Earth First! Summer Gathering 2017

Summer Gathering 2017

Weds 9th - Mon 14th Aug

Hertfordshire

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

EF! Log

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 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, Animal Liberation and Creative Resistance:

Title Description Day/Time
Earth First!
Setting up an Eco-Direct Action group 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?Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Setting up an Eco-Direct Action group 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)
Facilitated discussion on EF! Culture & Strategy An exploratory discussion identifying the key characteristics of the movement's culture. What are the impacts of our culture on strategising? What might we want to change, and how?Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Zine Collective The idea for the Whirlwind EF zine was was born at last year's summer gathering. The first issue came out in January this year, and the second is combined with the programme for this gathering. This discussion is an invitation for you get involved in making issue 3 happen. Whether you want to write, proofread, edit, illustrate, promote, distribute or admin, come along and join our collective.Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Campaigns Round-Up (UK & international) Your campaign’s chance to plug what you’ve been up to in the last year & call out for people to get involved!Fri
10:00
(75 mins)
Campaign-Based Networking Sessions: Nuclear, Aviation, Bio-Energy & Roads 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 Nuclear, Aviation, Bio-Energy and Roads.Sat
17:30
(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) SunSun
17:30
(90 mins)
Organising the next EF! (winter moot & summer) gatherings 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, web, 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)
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)
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/Thurs/Fri/
Sat/Sun
9:30
(30 mins)
Campaigns/Issues
Ende Gelände 2018 The German coal mines are the largest source of CO2 emissions in Europe; destroying the 12,000 year-old Hambacher Forest and displacing thousands of people. The mines are strongly resisted by local communities and the Hambacher Forest occupation. In 2015, over 1,000 people invaded Garzweiler mine, broke through police lines and shut it down; in 2016, 4,000 people closed down the Lausatz mine. This August, thousands are expected to join the camp to say: till here and no further – through mass actions of civil disobedience, covert affinity group actions and more. People from the UK will be cycling to EG, others are taking buses and trains. Interested to learn more?Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Debunking Nuclear News-speak Come and find out how nuclear issues are misrepresented in the media, find out how to spot the lies and manipulations in an interactive workshop designed to help you navigate mass media messaging.Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
What's happening with the Nukes? Come and find out/share information about what are the latest happenings in the anti-nukiller struggle in the UK.Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Resisting Coal In Germon€y For over five 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.Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
How to stop charter flights and end deportations Back in March we successfully stopped a charter flight to Nigeria and Ghana, but how do we #StopCharterFlights for good? In this participatory workshop we'll explore the current context of the Home Office's racist border policy, the brutal practice of charter flights and the ongoing resistance from those most affected. We'll also explore options for getting involved in the campaign to #EndDeportations.Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Resisting the New Legal Threats to Protest Movements Environmental activists ordered to pay £10,000 compensation to mining company Miller Argent. Anti-fracking campaigners facing defamation threats. Injunctions leaving sympathetic locals scared to give protest camps food for fear of breaching a court order. These tactics have been around for years, so is this just business as usual? Or are companies feeling bolder in taking on protesters? We need a debate on how social movements (and Netpol) respond to these legal threats. Is it with more information? Better legal support? Or stronger political solidarity? With so much experience and knowledge at the Summer Gathering, this workshop will offer a space to discuss how we more effectively resist rich corporations with expensive lawyers.Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
What will it take to finally end coal? Coal mining results in cultural genocide against indigenous people, ecosystem devastation and compounding rural poverty. Yet campaigning against coal has a real chance of an irreversible victory against the entire industry. Complete success is possible, but certainly not inevitable, unless action is taken. Come and find out how you can end the destruction!Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Fighting Toxic Prisons All over the world prisons are toxic environments causing social and ecological harm. This workshop involves a talk by the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons from the US, sharing how they are linking anti-prison and ecological struggles. Info will then be shared about resistance to the 6 new mega-prisons in England and Wales, which themselves are proposed for toxic sites, including radiological contamination and asbestos pollution, as well as habitat destruction at every site. Community Action on Prison Expansion - www.cape-campaign.org Empty Cages Collective - www.prisonabolition.org Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons - https://fighttoxicprisons.wordpress.com/Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
SoilHack: The Politics of Soils This workshop will introduce the amazing world of soils and their incredible role in sustaining biodiversity and life. Soils are threatened and destroyed by capitalism and industrial agricultural practices. This workshop will introduce how a grassroots movement is emerging in their defense. SoilHack is a DIY knowledge sharing network sharing network focused on soil. http://farmhack.org/wiki/soilhack-wikiSun
