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. This version of the course is designed and delivered by members of the Moving Sounds collective. The autumn 2017 version of the course filled so quickly we thought we should remix and re-release it by dope demand! It will take a cross/multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on the arts, social permaculture , nature connection and mindfulness – and applying these to community empowerment , project development and regenerative activism.
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.
MovingSounds is a collective of facilitators, professional artists, musicians, performers and permaculturists who are passionate about the power of creativity and nature to transform lives and create a more sustainable future. As experienced facilitators they offer engaging and dynamic workshops to inspire and educate. Their workshops offer learners the opportunity to explore important issues around active citizenship including sustainability, social justice, leadership, creativity, and nature connection but always through a fun, engaging process that brings out the best in ourselves and each other.
Keith has been facilitating workshops and trainings around the themes of community, environment, well-being and diversity since 2001 . His work involves music, media, theatre, nature connection and mindfulness. He is a founding director of Movingsounds, a Community Interest Company that delivers creative workshops addressing social and environmental issues. He is a trainer in Cultural Emergence, creating healthy communities and systemic change based on Social Permaculture and indigenous culture. As a musician he performs with several groups, including Swing Zazou, and is a composer and producer.
Lex is a creative facilitator, movement and visual artist, permaculture designer and yoga teacher. Lex’s facilitation work draws on 25 years of professional artistic practice, bringing creativity and innovation. That work is based on an understanding of the interconnection of self, community and the earth. Being deeply passionate about inclusivity and diversity, Lex’s practice promotes regeneration and connection with an aim to support all lives to grow with vitality and vigour. Lex’s website.
creating empowering and inclusive spaces for organising
methods and tools for working well with conflict in our groups
skills and practices for effective team and group work
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3. A networked project adding nutrition and fertility to European social movements through training and capacity building. It kindles the realisation of social justice, ecological intelligence, and cognitive vitality.