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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:   http://nonstuff-festival-2015.bpt.me
Festival tickets & bookings: http://nonstuff-festival-2015.bpt.me

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 http://www.art-beat.info. 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. http://shapenotescotland.weebly.com

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

 Festival tickets: http://nonstuff-festival-2015.bpt.me

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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

NonStuff Festival tickets: http://nonstuff-festival-2015.bpt.me

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

PERFORMANCES

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. https://nonstuff.co.uk/the-forgotten-works/biography
Voicebeat
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. http://www.jemimathewes.co.uk
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. https://mikehastings.bandcamp.com/album/mike-and-solveig
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 https://soundcloud.com/watchthieves
Kuchke
Kuchke- All female polyphonic choir singing acapella songs of the Balkans and a few from the rest of the world.. https://www.facebook.com/Kuchke
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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. portnawakandthewoo.blogspot.com
White feather
Ayrshire based duo, combine aspiring vocals ,heartfelt narrative song,original material,and honest acoustic performance.
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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. https://mikehastings.bandcamp.com/album/moon-mountain
Dancing@ NonStuff Festival 2014
Dancing@ NonStuff Festival 2014
Rutabaga
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. https://myspace.com/ragsandfeathersmusic
Festival tickets & more info: http://nonstuff-festival-2015.bpt.me/
Festival tickets & more info: http://nonstuff-festival-2015.bpt.me/

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

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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.
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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.

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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

Festival tickets & more info: http://nonstuff-festival-2015.bpt.me/

If you were a tree… Nature connection @ NonStuff festival 2015

Over the course of the three days at NonStuff Festival 2015, we will be offering many opportunities for connecting with ourselves as nature, on all levels.

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Nature connection will be happening on many different levels, via music, art, outdoor pursuits, dance, movement, learning about plants as medicine and sustenance.  Finding our allies within – connecting us to all that is, nature – encouraging our re-connection with that deep knowing, that to live gently, we benefit the whole planet. This year we have so many wonderful workshops & opportunities for taking your learning further, including: Plant Tasting Workshop Find out about the medicinal actions of a plant using your senses. In this workshop you will learn how to listen to your body as it experiences a plant first through smell, and then taste. See how it makes you feel and compare that with others in the group. Does it make you think of a colour, a character, a song even? Then see if you can work out which plant it is. I promise to choose a friendly one from the hundreds growing in the Lodge grounds! If there is time we will go out into the grounds to meet the plant in situ.

I am a qualified medical herbalist, graduated from Scottish School of Herbal Medicine in 2007 and practiced in South Lanarkshire since then. Also practice clinical aromatherapy, working on a project to combine herbal medicine and massage. Facilitator: Victoria Chanin

Mudskippers Go Wild What if the ground isn’t the ground? What if it’s a river of lava? Or a river of goo? Or a river of jam? How will we cross it to the safety of shore? Will the sticks become a bridge? Will we make a leaf boat? Will we make jam-proof capes and fly across? A make-believe adventure workshop for children age 0-5 and their grown-ups, inspired by The Mudskippers outdoor adventure group I run on the Cowal peninsula. Mudskippers promotes imaginative play in wild spaces, facilitated by a professional theatre performer and forest school leader.

I am a professional theatre performer and a recently trained forest school leader. I work in all sorts of contexts to engage children and their families in imaginative play, wild play and engaging creatively with the environment. I have experience of facilitating theatre and play projects in Scotland, across the Former Yugoslavia, in Palestine and Zambia. For the past 5 years I have run The Mudskippers adventure group on the Cowal peninsula, running regular adventures, workshops and theatrical events which use the natural world and our imaginations as stimulus for story, play and adventure.  Facilitator: Diane Thornton

Finding a Plant Allly workshop (moving deeper into nature) This is an experiential workshop journeying in nature and also an inner journey to meet a plant ally and begin to develop a relationship with your ally.

