How can we draw on the power of the heart, the fire of the imagination, and the dynamism of the body to empower social change through our creativity?
This week long event will bring together a group of richly talented facilitators and practitioners to share and explore creative tools that can be used in a variety of social change settings. It will take a cross/multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on theatre, story, image, dance, and music – and apply these to community empowerment, campaign development, and direct action.
This course is aimed at anyone interested in learning, sharing and exploring creative, collaborative and participatory tools for social justice. The facilitators have planned activities, talks and collaborative tasks but will allow space in the timetable for participant led activities to emerge.
Ruth Cross makes things happen. Her practice has developed from landscape performance and micro-choreography into coordinating projects which bring people together to talk, play, inspire and collaborate. She is an associate artist with Encounters Arts and Battersea Arts Centre and co-founder of The Eroles Project, an international network that explores inner work for outer action. Ruth founded Cross Collaborations in 2009, a collective who devise social actions and intimate live art performances which focus on voice, listening with compassion and connecting to the earth.
George is a practitioner of the Theatre of the Oppressed, writer, performance poet and natural farmer who has travelled extensively across Europe and Asia working with groups ranging from the homeless in London, subsistence farmers in India, victims of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, to recovering heroin addicts and street kids in Kuala Lumpur. As founder of the training collective Reboot The Roots he has a decade of experience as a facilitator and educator in fields ranging from TESOL and drama therapy to drug rehabilitation and conflict resolution. He qualified in his Certificate in Joker Training and Certificate in Rainbow of Desire whilst working with Cardboard Citizens in 2010.
Lin is an organiser, activist and trainer who has practiced and studied meditation for close to twenty years, currently working as a Mindfulness trainer for staff suffering from burn out within the NHS. As an organiser she’s worked on mass marches and mobilizations, climate camps, and arts interventions targeting the fossil fuel industry directly. As a trainer she’s worked with Ecodharma, Freely Given Retreats and the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement to explore vulnerability as a form of activism, developing courses and retreats for newcomer and seasoned activists, which ensure self-care and a balance between reflection and action.
deepening sustainable activism - tools for long term effective and regenerative organising
skills, insights, and practices for creating transformative teams and effective collaborations
working with trauma to create greater resilience for our selves, groups, and organisations
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