Earth First! Summer Gathering 2016

Summer Gathering 2016

Weds 17th - Mon 22nd Aug

Northamptonshire

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 90 titles/120 workshops) 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
Earth First!
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! (Main space)Fri
10:00
(75 mins)
Campaign-Based Networking Sessions: Fracking, GM, Incineration & CoalThis 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, GM, Incineration and Coal.Sat
11:30
(90 mins)
Campaign-Based Networking Sessions: Nuclear, Aviation, Bio-Energy & RoadsThis 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 & EvaluationFeedback 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)
Organising the next EF! (winter moot & summer) gatheringsCome 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 moreCome 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)
Earth First In Print?This is a brainstorm and discussion of ideas for a printed publication for Earth First - whether it's a good idea, what form/s it could take, how to make it happen. We will look at some old Do or Die publications and Earth First related zines as well as sharing ideas on what we could make now. All welcome for suggestions, skill sharing and allocation of tasks.Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Regional Meet-Ups & What NextChance 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)
Daily DiscussionA series of discussion sessions on a topics picked during the gathering based on the suggestions and popularity among of those attendingWeds/Thurs/Fri/
Sat/Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Introduction To Earth First! & the GatheringIf 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
No Nuke DumpingThe government has designated their plans for a nuclear waste dump as 'nationally significant infrastructure' so that they can impose a dump on the community of their choosing. What does solidarity mean as communities are pitted against each other and NIMBYism rears it's ugly head as they face the prospect of nuclear waste dumping? is 'geological disposal' of nuclear waste really the solution? Join us for an open discussionFri
11:30
(90 mins)
Resisting the atomic menaceCome and find out about resisting the atomic menace, if you thought there was nothing you can do about nuclear because it's already here think again! It's finally becoming clearer to the public (despite the media hype) that the governments new nuclear program is bollox, this is the time for us to get together and give it a shove so we can make way for the an new energy paradigm based on conservation, efficency, and co-operation.Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
The Revolution in RojavaWhat's really happening in the north of Syria? Is it really a revolution? Presentation & discussion about the new bottom up system of democratic confederalism and womens liberation movements that are shaping the regionFri
1:30
(90 mins)
Campaigning to kill coalThe coal industry is struggling, let's help it to choking on its own fumes! Direct action may need to be taken against a recent approval of a mine at Druridge Bay which is being strongly resisted by local residents. Communities are fighting for justice in relation to abandoned opencast sites. Coal Action Network are launching campaigns against coal power stations, come and shape the campaigns to end the industry which has contributed most to global warming. (Coal Action Network (CAN))Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Cars and capitalism: How do they work together and what can we do about it?Cars are choking our health, our communities and the environment to death, and are a major contributor to climate change. A new road building programme is being rolled out in the UK, buses are being cut, cycling is still a marginal activity… The aim of this workshop is to collectively explore car dominance from an anti-capitalist perspective. We’ll ask questions such as: What does car dominance mean? Which function does it serve in a capitalist system? How is it maintained? Who is loosing out? Who is benefiting? What can we do about it? Does it make sense to focus on it? We hope this workshop will be relevant to those who are involved in other campaigning issues and would like to reflect on how to include an anti-capitalist perspective to their resistance. (Corporate Watch)Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
What Is Fracking?: An Exploration Of Unconventional Oil & GasFracking 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 the lives of 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 the communities and the wider ecosystems of which they are a part. (Frack Off)Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Buried Sunshine​Buried Sunshine is a solo performance of four monologues weaved together to tell a dramatic tale of coal, courage and corporate criminals in Colombia. The play is based on testimonies gathered first hand and is told around a hand painted storytelling map, to which audiences are invited to contribute. PLEASE BE ON TIMESat
20:00
Building ConnectionsIf you are considering coming to the Reclaim the Power airport action in October then this is an opportunity to link up with others to form affinity groups prior to the action. Whether it is for the family friendly or bike blocks, or if you fancy acting as a smaller group, come along and get to know others. (Reclaim the Power)Sat
11:30
(90 mins)
