn about the campaign against the seizure of 4000 acres by the French state for an airport project from the point of view of a participant in this 7 year struggle, which has been occupying and cultivating the land for 4 years. Including a brief history of the more than 45 year project and the struggle against it, beginning with the 2009 Climate Action Camp, through a large scale eviction attempt that failed in 2012 and reinforced the struggle, which has involved a wide variety of people including farmers, citizen associations, political parties, hobos, radical militants and others. The occupation is a collective experiment intent on establishing a permanent autonomous base, perhaps one of many which could supplant the system from the inside. However, the government is set on evicting us, destroying the preserved ecosystem, dismantling our experiment, building one more airport and developing a huge area of land. International support is always needed and welcome! More info here: (La ZAD) Weds
15:15
(60 mins)
Bure Zone Libre: Land Occupation At A Nuclear Waste Burial Mega-Project Learn about a new campaign to occupy a planned nuclear waste burial site at Bure, in eastern France, which is hoped to become an international place of gathering, to support the local opposition. The beginning of the digging is planed to start in 2017, but the railroad construction is supposed to start at the end of summer. The site (125 acres) where the camp is situated is an old military train station currently owned by militants. The french state wanted to use that station as the entrance of the way down the project but they decided to go around. A camp will be held 1st-10th August 2015, and will address many subjects: All the toxic energies, Preparation for the COP21, Decapitalism, Migrations, Segregations, our Militant Pratices, Anti-Repression ... Here is the programme. Of course you’re invited to come participating to this new settlement before coming to the Earth First! gathering! Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Resisting Coal In Germon€y For over three years, a movement of dedicated eco-defenders have been fighting the energy giant RWE on many fronts – from the annual climate camps with it’s mass actions to the Hambach forest squatters with their tree-sits and blockades of forest-wrecking machinery, from concerned locals filing law-suits to night-time ‘infrastructure-maintenance’, a broad variety of tactics are being deployed to bring a halt to the ever-consuming death machine of the coal fueled industry. A review on the actions happening in the Rhineland region and a call for more. Weds
17:30
(90 mins)
Perspectives From Anti-GM Crop Protests In France Since 2003, hundreds of ‘Faucheurs Volontaires d’OGM’ have worked to get genetically-modified crops out of France, in the fields, off the plates and out of the troughs. This has included mass ripping out of crops openly during the daytime, at night, and blockading of boats importing GM animal feed. What can we learn from this approach that has been very different than the UK activist approach, and has also had notable successes. Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Nuclear Will Cost the Earth While Fukushima continues to poison the Pacific Ocean closer to home Sellafield continues poisoning the Irish Sea, posing “intolerable risks to people and the environment” (government public accounts committee). Meanwhile having removed any pretence of democracy from the planning process for nukiller waste dumps, the government are developing their plans to dump their waste in a community near you. Come along & find out what we can do about it together! Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Bio-energy – The Biggest False Climate Solution Bio-energy, particularly biomass (foreign trees) burnt for electricity at max 38% efficiency is the biggest part of the UK renewable energy strategy, now and for the future, that nobody talks about! It drives deforestation and biodiversity loss, pollutes local people and is worse for the climate than fossil fuel. It is a dangerous false solution – yet it is subsidised to the tune of hundreds of millions of pounds a year until at least 2027. If spent on energy saving this subsidy could remove the need for this capacity for ever well before then. An overview and UK perspective and a look at what is being done and can be done to stop this nonsense. Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Social & Ecological Harm Of The Prison Industrial Complex A workshop introducing the prison industrial complex, its social & ecological impacts and popular struggles against it. Learn about campaigns against prison expansion in Wales, London and Leicestershire. (Empty Cages Collective) Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Reflections On The Student Movement 2010-2015, Strategies, Tactics, And Ideas For The Future In November 2010 thousands of students stormed the Conservative Party headquarters, and a new life reinvigorated the student movement. Over the coming months and years, dozens of occupations took place and hundreds of protests took place, presenting a real challenge to the coalition government. How can we expand and develop these struggles? What can the climate movement learn from this movement? And how can we take these tactics into the future? Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Biodiversity Crisis It is becoming widely accepted that we are entering the 6th mass extinction of life on Earth, precipitated by human activity. Are there any rational responses to this situation? A discussion of this complex and daunting issue. Sun
15:15
(60 mins)
Antifascism Current status of the far-right in Britain and further afield, and discussions of effective opposition to it. Sun
16:15
(60 mins)
The New Road-Building Menace The evictions and the victories of the amazing Combe Haven Defenders, the first and the worst of a long-line of 720 miles of proposed new roads chomping through ancient monuments, woodlands and everything that is green. Hear about new security and government eviction tactics. How we got hear here & a brief history of quiet victories and noisy defeats from the once vibrant anti-roads movement, including Newbury and the No M11 Campaign. How we can be at worst a huge eco-tax, and at best a spanner in the machine! (Campaign for Better Transport/Combe Haven Defenders/Druids against the Stonehenge Tunnel) Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Beyond Borders: An Overview Of Fortress Europe And The No Borders / Migrant Solidarity Network An overview of Fortress Europe and the No Borders / Migrant Solidarity Network, including two smaller workshops about Calais Migrant Solidarity and No Borders Morocco / Interzone Voices. What is happening at the border, how have solidarity movements in those flashpoints grown and developed, and where can we go from here? Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
