Unleashing the human potential for ecological transformation
This 5-day residential is an opportunity to experience our signature approach to learning, systems change and climate action. Each year it draws together a wide spectrum of people to jointly re-imagine our communities, our businesses and ourselves in the light of the planetary crisis, and unlock clear pathways for positive change.
The course is for anyone painfully aware of the unfolding metacrisis and seeking ways to act, transform and adapt. It is for community leaders on the frontline of climate change, seeking more immediate strategies and coping mechanism that can sustain their activism. And it is for people working in charities and businesses, wanting to explore how their organisation should respond and adapt to the complex challenges of the warming era.
The BMC approach brings together neuroscience, a thorough understanding of ecology and system change, and creative practice to equip you with the tools that unleash the hugely resourceful human in us all. Carefully designed to generate a highly collaborative learning space, we will unpick the stories that we tell ourselves about climate breakdown, re-imagine what we thought we knew, and create new connections together. We will apply both creative and cognitive experiences to improve our ability to learn, change, and adapt. And a final set of sessions will help you apply these new stories and skills in your home, community, and workplace.
What will I do and learn?
- Take an unflinching look at the latest science of ecological change.
- Explore the long natural and cultural history of the earth and how things have come to be, whilst unpicking the stories that we tell ourselves about climate breakdown.
- Understand both the cultural and neurological processes that underlie our individual and collective response to the enormity of the ecological crisis and challenge ahead.
- Immersion in creative practice that will help you to overcome feelings of paralysis, and approach problems in new ways.
- Acquiring methodologies that you can apply in your life to manage anxiety, develop mental clarity, improvise and adapt in order to navigate an uncertain world.
- Explore what the new era means for you, and brainstorm practical strategies for meaningful action in every sphere of your life.
- Co-create knowledge by drawing together ideas and expertise from renowned scientists, creatives, and the other participants.
- Cook and eat together, spend time on the land and in nature, swim in streams, sleep under the stars.
This course forms a great CPD opportunity for teams and individuals, contact us to find out about the discounts we can offer for multiple places and extended packages.
Featuring a fantastic line up of facilitators: founder of ‘Culture Declares’ Ackroyd & Harvey, science writer and veteran activist Mark Lynas, poet-performer Zena Edwards, neuro-scientist and dancer Hanna Poikonen, as well as award-winning writer Ben Rawlence. Read their bios here.
Date – Wednesday 12 July – Sunday 16 July 2023
Location – meet at Talgarth Car Park, LD3 0PQ. The course will take place on our farm, Troed yr Harn. We will provide more information once you have booked.
You ticket will pay for travel from and to Abergavenny train station, a place in one of our shared bell tents, all meals and course content.
Age limit – You must be 18 years old or above to take part in this course for safety reasons. If you are under 18 then have a look at our Ecological Futures Camp.