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Permaculture and sustainability education


August 2015

Making your own music @ NonStuff festival

We shall be offering lots of great music performances at NonStuff festival, but we thought it only fair that everyone has a chance to make their own music, so we are bringing you some fantastic music workshops, to get those feet & fingers tapping and your vocal chords oiled.

Festival tickets & bookings:
Festival tickets & bookings:

In the moment drumming workshops

Paul John Dear is a Rhythmical Alchemist. He works very much in the moment with what is present and is able to connect the participants in a workshop to create an experiential whole that is far greater than the sum of it’s parts. It’s true. I’ve seen it with my own ears. Drummer extraordinaire & facilitator: John Paul Dear

Enjoy your voice Natural voice practitioner, experienced community choir leader, musician , performer. . . with an MSc in my craft – I run inclusive singing and voice development workshops for participants of all abilities and confidence levels. Teaching songs form around the world and using well structured workshop exercises designed to increase vocal confidence.

Six years running Forest Community Choir, six months running Portobello Community Choir. MSc Music in the Community (Edinburgh) Trained as a Natural Voice Practitioner with Frankie Armstrong. Member of the Natural Voice Practitioners Network. Ten years experience running day, weekend and residential workshops in Edinburgh and all over Scotland. Eight years of experience Glastonbury Festival hosting improvisation / jamming circles. Gigging folk and reggae musician. Facilitator: Chandra

Photo: John Paul Dear @ Wiston Loadge
Photo: John Paul Dear @ Wiston Lodge

Boomwhacker percussion workshop Boomwhackers have their origin in recycled street percussion, a boomwhacker is a pipe that when it is hit on something makes a note, with a group of people working together makes a tune each person having one or two notes. I usually get people playing samba style rhythms.

I’ve been playing percussion for nearly 10 years and been teaching workshops for the last three years. I find that percussion brings folk together, boomwhackers are a very approachable instrument and it allows me to bring a workshop on my bike!!! Facilitator: Chris Stock

Kirtan, devotional singing and Mantra chanting Kirtan is Indian devotional singing invoking various names of the divine. Uplifting, cleansing and relaxing to body and mind. This will be accompanied by an Indian harmonium. There is also space for people to share devotional chants or songs if they wish.

Have been involved in devotional singing and Kirtan and bhajan with friends and various small groups. Share the lead with one other person of a small Kirtan group in Glasgow where we meet in a Yoga studio. Have visited India many times and I am familiar with a number of chants from Hindu Tradition particularly from Krishna Das. Also I am familiar with a number of Vedic mantra chants. Facilitator: Jeffrey Levin

Ukulele for absolute beginners – does what it says – come and try the world’s most accessible stringed instrument! If you’ve ever wanted to strum, sing, and play the happiest instrument on the planet, this is for you. Learn at least 3 chords, and be playing actual songs by the end of the workshop…

Plus Drumming for community thriving

Join us for an hour of rhythmic community-building, as we explore how drumming is increasingly being used to promote health, wellbeing, and sound community relationships. More than just learning and repeating a beat – everyone present takes responsibility for their own sound, and the sound of the group. The best music arises from the awareness skills of the group, rather than musical technique, and there’s plenty of rhythm and relational exercises along the way to nurture group spirit. For anyone who’s interested in a better world through music!

Dr Jane Bentley is a freelance specialist in music and wellbeing, and works all over the UK and abroad using music to explore community, communication, and creativity in health, educational and social care settings. She works primarily in mental health, and has contributed to national and European initiatives on music in healthcare settings. She recently completed a PhD in musical participation, interaction, and its role in human wellbeing. More info, at Facilitator: Jane Bentley

World harmony singing (with Harry Campbell and Voicebeat). Combo performance/workshop. Come and sing traditional music from around the globe with Glasgow’s world music community choir.

plus Shapenote singing (with Harry Campbell and Gordon Kennedy).

“Shapenote” or “Sacred Harp” singing is an early ancestor of gospel, descended from English village hymns, flourishing in 18th-century New England, kept alive to this day in the American South. Now experiencing a revival, it has spread to Europe and there are monthly singings in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Harry Campbell leads workshops and community singing groups in Glasgow and elsewhere and sings in the folk/world harmony groups Muldoon’s Picnic and Crying Lion. He was one of the first to introduce shapenote singing to Scotland. Gordon Kennedy is a freelance composer and musician who sings in Voicebeat. Facilitators: Harry Campbell & Gordon Kennedy

bhajan/kirtan/chanting session An opportunity to learn and sing, some simple songs and chants, which calm the mind and open the heart. no musical experience required.