Fracking Frontlines: Major Threats In Lancashire & ElsewhereThe fracking threat is diffuse, with a large fraction of the country already licensed and the industry's tentacles spreading well beyond those licensed areas, in the form of waste disposal and sand mining sites etc. On the other hand, trying to prove these projects are viable and attract the billions of investment needed to drill thousands of wells will be something which happens in certain specific places. This workshop will deal with these nationally significant fracking frontlines, and in particular with Cuadrilla's planned appraisal sites in Lancashire, what is planned and how it can be opposed. (Frack Off)Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Fox hunts, badgers and the upcoming cullsWhat fox hunts are up to 12 years on from the Hunting Act and how they affect badgers with emphasis on their activities in the current badger cull zones. Plus info and updates on the cull.Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Stopping Airport ExpansionDirect action group Reclaim the Power are planning a mass action at a London airport on 1st October. It will consist of three blocks: a family friendly mass action, a bike block, and autonomous actions by affinity groups. We need your help to make this a mega successful action. Come and find out what is planned and how you can play a part in taking on the industry and government to ensure a safe and sustainable future. (Reclaim the Power)Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
Frack Watch: Keeping Tabs On The Fracking IndustryThe 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)
Mapping Migration StrugglesCollaboratively mapping the European border regime, migration routes, solidarity projects and grassroots resistance to the border. Where do we go from here?Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Update on resistance to nuke dumping in Bure, FranceUpdate on resistance of the French people to Andra's plans to dump nuclear waste in Bure, the forest was occupied and then re-occupied in mid-july. After an attack on the occupiers by private security, Andra have lost a court case against the occupiers – as they have begun work illegally. Come along and find out the latest info.Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Stop Synthetic Life!GM is back, with even more dangerous technology. Now scientists say they have already made synthetic lifeforms and new species. They want to create GM babies, and not content with Terminator seeds, they want to terminate entire species and engineer ecosystems using 'gene drives'. Behind the new 'synthetic biology' is an explicit philosophy of total domination and control of nature. Many of the key scientists and companies are based in Britain. This workshop will explain the new technology and discuss what we can do about it.Thurs
11:30
(90 mins)
#AxeDrax: How can we get the UK’s biggest coal burner and the world’s biggest wood burner to close down?Formerly the UK's largest coal-fired power station (and site of the first ever UK climate camp), Drax is now the world's largest biomass power station, burning imported wood chips from clear-cut wetland forests in the southern US. We will briefly introduce the problems with this type of biomass before moving on to a brainstorm and facilitated discussion of how to campaign against power stations, joining the dots between different forms of extreme energy, climate change, human rights and community agency to choose where our power comes from and who profits. (Coal Action Network and Biofuelwatch)Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Where next for biodiversity in the UK?A chance to discuss and share information on some inspiring ecological projects from the British Isles and to reflect on the challenges ahead. An informal discussion which will look at re-wilding, landscape scale ecology and the potential for creating new common land for people and wildlife.Weds
17:30
(90 mins)
Resisting the Prison Industrial Complex in the UKThis workshop is a chance to learn about struggles against prisons across England, Wales & Scotland. The two hour workshop explores the role of prison in our lives, how the P.I.C harms individuals and communities and alternatives to it. We introduce examples of state violence, like the IPP sentences, and we focus on prison expansion, as well as the role of prison labour. We explore recent resistance & ongoing struggles and aim to support new groups to emerge that can fight this racist, sexist, brutal system. (Empty Cages Collective)Weds
15:15
(120 mins)
Campaign & Strategy Skills
Spycops & latest on PitchfordA 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. (Undercover Research Group)Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Getting Savy On Social MediaAre u phobic about social media? Is it useful as a campaigning tool? Come and share your knowledge/experience of using social media & pick up new skills too!Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Strategy, Tactics and EscalationThrough exploring aims, strategies and tactics, we'll discuss how to be more effective, and strategies for escalating campaigns all the way to success using direct action and other tactics. (London Roots, Reclaim the Power and Plane Stupid)Sat
11:30
(90 mins)
Defence Against The Dark Arts: Information Security for the Discerning AnarchistStop 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
(90 mins)
