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Festival of Alternative Education
Sat, June 17, 2017, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM BST
Festival of Alternative Education
The Festival will have three themes: Earth, Self and Society, and especially how they are connected.
What do we need to learn about ourselves to live better?
What do we need to learn about the Earth to save it for future generations?
How can we live and work more fulfillingly as a society?
How are Earth, Self and Society all connected?
The Festival will be a forum, bringing together local groups and individuals, as well as people from further afield, to share perspectives on alternative approaches in education, specifically focusing on valuing ourselves, our society and our planet. Inspiring speakers, a choice of creative workshops on yoga, dance, meditation, democratic education, politics, philosophy, flood prevention, foraging, art, food and music and much much more. There will be something for all ages from age 8 months to 108. Each adult may bring accompany up to two children for free.
In-keeping with our democratic principles, we are offering open-spaces where any anybody can offer to lead a workshop, linked to our three over-arching themes: Earth, Society and Self. This will foment the circulation of ideas and experience, enhance friendship and enrich networking.
Are there any age requirements to enter the event?
We are inviting people of all ages to attend the Festival. We believe in children and adults being equal partners in shaping education, and have seen first-hand the phenomenal effects of cross-generational collaboration and sharing of responsibility. People over 12 years of age pay a fee of £30 (£25 for concessions) and each adult may bring one child (under 12) for free.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The school is a ten-minute walk from Hebden Bridge railway station. Here is a map.
There is a car park at the venue.
How does 'open-space' work?
In addition to the pre-organised guest-speakers, and entertainment there are approximately 15 'open spaces' - one hour timeslots- during which we are inviting delegates to host sessions relating to the three overarching themes (Earth, Self and Society). This is an opportunity to showcase your approach, share your passion, get feedback on an idea, or invite reflections on an issue that concerns you. There are three available 'spaces' - a classroom, a hall, our outside. You can choose any one of these spaces and can organise them however you wish. You can run a physical activity, a workshop or have people talking in a circle or present a speech to a group.
What are the themes of the 'open-space' workshops?
Workshops to foster a deep connection with the natural world, to develop an awareness of the negative impacts of human lifestyles and looking at creative, collaborative solutions to ecological problems.
Workshops about developping awareness of the body, mind and emotions to enhance the capacity for learning, as well as the wisdom and ability to engage mindfully and creatively with the world.
Workshops exploring how alternative approaches in education can contribute to and change society, including what schools can do to prepare children and young people to become active citizens contributing meaningfully to society.
What can I bring to the event?
Please bring your good self, your ideas and enthusiasm, any resources that you might need to run a workshop, comfortable clothes if you wish to participate in yoga sessions.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, You don't need to. We will ask you to register when you arrive at the conference.
I want to come, but can't afford the cost of travelling and the ticket. Can you help?
The Phoenix Education Trust is kindly offering some financial assistance to people who would like to attend the event, and explore more democratic approaches to their education settings. Please contact them directly to obtain a Travel Bursary form: email@example.com