Music has been a real healing force in my life for many years, especially sitting down with other people and singing these songs and chants. Facilitator: Scott Young

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Words & language @ NonStuff Festival 2015

Communication via the spoken word is one of the most commonly used creative expressions. However language, in whatever form, has a deep resonance for all of us. NonStuff festival 2015 offers you the opportunity to use your words wisely, and learn just some of the languages of nature.

Creative words & language in workshops:

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Wayfaring Words An encouraging, fun and dynamic session using the tools of creative writing and poetic expression to expand our awareness of ourselves and the world we are living in. Writing as a way to find beauty, cathartic release, interconnectedness and healing in words that we didn’t know we had inside ourselves. This session is suitable both for beginners and experienced writers, and we will be using writing prompts and time limits to journey through own inner landscape.

I am a poet, translator and creative writing tutor. Born and raised in Mexico, I completed an MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow in 2009, my work has been published in anthologies and literary magazines in the UK and abroad, and I have facilitated a number of writing and translation workshops in a variety of settings, both in Scotland and further afield. Facilitator: Juana Adcock

“Storytelling Improvisation” This workshop seeks to unveil the storyteller in us all. Through improvised storytelling we are able to make our static reality into a reality full of possibilities. Without noticing it we work through subconscious thoughts and feelings and make room for the new. Like in any improvisation (dance, music etc.) we access a form of meditation. As everything is in constant flow we become present in the moment. Improvised storytelling provides free entertainment to ourselves and to others. It can happen anywhere and at anytime. All we need is our imagination. It brings us back into a child-like state of curiosity, inspiration and creativity. Using my background as a theatre-maker I will help you access your own wonderworld of adventures and magic.

I am a graduate theatre-maker of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I have led drama and dance workshops for all types of ages and all types of mental and physical abilites. My main goal has been to help people rise above their perceived abilites. Together we experience moments of empowerment and transcendence. My keen interest for alternative therapies and life-styles have continuing influences on my practice. Facilitator: Lee Cockshott

Understanding Animal Wisdom I will encourage exploration of how our indigenous ancestors/cultures used what they learned from their observations of various animals and how they integrated what they learned into their own personal lives and situations. Participants will be encouraged to share their own wisdom and stories, to think about the animals they are most drawn to and why they feel this way. They will also be lead through meditation to help them find their animal guide and feel it’s wisdom. I will also share stories and ask participants to do the same at various times. Depending in the weather and area, I may ask participants to find a small sacred space under a tree (also known as a ‘sit spot’ in permaculture terms/ Jon Young) and observe nature for 15mins, then come back and share.

I’ve recently resigned from my job and now taking time out to peruse what inspires, touches and moves me and that is connecting with nature and community. I’m realising more and more how important it is to stay present to each other and the world around us and keep it simple, as this is all we require, apart from a good dose of love! Facilitator: June Imrie

Jemima and the Fuse Cloud-hopping tales are told by clear, honest vocals and adorned with playful instrumentation. Jemima and her band charm you along a cathartic, life-affirming journey of haunting songs. The unique combination of strings and a rare wooden box called a chromatic tongue drum add to the innovative sounds they create. The duo, Tim and Jemima become Jemima and the Fuse. Singing songs playing ukulele, Tim accompanies on a tongue drum. Performers: Tim Lane & Jemima Thewes

Silly Songs with Catchy Choruses A lighthearted surrealistic engagement, encompassing elements of musical comedy, clowning and sage-like stupidity

Cammy Sinclair has performed in the UK and abroad as a musician and clown. He’s worked with Orkestra Del Sol, and alongside Phil Kay and Dr Brown. In the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe he’s one half of a two man show with Chris Forbes entitled Sketch n Sniff. Performer: Cammy Sinclair

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NonStuff Festival 2015 present: A fantastic line up of performances to delight your senses