The Politics Of Technology What does a critical politics of technology mean in the 21st century? Presentation & sharing of experiences in different campaigns and struggles including alternative visions of social and technological development, and the transition to a sustainable and socially just society; challenging the concept of progress through technology. Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Food Sovereignty for The People: From the Roots Up We all have a right to decent food, this is the basic message of Food sovereignty. But this has not always been felt to be the case. Colonial British and European histories, when interrogated, demonstrate how and why so many contradictions exist in today’s food systems and the discourses around them, and how the legacies of slavery and imperialism are still being experienced today.by every one who eats. Come and be immersed in the story of how some of the foods we eat today traveled across continents to arrive on your plate and how the choice we experience in the west is borne of the shoulders of those who have no choice in different parts of the world. How can we move closer to a food sovereign, household, community, nation and world that is fair and just? Come and join the hot discussion at Food Sovereignty for the people: from the roots, Up! Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
A Trip To Nine Ladies The site of a prolonged struggle against a quarry expansion over a stone circle – one of the longest protest camps with dizzying aerial walkways and strong community. The rekindled threat a year ago, opposed by local residents, previously unsupportive of the camp but now welcoming tree-sitters with open arms, has seen off the planners…for now. Mon
TBC
(? mins)
Fracking Resistance In Denmark With test drilling currently in progress, fracking resistance in Denmark has grown to an unprecedented level of grassroots movement, involving rural and urban activists in a new degree of collaboration. Meanwhile, corporations and national government largely attempt to paint fracking as politically neutral and rational, removing the issue from localized environmental and community impacts. After presenting an overview of the situation and resistance in this context, we will discuss how resistance groups challenge resource-driven narratives and organize strategically both locally, nationally and internationally to resist fracking efforts. Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Campaign & Strategy Skills
Fundamental Skills For Effective Media We will look at creating super snappy soundbites, crafting the perfect press release and honing your interview skills. Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Introduction To Security For Activists And Campaigners If you have not thought about activist security before, or you want a refresher this session is for you. A chance to think through processes to keep you as secure as possible and how to integrate them into your life and campaigning. Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Are You Planning To Win? In a campaign, it is easy to spend all our time with our noses to the ground focusing on the next crisis! This workshop will help you take a step back to consider the big picture, and think through how to come up with a long term plan that gives you a better chance of winning. Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
How To Research Companies Corporate Watch's 'Do-It-Yourself' training for groups, organisations and individuals who want to research companies in order to take action against them. It will explain how to find out key details about a company, including how to look into its actions and track record, how much money it is making, its owners and directors, links with government and public sector contracts and licences. (Corporate Watch) Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Rigwatch: Keeping Tabs On The Fracking Industry The fight against fracking is partially a battle over information. The industry's standard practice is to try to hide, obscure and diminish the appearance of its activities until it is too late to effectively oppose it. Gathering and distributing accurate information on the activities of the fracking industry is crucial to making resistance possible. This workshop aims provide a concise overview of what the industry does, the procedures and equipment it uses, and best ways of collecting useful information on it. (Frack Off) Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Counter-Surveillance Corner: Information Security For The Discerning Anarchist Stop being paranoid – take action. Explore scenarios where your security is in danger, identify what you need to protect, the threats and suitable counter-measures. The state does not have infinite resources – let’s exploit that! This workshop will be drawing on real world experience of high risk situations where compromises are inevitable and the human is always the weakest link. Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
Tools For Strategy Social change takes time! This workshop will introduce tools for helping campaigners plan campaigns that are strategic, work towards long-term goals, and to develop tactics that help achieve them. (War Resisters International) Weds
15:15
(120 mins)
Direct Action Strategy What is strategy and why is it important? What makes an effective strategy? How can we choose why, where, when and what kind of direct action we should take? Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
History, Methods And Impacts Of Undercover Policing & Infiltrators For nearly 50 years radical political movements have had long term deep cover spies living among them. Since Mark Kennedy was exposed in 2010 we’ve learned a lot about who, how and why they work. Here’s what’s known about them and how we can resist. (Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance) Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
Fundraising For Radical Groups Groups with radical aims are very limited in funding options, but there are a few! We’ll look at where you can apply for funds and the pros and cons of doing so, as well as sharing ideas of other ways of getting the funds and resources you need to run your group. Thurs+Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Capture The Media How can we navigate the media? Learn how to use it, and not be used by it. (Gathering Place News) Weds
15:15
(120 mins)
Brainstorm Your Video Idea Talk to the radical media crew one-on-one about your video project. (Gathering Place News / VisionOnTV) Weds
17:30
(30 mins)
Smartphone Video Activism 1 – Walk The Talk The one-take interview template from our revolutionary course. Please being a charged smartphone. Free cartoons! (VisionOnTV) Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