15:15
(120 mins)
Taming the Press Five billionaires control around 80% of the national press and use it to promote their own agenda. The resulting distortion of facts undermines democracy as people are unable to make informed choices. It also corrupts reality in areas such as immigration, fracking and climate change. Rising Up are running a campaign of civil disobedience to end their stranglehold. Find out more and see how you can join the fight in reclaiming democracy and a fair press.Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
How to close down a nuclear bomb factory* This workshop will look at:- 1) The "Nuclear Chain" of production in the UK; 2) Radioactive contamination and health consequences of resourcing, building, transporting, maintaining, testing, disposal of UK nuclear weapons; 3) The carbon-footprint of the UK nuclear weapons systems; 4) The environmental and human consequences of the use of UK nuclear weapons (just one Trident submarine could kill almost 50 million people and unleash a nuclear winter!); 5) Diversion of financial and human resources from other social/environmental issues; 6) Vulnerabilities and how we can exploit them. * Answer - it's piss easy and we've done it loads of times!Sat
11:90
(90 mins)
Land Rights 69% of land in the UK is owned by 0.6% of the population. This lies at the heart of so much inequality and environmental degradation. It allows the rich to control and exploit natural resources and forces the rest of us to be beholden to them for food, shelter and other needs. Land should belong to everyone - it was stolen from our ancestors many generations ago by deception and force. Many other countries have active movements for land rights, what can we do to join the fight for land rights here too.Fri
16:15
(60 mins)
Facing The Fracking Threat: Spreading Resistance Behind the word "fracking" there is a toxic and destructive industry intent on spreading its influence across the globe. But its Achilles Heel is that it requires billions in investment to even get started in an area. Threatened communities across this country have been been banding together to resist this invasion, using a diversity of tactics which are slowing the industry down and raising its costs. Looking to the future we examine the timeline of planned fracking testing in various front lines across the country, and particularly the numerous support sites and transport routes the industry relies on. Spreading the current resistance is key to making the industry toxic to further investment.Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Frack Watch: 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.Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Extreme Mining Threat: From Pacific Seabeds To Our Countryside As easier to extract energy resources are depleted the system is blindly moving on to more difficult targets. This process, extreme energy, has given us fracking, tar sands and arctic drilling but it is far from unique. Mining is also subject to similar pressures. A concerted effort is underway to open up the worlds seabeds to mining, with UK companies in the lead. Closer to home large numbers of small mines, so called Small Deposit Mining, are becoming a threat, targeting metals including gold, lithium, tin, zinc and tungsten as well as potash and coking coal across our countryside.Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Intro to Drax burning biomass and coal - Part 1 Drax Power Station is still the UK's joint largest coal burner, and the world's largest burner of biomass. The government has pledged to phase out coal by 2025, but has no plan for how to do this without relying on forest-destroying large-scale biomass, nuclear energy or gas. We desperately need to transition to a more sustainable energy system and culture, but how? And what will this look like? In the first half of this workshop, we will look at Drax, its interests in three forms of dirty energy and the campaign against it, with opportunities to get involved and help organise the next stage of the campaign.Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Intro to Drax burning biomass and coal - Part 2 Drax Power Station is still the UK's joint largest coal burner, and the world's largest burner of biomass. The government has pledged to phase out coal by 2025, but has no plan for how to do this without relying on forest-destroying large-scale biomass, nuclear energy or gas. We desperately need to transition to a more sustainable energy system and culture, but how? And what will this look like? In the second half, we will broaden the discussion to an interactive radical critique of our energy system and culture, and ask what needs to happen to make our energy production and consumption more in line with what our planet and those who live on it can take.Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
Campaign & Strategy Skills
Defense Against The Dark Arts: 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.Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Spycops & Latest On Pitchford Inquiry A chance to catch up on the latest developments on undercover police, including what has been learned from the four undercovers exposed this year. Also looking at where things stand with the Pitchford Inquiry into the issue and what we can expect.Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Internet security for activists A workshop covering basic internet operation, the use of VPNs and TOR to anonymise internet activity ,internet service providers and the law, problems with ISP monitoring and record keeping and how it can be avoided, proper set-up and use of web browsers, secure chat/messaging applications their uses and failures, secure email applications, common applications and the information that they collect and broadcast about you.Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Skills For Working In Groups
