Posted by: Mike Grenville | 21 July 2009

The Ark ‘not stupid’ Family Camp


The lovely Braziers Park near Oxford has teamed up with Transition Town Maidenhead to run a family camp on the weekend of the 14th – 16th August.

The camp theme is R & R for eco-warriors before the big push to succeed at Copenhagen. The weekend is designed as an informal gathering and a relaxed atmosphere to share some good news to revitalise and motivate us all to continue. Speakers include Naresh Giangrande of Transition Network and Francesca de Gasparis of the Green Belt Movement talking about the work of Wangari Maathai.

The Weekend will provide platforms for open mike sessions, open space technology and workshops from the enlightenment of the heart and soul, to the engagement of the serious stuff.

It is an informal gathering and sharing and no camper is under any pressure to attend any workshop. Just come and meander through the beautiful Braziers estate, browse the small collection of specially selected stalls in our little village market and soak up the goodness….

The weekend is a chance to discuss and share current thinking and best practice or simply to enjoy the company of like minded people. Of course local food will play a major role and so will enjoying some of the best local live music around. The weekend will begin with arrival on the Friday evening in time for a campfire or two, workshops on the Saturday and end after a bring and share huge lunch on Sunday afternoon.

On Saturday evening the Open Mike Session will be compered by Mike Grenville of Transition Forest Row; it will include a couple of booked music acts but mostly is a chance for you to show us all what a talented lot we are so bring your drums, harmonica or guitar.

Other speakers and facilitators include : Jan Roberts – investigative journalist with news about pesticides with Georgina Downs; Di and Lucy Renshaw – ecorecycle textiles; Cliff Jordan – Transition Town Oxford and COIN; John Hogget and Jenny Nicholson – Council of All Beings; Liz Hodgsen – voice harmonics from around the world; Elena with circus tricks; Victoria with children’s theatre; Aggie with spinning and weaving; Nicky McCann with Children’s discovery walks; and still to be confirmed wild food walks, natural dyes, sustainable gardening, environmental art… and more…

The price for the full weekend will be in the region of £40 per adult, all under sixteen year olds are free and there will be day tickets available for locals.

More details of the weekend programme here:

For a booking form, please contact the Braziers office 01491 680 221


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