How To Build A Mass Movement For Radical Change: The state of the art from successful movements around the worldActivism wasn't discovered yesterday - and you can do it well or badly. Over the past 10 years activists and researchers have developed common aims, strategies and ways of working which lead to the growth of effective mass movements. In this workshop which we will look at the present state of the art drawing upon the momentum model developed in the United States and Radical think tank research in the UK. Both show how to build mobilisation by an escalation of radical nonviolent direct actions combined with a thorough trainings of participants in the movement's aims, values and structures. There are now a number of exciting and inspiring ways which have been shown to work in terms of building support. (Reclaim the Power)Weds
15:15
(120 mins)
Skills For Working In Groups
Co-operation And ConsensusConsensus 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
14:00
(60 mins)
Working With ConflictAn exploration of the skills and attitudes needed to really hear different points of view and move through conflict in groups and between individuals (Rhizome)Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Consensus Decision Making for Actions and MeetingsSkillshare and a brief intro/refresher on CDM. Hear from each other about how and when you use CDM and why, and when you don't and why. All levels of experience and none welcome.Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Engaging with Conflict to Support Our GroupsConflict can bring up a lot of intense feelings, including pain, fear, anger and hopelessness. And, it can also be a path to creative change. In fact, working through conflict, with whatever support we need,can help groups get stronger, more resilient and more effective at bringing about social change. Come along to explore conflict with the Activist Mediation Network. We’ll look at conflict from a systems perspective, and practice essential skills for working through conflict.Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Power and Privilege in Our GroupsWhether 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)Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Facilitation SkillsWhether you have years of experience or none, you are very welcome to join this workshop. It’ll be a skill-share for everyone to pool what works when facilitating and why. (London Roots)Weds/Fri
17:30/15:15
(90/120 mins)
Action Skills
Inflatable Tools For Direct ActionUsing the inflatable cubes from Paris as a creative direct action tactic. See www.toolsforaction.net for more info.Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Not seen, not heard: Moving about at night 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.Fri
20:00
Over, Under, Through: Fences And Overcoming ThemWhen 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
15:15
(120 mins)
Advance security workshopQ&A session on security and related issues for actions and campaigns. Will cover a wide variety of topics including dealing with surveillance and potential threats from police, etc; will avoid in-depth discussion of computer matters. (Activist Security Collective)Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Blockading with equipmentEffective blockading for shutting things down. Tactics using equipment and just bodies, for people new to direct action and those with more experience. (London Roots, Reclaim the Power and Plane Stupid)Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Lock-On ConstructionCome and find out how lock-ons can be built and try your hand at some of the first stages of lock-on building - great session for anyone who has never built one before.Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Reconnaissance For ActionsA 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.Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Skilling up for ActionDirect action training, specifically focused on the planned anti-airport expansion action in October. Practical hands-on training plus unleash your creativity with ideas for the day. (Reclaim the Power)Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Lost art of Bulldozer Diving - Safely stopping planet destroying machinery on working sitesIf we will be so daft as to stand in front of moving vehicles/machinery/ships, lets learn how to do it safely. This is a skill sharing workshop with a practical display on how to safely stop vehicles and machinery, so come and share your best methods fracking lorries to coal conveyor belts (and maybe even a war ship).Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Meditation and ActivismDirect action is effective in campaigns to stop bad stuff happening, but how can we tackle the root of the seemingly endless tide of greed, hate and violence that needs combating. Meditation and similar practices and faiths can provide a foundation of strength, calm and clarity. This workshop looks at ideas and discussion on how we can combine this inner resource with the proactive approach of direct action to achieve a secure and just future.Thurs
14:00
(80 mins)
Climbing Techniques and PracticeThere will be climbing workshops most days that will cover a range of climbing skills that could be needed in relation to direct action. It draws on techniques from rope access, tree work and rock climbing to provide practical experience in the variety of techniques available. Even if you haven't had any previous climbing experience come along and have a go, and climbing is a fun and rewarding sport. The times of the sessions will be displayed at ...Thurs/Fri/Sun
17:30/17:30/
11:30
(90 mins)