Smartphone Video Activism 2 – Shoot And Go The one-shot news report. Please bring a charged smartphone. Free cartoons! (VisionOnTV) Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Smartphone Video Activism 3 – Edit This! Introduction to editing, witness video, screenings and more. Free cartoons! (VisionOnTV) Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Reinvigorating Radical Media In the age of likes, retweets, and 24/7 news, how can activists challenge corporate media hegemony? How can we create our own independent media networks that support activists and strengthen movements? Open discussion and creative workshop looking at the media we use and the media we want. Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Headline-Grabbing Interventions This workshop will be about small scale urban activism. How can you gain a maximum effect with small interventions (urban accupuncture), getting as much attention as possible. This workshop will point out the importance of a communication-plan and give useful pointers on how to communicate effectively through your actions. Weds
14:00
(60 mins)
Try Out A New Activist Strategy Game Play-test a fun strategy game being developed by and for activists. The game lets you use collective intelligence to creatively think about social transformation. Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
Making The Most Of The Planning System Engaging with planning applications can seem like a waste of time – but they can be great opportunities to delay a company’s progress, cost them big bucks and scare investors – they also act as great opportunities for public engagement/growing your group. This workshop will outline the basics of effectively engaging with the a planning application. Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Skills For Working In Groups
Working Together Working in groups can be a very powerful way to resist and build alternatives. Effective and sustainable action comes from healthy groups that can work together cooperatively. The Working Together workshop will explore group dynamics and some skills to help us build inclusive and empowering groups. Whether your group is newly formed or you have been collaborating for a while, this workshop can help you to work more effectively together. Thurs+Sat
14:00
(180 mins)
Group Dynamics – What’s Under The Surface? A group is made up of individuals, and its also something else than the sum of its parts. Some people say that groups are living organisms, with a will of their own. You might feel comfortable in one group, and alienated in another. Why’s that? This workshop is an introduction to some fundamentals in group dynamics. Everyone is welcome – whatever your experiences of being in groups – whether you love them, hate them, find them confusing, or something else. (Seeds For Change) Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
Facilitating Meetings With or without realising it, most of you will have learned loads about good facilitation skills from the meetings you’ve been part of, including the ones that have been a bit of a mess. Given the amount of time we spend in them, we need them well facilitated, and we need more people sharing this role around in our groups. With good facilitation you can help each other do your best thinking and get a load of work done in a short space of time. So, what is facilitation, what are facilitation skills, what works and why ? Bring your questions and your experience. (London Roots) Thurs+Sat
11:30/15:15
(90 mins)
Consensus That Works! Consensus decision-making has the potential to be a fantastic and liberating process that brings us closer to each other and closer to our ideals. But first we have to navigate the obstacles thrown up by blocks to that process, by conflict, by polarised opinion. In this session we’ll explore, and practice, how to move beyond those blocks. (Rhizome) Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Co-operation And Consensus Consensus decision-making needs co-operation, which is not always easy to find in a society built on competition. A fun session using group activities to explore what it means to co-operate, and how we can support ourselves and each other to leave competition at the door when we sit down to do consensus. (Rhizome) Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Working With Conflict An exploration of the skills and attitudes needed to really hear different points of view and move through conflict in groups and between individuals (Rhizome) Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Conflict Resolution Forming and maintaining groups requires skills to deal with conflicts that will inevitably come up in the process. I will present tools to deal with conflict that mainly originate from the concepts of Mediation and Nonviolent Communication and offer some exercises to develop useful skills. Weds
15:15
(120 mins)
The Highs And Lows Of Working As A Coalition – The Example of Frack Free Dee Hear how our coalition is structured and organises, adopt our successes into your campaign and avoid our pitfalls. Then share your success stories and discuss how things could be improved with the luxury of hindsight. (Frack Free Dee) Weds
14:00
(60 mins)
Action Skills
Introduction To Radios For Actions Cheap walkie-talkies can probably do a lot more than you realise. Find out how to make the most of them on actions. Places limited - advance sign-up required. Places limited – advance sign-up required. Thurs
11:30
(50 mins)
Aids To Communication Security Give your friends the maximum information and your foes the minimum. Designed for radio communication, but works well across other media too. Thurs
12:20
(40 mins)
Map And Compass Going into the countryside? Get the edge over the bad guys with old-school map and compass skills. Places limited - advance sign-up required. Places limited – advance sign-up required. Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Day Navigation Route A chance to practice your map and compass skills in teams. Places limited - advance sign-up required. Includes briefing and drop-off. You will have to either already have experience using a map and compass, or have attended the relevant workshop. Places limited – advance sign-up required. Includes briefing and drop-off. Come if you either already have experience using a map and compass, or have attended the relevant workshop. Thurs
15:15
(180 mins)
Night Navigation Route A chance to practice your map and compass skills in teams. Places limited - advance sign-up required. Includes briefing and drop-off. You will have to either already have experience using a map and compass, or have attended the relevant workshop. Places limited – advance sign-up required. Includes briefing and drop-off. Come if you either already have experience using a map and compass, or have attended the relevant workshop. Thurs
20:30
(180 mins)
Tactical Organisation For Actions Worried about your plans falling apart on actions? Or decision-making will be too slow? Structures to make pre-action plans and during-action decisions quickly and effectively. Key concepts: bricks, multiples, planning protocol, Mission Tactics. Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Field Exercise To practice skills from Tactical Organisation workshop. Places limited - advance sign-up required. Come if you attended the Tactical Organisation workshop. Fri
