Oceans for Hope

AN ‘ACTIVE HOPE’ GATHERING FOR EDUCATORS, CAMPAIGNERS AND LEADERS WORKING WITH AND FOR OUR OCEANS

This is how the gathering will unfold over five days:     

    

Day One: 

Arrival. Welcome circle.                

Evening: Introductions around a beach campfire.

 

Day Two & Three:  

Immersive practice of The Work That Reconnects - using the local shore and the sea (optional swimming and snorkelling?).         

Evenings: stories and songs of the sea around the campfire.

 

Day Four:  Exploring how to bring Active Hope into our lives and our work with the Ocean.

Evening: celebratory gathering

 

Day Five:

Next steps, evaluation, closing circle, packing up camp and departure (approx. midday).

An Active Hope trainer, adult education tutor and freelance facilitator. She lives in a rural housing co-op, loves growing fruit & veg and sharing her bread-making skills. She’s also been involved with grassroots community action and local politics (as an elected independent green councillor), the Transition movement and peaceful direct action against the arms trade, as well as running courses and campaigning on climate change, eco-psychology and sustainability. 

JO BLACKMAN

An experienced facilitator and educator working with change makers in the fields of outdoor learning for sustainability, personal & organisational change for sustainability, and environmental activism.  His upbringing by the Dorset coast, a BSc in Ocean Science, many years teaching along the shores of Devon and Wales, and a passion for surfing, sea swimming, sea shanties and gazing out to sea utterly entangle his identity with the oceans.

TOM DEACON

A marine biologist with a PhD from Liverpool University. He has over 25 years of experience in field studies teaching marine ecology in Pembrokeshire, on the Exmoor coast and on the Isle of Man. His passion for the Ocean began collecting seashells from the strandline on family holidays in North Devon. He is interested in how conventional ways of educating about the marine environment can be fused with more creative, spiritual connections with the Ocean. 

MARK WARD

Nagamani has worked in over 30 countries with NGOs, government, business and civil society organisations to improve the quality of their learning, creating ‘learning for a sustainable future’ and enhancing their capacity to deliver projects effectively with lasting benefits. Learning from nature is at the heart of his work. Nagamani is a practising ordained Buddhist.

NAGAMANI

More Details

 

Sharing domestic responsibilities:

We're inviting everyone to share in collective tasks such as food preparation (i.e. vegetable chopping) under the guidance of the camp chef,  washing up, recycling etc.

Sharing practice:  Each day will start with an optional well-being/grounding session - if anyone would like to contribute to this e.g. leading yoga/tai chi/meditation etc, please let us know.

Venue Facilities:

Hot shower, toilets, kitchen area, fridge.

Things to bring:

  • Tent and sleeping bag, ground mat, torch, toiletries etc..

  • There would be space for up to two camper vans/motor homes (by arrangement)

  • Clothes for wet weather and for gorgeous sunshine

  • Warm clothes and blankets for outdoor evening activities

  • Swimming kit! Mask and snorkels (BUT non-swimmers are welcome)

Costing

 

We will operate a flexible, transparent charging system and will ask for on average £180 per person to cover the basic costs of camping, food and organisation plus further contributions of up to £100 to help cover facilitator's expenses and enable us to continue to develop this work. However, we do not want to exclude anyone on the grounds of cost, so please let us know if you would like to pay in a couple of instalments or if you need a discounted place.