a collaboration with Jonathon Porritt
FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER (1PM) - SUNDAY 23 SEPTEMBER (2PM)
Residential venue near Bangor in Wales (3h 20m train from London)
Step out of the office, leave your business cards behind, and join us for an immersive group enquiry in nature. There will be fireside discussions, big skies, ancient beech trees, babbling streams, great company, enriching conversations and lots of laughter - fostering a deeper way of relating to and learning from your peers. You will leave fired up and part of an ongoing network of colleagues who have shared this unique experience.
Led by Jonathon Porritt and the Change in Nature team, this event is for those seeking to drive social and environmental change at all levels, and from a wide variety of backgrounds including corporate, civic society, NGOs and academia. Given the magnitude of the current challenges we face, it explores the growing need to draw on both intellectual and emotional intelligence to be effective leaders - and the different skills and qualities that this requires. We aim to strengthen your ability to most effectively drive change, supported by new capacities, insights and networks. There will be structured discussions, workshops and personal reflection time.
GUEST FACILITATOR: JONATHON PORRITT
Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development who has been described as "Britain's most influential green thinker". He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90); co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83) and Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission. His books include The World We Made (Phaidon 2013) and Capitalism As If The World Matters (Earthscan, revised 2007). Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.
where is IT TAKING PLACE?
Cae Mabon Eco-Retreat Centre in Snowdonia, Wales. This has been described as ‘jaw-droppingly’ beautiful; a ‘fairy-tale village’; ‘a verdant retreat from the crazy world’ and, according to Professor Tom Woolley, the ‘number one natural building project in the UK’. At its heart is a thatched Celtic Roundhouse surrounded by a family of seven elegant dwellings made from strawbales, cedar logs, cob, stone, thatch, turf, timber and hempcrete. Together they accommodate up to 30 people. A renovated barn contains a fully equipped kitchen and a large dining room. There is a composting loo, washroom, thatched shower hut and luxurious hot tub. It is set in an oak forest by a rushing mountain river.
What does it take to live fully and lead purposefully, in service of the change that is now so urgently needed? How do we stay sensitive to the afflictions of our living planet, and not give way to cynicism, compromise or despair? How do we reignite that deep call to act, and yet still nourish ourselves in ways that sustain our effectiveness? This programme seeks to strengthen your ability to most effectively drive change, supported by new capacities, insights and networks. The intention is for you to:
- Slow down, reboot and renew your energy, drive and motivation;
- Increase your ability to sustain your effectiveness, passion, values and focus;
- Enhance your ability to lead with greater impact, effectiveness and authenticity;
- Form deeper relationships with like-minded peers who have shared in this unique experience;
- Reflect, debate and be inspired by like-minded people; and
- Reconnect with nature and global sustainability issues, and what it is that inspires us personally in the work we do.
The weekend also provides a welcome digital detox - an opportunity to switch off from constant distractions, emails, tweets and to-do lists. It provides a unique and clear space to reflect on our wider motivations and refresh, renew and reconnect amongst inspiring people, stories and wilderness.
Exclusive use of a wild and remote site in Snowdonia with cosy, covered spaces // Accommodation in high end naturally made dwellings // Facilitated discussions, workshops and experiential practices led by Jonathon Porritt and the Change in Nature team // Freshly prepared, healthy and delicious vegetarian meals // Optional meditation and movement practices // Opportunities to practice and be mentored on bush-craft skills // Night-time stories around the fire // Bottomless supplies of tea, coffee and tasty treats // A very special foraged feast // 2 day digital detox // Comprehensive insurance // Outdoor first aiders on site // An outdoor hot tub!