The Forgotten Works
The Forgotten Works create modern folk music out of soil, building projects, rusty vans, rivers, sunlight, trees, food, the sea, broken dreams, clockwork antiques, tangled things, mountains, rivers and a place called iDEATH.
World harmony singing lead by Harry Campbell). Combo performance/workshop. Come and sing traditional music from around the globe with Glasgow’s world music community choir
Jemima and the Fuse.
Cloud-hopping tales are told by clear, honest vocals and adorned with playful instrumentation. Jemima and her band charm you along a cathartic, life-affirming journey of haunting songs. The unique combination of strings and a rare wooden box called a chromatic tongue drum add to the innovative sounds they create.
Dancing at NonStuff festival 2014
Dancing at NonStuff festival 2014
Mike and Solveig – Album Launch !
A surrealist, ever spiraling, intricate fractal duo. Mike and Solveig are truly mesmerising. This will be their album launch gig.
The Watch Thieves
Friends say this about us:’The Watch Thieves play a kind of traditional folk but with political and modern twists, both lyrically and musically. Sort of indescribable and awe-inspiring.’ ~ Raphael Lehmann ‘The Watch Thieves – As mysteriously comfortable as one wool sock. Beautiful new folk with a sombre smile’ Ryan Van Winkle, Host, The Golden Hour
Kuchke- All female polyphonic choir singing acapella songs of the Balkans and a few from the rest of the world..
Cammy Sinclair
Silly Songs with Catchy Choruses.
A lighthearted surrealistic engagement encompassing elements of musical comedy, clowning and sage-like stupidity.
Portnawak & The Woo
A stomp-tastic, get everyone dancing, musical journey. Portnawak & The Woo started playing together over 6 years ago when they all lived on the Woodcote Estate in Midlothian. They play genre busting tunes that are gypsy, folk and punk influenced. Portnawak enjoy that they
play a range of acoustic instruments, all with a story to tell.
White feather
Ayrshire based duo, combine aspiring vocals ,heartfelt narrative song,original material,and honest acoustic performance.
Step on the Telly
A new band formed from members of Beggar Girls and Antic Hay . Harmonys and banjo with covers of Gillian Welsh and original material
Hamjambo – “Anything but English”
An evening of performances using any language except English
The Pendulums
The cult psychedilic folk band return for another show stopping tour round their alternative universe.
Dancing@ NonStuff Festival 2014
Dancing@ NonStuff Festival 2014
Everyone’s favourite 100% improvised jazz/psyche/rock/what the/circus band.
Afro Tree
A Snowboarding solo musician from Manchester with allergies to nuts and guinea pigs.
Tom Davis
Tom is a singer songer writer based in Glasgow. He writes catchy, beautiful songs with sharp lyrics.
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Getting arty @ NonStuff Festival 2015

Find your inner artist, open up to your creativity, learn new skills, while having fun. This year at NonStuff Festival we offer you many opportunities for all of the above (and more)

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Here are just some of the workshops to get those creative juices flowing – for beginners and all the Picasso’s out there:

How to make poi from bits and bob’s

Also how to knit them if one so desires, although I’ll not be teaching actual knitting, just the poi pattern, and then teaching to use the poi. A bumper double time slot,  because it takes time to make them and we want people to have ample time to learn to use them before sending them off to practice themselves

I am keenly interested in the human heart and its potential. It’s pretty much the most important thing in the world to me. Listening to my heart brought me to, among other things, poi. I love to poi and have been learning alone for sometime (6 years, give or take). I find joy in making my own poi from random ‘ingredients’, poi are so personal, what one likes another doesn’t, so it seems prudent to show people how to experiment with this before they start to learn to spin. I feel quite passionate about passing this love on. I would love for this festival to be my first foray into sharing with others what spinning has given to me. It has more depth to it than I can possibly convey here. Needless to say it’s not just balls on a sting! Facilitator: Cate MacColl

Felt bunting making 

participants make pieces by wet felting dyed fleece, we join them all together, and hang it up to decorate a space!
suitable for all but children under 8 will need a grown up to help them.

Anna makes felt mainly for fun, sometimes to sell, and loves passing on this very simple and enjoyable skill. Facilitator: Anna Kinross

Willow sculpture for burning

Me, Anna. I’m a basketweaver and friend of Mr NonStuff Chapman. Anna is a skilled and experienced weaver, who also grows her own willow. Facilitator: Anna Liebmann

Crafting @ NonStuff Festival 2014
Crafting @ NonStuff Festival 2014

Making Natural Dyes

In this workshop students will learn how to prepare a number of different coloured dyes using common plant materials. Student will be given a ‘recipe sheet’ to take away and practice at home. We will bring samples of plants that can be foraged to make natural dyes so students can learn how to identify them


Colouring fabrics with natural dyes
In this workshop students will learn techniques to achieve different patterns and effects using natural dyes (made in the previous workshop and others prepared in advance). Students will make a sample to take home (e.g. skein of wool or a cotton scarf).

Emily is a textile artist and has a residency at a wasps studio in Dumfries and Galloway, she specialises in using natural fabrics and making dyes from plants. I am a hobby arts and crafts enthusiast. Both of us have volunteered at festivals before with activities ranging from stewarding, cooking to bar work. Emily’s keen to share her skills and will be delivering workshops from her garden this summer during the Dumfries and Galloway Arts and Crafts trail as well as taking part in the Spring Fling. Facilitators: Kirsten Milliken & Emily Buchanan

Upcycle book binding workshop – open spine binding.