14:00
(210 mins)
Legal Observer Training Legal Observers play a key role at protests. Whether they are handing out key advice on bust cards, or finding witnesses for arrests, legal observers help to ensure that people protesting do not face the legal system alone. This workshop is an introduction to legal observing. (Green and Black Cross) Fri
14:00
(300 mins)
Know Your Rights Workshop Police Officers often rely on the lack of legal understanding of those participating in protest. This interactive session will give you the tools to take action more confidently. (Green and Black Cross) Thurs/Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Working Together On Actions Adrenaline, excitement and anxiety: working together on actions when the pressure is on and the stakes are high. Playing to your strengths and meeting your needs. Affinity groups, roles, quick decision-making and understanding different ways of working. Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Reconnaissance For Actions A good plan for any kind of action usually involves checking out the site beforehand. This session will give you tips and practical experience to help you know what to look out for, and how to record the information without giving the game away too soon. Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Night Time Skills 'Not seen, no heard: Moving about at night without being detected' - a practical exercise in ways of dressing and moving that gets you in place for an action without raising the alarm. Fri
20:00
(? mins)
Introduction To Direct Action It's Not About the D Lock! Are you new to direct action? Come and find out more about it ... Fri+Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Blockading Practice using different techniques, equipment and your body to block access to something safely and effectively - a road, an office block, a fracking site etc. Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Introduction To Climbing Skills For Actions A drop in session running all afternoon. If you have never climbed before, want a refresher or want tips on using climbing in action contexts this session will give you basic skills for staying safe at heights. Includes using harnesses, cows-tails, and prussiking. Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Over, Under, Through: Fences And Overcoming Them When trying to take direct action we are often held back by fences. Come and find out about different types of fences, and how to get past them in a variety of ways. There is a practical element to this workshop so come if you are wearing clothes and footwear that you can move and climb in. The fence will be around all weekend to practice and share your skills on. Fri/Sat/Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Fracking Direct Action: How To Shutdown A Drilling Rig And Other Useful Tips The ultimate line of defence for any community threatened by fracking is direct action to disrupt the industry's invasion of their area. While a lot can be achieved by fighting planning applications, in the end applications will be approved when they are appealed to central government. This workshop aims to explore some of the weak points of the fracking industry and potential techniques which can be used to exploit them. Including how site occupations, road blockades and rig sitting, can best be used in the context of the fracking industry. Note this will provide a general overview with pointers on where to go for more information, not necessarily all the skills you need to immediately take action. (Frack Off) Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Big Banner Design & Deployment Making and deploying very large banners. Keeping them compact, light and low wind resistance. Outdoors (possibly): rope techniques such as ascending and abseiling, deploying banners. Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Advanced Security Looking in depth at tactics and techniques that ensure actions are secure; will also look at some practical counter-surveillance. (Activist Security Collective) Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Street Medic Skillshare The First Aid at Work course does not mention pepper spray, Wilderness First Aid does not tell you how to treat a casualty with a line of riot cops headed your way. This workshop is for people who already have first aid training to learn some action medic tactics and work through some common first aid scenarios that come up on protests. Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Climbing For Action: Without Ropes (Industrial Structures) When climbing industrial structures rope is often only necessary initially, not needed at all or a dangerous hindrance. This workshop covers some basic techniques for staying safe whilst being mobile at height when ropes are not an option. Normally aimed at those with some basic climbing experience but will be run alongside standard climbing with ropes session – newbies very much encouraged! Spaces limited! Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Climbing For Action: With Ropes A drop in session running all afternoon. If you have never climbed before, want a refresher or want tips on using climbing in action contexts this session will give you basic skills for staying safe at heights. Will include a range of techniques from using modern expensive equipment to ultra cheap safe ways to climb rope. Thurs/Sun
14:00/15:15
(210/120 mins)
Kayaking For Actions Basic activist kayak training. Familiarisation with inflatable kayaks and thinking strategically about how to board a vessel and using protective movements. How to do actions on the water. Places limited – advance sign-up required on Friday. Make sure you bring swimming costumes and a towel. Sign up in advance on Friday. Age: 16+ only. Sat
13:30/15:30
(135 mins)
Water-Borne Action Practice At Night Come if you have kayaking experience, or have come to the earlier workshop and shown competence on the water, and want to practice how that is in a more covert situation. Simulated affinity group/night-time action. Places limited – advance sign-up required on Friday. Make sure you bring swimming costumes and a towel. Sign up in advance on Friday. Age: 16+ only. Sat
21:30
(150 mins)
Blockading With Tripods Constructing and using tripods safely and effectively in activist situations. Thinking strategically about how and when to use. Fri/Sat
11:30/17:30
(90 mins)