I have been making flower essences in the Spanish sierras for 15 years, from this I have developed different ways of working with wild plants. I often use a 5 element framework and teach people how to develop their own relationships with their green kin, the plants that grow around them. I am a People and Permaculture facilitator, kinesiologist and coach. I have a particular interest in Sacred Economics and creating Gift economies. Facilitator: Juin Gibson

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

If you could be a tree which tree would you be? Trees that race to the sun. Trees that provide winter shelter. Trees that ward off evil. Trees that enchant. Trees that heal. Like people, each tree has its own character. Through stories, riddles and games our walk will explore the magic growing all around us and even, inside us too.

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. Her infectious enthusiasm makes her a favourite with children. Beth has a particular interest in and wealth of folktales of Scotland with an emphasis on exploring environmental themes and the long relationship reflected in folklore between humankind and nature. She has worked with the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh Talking Trees programme for over five years including a specially commissioned programme on John Muir. Facilitator: Beth Cross

Playful Movement : Explorations in Nature’ A workshop of gentle, free movement exploring and interacting with the natural environment based on the teachings of Anna Halprin (California based experimental dancer/choreographer whose practice engages deeply with the natural environment). Easy and fun exercises such as creating responsive interpretative dance movements to trees and plants, water, wind and sky and moving through the surroundings as a group, in pairs, and by yourself- using all the senses, in bare feet, and engaging in playful activities such as rolling, skipping and crawling. The workshop will explore, through movement, different ways of connecting with nature in a relaxed, enjoyable manner. Suitable for all ages and all levels of ability.

My name is Emma. I am a meditating, dancing yogi who is obsessed with nutrition. I live in the countryside in the Highlands and love nothing more than to connect with the natural environment. My workshops are based on the teachings of Anna Halprin, a Californian based experimental dancer/choreographer I have researched and trained with who has been teaching interpretative movement workshops on her outdoor deck in amongst the Californian Redwood trees since the 1950s! Facilitator: Emma Forbes

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

Introduction to forest gardening – talk and discussion Plus Forage walk for forest gardeners Forest gardening offers the possibility of meeting human needs in a far more ecological, connected way than conventional farming, organic or chemical. It is the art and science of designing complete ecosystems that bear a useful, varied yield for people.

Alan Carter is a forester and gardener based in Aberdeen. Facilitator: Alan Carter

Family earth skills Join us for some family fun in nature. Learn how to light a fire as our ancestors did, play nature connection games, have a go at some basic wood carving, and cook some food over the fire.

Kate Hedges is the lead instructor and director of Blue Skies. Following her vision she trained in America at the WOLF School. For more than 10 years Kate has been running courses for varied client groups in wilderness survival, nature awareness and primitive living. She hopes that these experiences will empower students to create deeper connections with themselves, nature and community. Kate holds current outdoor education, first aid and Forest School level 3 qualifications.Facilitator: Kate Hedges

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

Festival tickets & more info: http://nonstuff-festival-2015.bpt.me/

Yoga & Meditation @ NonStuff festival 2015

NonStuff Festival 2015 are returning to Wiston Lodge which offers the perfect landscape for fully realising our part in nature, and unwinding. It is a fitting place for a weekend filled with Yoga & Meditation.

We will be offering lots of opportunities to connect with nature, get grounded, learn new techniques, or practice the ones that have gotten rusty, whilst being immersed in nature alongside like-minded people. We have some great teachers & facilitators, for all of you interested in being still, being mindful and stretching your mind & body.

Wiston Lodge Photo: John Paul Dear
Wiston Lodge
Photo: John Paul Dear

This year we have many great yoga and meditation workshops, including:

Thai yoga massage –
A fun playful -clothes on-massage session to open up your mind and body to healing form of touch. This is done in pairs and the practitioner takes the participants through 30 minutes (each) of thai yoga massage techniques. Facilitator: Morgan Windram

Morgan is a yoga teacher and works with all ages, delivering tailored yoga sessions, incorporating breath, mindfulness and body awareness. She teaches yoga full time and has developed a programme of yoga for healing from eating disorders.

Morgan and Penny Noel will also facilitate:

Kids acrobatic yoga and song session.

Penny is a clinical psychologist and is also a fully qualified yoga teacher in yoga and mindfulness with bodhi yoga. Penny enjoys working with children and teaching through song, and mindful movement.