Know your rightsOfficers 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. This workshop covers: The most five most important things to know when dealing with the police. Understanding the limits of Stop and Search and learn how to resist information gathering techniques used by officers. What happens when you're arrested: we take you through the process and your rights in custody. Laws commonly used against protesters. (Netpol/GBC)Weds/Thurs
15:15/15:15
(120 mins)
Practical Skills
Practical Workshop On DC Electrics, Off-Grid Solar And BatteriesCable sizing, watts, volts, amps, power consumption & reduction, DC safety and fusing, AC and DC production inc Inverters and grounding, AC safety including RCDs, Using meters and indicators, Q & A sessionFri
14:00
(60 mins)
Self defence for queers of all gendersA chance to talk about the problem behaviour and situations that we face, share strategies as well as stories, and practice both verbal & physical tactics. You can defend yourself whatever your level of fitness/ability/age. We can adapt all the strikes and exercises for your body even if you're injured.Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Ecological Children's Camp 2017The John Connor Camp happens one weekend each summer, providing 20-30 children and young people with fun and interesting activities that are underpinned by the principles of ecological understanding and care, non-hierarchy, mutual aid, and co-operation. It is a DIY event, similar in many ways to an Earth First! Summer Gathering, with parents, carers and their friends making the event happen. Come along to find out more and how you can participate in next years camp - whether you are a child, want to bring one or more children, or you want to contribute an activity.Fri
11:30
(90 mins)
Foraging And Plant IdentificationTour 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/Sat/Sun
11:30/15:15/
15:15
(90 mins)
Self defence for kids (aged 6-12)A basic class, designed for children to learn about staying safe in different situations. It will involve shouting loud, lots of games and hitting pads. Parents are welcome to watch or join in if they want to.Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
Self defence for womenA chance to learn & practice some basic self defence strategies. How to use your voice and body as weapons! You can defend yourself whatever your level of fitness/ability/age. We can adapt all the strikes and exercises for your body even if you're injured.Sat
15:15
(120 mins)
Dealing with the Legal SystemDealing with the legal consequences if you should be charged with an offence is increasingly relevant with the reductions in legal aid. Topics include… minimising legal risk, dealing with the court process and legal system, possible costs and consequences, representing yourself in court.Sat
14:00
(60 mins)
What's going on with squatting?A look at how the situation in England & Wales has changed since the introduction of section 144 (the criminal offence related to squatting in residential buildings ). How can we still use squatting as a tactic for action & life?Sun
10:00
(75 mins)
Taking the power back! - An introduction to DIY wind turbines & off-grid electrical systemsAn introduction to V3 Power Co-op and the Hugh Piggott hand built wind turbine design. How to select a suitable site for a wind turbine and things to consider when installing a turbine. What an off-grid electrical system is composed of and how to appropriately size your system. (V3 Power)Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
LockpickingLearn how locks work, and how to open them using lockpicking and other bypass techniques. At the end of the workshop, and at other times during the gathering, there will be practice sessions where you can try your hand at lockpicking. If you have your own lockpicking tools, bring them along for practice!Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Activist basic self-defenceNon-macho self-defence for activist and everyday life. Uses technique instead of strength and safe enough to practise on your friends. Try to get there on time for a bit of a stretch to avoid injury. Gender: all/non Age: 16 and up. Max: 14 peopleThurs
11:30
(90 mins)
Camp Skills
Camp HygieneGeneral principles to keep people at camps healthy and how germs spreadWeds
10:00
(75 mins)
How To Set Up A Field KitchenKey practical and health considerations for field kitchensWeds
10:00
(75 mins)
How To Put Up Marquees And DomesLearn how to erect structures & maintain them against the elementsWeds
10:00
(75 mins)
Learn About Laying Out A SiteBest practice for laying out a site, including legal requirements such as fire lanes and licensing lawsWeds
10:00
(75 mins)
How To Build Hands-Free Hand-Washing StationsA must for camp hygiene, simple & low-techWeds
11:30
(90 mins)
Help Make The Space Welcoming And BeautifulSprucing up the site, including welcome tentWeds
11:30
(90 mins)
Simple Site PlumbingBasic principles, including soak-awaysWeds
11:30
(90 mins)
How To Do Mass CateringA hands-on workshop in 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!Weds/Thurs/Fri/
Sat/Sun
11:30/17:30
(90 mins)
Critical Reflections
The Future Of Long Term Land SquattingCome and find out more about the eviction of Yorkley Court and what it means for the future of long term land occupationsFri
11:30
(90 mins)