Direct Action Assault Course Buddy up! This is a space for everyone (regardless of age) to test out some key action skills. Face and break police lines, use blockading techniques, climb fences, take down corporate foes, change your identity and climb a tripod! Watch out for those snatch squads!!! Thurs/Fri/Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Hunt Sabbing – Practical Skills Want to save British native wildlife with the hunt saboteurs but don’t know how to get involved or what is expected? Join our two hour fully interactive workshop and hear how it is done and then have a go. It’s going to involve some quick thinking, travelling across country and practising common techniques. We want to be as inclusive as possible but those with limited mobility are unlikely to be able to fully participate. (Two hour workshop which will make far more sense if you are there for all of it). Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Aerial Walkways If done right making rope walkways between trees, buildings or lamp posts can be an effective way of resisting eviction or blocking roads. Come and find out what they are, how to tie them and have a go walking on them on the ground and up high. It would be preferred if you have some experience of using climbing equipment or have been on the Intro To Climbing workshop. Fri/Sun
11:30/10:00
(90/75 mins)
Holding Space Sometimes we need or want to hold a space. Maybe the police are moving in and want to clear you away. How do you stand your ground? Maybe you want to occupy a roadway or a building. A hands-on session to practice different techniques to take and hold space with just your bodies. Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Land Occupations & Taking Sites A practical discussion on reclaiming space, occupying land, and what to do with it once you have it. Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Building Lock‑Ons Learn how to build shit-hot lock ons for longer lasting blockades. Places limited – advance sign-up required on Friday. Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
How To Build A Treehouse Treehouses are a popular way to defend land from developers. Learn the whole process from deciding where in the tree to constructing the main frame work, then looking at floor, roof and further defences. No climbing involved in this as we’ll practice at ground level. Bring a penknife if you have one. Fri/Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Building A Treehouse: Drop-In Session We’ll be building a treehouse all day and you’re welcome to join us for as long as you want. You can help with or without climbing. You can do the climbing with little experience but beginners will find it easier in the afternoon. It would help if you sign up in the morning for when you want to join in, to help plan the day. Fri/Sat
15:15
(120/225 mins)
Introduction To Guide To Public Order Situations A chance to exchange info and experience from big protest situations and relevant policing, with a view to incorporating into the Guide to Public Order Situations. Depending on time and interest, we may do small practices on particular points and situations spotting police tactics and moving strategically. Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Public Order Mass Arrest & Interview Practice Never been arrested, or has it been a while? This workshop will give you a taste of the experience by role playing through the process of arrest, processing at the police station and interview. Whilst obviously not the same as the real thing, at least it may help you to have more understanding of what is happening, reduce the shock and surprises and hopefully help you be more prepared and empowered. Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Practical Skills
Basic Computer Security Workshop A workshop for beginners on how to be more secure online in your communication and and utilise encryption to keep your files safer. Please bring basic information about your computer so we can answer specific technical questions. (Free to Fight) Thurs/Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Advanced Computer Security Workshop A workshop for existing users of encryption and computer security practices. This workshop is to share tools and techniques around encryption, secure communication and safe storage of data. (Free to Fight) Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Land Access And Traveller Law Introduction to laws regarding land access. Covering private, common and open access land and the right to roam. Discussion and knowledge sharing regarding traveller statutes in the criminal justice act. Land access rights under common law. Weds
14:00
(60 mins)
Foraging And Plant Identification Tour of the site, identifying and collecting a variety of wild plants and discussing their uses for food, medicine and other applications as well as folk lore and history. Introduction to some commonly foraged plants and foraging etiquette and personal safety. Countryside management act is at applies to foraging will be briefly covered. Examination of the nutritional and health benefits of wild foods and the 'polyculture vs the monoculture'. Consideration of wild and home grown food as a part of community self-sufficiency and autonomy. Open discussion and knowledge sharing. Thurs/Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Practical Knots & How to Remember Them An experiential "need" based knot workshop - the knots you need and most importantly a way to remember them! Starting from the simple overhand knot we journey across related knots building a logical path and a way to remember them. We will end with essential and useful knots for climbing, camping and action. An informal follow up and skill share practical session will be scheduled after this workshop. Thurs/Sun
11:30/10:00
(90/75 mins)
Applied Knots Skillshare Anyone with experience and knowledge can share useful knots and rope skills in a structured environment. This more advanced practical session is open to everyone. Attending the beginners knots session is advisable for people new to knots or with little experience. Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Vegan Cake-Baking Perfect vegan cake-baking for the masses: chocolate, ginger, Bakewell. A hands-on not hands-in session. (Veggies) All Days
TBC
(? mins)
Houses Without Landlords, Work Without Bosses An introduction to housing and worker co-op’s, why they’re an effective alternative, how they work and how to set them up. (Radical Routes) Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Squatting Skillshare Whether you’re new to squatting or a seasoned pro lets share our knowledge and get more people squatting. Topics to cover are an introduction to squatting for new people – practically, legally and everything else, how the ban on residential squatting has affected us and what we can do about it, and how to resist evictions Sun
15:15
(60 mins)
Woodland Crafts 1: Using Tools Use tools including knives, hand drills, bill hook, axe etc to make stuff! All ages welcome! Sat
11:30
(90 mins)
Woodland Crafts 2: Making Fire and Cooking On It Fire lighting & basic cooking (mmm…dough sticks). All ages welcome! Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
DIY Wind Turbines And Off-Grid Systems V3 Power have been hand-building Hugh Piggot wind turbines for 8 years. Here they talk about it’s design and manufacture as well as giving an overview of off-grid electrical systems and how wind turbines can be integrated into them. Sun