Yoga, Health and Happiness for Teens.

This workshop will be for the teens to stretch, enjoy their bodies, express themselves through movement and breath. It will be about acceptance and delight in our incredible beings.

Facilitator: Jennifer MacGregor Dennis

Jennifer’s first teacher was her mother who is an Iyengar Yoga teacher. After moving to New York Jennifer’s practice deepened with the inspiring teachers and the great need for calm within the busy city. Whilst in New York she completed her 2 year teacher training at the Iyengar Institute and went on to spend 4 months in India with the focus on learning Yoga from great teachers such as Geeta Iyengar. She has had the privilege of teaching all ages and in many different parts of the world from India to California. Now back in her home, Scotland, she wishes to bring all that she has been lucky enough to learn and experience here.

Yoga and Meditation 

Gentle scaravelli yoga emphasising relaxing and releasing, followed by a loving kindness meditation. Facilitator: Sophie Unwin

Sophie is a writer, ecologist, and founder of community enterprise Remade in Edinburgh

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Skin – a place of meeting myself and the world

Guided exploration on how we are in the present moment through body awareness, movement, work in pairs. Facilitator: Sona Zackova

I am a Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator. I trained at Institute of Bodywork and Movement Therapy. I work part time as a Weaving workshop leader with people with learning difficulties.

Meditation & Relaxation for Children

This would be made up of a few shorter meditation exercises aimed at helping children relax and have fun. Movement, stillness, colouring mandalas etc could all be incorporated. Facilitator: Suzi Gibson

I have been a therapist for 11 years now after leaving the world of Software Engineering. I teach meditation to adults and children, do confidence building workshops and am a Reiki Master Teacher. I have worked mainly in Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders. I regularly run retreats and classes at Stobo Castle and meditation at Peebles High School as well as running my own private classes and 1-1 sessions. Trained in Mind Calm, Mindfulness and Connected Kids meditation.

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. Facilitator: Jeffrey Levin

Jeffrey has 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

Mindfulness Yoga

My classes are fun and simple, with an emphasis on mind, body, breath connection. You’ll hear a little Sanskrit. My Yoga teaching, and lifestyle, is founded upon Buddhist principles – You don’t need to be a Buddhist to practice, just a willingness to be open to new experiences. Facilitator: Angela McHugh

Tai Chi Workshop Facilitator: Alan Skirving

Alan Skirving has been practising Tai Chi since 1997 and has studied with several teachers in the Cheng Man-ch’ing and Huang Sheng Shyan lineage, including a number of direct senior students of both. He has also practised yoga for many years, with a particular interest in ‘Scaravelli-inspired’ yoga, as well as various approaches to meditation and healing.

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Eden Energy medicine to lift the soul 

Using energy medicine techniques including acupressure tapping, affirmation work, yoga and tai chi movements, massage and visualization you can learn a basic routine you can do daily to keep your energies lifted and keep happy.

I’ve just graduated from the Eden Energy Medicine diploma and have used it for working with clients for a two years now at bewitching beauty running monthly workshops there and I ran 5 workshops at various festivals last year and the year before. Facilitator: Suzy Berry

Come and join us for a weekend of relaxation, calm, quietness and nature connection.We will be offering camping as part of the ticket price, or you can book a room in the Lodge or one of the Timber cabins if you come with a few folk.

And if you like, you can also join in some in of our other activities, and of course enjoy the gentle and rousing sounds of the festival music.

Tickets: http://nonstuff-festival-2015.bpt.me/

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Wiston Lodge

One of Wiston Lodge’s major attractions is our outdoor space. Our 52-acre estate consists of a wide variety of woodlands, with a large campsite and a productive vegetable garden.

The scale of our estate allows us to offer a wide range of environments. Some of these are described below:

    • Policy woodlands. These woodlands, surrounding the main house, consist of interesting and exotic trees and plantings. This creates a beautiful area in the immediate surroundings of the main house.

    • Regenerating woodland. This area is undergoing natural regeneration, with pioneer species and some native broad-leaf planting. An ideal place to demonstrate the natural environment, possibly as part of the John Muir Award.