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)Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Co-operation & Consensus that works 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)Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Mediation Intro A introduction to conflict, states of mind and the skills and processes for resolving conflict through mediation.Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Action Skills
How to fix people - Part 1 Workshop teaching all the first aid you might need while out on an action. Covering basic emergency medicine, airway management and CPR, wound care, burns, teargas and pepperspray, dehydration, and more. Suitable for those with no experience and those with years of it. We will tailor the morning to those present. Plus plenty of time to practice and cover any other topics you want to know about.Fri
10:00
(180 mins)
How to fix people - Part 2 An extension of the morning workshop covering longer term health care issues you might experience in squats, occupations, refugee camps, isolated actions, gatherings like EF!, etc. Covering basic hygiene, infectious diseases, how to prevent outbreaks, food poisoning, dehydration, respiratory diseases, managing problematic alcohol/drug use, mental health and self care. Suitable for those who have no experience and those with years of it. We will tailor the afternoon to the skills of those present. Plus plenty of time to practice and cover any other topics you want to know about.Fri
15:15
(180 mins)
Tripod Blockading Working at height gives considerable advanatges to blockaders and the tripod is one of the most versatile ways of achieving this. This will be a skill-share and practical workshop learning to use a scaffolding tripod and to work as a team to ensure safety and success. P.S. Did you know some Police constabularies don't have a climbing team?Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Blockading Training This workshop aims to put all the blockading skills together into one workshop. People will practice working in teams, looking after each other emotionally, providing mutual support and working safely. We aim to include skillshares on the use of lock-on tubes, tripods, car lock-ons, and more. A golden opportunity to skill-up and be awesome!Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Build your own lock-on! A skill-share and practical construction workshop on building lock-on devices. How to buy a lot of time with only minimal resources through to the practical construction of arms-tubes containing multiple layers to slow down even the best equipped cutting teams by hours. Come with your experiences to share but don't wear your best clothes as it could get messy!Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Not seen, not heard: Moving about in the dark without being detected ‘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.Sat
20:00
(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. This is not just for people who are confident with heights and climbing! There will be an emphasis on how we can support each other to get a whole group where it needs to be, when possible. There is a practical element to this workshop so wear clothes and footwear that you can move and climb in at a level you feel comfortable with.Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Night navigation An introduction to navigating and gaining confidence in the dark through a night time simulation involving map reading - children welcome as long as accompanied by an adult who can be responsible for them - please bring a torchFri
20:00
(120 mins)
Practical Skills
Bender Building A bender is one of the oldest British travellers all year round abode of choice, and it is this eco-home that has kept eco-protectors on camps or in trees warm, dry and close to nature since the beginning of road protest. A practical demonstration of how to construct a bender in 30 minutes and less time to dismantle leaving no trace. All we need is the woods or a hedge to harmlessly 'coppices' or cut 2/3 year old ideally hazel poles to 'bend' into the the surprisingly strong shape, and a tarpaulin for the rain.Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Activist self-defence 101 (non-macho) Intro to basic self-defence for activist and everyday life contexts. Common-sense over fancy techniques. Try to get there on time for a bit of a stretch to avoid injury. No prev.experience needed. Bring a plastic bottle if you want some weapon/baton defense at the end. Age 14 and up. Maximum 14 people.Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Mass Catering Without Slop Here I try to convince you that cooking for large numbers is not as scary as you may think. You will be shown the kitchen facilities to give practical insight into the infrastructure. Then a talk ranging from menu preperation to recipe writing and common mistakes to flavour enhancing tips.Sat
10:00
(75 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.Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
Self defence for kids - aged 7-12 Games and exercises to give our kids the skills they need to defend themselves, both verbally and physically, in a range of situations. Parents and carers very welcome to attend/ watch - accessible and inclusive, of all body shapes/ sizes/ abilities - even if you are injured we can adapt exercises to suit you better. wear comfortable clothes that you can move in. bring water to drink.Sat
10:00
(75 mins)
Self defence for young people - aged 12-16 Games and exercises to give our kids the skills they need to defend themselves, both verbally and physically, in a range of situations. Parents and carers very welcome to attend/ watch - accessible and inclusive, of all body shapes/ sizes/ abilities - even if you are injured we can adapt exercises to suit you better. wear comfortable clothes that you can move in. bring water to drink.Fri
10:00
(75 mins)