10:00
(60 mins)
Camp Skills
How To Do Mass Catering A hands-on workshop. With over 25 years of vegan mass catering in fields and on protests, come and learn how to feed the masses, wholesome, tasty and hygienic, with time to ask questions and hear experiences – come ready to chop! (Veggies) All Days
11:30/17:30
(90 mins)
Camp Hygiene General principles to keep people at camps healthy and how germs spread Weds
10:00
(75 mins)
How To Build Hands-Free Hand-Washing Stations A must for camp hygiene, simple & low-tech Weds
11:30
(90 mins)
How To Set Up A Field Kitchen Key practical and health considerations for field kitchens Weds
10:00
(75 mins)
How To Put Up Marquees And Domes Learn how to erect structures & maintain them against the elements Weds
10:00
(75 mins)
Flat-Pack Compost Toilet Cubicles How to assemble, as well as their basic principles Weds
10:00
(75 mins)
Help Make The Space Welcoming And Beautiful Sprucing up the site, including welcome tent Weds
11:30
(90 mins)
Learn About Laying Out A Site Best practice for laying out a site, including legal requirements such as fire lanes and licensing laws Weds
10:00
(75 mins)
How To Make A Camp Accessible Methods for making a site as accessible as possible, with few resources Weds
11:30
(90 mins)
Simple Site Plumbing Basic principles, including soak-aways Weds
11:30
(90 mins)
Off-Grid Electrics For Sites Set up & basic principles Weds
11:30
(90 mins)
Critical Reflections
Radical Views ... Critical Thought? An Introductory Workshop On Critical Thinking, Ideology And Culture Anyone attending this gathering will have, at some point, broken with the conventional ideological wisdom of our culture. But does that mean we have broken with ideology itself? Have we managed to free our minds of all ideology, or simply escaped from one set of rigid beliefs into another? This workshop will provide a number of examples of the ways we tend to slip into uncritical patterns of thoughts, and some tools to help us challenge those patterns. Weds
14:00
(60 mins)
(In)Direct Action? ... A Critical Reflection On Radical Politics Why do we do what we do? What do we think it will achieve? How do we imagine our movement growing, and what would happen if it did? Within radical politics, there are many fundamental beliefs about the world, and how to change it. Although we critically reflect on the world 'out there', our own assumptions are often left unquestioned. This workshop aims to provide time, space, and tools for us all to really put our ways of thinking and doing to the test - even if we come out believing the same things as we did at the beginning, this can only help us be stronger and clearer in fighting for change. Weds
15:45
(90 mins)
Community Resistance: The Importance Of Autonomy, Diversity and Solidarity In The Context Of Fracking Fracking is highly distributed, but ultimately pervasive, industry which needs unfettered access to vast swathes of land, and the communities which inhabit it. While at national level fracking may have the unswerving support of the institutions whose existence depends on the fossil fuels it claims it can provide, at a local level the numerous communities the fracking industry must get passed are far less easily swayed. This workshop will explore the strategy behind community resistance in the context for fracking, and the some of the tactics which can allow communities to effectively defend themselves, and support each other. (Frack Off) Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Restoration Ecology How useful an idea is re-wilding? A quick introduction to re-wilding and to the landscape ecology approach, followed by discussion - different points of view very welcome. Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Change Happens In Different Ways Discussion Taking direct action. Going on marches. Going to protests at UN summits. Organising locally. Lobbying local or national government. Damaging the reputation of corporations. Developing regional, national and international networks of activists, campaigners, and organisers. These are some tactics that grassroots organisers get involved in, in the attempt to make change happen. What kind of change are they creating? What tactics are particularly useful in different campaigns at the moment? What can we learn from past movements? In this debate we will ask some of these questions, and more besides. You are warmly invited to share your opinions, and be curious about opinions different to your own. Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Movement Building And Direct Action, A Belgian Example Examples of Belgian campaigns with direct action at their core. A campaign model with a history in the anti-militarist movement was replicated in the anti-GM struggle. What are the challenges and successes for movements working with a focus on civil disobedience? What is the strategy, why and what did it achieve? Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Climate vs Capitalism A discussion about ways forward for the grassroots, anti-capitalist climate movement in the UK, part of a series of workshops being held across the country. We want to be clear that we are coming from a certain political perspective: anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian, and that certain things will not be up for discussion: whether climate change is happening, and whether or not we can or should be doing anything to stop it. We feel that in order to have a useful discussion, these things should be taken as given for all those attending. (Corporate Watch) Fri
11:30+14:00
(90+60 mins)
Tools For Strategy Social change takes time! This workshop will introduce tools for helping campaigners plan campaigns that are strategic, work towards long-term goals, and to develop tactics that help achieve them. (War Resisters International) Weds
15:15
(120 mins)
Exploration of Nonviolence Active nonviolence is a profoundly practical approach to bringing about change, grounded in the work of Gandhi, Martin Luther King and many others. It refuses to play by the rules of those who exert power over us, underpinned as they are by violence against people and the Earth. Instead it develops our collective power for change, based on connection and creativity. In this workshop we will explore, in an active and practical way, the relevance of Nonviolence to our own situations – challenging and questioning it, and hopefully taking away ideas we can use. (Turning the Tide) Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Rising Up & Letting Go A retrospective of land protection in Bristol. A brief history of the Rising Up campaign – what worked, what didn’t, and why it’s more vital than ever to reframe direct action. Weds
17:30
(90 mins)