    • Plantation woodland. We have three plantations: An area of Sitka Spruce which provides firewood and building material, a larch plantation approaching maturity, and a mixed plantation of young larch and ash trees.

    • Vegetable garden. Our organic vegetable and herb garden provides food for our guests and a great environment to learn about food growing.

Wonderful, joyful & lovely fun @ NonStuff Festival 2015

Our aim is to offer a festival which is fun for all the family. Good, healthy, happy, connected, earthy, community fun. We think we have put together a programme of events which reflect those aims, and more…

We relied on folk showing up, willing to share their skills, their expertise, their knowledge, their inner child – the one who delights in others having fun. We have been very lucky in all the colourful, energetic, passionate, playful and artistic people who have come forward to create a beautiful & vibrant crochet blanket,  that all of us can wrap ourselves in over the three days.

As well as all the games both outdoors and in, we will be offering a full range of workshops, to suit everyone’s taste, whatever your age. Here are some more of the fun happenings at NonStuff festival 2015

Festival tickets & bookings:   http://nonstuff-festival-2015.bpt.me
Festival tickets & bookings: http://nonstuff-festival-2015.bpt.me

Outdoor Games and activities to energize and inspire

Session includes fun and interactive games and activities that will get people laughing, running around, working together and having fun. These sessions can be great in building confidence and raising self esteem in a fun and active way. It will also be a great way to break the ice for young people attending the festival. 12 – 18 years Facilitator: Vicky Reed

It will be a fun and interactive session, using outdoor education skills and tools to deliver group games and activities. The aim will be to gel the group together with a mix of outdoor games that will engage them, have them laughing as well as learning how to work together with others.

Introduction to raw chocolate making…

A straightforward and accessible introduction to making chocolate which is sugar and dairy free, and containing all the potent nutritional elements of one of natures’ most nutritional foods… Facilitator: Scott Young

I’ve been refining my diet in alignment with my own personal development for many years. To discover the health benefits of cacao and develop a way to make really delicious cacao superfood bars and to unfold my passion for sharing this knowledge with other people has been a real joy.

Connecting in Gratitude

A 30 min workshop based on Joanna Macy’s work using open sentences to explore gratitude between pairs. This can also be seen as an active ‘zone 0.0’ permaculture workshop.

Also

Empathy Tent

An open ‘event’ where people can come and receive empathy, do an ’empathy test’ and find out more about Nonviolent/Compassionate Communication and the power of empathy. Facilitator: Emma Quayle

I love to bring people together in my joy for sharing to explore the mind, ideas, and human potential. I’ve often been coined a ‘Node’ – A point of convergence. I curate the Nonviolent Communication Happenings Newsletter for Scotland, facilitate accessible Nonviolent Communication events, work with Claire Lewis developing the presence of Biodanza in Scotland, study Permaculture, and work as a researcher for Julian Treasure of The Sound Agency. I dedicate my energy to my own self-discovery, and creating opportunities for collective exploration.

Games for Peas: silly tactics for collective personal healing

Games are collective, silly and fun, and they can also be a tool for personal healing and nonviolent resistance. This is a fun workshop for all ages which playfully explores activism, imagination and healing through group games and creative exercises. Some of the games involve running around, but there will also be a mixture of exercises so that people of all abilities can take part in most of the workshop. The workshop is loosely based on the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army trainings for nonviolent resistance. Facilitator: Svenja Meyerricks

Svenja is a community gardener and academic who lives in Glasgow. She used to deliver trainings with the Glasgow group of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army, and has used playful tactics of nonviolent resistance at protests in Scotland, Germany and Denmark.

Clowning workshop

A collection if games that explore clownishness. Working on connecting ourselves together with humour, lightheartedness and cooperation. Allowing ourselves to fail and making it work. Facilitator: Cammy Sinclair

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.

children’s acrobatic yoga and song!

A fun, playful energetic and engaging workshops, involving adults and children, aged 4-14. This is a wonderful way for teenagers to connect with each other and learn trust, a fantastic way to bond with your child and a way in which to begin a conversation between bodies.Facilitator: Morgan Windram & Penny Noel

Morgan is a yoga teacher and works with all ages, delivering tailored yoga sessions, incorporating breath, mindfulness and body awareness. She teaches yoga full time and has developed a programme of yoga for healing from eating disorders.

