Workshops can take place solely outdoors, or blended between indoor space and out in a landscape, or online. For live meetings, the daily schedule remains flexible due to the weather and site logistics but usually runs from about 10:00-17:00.
Mornings are generally spent on warm-up, movement class for all levels of experience, and bodywork investigations; and afternoons in the landscape engaging in solo and group physical and reflective practices – all with a focus on nature connectedness.
In residential workshops, some time each evening is dedicated to group reflection.
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 nature connection, action and active responses to concerns regarding climate change, biodiversity loss and social justice.
The workshop may bring us into close proximity with wild and/or free-roaming animals whom may seem unpredictable. Participants must be prepared to practice patience, generosity and respect towards them, and be fully prepared to set aside assumptions of what connection is in order to discover what is naturally already there in the sharing of landscape.
The workshop is subject to circumstances such as weather and wildlife – and therefore participants’ generosity, adaptability and 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 (and camping options may also be available). We usually work out a rota of 2 people cooking an evening meal and another 2 people clearing-up. Breakfasts are self-organised and lunches are a group effort.
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 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/ other special foods for personal use with you (for both residential and non-residential workshops).
Foraging has become an important group activity in the work, especially in residential workshops where we have more time and cook together. Foraging from the local area 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. This is a communal activity, sharing knowledge and skills informally.
Workshop price* is normally broken down into: workshop fee (paid by bank transfer/ PayPal); and for residential workshops – 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.
We often have a discounted Early Bird price available for a limited time.
* For the 2021 programme, we are trialing a Gift Economy system.
Travel is self-organised, although we will do our best to send travel information and recommendations. 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 (in case it might be helpful there is an audio file of these lists below):
All workshops: Clothes for moving indoors & outdoors, waterproof jacket and trousers, footwear suitable for moving on uneven and wet surfaces, 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) and tweezers for tick removal (we will speak more about this in the workshop).
Residential workshops: towel, sleeping bag, camping equipment if camping (tent, sleeping mat, pillow etc. as required), clothes for moving indoors & outdoors, waterproof jacket and trousers, footwear suitable for moving on uneven and wet surfaces, clothes for evenings, a 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 wild swimming opportunities), a torch, insect/mosquito/tick repellent, tweezers/ tick removal kit (we will speak more about this in the workshop), and personal first aid kit.
Access, body condition, fitness
We are in the process of developing more inclusive practices both in workshops and here on the website. Please get in touch if you have concerns about the accessibility of a particular workshop.
We launch our first online workshop in the 2021 programme called Kinship@Home, in which you can participate from your own home and local area.
For live workshops, a certain level of physical fitness for studio work and/ or outside activities such as hiking and working on uneven ground is helpful. However, no formal training is required to participate – only an interest in the subject and a willingness to explore. Participants are encouraged to take care of their own needs and remain in dialogue about any difficulties that may arise.
Disclaimer and insurance: Participants will need to sign a disclaimer before starting the workshop. Please get in touch if you would like to be sent a disclaimer before booking.
What to expect:
… 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– Katye (workshop facilitator)
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