Zapatista Alternatives: The Wheels of CapitalismWe take the Zapatista concept of 'the wheels of capitalism' and look at it in our calendar and geography. The wheels of capitalism can be those of a runaway train, of a bulldozer that quashes everything, of a machine that produces obedient individuals,... The Zapatistas in Chiapas identified four wheels: dispossession (‘despojo’), repression, oppression, and disdain. Participants of previous workshops have added ‘seduction’ and ‘attrition’, to account for their calendars and geographies in the Global North. We look at participants’ experiences with the different wheels, with what connects the wheels, and at what we can do about them.Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Active 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.Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
We Need to Talk about Violence! A Discussion around non-violence and diversity of tacticsViolence and non-violence are contested terms. For some, smashed windows represent violence, while for others only injury to persons counts as violent. Some justify tactics such as damage to property while others insist on a very strong concept of non-violence. Recently we have seen the use of an action consensus, in place of previous commitment to a diversity of tactics. This discussion will introduce examples of different tactics in practice, and provide a participatory space where we can talk through these issues at length.Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Exploring PowerPower can be used to abuse and oppress, and it can also be used to empower ourselves and each other, to dismantle the world we don’t want, and to create the world that we do. Power can be used to shut people up, and it can also be used to stand in solidarity. Working on issues of power and oppression can evoke so many different reactions - anger, guilt, shame, relief, confusion. We want to welcome you, and all your reactions to this workshop. Whether you have spent decades exploring power, or this is your first workshop, you are welcome. Over two sessions, we will explore what power is, where it comes from and how to use it well.Sat/Sun
15:15/11:30
(120/90 mins)
Zapatista Alternatives: To Walk by Asking QuestionsThe Zapatistas do not offer a plan or programme to subscribe to: each according to their ways, in their calendars and geographies, connected through shared principles and coordinating through the Sixth. In this last workshop of the series we invite questions, reflections and the sharing of stories and strategies of resistance and alternatives in the spirit of the recent seminar on critical thinking in the face of the capitalist Hydra.Sun
11:30
(90 mins)
What is Anarchism ?History, movement, organisation. From Ukraine, to Barcelona to Kurdistan and some other places in between. Part slide presentation and part discussion.Sun
10:00
(60 mins)
The Hammer Blow – East Timor Ploughshares ActionIn 1996 a group of women caused nearly £2m damage to a British Aerospace warplane, due to be delivered to Indonesia for use against the people of occupied East Timor. After six months in prison on remand, the women were acquitted of all charges: the first ever acquittal in this kind of serious damage case. Come and find out more, and listen to Andrea talk about her recently published book, 'The Hammer Blow'. How was the action planned? What was it like in prison? Why were the women acquitted? What can you do to maximise your chances of acquittal in this kind of case? Talk, with questions and discussion.Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Ecology and autonomy: an anarchist midwife's view of birthWith 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.Thurs
15:15
(120 mins)
Zapatista Alternatives: Autonomy and the Zapatista Communities in ChiapasFrom which context did the Zapatistas emerge in 1983 (foundation of the EZLN)? What was their journey until the Uprising in 1994, and from 1994 until now? What is their relationship with the adherents of the Sixth Declaration (the Sixth International)? We look at the trajectory of the Autonomous communities and, based on it, explore Zapatista notions of autonomy, freedom, collective power and individual and collective responsibility in our different calendars and geographies.Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
Workers' control for peace and ecology: the example of the Lucas PlanSurviving ecological crisis and overcoming the technocratic capitalist system that produced it can only be achieved with the help of the working class. 40 years ago, workers at the Lucas Aerospace arms company showed how this could work, with their Alternative Plan for arms conversion and socially useful production. Join the celebrations of their legacy and moves towards new peoples' plans for the future.Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Cover Up! The Case for Protest AnonymityIn the face of concerted attempts to undermine political protest movements, it is perfectly legitimate to actively resist police surveillance. One way is to always cover your face: a tactic that works best when hundreds of people adopt it collectively. However, many insist wearing a face mask removes personal accountability for how protesters act in support of their beliefs. Others, including Netpol, argue anonymity may represent the main deciding factor for many about whether they are able to ‘stand up and be counted’ at all. This workshop explores these issues and how we begin to overcome barriers to greater protest anonymity, such as targeting and arrest by police, separation from other protesters and questions of legitimacy. (Netpol)Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Understanding Anarchism - Past, Present And FutureThe workshop covers a history of anarchist ideas and covers the ideas of the most famous anarchist writers, how those ideas developed over time, plus some discussion of main anarchist branches. Then a discussion of where anarchist ideas have been used in praxis, quite a lot about the spanish civil war and revolution, the revolution in Syria and fight against ISIS, discussion of our groups activities, our group is really more of an anarchist umbrella group for various activities, anti-fash, hunt sab, social housing and so on.Then finally some discussion for future developments ,new projects and what an anarchist society would look like.Thurs