Penny is a clinical psychologist and is also a fully qualified yoga teacher in yoga and mindfulness with bodhi yoga. Penny enjoys working with children and teaching through song, and mindful movement.

Balkan Songs

We will teach one or two Balkan songs to anyone who would like and then find a space to perform it… Facilitators: Kuchke

Kuchke are an all female, predominantly vocal group who create polyphonic harmonies inspired by the Balkans.

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! Facilitator: Jane Bentley

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 http://www.art-beat.info

Cuddle workshop

Cuddling reduces stress and anxiety. It also releases the feel-good hormone “oxytocin”. Through cuddling we are able to bond with other human beings and are reminded of our shared need for love.
During this workshop, with myself as a trained “cuddle therapist” I will help participants follow their instinct need for cuddles. The workshop is strictly non-sexual and begins with exploring touch through dance
and games, and culminates in a “cuddle-heap”. Everybody from the age of 18+ is welcome to join us. Please bring along any mats, blankets and cushions you have with you. Facilitator: Lee Cockshott
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.
Join us at NonStuff Festival 2015. Let's make this a colourful and fun event Festival Tickets: http://nonstuff-festival-2015.bpt.me/
Join us at NonStuff Festival 2015. Let’s make this a colourful and fun event
Festival Tickets: http://nonstuff-festival-2015.bpt.me/
 And we wouldn’t be NonStuff, if we didn’t include a workshop on de-cluttering 🙂
Creative Decluttering
This hands on workshop looks at our attachment to stuff, what we need. what we can let go of and how to let go of it in the most creative and positive ways. Is stuff about material use, sentimentality or
something else? Is it actually about the stories around stuff that holds us in place? This session looks at stuff in the light of sustainability, peace and equality. I hope to show all how creativity is the secret
ingredient that helps to free us from the stuff that quite simply weighs us down. Facilitator: Zem Moffat
I use kindness, creativity and simplicity to help free homes and hearts from the weight of things. I help my clients make smart moves, maximising positive effects for themselves, their friends and family, and for our planet too. I can teach you new habits and put in place systems that work for you

Festival Tickets: http://nonstuff-festival-2015.bpt.me/

Barefoot Dancing, and more @ NonStuff festival 2015

NonStuff Festival 2015 has a whole host of options with workshops, music, art and quiet time, but it wouldn’t be a festival without some earthy dance. This year we have some lovely dance & movement workshops, and some really great teachers joining us.

Festival tickets & bookings:   http://nonstuff-festival-2015.bpt.me
Festival tickets & bookings: http://nonstuff-festival-2015.bpt.me

Traditional West African dance class.

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Traditional West African dance class with a different rhythm/dance. Dance teacher: Zoe Sawane

I teach traditional West African dances that are very energetic and simple enough to be picked up by beginners or can be built upon to become more challenging. You really get a sweat on in a free and fun way! I have learnt the African dances in Senegal and at festivals in the UK and have been teaching for 8 years for community groups, schools, sports centres, festivals and events.

Biodanza in Nature “the dance of silent words in the music of nature” part one

starting with a short introduction to what Biodanza is and what we will be doing in the workshop, we will be outdoors to experience a creative journey of movement, shared dance and meditation and in the presence of nature. Opening ourselves and our senses to the inner and outer worlds, we will heighten our awareness to the music that awakens us and is awakened through our dance. Meeting each other in this landscape of beauty and richness, enhances our connection with a natural gratitude for all that we share.