UK Direct Action Histories: What’s Changed & What Can We Learn? This session will look at the history of Earth First! with a focus on direct action in Britain in the 1990s. We will look at traditions of direct action in the UK and what can be leaned by comparison with previous generations. The aim is to discuss what is similar and what has changed over time and why it has changes with an eye to learning lessons for the future. Fri
20:00
(90 mins)
Spiritual Activism What does spirituality have to offer the activist? What insights can it bring into the destruction of nature everywhere? What is the relationship between spirituality and the religious traditions? What can we learn from the spirituality of activists like Gerard Winstanley, Julia ‘Butterfly’ Hill, Vandana Shiva and Alastair McIntosh? Talk, readings and open discussion – all perspectives welcome. Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Can Anarchist & Electoral Politics Mix? The Experience In Barcelona An anarchist squatter will share the journey of Catalan social movements – including the Indignados (the first Occupy) & ant-austerity eviction resisters – who have recently engaged & won Barcelona elections. Focusing on the debates, tensions & opportunities. Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Solidarity & Resilience
Surviving Capitalism?! A skill-share on how people are managing to sustain themselves financially while fighting back. We will share experiences of how we are able to make the time to organise and still subsist with the demise of the dole and increasing austerity. Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Emotional Resilience & Repression An opportunity to talk about the emotional impacts of repression in a safe, facilitated space. We will share tools & strategies for coping & recovering from repression so we can stay engaged in social and ecological struggles. (Free to Fight) Weds/Fri
14:00/11:30
(60 mins)
Organising Defendant Support & Solidarity This workshop is about how to organise consistent emotional and practical support for individuals and groups facing legal challenges and repression following resistance; whether that is large numbers of people from anti-fracking camps, or one-to-one support. (Bristol Defendant Solidarity and Free to Fight) Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Prisoner support - why & how A workshop exploring why and how to support prisoners. With practical ideas for everyone involved in social struggle about how to make prisoner support more visible and effective. (Bristol Anarchist Black Cross) Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Solidarity Activism This workshop is a space for reflection on our experiences of solidarity activism and thinking about how to work sensitively with communities facing oppression/opposing environmental destruction. The workshop is not a training. It will not tell you 'how to do solidarity activism in ten easy steps' but it will allow experienced and inexperienced people to raise and reflect on some issues around how 'we' act in solidarity with communities that may be very different from us culturally and politically, who may have very different ideas about tactics and decision-making. Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Reflecting On Burnout Burnout is when someone experiences physical, emotional and mental exhaustion from which they may never fully recover. It is often accepted as a by-product of being involved in activism. There is always so much to do and not enough people to do it, that we just keep on working until we exhaust ourselves. Burnout also affects the groups that we belong to and the wider social change movement. We will focus in this workshop on how it affects us as individuals. Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Police Surveillance: Impossible To Avoid, Very Possible To Resist! There are practical steps everyone can follow, from stopping police photographers from taking pictures of you or intelligence gatherers finding out your personal details, to action challenging the expansion of the police ‘domestic extremism’ database. The workshop, run by the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) – a coalition of groups that monitor public order, protest and street policing – will also provide an opportunity to share your individual experiences of surveillance, harassment and attempted intimidation by the police. (Netpol) Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Resisting Infiltration & Undercover Police A discussion on what has been learned to date on infiltration and informers, and the upcoming Pitchford Inquiry. (Activist Security Collective) Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Nature Awareness Practices And Games Based on the work of Tom Brown Jr, this is an introduction to some simple nature connection practices and some practical and fun ways to practice them alone or in a group. Weds/Fri/Sun
17:30/15:15/ 10:00
(90 mins)
Introduction To Radical Ecopsychology What is ecopsychology and what is radical about it? This workshop begins with a short talk on the relationship between psyche, nature and society, continues with some experiential exercises working in pairs and concludes with a group discussion on the importance of bringing an ecopsychological perspective into our activism and outreach work. Weds
14:00
(60 mins)
Getting Nicked Abroad A skill-share with people from the Gathering about police tactics, language and arrest processes in different countries. If you travel to mobilisations in other countries, this workshop will hopefully help you feel more prepared if you have to interact with the police. At the least you can learn how to say "Fuck the police" in different languages! Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Radical Mental Health Oftentimes, emotional crises are dealt with privately and many people feel unsure how to support people who are in crisis. We will explore new ways to define Mental Health and Mental Illness to feel more confident about our experiences. We will also reflect on positive actions during a crisis and how we want to be supported by others. This workshop is a preparation for emotional crises but not the place to deal with them. If you feel you are emotionally very unstable at the moment, please bring a support person with you! Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Simple & Effective Sitting Posture Exercise For Screen Slaves This practical well-being workshop uses mindfulness and movement differentiation to re-educate your habitual sitting posture so that your own system tells you when you are spending too long in an unhealthy fixed position. A written transcript of the exercise to practice at home is available. ‘Awareness Through Movement’ is a group teaching approach using The Feldenkrais Method. The practitioner is keen to help individual activists with specific problems, please contact him anytime through the Workshop Coordinator. Weds/Fri/Sat
20:00
(? mins)