17:30
(90 mins)
We The UncivilisedDisillusioned by a cultural story of consumption and alienation, a couple are called to action. Carrying with them their unborn child, they embark on a year long journey around the UK, searching for the seeds of an alternative culture and with it hope for the future. Without any prior filmmaking experience, they buy a second hand film camera, and set off with an intention to share their experience. They speak to grassroots activists alongside pioneering voices, including; Satish Kumar, Polly Higgins, Mac Macartney, Bruce Parry, Martin Shaw, Glennie Kindred, and The Late Patrick Whitefield, on their quest to uncover an ‘uncivilised’ story of relationship, connection and belonging. Film is 90 minutes long and will be followed by Q&A.Weds
20:00
(120 mins)
Solidarity & Resilience
Precarity Consciousness-Raising: Anxiety and modern lifeThis will be a participatory session. It will explore the manifestations of anxiety and psychological distress in contemporary life, and seek to link these to the current economic and political situation (precarity, neoliberalism, attentive stress, performance management, disposability, etc). The first part of the session will be a small-group exercise in which people go round the group and list experiences of anxiety (and related problems). The second part will group these into categories. The third part will seek to link the categories back to the structures of capitalism and contemporary life.Fri
17:30
(90 mins)
Burn out and Resilience - Village Building At The End Of The WorldWe are living in uncertain times and the work we do seems more vital than ever and yet we are few who are giving much, sometimes too much. Its no surprise that this often leads to burn out and break down , depriving our networks of core skills , unique experiences as well as mighty hearts. This is an introduction open to anyone who has ever experienced the overwhelm of activism. Learn how to identify the symptoms of burn out and avoid them. We will explore strategies for balancing our lives and with it our work and look at re-framing our patterns and beliefs to enable us to re connect ourselves to the passions that keep us in fight for nature.Fri
15:15
(120 mins)
Self-Organisation for OrganisersThis will be a skillshare to pool tips and try and find solutions to any challenges you have organising yourself so you're working sustainably. Everyone welcome - from the perpetually overwhelmed and disorganised to the unflappable and fast. (London Roots)Fri
14:00
(60 mins)
Reflecting On BurnoutBurnout 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.Sun
15:15
(120 mins)
Overcoming FearEveryone feels fear at different situations. When fear prevents us from doing the things we want to, there are ways we can work to overcome it. We'll work as a group through some techniques to help you overcome fear to grow your capability.Thurs
14:00
(60 mins)
Wild YogaAn early morning session of dedication to body, land and community. Trauma sensitive and accessible to all. Breathe with the earth that birthed you. Move with the land that nourishes you. Sit with grief, with joy, and with hope. Come together, heart to heart, hand in hand.Thurs/Fri
7:30
(60 mins)
Learn field-massage for activist care and resilienceThis 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, 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. Preface will touch on personal boundaries, consent, and safety applicable to the workshop content. Improved massage skills and confidence to help fellow activists in the field or elsewhere. Partner up within the workshop or arrive with a partner to practise on. Techniques will be demonstrated then you will be guided to apply them on one another. Age 16 and up. Max14 people. Up to 2 people are welcome to observe without physical participation (more than that and it becomes an audience I'm afraid).Weds
14:00
(60 mins)
Bodies of resistanceStress, trauma and grief are held in our bodies, and with those bodies we can re-learn the simple skills of resilience and recovery that our culture has trained out of us. We’ll discuss our coping strategies, their risks and rewards, and share the best tools we know. From smoking to shaking, from stimming to deep pressure massage, every one of us can improve our own personal first aid toolkits for the middle of an action or the everyday grind. Trauma sensitive and accessible to all.Weds
17:30
(90 mins)
Mutual Aid for People Supporting the EnvironmentWe're forming a mutual aid organisation and would love to share our ideas with you and hear yours. None of us exist or can work in isolation and for every person shutting down fossil fuel production there are many others involved in supplying essential life services like food or shelter. Our focus will be sharing non-monetary support, time and resources. We welcome you to get involved in what ever way you feel you can.Weds
17:30
(90 mins)
Creative Activism
Art Space Drop-InDrop 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.Weds/Thurs/Fri/
Sat/Sun
14:00/15:15
(300 mins)
CinemaRadical 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