Including – maps, paper, card, buttons. Participants will learn new skills and leave with their own hand bound book.

Upcycle book binding workshop: Japanese stab binding.

Reusing scrap materials, including – maps, paper, card, buttons. Participants will learn a range of different stitches and leave with their own selection of hand bound booklets.

I am a self taught bookbinder and currently run workshops for a range of participants in Edinburgh and Glasgow, working with galleries, community groups, schools and through adult education. I also make books by commission, which include travel journals, wedding books and photo albums, using recycled materials wherever possible. I volunteer with a zero waste skill sharing group called Remade in Edinburgh where I run regular workshops, it was a member of this group that sent me the link to your festival, which I am really keen to be part of. Facilitator: Cassandra Barron

Beginners Knitting Workshop

Help us make a string of knitted bunting for the festival, learning how to knit your own triangle to add to the piece. You’ll be introduced to the tools used in knitting and types of yarn, learn how to cast on, knit, purl, decrease, cast off, and finish your piece. Suitable for adults and kids aged 10+ – younger children welcome if assisted by an adult.


Next Steps Knitting Workshop – Make a triangle for our knitted bunting using some more advanced techniques, including lace, cabling, textures and intarsia. We’ll also cover how to read patterns and charts, and workshop leader Mags will be on hand to answer any knitting questions or dilemmas you may have! Suitable for anyone with basic knitting skills, who’d like to learn something new.

Better known for cooking and growing things with the Fife Diet and more recently Common Good Food, Mags has been knitting her whole life, but got really quite good at it during a period of unemployment six years ago.Facilitator: Mags Hall

NonStuff Festival, bringing you colour & magic
NonStuff Festival, bringing you colour & magic

Upcycling with bicycle inner tubes

Playing about with the possibilities. Making jewellery, toys, decorations.

I have been making bags, jewellery, decorations and toys out of bicycle inner tubes for a couple of years. A free resource, easy to cut and punch and sew plus they’re strong and waterproof. Facilitator: Lucie Macaulay

Making Story Pockets

Creating a special Place Where Imaginations Unfold
Some of the most precious memories of enjoying stories are the earliest ones, but they can fly by in a flash. Sometimes you wish you could catch them like a moonbeam and hold them in your hand. And you can: Using recycled materials, including library books rescued from the discard bin, story pockets gives children and families pockets for keeping those story memories and taking them out again and playing with them. In this session families will have a chance to enjoy rhymes, songs and simple stories, make creative responses to them and a pocket place to keep them so that their creations, be they puppet, collage or game, are ready to pop out again whenever they want to return to the magical world of imagination and take it that bit further.

Beth Cross is a firm believer in stories’ ability to bring people together. All stories need a community to be told in and communities are the stories they tell. Beth Cross’s tales are always told with a pinch of mischief to give them spice. Whether its recounting the far fetched escapades of Scotland’s Jack tales, some of the wildest ornriest heroes from America’s frontier, or the wily Anasi of Africa and the Caribbean – these characters come to life drawing audiences young and old into the adventures. Beth’s work at the Scottish Storytelling Centre as StoryMakers facilitators has developed her PhD work on storytelling and children’s creativity. Facilitator: Beth Cross

Creative collage – make your own collage from scrap materials as a way of visioning your life.. Facilitator: Sophie Unwin @ Remade in Edinburgh

Mini Beasts

Using natural materials we’ll make mini-beasts for the lovely woods around Wiston Lodge. All the materials are totally organic, so can be taken away or left to degrade naturally with the woodland. Participants can be young or old (under 5’s should be accompanied by an adult). People will: -Learn basic clay sculpture techniques. -How to make a pinch pot. -Engage with their surroundings by selecting found materials and choosing the best spot for their woodland beast to live. -Appreciate that you don’t need anything to use your imagination! Mini Beasts can be as elaborate as people choose. Beginning with a simple pinch pot which would suit younger children, or coil pots and free form sculptures. This activity is salutary, calming, and good messy fun!

We are safety conscious facilitators with over twenty years’ experience between us. My background is in Fine Art and Art Psychotherapy. I have worked with older people and adults in mental health running therapeutic art groups. I currently run workshops in Primary school and with the Woodcraft Folks co-Operative children’s movement. Facilitators: Tanya Bolton and Pegs Bailey

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