Search

NonStuff Industries

james chapman, permaculture and music

Category

Festival

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:

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

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

Advertisements

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.

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

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/

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.

Plus:

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

 

 

 

Buy Tickets Here

Tickets are on sale here for; wild and creative workshops; performances; music; arts; crafts; recycling & upcycling workshops; stories; games; childrens activities; permaculture workshops & practical stuff; walks; campfire; theatre and relaxation sessions.

Non Stuff is happening!!!

It’s happening!!!

You can buy tickets from here: http://nonstuff-festival-wistonlodge.bpt.me/
Submissions are open for workshops leaders and performers, anyone interested please fill out this form https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KVC6BG8
Image

Google+

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