Self defence for Queers (of all genders) An opportunity to meet other Queer people, and discuss/ share strategies we can use to defend ourselves vs a -phobic world, also to learn and practice some physical moves and strikes - accessible and inclusive, of all body shapes/ sizes/ abilities - even if you are injured we can adapt exercises to suit you better. wear comfortable clothes that you can move in. bring water to drink.Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Women's self defence (for women and grrls - 16 years old and above - only) A chance to learn and practice some verbal and physical strategies that we can use to defend ourselves in our daily lives, and talk about some of the tactics we've used in the past - accessible and inclusive, of all body shapes/ sizes/ abilities - even if you are injured we can adapt exercises to suit you better. wear comfortable clothes that you can move in. bring water to drink.Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Camp Skills
Camp Hygiene General principles to keep people at camps healthy and how germs spreadWeds
10:00
(75 mins)
How To Set Up A Field Kitchen Key practical and health considerations for field kitchensWeds
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 lawsWeds
11:30
(90 mins)
How To Build Hands-Free Hand-Washing Stations A must for camp hygiene, simple & low-techWeds
11:30
(90 mins)
Simple Site Plumbing Basic principles, including soak-awaysWeds
14:00
(60 mins)
How To Put Up Marquees And Domes Learn how to erect structures & maintain them against the elementsWeds
14:00
(60 mins)
Critical Reflections
Direct actions against sensitive infrastructure For the last few years, more and more groups have been using direct attacks against important infrastructure of the mining giant RWE to bring a halt to their destruction of mother earth. From paint bombs on their offices to smashed up machines and arson, this workshop tries to give a little insight into the methods of the various actors in the german coal resistance, using mostly communiques from the groups involved to let them speak for themselves.Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
So you want to change the world, huh? Is social change possible in our current context? Do we still believe in revolution or utopia? In this interactive workshop we will explore the emotions of living in our times of crisis and then take a look at some of the strategies and theories of change that might help us take a step in the direction of radical social change.Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
How to do allyship / solidarity activism? As activists in the UK and the global north we have certain privileges and responsibilities in relation to struggles in the global south. How do we meet these responsibilities and how do we show solidarity and not replicate oppressive and colonial behaviours? Join us to explore these complex issues.Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Seeing beyond the crises: the role of speculative fiction In these times of Trump, austerity and looming catastrophic climate change it's sometimes hard to envision that another world is still possible. In this workshop we'll look at how the speculative fiction of Ursula le Guin, Marge Piercy, Starhawk and others can help us to keep imagining better futures in order for us to fight for them now.Weds
17:30
(90 mins)
History, Origin and Development of the Kurdish Struggle A massive radical social movement built on a deep criticism of the state aspires to eradicate borders, puts women's liberation at the top of its agenda, has spent decades creating advanced systems of direct democracy and places huge importance on ecology. This movement wants to re-shape not only the Middle-East, but the world. How come you’ve only just heard about it? This workshop will explore the history, origins and principles of the Kurdish Freedom Movement, and what we can learn from it.Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Liberating Life: The Kurdish Women's Movement and Women All Around the World Women's liberation is one of the central tenets of the Kurdish Freedom Movement, and the revolution that is taking shape in Rojava / North Syria. In the geography where patriarchy was born, a radical new women's movement is creating autonomous spaces and structures for women's economy, justice and healthcare systems, fighting and self-defence forces─even a women-only village is now being constructed. What can we learn from this experience, and how can we build real alternatives to patriarchy and capitalism in a broad, transnational women's movement? Led by a Kurdish activist and a solidarity activist, this workshop is open to all self-identified women.Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
Ecology and the Kurdish Freedom Movement Ecology is a central tenet of the Kurdish struggle, but arguably its least developed. This workshop will explore concepts of ecology in the Kurdish Freedom Movement, ecological struggles in Bakur (North Kurdistan / East Turkey), as well as the ecological situation of Rojava (North Syria). We hope this workshop will inspire direct action!Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Cooperative Economy in Rojava The complex system of direct democracy being built in Rojava is based on a complex system of neighbourhood communes, committees and cooperatives. This workshop will provide an interactive learning experience focused on the cooperative economy aspect of the Rojava Revolution and ask the questions, "What can we learn from this experience?" and "How can we stand in solidarity with it?"Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Green capitalism This workshop, based on Corporate Watch's new A-Z guide, will be a brief introduction to the ideas around Green Capitalism. This new manifestation of capitalism represents attempts to incorporate for ever more aspects of the natural world into market systems while at the same time trying to make capitalism appear 'green'. It is of course a huge lie, but a dangerous one, threatening to seriously exacerbate existing global ecological crises. The workshop will introduce the ideas, discuss them, then give some opportunity for participants to reflect on how it relates to movements they are part of.Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Improving queer inclusion at EF! and beyond: Discussion session Inviting queers, non-queers and those as yet undecided to share stories and ideas about how we can work together to make EF! a more inclusive space for LGBT+ people. This will be a facilitated discussion. Everyone will have an equal chance to join in the discussion no matter your background but you do not have to speak if you'd rather just listen.Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Keeping the Lights On No - we don't need fossil fuels (or nuclear). A look at the technology and practices that can enable us to generate, store and transport all the energy we need from safe renewable sources, plus some models of how we can achieve this.Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Diversity, Openness and Complexity: Tools for Resilience We live in confusing times, where events seem to be moving so quickly that we are frequently thrown off-balance and forced to grapple with the latest shock, the latest surprising and socially-traumatising turn of events. In the relativistic abyss of post-truth, post-modern FAKE NEWS, how do we maintain (or build) our capacity to respond to the latest twist with resilience? How do we move beyond rage and depression to fight from a place of passion? How might the interplay between diversity, openness and complexity inform our practice and psycho-social stability?Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Beyond our Blockers Are you wanting to challenge yourself to step up your game? Do you have blockers that are holding you back? Fears? Feelings of inadequacy? Or maybe just a lack of vision for your future self? We're at a time in history when courageous action is badly needed, and the future will be most actively created by those who have liberated themselves from the ties that bind us. Join us as we delve into ourselves and draw on the collective wisdom to discover ways that enable us to move beyond our blockers...Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Accomplices Not Allies: Shared Reading How do we practice meaningful solidarity? Let's read an article together and discuss what it means to us. Presented by Kebele Library as part of the Anarchist Shared Reading project.Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Hello Anarchism What is anarchism and what does it mean to you? How does it relate to Earth First! and to what we/you do? A participatory discussion.Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Consensus is the worst form of decision-making (except for all the others!) Consensus Decision Making (CDM) is not perfect, but it's still better than many of the other options- or is it? A communal critique that tries to be honest but not scathing, aimed at those familiar with at least the basics of CDM. This isn't just a place for arch-individualists to slag off collective decision-making, but a place where we can be honest about some of CDM's shortcomings and try to crowd-source and brainstorm some solutions.Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Smashing Rigs and Bashing Fascists: In Defence of Violence? The capitalist system is inherently violent. Those resisting it and other forms of oppression and environmental destruction are often labelled violent, with no critical examination of the concept from an ethical or tactical perspective. Often, an absolutist pacifism is the norm in radical movements. This workshop aims to address that, with three key points: Sabotage and property destruction are morally justifiable good tactics; Self-defence is morally justifiable and can be tactically useful; Violence, in the form of riots and militant anti-fascist action can be both morally justifiable and tactically/strategically useful.Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Re-wilding A chance to talk about re-wilding projects in the UK, what they offer our ecological future and to look at other challenges faced by restoring the ecology of these islands. This is an informal discussion, so come and talk about any projects are involved in - or just some to find out more.Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
25 years since Twyford Down Twyford Down saw the first major environmental direct action protests in the Uk, starting in 1992. Come and hear about the protests and take part in a discussion of some of the things we have learnt since those far-off, naive days.Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Solar PV, renewables and the battle for the grid With an eye on reducing consumption there's enough solar and wind resource in the in the UK to power the country. But how will this work as we shift over to a electric heating and electric transport and demands massively increase. By building energy efficient houses, dealing with grid peaks, interconnecting community power grids, inter-seasonal storage and creating our own community run energy companies as is being done in some places in Germany we can take control of our own energy. This talk looks at some trial examples in the UK and asks why isn't it being done more extensively. It looks at the rise of the electric car and the impact that this will have on the grid and our lives. It also looks at the resource implications and solutions. Whilst the UK Government has recently announces £ 246 million to battery research how will that actually help us and where is it going? The National Grid's recently publsihed National Grid - Future Energy Scenarios calls for a huge increase in Nuclear and should that centralised, toxic and costly option be even considered?Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Solidarity and Resilience
Prisoner Support - Why and 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 - www.bristolabc.wordpress.comSat
17:30
(90 mins)
Dealing with the Legal System 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.Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Ecology and autonomy: An anarchist midwife's view of birth With a background in direct action, challenging power hierarchies, and defending ecologies and human rights, I came to midwifery thinking I was heading in a new direction – how wrong I was! After 3 years training within the NHS I have worked 3 years in an independent midwifery team. This workshop is a space to chat about the birth spectrum in the context of our values, politics, and instincts, and for me to be useful to anyone with birth questions. Please also come along with related skills/knowledge/experience to contribute to the discussion.Fri
15:15
(60 mins)