Biodanza in Nature – “the dance of silent words in the music of nature” part two

These Biodanza experiences are designed to follow one another and it is recommended that people attending part two have already been to part one. It is really helpful to keep the continuity of the first part with this experience which will deepen our connection in the dance with nature and open the potential to expand our awareness of this dance of life with the dance that is happening in the universe around us. We will also start to use sound and voice as another form of music dancing through the body. Biodanza aims to help reconnect the human community through dance, movement and expression of the loving intelligence we share together as human beings. No experience is necessary. Bring some water to drink and warm clothes if needed. Dance teacher: Claire Levy Lewis

Claire Levey Lewis has been practising Biodanza since 1996. She qualified as a teacher in 2002 and has been director of the Rolando Toro Schools of Biodanza in Scotland & Ireland since 2005/2006. She has been pioneering the work and supporting the growth of Biodanza in both countries and additionally in the North of England. As well directing the training schools in Scotland & Ireland, Claire specialises in Biodanza and Social Action, working with various organisations in Edinburgh and Scotland for people with learning disabilities, vulnerable children and projects for social inclusion.

Dancing@ NonStuff Festival 2014
Dancing@ NonStuff Festival 2014

Adventure Dance

An outdoor creative practice for young adults that combines contemporary dance, parkour and martial arts with environmental education. We will start with a gentle warm up leading into creative questions eg. how do participants view their environment? We will then move into teaching basic safety, traceur and dance techniques. By the end of the workshop each participant will have created a short dance pathway that reflects elements of their relationship to landscape, as they journey through/within/over it. Dance teachers: Dana MacPherson & Will Thorburn

Dana MacPherson – long distance outdoor dancer, aerial wall runner,choreographer, ki-aikido practitioner, traceur/parkour artist, painter, large scale festival decorator.

Will Thorburn – Professor Ourico of Capoeira, rigger, dance teacher, traceur/parkour artist, choreographer, massage therapist, toured and taught internationally. Most recently with Glasgow Commonwealth Youth Circus & Glasgow parkour group

Playful Movement : Explorations in Nature’

A workshop of gentle, free movement exploring and interacting with the natural environment based on the teachings of Anna Halprin (California based experimental dancer/choreographer whose practice engages deeply with the natural environment). Easy and fun exercises such as creating responsive interpretative dance movements to trees and plants, water, wind and sky and moving through the surroundings as a group, in pairs, and by yourself- using all the senses, in bare feet, and engaging in playful activities such as rolling, skipping and crawling. The workshop will explore, through movement, different ways of connecting with nature in a relaxed, enjoyable manner. Suitable for all ages and all levels of ability. Facilitator: Emma Forbes

My name is Emma. I am a meditating, dancing yogi who is obsessed with nutrition. I live in the countryside in the Highlands and love nothing more than to connect with the natural environment. My workshops are based on the teachings of Anna Halprin, a Californian based experimental dancer/choreographer I have researched and trained with who has been teaching interpretative movement workshops on her outdoor deck in amongst the Californian Redwood trees since the 1950s!

A stomp-tastic, get everyone dancing, musical journey

Music: Portnawak & The Woo

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.

Barefoot Ceilidh

Cordinated by Robin Newmann

Ceilidh collective, founder and co-ordinator, fundraising for social and environmental grassroots organisations and charities since 2003 http://www.ceilidhcollective.org

boe (bespoke organic events), proprietor – event management and outside catering since 2002
http://www.boe.org.uk

Came to Non-Stuff last year and loved it. Friend of Mr James NonStuff Chapman, Anna NonStuff Liebmann, Elly NonStuff Kinross

 

You’ll be dancing your socks off, literally 🙂

Festival tickets & bookings: http://nonstuff-festival-2015.bpt.me

 

 

 

NonStuff Festival, Teen Project, Bargain – three IN one

Three in ONE

1) Come along to NonStuff festival for three days of workshops, music, nature connection and fun.

2) Support a fantastic project – happening right here in Scotland. Douglas & Rhyddian are planning to offer wilderness training for Scottish teens, AND they are just £146 away from their tipping point in their crowdfunder.

3) NonStuff festival have donated 2 tickets for the three day event (which include camping) to support Dougie & Rhyddian. So, if you pledge the money to them and their project, you save £5 –  a bargain 🙂 you support a great initiative, and your all organised to join us!!

Click here to find out more about the Wilderness Rites Project

*** Update: Dougie & Rhyddian are now just £26 away from reaching their tipping point!!!! Would anyone like to push them over the edge? 😉

Dougie & Rhyd 2

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