Workshops usually take place both in a studio and out in a landscape, although some workshops will take place completely outside. The daily schedule remains flexible due to the weather and site logistics but usually runs from 09:30/10:00-16:30/17:00, with some time in the evening (in residential workshops) dedicated to group reflection, watching documentaries etc. Depending on the weather, mornings are generally spent in the studio (warm-up, movement class for all levels of experience, and bodywork investigations), and afternoons outside in nature (hiking, observation, wandering and solo/ group practices). The last day/s of a longer workshop may be spent completely outside.
Requirements from Participants: Kinship Workshop is, in a very ordinary way, about communing or ‘being with’, so participants should have a curiosity for landscape/ nature/ other animals as well as personal enquiry. The focus of the work is how somatic practice can support action and active responses to concerns regarding environment, land and trans-species ethics.
The workshop may bring us into close proximity with wild and/or free-roaming animals whom are unpredictable. Participants must be prepared to practice patience, generosity and respect towards them, and be fully prepared to set aside ideas about connection in order to discover what is naturally already there in the sharing of landscapes.
The workshop is subject to circumstances such as weather and wildlife – and therefore participants’ generosity, adaptability and a sense of humour are necessary and welcomed.
Accommodation (in residential workshops and when the group stays together) is normally self-catering and we share domestic tasks. We usually work out a rota of 2 people cooking an evening meal and another 2 people to do the wash-up. Breakfasts are self-organised and lunches are a group effort. Camping options may also be available.
Food: In some residential workshops, the whole group shares a kitchen, in which case food is bought ahead of time, therefore it’s important for participants to communicate any food allergies or health conditions that affect dietary requirements ahead of time. Common food will be plant-based as one of the aims of the workshop is to question our relationship to other animals, so despite our individual choices around consumption of animal products, the common food budget will be spent on vegan foods. In shorter, non-residential workshops, participants are invited to bring a plant-based packed lunch. If you would like to read more about this choice, click here. Please bring your own extra snacks/ protein bars/ other special foods for personal use with you.
Foraging has become an important group activity in the work. Foraging from the local areas for additions to meals is an opportunity to experience another side to place and environment. It’s a skill share that connects us to each other, our own past and to other animals that live from forage.
In a residential setting, the workshop price is normally (depending on accommodation options) broken into three parts: workshop fee (paid by bank transfer/ PayPal), accommodation (paid online or on arrival) and food cost (paid by bank transfer or on arrival). In some cases there may be an extra cost for various activities such as kayak hire etc. In all workshops, every effort is made to keep the fee fair and affordable whilst respecting the skill and amount of work that goes into the organisation and delivery of each workshop.
‘Pay-it-forward’ and concessions: for those that would like to support the availability of concessionary places, you can ‘pay-it-forward’ – a slightly higher price that allows someone with less funds available to have a concessionary rate. Any available concessions are for full-time students, pensioners and unemployed.
Travel is self-organised, although we will do our best to send travel recommendations as early as possible. Please note that due to transportation limitations in some locations, participants may be asked to arrive at pick-up points at certain times to facilitate convenient and economical car transport to arrive at the accommodation or home base. Any participants arriving in their own car and are willing to help with transport, please let us know.
What to bring: All workshops: Clothes for moving indoors & outdoors, waterproof jacket and trousers, waterproof footwear suitable for hiking in, lunch box, eating utensils, 1 litre minimum water bottle, notebook and pen, a time piece (a watch is ideal), suncream, swimming costume & towel (if you would like to swim and there are local opportunities to wild swim).
Residential workshops: towel, sleeping bag, camping equipment if camping (tent, sleeping mat, pillow etc. as required), a time piece (a watch is ideal), torch, insect/mosquito/tick repellent, tweezers/ tick removal kit, first aid kit, swimming costume and swimming towel (if you would like to swim and there are local opportunities to wild swim).
Suitability and fitness: A certain level of physical fitness is required to participate in the workshops both in the studio and outside. However no formal training is required to participate – only an interest in the subject and willingness to participate. Participants are encouraged to take care of their own needs and remain in dialogue about any difficulties that may arise. If you have any queries about physical condition or limitations, please get in touch.
Disclaimer and insurance: Participants should possess their own insurance and will need to sign a disclaimer before starting the workshop. Please get in touch if you would like to be sent a disclaimer beforehand.
What to expect: (words by assistant Katye)
… what happens … I slow down to reach others … my seeing changes … I am prepared but not told what to do … the group forms around daily life […] and dealing with land/ each other/ other
It requires stamina, openness, self reliance and a keenness for noticing and not assuming
It demands no more than an honest presence and a willingness to share tasks, thoughts and questions generously.
I am left quieter and more watchful