Learn field-massage for activist care and resilience This is adapted Indian Head Massage so it can be used in many tense situations from tree occupations to helping people in lock-ons. It spans shoulders, neck, head, and face, no oils, done in a seated position, and *can* be done over clothing. Consensual and caring human touch and massage can help emotional and physical connection and resilience amongst activists. Intro will touch on respect for personal boundaries, consent, and safety applicable to the workshop content. No need to arrive with a partner, but let me know if you have a partner preference at the start of the workshop. You'll be guided to practice techniques on each other. Waist-up clothing optional and non-judgemental space. Age 16 and up. Maximum 14 people.Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Reclaim your Power and Cut the Cords that Bind You will learn where you give your power away (e.g. to the police!) and how you can call it back . Energetic cords develop in relationships & interactions of all kinds, it is through these that we feed and are fed by the other. Some of these cords are loving and supportive: we will be working to remove the cords that no longer serve our highest good. This is a powerful and thoroughly effect tool for activists. Come with an idea of a person you wish to work with: something simple to enable you to learn the technique. The group nature of this event means is not a suitable space to work with an event that traumatised you. Bring a yoga mat or something to lie on, a blanket and whatever you'll need to be comfy and warm when you lie down for approximately half an hour. There will be teaching prior to the ritual to enable you to use this tool on your own.Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Red Tent Women play so many roles in modern life that can wind up defining them. The red tent is a place where we let go of all this and take time to just be ourselves. We give each other space to talk uninterrupted and free from judgement about how we are feeling. Join us to experience the sense of sisterhood that is so essential for our well being but hard to find in our patriarchal society. As women we carry so many burdens, the red tent is a safe space to lay them down aided by the love of your sisters. We open with a check in session where women can discuss their feelings in a non judgemental, confidential space. Then we would invite anyone to share any poems, visualisations, songs etc they may wish to share and end with some restorative activity time (if there is any time left). Open to all women (as defined as people who don't identify as a man).Sat
11:30
(90 mins)
Using the menstrual cycle to optimise your activism Women are cyclical beings, with different energies peaking at different points of the menstrual cycle. We will discuss how to work this to our advantage, to make our lives as activists more fulfilling empowering and effective. Women who do not have menstrual cycles will also benefit from this workshop as it is all about listening to your own body and feelings and tracking the cyclical changes that occur, often in time with other factors. All genders are welcome to come and learn more.Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
An introduction to re-evaluation co-counselling Re-evaluation counselling theory provides a model of what a human can be like in the area of their interaction with other human beings or their environment. The theory assumes all humans are born loving and good with a zest for life and genius potential but these qualities become blocked and obscured due to accumulated distress experience (fear, loss, pain, anger, embarrassment) which begins early in our lives. When adequate emotional discharge can take place we are freed from the rigged pattern of behaviour and feelings left by the hurt, and more able to look after ourselves, others and our environment and more capable of fighting injustices.Thurs
14:00
(90 mins)
Trauma Release Exercise Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) are a series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. (Max 10 people – Please book in Wellbeing Space)Weds
17:30
(90 mins)
Trauma Release Exercise Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) are a series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. (Max 10 people – Please book in Wellbeing Space)Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Gentle Stretch & Kundalini Yoga Class Mixed ability adult yoga classFri
11:30
(90 mins)
Yoga for Kids & Young People - Let go & Relax The class will be a playful introduction to animal stretch poses and imaginative relaxation techniques. Suitable for 5 yrs and over. Children under 8 yrs need to be accompanied by an adult.Fri
15:15
(60 mins)
Sustaining Resistance Tools for effective, sustainable activism which can help us avoid burnout and stay in it for the long haul, adding continuity to our movement building.Sun
14:00
(90 mins)
Burnout and Resilience - Village building at the end of the world Activism often means being at the spear tip of Grief, burn out and trauma. It affects not only us but the groups and campaigns we work within. This will be a two hour experiential exploration of the meaning of burn out and what we can do to utilise it in order to learn about ourselves, capitalism's part in it and the path to the regenerative culture our communities and planet so desperately needs.Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Animal Liberation
Total Liberation Workshop This is an interactive workshop where anyone can chose to participate or simply listen in and observe. The aim is to learn about unequal power relations in our activism and everyday life, so as to recognise and dismantle them. We will examine how different oppressions are interlinked and we will exchange practical tips for facilitating non-oppressive spaces that will benefit humans, animals and the earth.Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Who is Human-Enough in Anthropocentric Culture? A Guide to Ahuman Activism Merging philosophy and practice, this talk challenges the elevated status of white able masculinist humans within our movements and wider society. Exploring feminist queer thought we will uncover what ‘anthropocentrism’ really means and how the process of objectification, dehumanisation and animalisation oppresses not only animals and the earth but also ourselves. To look into remedies for this system, we will dive into the world of ‘ahuman activism’, a radical approach to animal liberation and ultimately a way to empower and emancipate ourselves.Weds