Power & Privilege In Our Groups Whether you’re relieved to read that workshop title, haven’t come across the phrase power and privilege before, are irritated by it, or anything in between, this participative workshop is for you. Our groups and campaigns often unintentionally replicate the power structures many of us are trying to challenge. We’ll be talking about how race, culture, class, gender and other issues play out in environmental groups, how we talk (or don’t talk) about them, how we get better at listening to each other and specifically, what we can do so all voices are valued equally. (London Roots) Weds/Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
Expressing Or Depressing Yourself: How To Deal With The 6th Era Of Extinction? Don’t you just love those lengthy conversations at work and at the bus-stop about the emotional implications of living in this modern age where about 150 species go extinct every day? Not having these conversations? Come and explore this touchy and topical issue. Experience how healing it can be to express instead of suppress! Expect some use of games and roleplay. Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Precarity Consciousness-Raising: Anxiety And Modern Life This session will trial the precarity consciousnes-raising method proposed by the Institute for Precarious Consciousness in a series of articles in 2014-15. The approach is based on the hypothesis that shifts in the structure of social control have led to forms of personal and social movement paralysis arising from anxiety. There is a need to construct perspectives on this process so as to generate responses. The first part of the session will involve small-group discussions of experiences of anxiety. The second half will attempt to link these experiences to structures of contemporary capitalism and/or industrial society. Weds
17:30
(90 mins)
Qi Gong With Sticks This form of Qi Gong uses a stick to perform a series of movements that follow the principles of traditional Chinese medicine to maintain health. The stick is an extension of the body; the circular movements activate the flow of energy. Fri/Sat/Sun
11:30/15:15/ 11:30
(90 mins)
Blags & Scams - Sharing Your Tips Put in an expenses claim for your unpaid labour! Come to this skillshare with your tips for low-income survival in the 21st century. Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Defending Yourself in Court – Costs and Consequences Reductions in legal aid and potential large costs and fines can be a deterrent to taking action. This workshop looks at the legal aftermath if you should be charged with an offence. Topics include… minimising legal risk, dealing with the court process and legal system, possible costs and consequences, representing yourself in court. Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Protest Law & Legal Aid Changes A facilitated discussion about recent changes to protest law and legal aid, and their implications. Hard copy information will be provided to inform the discussion. Sun
16:15
(60 mins)
Yoga A guided session, whether you are a beginner or already have a have a practice. Please wear comfortable clothes. Sat/Sun
7:30
(30 mins)
Guided Meditation A guided session, whether you are a beginner or already have a have a practice. Please wear comfortable clothes. Sun/Mon
7:30
(30 mins)
Creative Activism
Energy And Power: A Radical History Of Resistance A story telling. Three short stories, spanning times from the Middle Ages to the modern era, tell of the imposition of energy technologies as vehicles for extending the economic and social power of elites, and the struggles of ordinary folk to resist their introduction. Find out how a 'football match' turned into act of insurrection and learn why the paving of an abbot's parlour was a symbol of the subjugation of a whole community. The stories will be followed by a short discussion about the lessons to be learnt for our current struggles. Sun
20:00
(? mins)
Rebel & Revolutionary Song-Singing A chance to learn political songs from radical movements around the world, including Catalonia, the Basque Country & other parts of the Spanish State. Bring some copies of any songs you know and would like to sing together. Thurs/Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Activist Talkshow: Let's Talk About Elephants In The Room You will learn some things on indigenous struggles but this is not a lecture - this is a group exercise using improv theatre games! Are you shy in public? No worries ... you all get to wear masks of your favourite environmentalists & bad politicians. Plus all participants in the talkshow win an elephant-medal for talking about elephants in the room (e.g. power & privilege, solidarity, climate justice)! Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Zine Making Drop-In Zines are a creative, powerfully DIY communication tool for social history archives, subcultures and social movements. The aim of this workshop is to make a collaborative zine in a day – come with your passions, ideas and willingness to have a go. Sat/Sun
14:00/10:00
(180 mins)
The True Cost of Extreme Energy Visual storytelling using the Beehive Collective’s stunning graphics of the connections between extreme energy, climate change, community action, social justice and an ever expanding economy. Sat
13:00
(60 mins)
Waking Up to Climate Change A collaborative art project set up to help people learn about, discuss and act on climate change. The aim is to make a giant patchwork blanket, with each patch made by a different individual or group; you can write a climate change message on it. The blanket is symbolic of the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere as a result of humans’ activities. Making a patch gives us time and space to think about climate change and the impact it will have on our families and communities. The blanket also helps us join together with others around the world to make our voices heard. Patches will be hand-stitched together to make person-sized blankets. The plan is for each blanket to spend time with different individuals and groups, and tell a unique story of climate change and climate action. Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Art Space Drop-In Drop in to the Creative Resistance space to make visual material for actions (like banners, masks, posters, stencils, prints etc.), to enhance the colourfulness, creativeness and clarity of your actions. You are welcome to work on props and visuals for any projects. Thurs/Fri/ Sat/Sun
14:00/14:00 14:00/11:30
(300 mins)
Cinema Radical cinema space showing a wide variety of full length and short films. See board outside for details of films being shown. Weds/Thurs/ Fri/Sat/ Sun
20:00
(? mins)
Tales By The Fireside: Anti-Roads Struggles & Reclaim the Streets Come and listen to stories of derring-do and daft disasters. Bring your tales of actions gone by, learn from histories of ecological direct actions, laugh and get inspired. Thurs
21:30
(? mins)
Tales By The Fireside: Anti‑GM Crop Campaigning? Come and listen to stories of derring-do and daft disasters. Bring your tales of actions gone by, learn from histories of ecological direct actions, laugh and get inspired. Fri
21:30
(? mins)