17:30
(45mins)
Intro to Sabotaging Hunting with Dogs A practical introduction to direct action tactics to protect wildlife from hunting. We'll talk a bit about how hunts work and how we can disrupt them from killing, then get straight on with practising with the equipment and tactics. We'll also be covering skills useful in other situations as well, like communications in the field and ideas for working as a team. This could give you the confidence to join your local hunt saboteurs group or help you be more effective if you already sab.Weds
11:30
(90 mins)
Dirty Secrets of the Shooting Industry The shooting industry portrays itself as conserving the countryside while providing sport and food. We present the dirty secrets they don't want you to know about: the factory farm conditions birds are reared in; the environmental impact of the industry on the countryside; and the huge extermination of all predators needed to make it viable. This is even before the cruel and pointless slaughter of millions of birds on shoot days. Once you're armed with information, the workshop will have a short discussion about ideas for action.Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Speak Your Values: Being an Effective Animal Ally through Language Language shapes the way we think. This workshop will address some of the most common problems that arise during everyday conversation and some of the ways we can use language to better advocate for other species. I argue that by simply bringing attention to these engrained and damaging language practices we create a space in which they can be challenged, positively and unapologetically.Weds
18:15
(45 mins)
Ecofeminism and Animal Liberation: A History of Theory and Practice What is ecofeminism? How did it start and where has it gone since then? What is the intersection between women’s liberation and animal liberation? This session will address these questions as well as covering the key debates of ecofeminism, and how it differs from, and intersects with, other forms of feminism and ecology, and the relationship between women’s oppression and the oppression of animals other than human animals. This will be followed by an open group discussion on our thoughts and opinions of ecofeminism, and where our views lie in relation to it.Weds
10:00
(75 mins)
Learning from the Past: Animal Liberation, Animal Rights and Vegan Outreach Animal Rights has a long activist past in the UK, particularly Hunt Sabbing, Anti-Vivisection, SHAC and welfare campaigns. Animal Liberation has existed alongside as a theory informed by anarchism and a practice, such as the ALF. Veganism and Vegan Education has been mostly dominated by the charity sector, although more recently by a new wave of vegan activists. Other tactics and strategies have been emerging more recently. This interactive panel and audience discussion will explore what we can all learn from the successes and failures of our pasts.Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
Everyday Anti-Speciesism: The Liberation Pledge The Liberation Pledge is simple. Publicly refuse to eat animals; Publicly refuse to sit where animals are being eaten; Encourage others to take the pledge. The Liberation Pledge is an everyday anti-speciesist action. It is a refusal to bystand those committing hate crimes and violence against animals. Animal Justice and the end of the Animal Industry Complex will only come about by changing the public discourse and norms, and legitimising this challenge against everyday speciesism. This discussion will explore the basis of the Liberation Pledge; the practicalities; the impact; and the discovery of the speaker's own speciesism as a vegan. See www.liberationpledge.com.Thurs
10:00
(75 mins)
Anarchism and Animal Liberation By looking to the state for reform and punishment for those 'breaking the rules' we are legitimising the very structures and institutions responsible for the oppression of non-humans and humans alike. How can we take practical steps towards an effective liberation movement which is not shaped by liberal reformism?Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Fox Hunts, Badgers, Wildlife Persecuting and What's Going on in the Cull Zones We’ll discuss our experiences of hunting, badger baiting and wildlife crime, particularly within badger culling zones and the potential effect that these activities are having on badgers and the spread of bovine tb plus ideas on moving forward, countrywide, to combat wildlife crime in a more sustainable way. See: www.network23.org/3CHuntSabs and www.network23.org/GlosBadgerOfficeThurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Animal liberation and wider social justice movements There is a growing recognition within social justice movements of oppression being interrelated, with a healthy and continually developing culture of identifying such interlinked oppression, yet animal oppression is not always recognised within this, and attempts to challenge animal oppression are often met with hostility. This workshop aims to explore how animal liberation can be embedded more widely into wider social justice movements, as well as exploring the need for the animal rights movement to remain part of the wider social justice movement, which it has historically always been part of, to avoid being isolated.Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Sabbing the Badger Cull The government's culling of badgers shows no signs of letting up with new zones for badger killing being announced again this year, this workshop covers a brief introduction to the badger cull with a practical focus on how to help physically stop it with information on your nearest cull zone and how to get involvedFri
14:00
(60 mins)
Green = Vegan & Vegan = Green Considering the impact on non human life by human devastation of our shared environment, including water pollution from animal farming runoff, soil compaction from hooves, desertification from overgrazing, rainforest destruction for crops grown to feed the 60 billion animals a year, air pollution and disease from shit spraying. Carbon footprint of MAD (MeatAndDairy). Methane, land (ab)use which could be growing plants to feed humans directly.Impact of fracking and fossil fuels which has an even greater impact on the lives of animals than on humans. Cows as biggest fish consumers. Spiritual malaise of carnism.Weds
14:00
(60 mins)
Animal Liberation, Animal Rights and Vegan Activism: Mapping the Scene In the UK and across Europe, there has been a huge increase in people identifying as vegan and undertaking some form of activism or outreach, one example being the Save Movement. As a member of Bristol Animal Save and a PhD anthropology student, I discuss what the Save Movement aims to achieve, how it converges with and diverges from longer running animal rights campaigns and the frequent misconceptions that are held when the terms animal rights and animal liberation are used interchangeably.Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Mass Mobilising the Animal Liberation Movement Currently there are an estimated 540,000 vegans in the UK and the number is rapidly rising. But relative to the number of vegans we only have a handful of activists. If we are able to inspire even 10% of vegans to engage in regular direct action for the animals we can become an extremely powerful political force capable of changing the world. Drawn from cutting-edge research on mass movements and civil disobedience this workshop will introduce you to some key strategies, mechanisms and processes to rapidly grow social movements. We will then discuss how these can be applied to the animal liberation movement.Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
AR Funding: Making Money From the System, to Fight Against the System Capitalism sucks. Money is hard to come by but it is sadly something we need in order to keep fighting the system. Our plan for this talk is to give some key points from our experience, but mostly have an open discussion about how to fund from the system to work against the system.Fri
10:00
(75 mins)
How to Start a ‘Save Movement’ Group The UK Save Movement has gone from one small group in Manchester to more than 40 nationwide in just over a year. The proliferation of bearing witness with the slaughterhouse vigil has been astounding, but it has meant learning hard lessons – one being the importance of starting a group the right way. During this workshop we’ll discuss the steps to take to become an effective organiser in one of the fastest growing Animal Liberation movements in the world.Weds
15:15
(120 mins)
Incite, Conspire, Inspire: Getting Active in Animal Liberation To change everything, start everywhere. We would like to set a healthy discussion on how decentralised direct action is key towards total liberation. We will also try to analyse and to reinvent and acquire methods and techniques used by activists in other front lines that will most certainly be effective in the animal liberation movement. Don't cling to the old world. The secret is to begin.Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Animal Liberation Forum 1: Collective Goals The ‘Animal Liberation Forum’ is a full day’s facilitated discussion to explore and understand our collective goals, strategies and tactics for Animal Liberation, Animal Rights and Vegan Outreach. This first session will explore what we want to achieve as individuals and organisations/groups. We will discuss how these agendas fit together and begin to make sense of the legitimacy of our different priorities.Sat
11:30
(90 mins)
Animal Liberation Forum 2: Collective Vision This second session of the ‘Animal Liberation Forum’ aims to explore our different visions and ideals. We will explore whether a collective vision exists for the movement, or whether multiple visions co-exist for different sections of the movement. You are welcome to join if you did not attend previous session(s), but kindly be mindful that as a group we may have already discussed issues you wish to raise. The facilitator may exercise their judgement and group’s prerogative not to revisit.Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Animal Liberation Forum 3: Strategies This third session will explore our understandings of (1) what a future vegan world might look like; (2) what the final stages of transition to this world might look like; and (3) what we imagine the final lead up to such a transition will involve. The content of this workshop will necessarily be contingent on the progress made during the morning’s workshops. This session is relatively independent of the morning’s ‘AL Forum’ sessions and you are welcome to join if you did not attend these.Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Animal Liberation Forum 4: Aligning Strategies This final session of the ‘Animal liberation Forum’ will conclude by sharing our different pictures of a vegan future, transition period and activism. We will explore how our individual strategies and tactics support these visions and grand strategy. We will conclude by inquiring into how our different strategies and tactics might align to bring about such a vision. You are welcome to join if you have not attended the previous session(s). Elements are stand alone, whilst other elements will deepen earlier conversations. Kindly be mindful that as a group we may have already discussed issues you wish to raise at length. The facilitator may exercise their judgement and group’s prerogative not to revisit these issues.Sat
17:30
(90 mins)
Animal Liberation Stream 2018: Planning Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Creative Resistance
Zine Making Drop-in Come along and make a mini zine about something that's on your mind, which you can then take home and photocopy. Zines are still a relevant, DIY and accessible way to share radical ideas. Materials and tips provided by an experienced zinester.Sat
11:30
(mins)
Communique Communique is a network for activists who write - if that's you, then come and meet us and find out moreSun
10:00
(75 mins)
Child, Young People & Parent Drama & Voice Workshop Come and play with your body and voice, explore role play, sound and working as a group. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.Sun
10:00
(90 mins)