Ecological Futures Camp

On-campus residential camp – full board – across 5 days

Experience Black Mountain College and explore your future. How can you use your passions and skills to make a difference? For school leavers and others thinking about the world of work at a time of uncertainty and ecological crisis.

Spend 5 days with us, on the farm and surrounding mountains, investigating, imagining, designing and acting. Facilitated by educators, artists, scientists, activists, professionals and visionaries, you will develop an insight in how you can play a role in creating a just society within safe planetary boundaries.

At the heart of the learning journey sits a real-life challenge around food and farming. Situated on our 120-acre farm and with the contribution of professionals in the food and farming sector, you will collaborate to problem-solve, imagining your future and that of food & farming against the context of climate change. You will explore how you can apply yourself – personally and professionally – to deliver such solutions and thereby contribute to a more resilient future. We will work together, engaging our bodies and minds, to explore new ways of thinking and working to live well and do good. 

This is an on-campus course. The course fee includes full-board accommodation in one of our tents. 

*This course is for those aged between 16-30 years old*


What will I do and learn?

  • Acquire real-world skills that help you to imagine, improvise and problem-solve in a rapidly-changing world.
  • Have an engaging, social, and informative learning experience that reconnects you to earth, nature and other people.
  • Learn from inspiring people and develop a sense of agency in the face of an uncertain and climate-changed future.
  • Investigate what kind of learner you are, what you may be good at, and how you can apply these skills to make a difference.
  • Receive feedback and advice from experienced tutors on what the right next step might be for you.
  • Cook and eat together, spend time on the land and in nature, swim in streams, sleep under the stars.


Who will I learn from?

Ali Taherzadeh

Ali is a community food activist, facilitator, and an agroecology researcher. They are part of the Land Workers Alliance, and currently undertaking a PhD looking at how social movement learning and organising practices work to further agroecology in the UK.


Lucine b.k.a ‘L U C I N E’ is a transdisciplinary artist and mental health advocate that believes in using a cross arts approach to create unique, immersive experiences for all people to enjoy and feel equal in. This focus has enabled Lucine to curate and facilitate work which engages communities on both a local and global scale, in person and online, collaborating, exhibiting and showcasing with such places as RoundhouseEast London DanceBlackhorse WorkshopThe Barbican and more. It is their wish to continuously challenge perceptions of the human experience and encourage lifelong curiosity.


Jyoti Fernandes 

Jyoti is a smallholder farmer and policy and campaigns coordinator for the Landworkers Alliance, a union representing farmers, foresters, crafters and land-based workers. She also works with La Via Campesina, an international union representing over 200 million peasants farmers. 



Tressa Thomas 

Tressa Thomas is a socially-engaged artist and educator specializing in ceramics and the ecologically transformative power of embodied learning. She is invested in material-led and body-led making, which pulls us away from a capitalist model and fosters a reciprocal relationship with the nonhuman world.



Annie Levy 

Annie is a cook and food activist. Her catering is infused with gardening, foraging, bargains and reclaiming food that would be wasted; honouring the seasons; uncovering local food traditions; Food Sovereignty; Seed Freedom; creativity; living with awareness of the profound changes taking place to the climate; honouring growers, sellers, cooks and eaters; best lives for animals if we eat them; Slow Food and Permaculture. 



Team at Racquety Farm 

Experienced growers and initiators of community garden, land-based learning, and farm events. 


Key Information

Date – Friday 18th August – Tuesday 22nd August 2023

Location – meet at Talgarth Car Park, LD3 0PQ. Our campus is a car free site, and we encourage participants to meet at Talgarth carpark to walk up to the campus ready to start the course.

You ticket will pay for a place in one of our shared bell tents, all meals, and course content.

Age limit – You must be between 16 – 30 years old to take part in this course. 





This course is rated as 3 (least accessible) on our scale of accessibility. Read more about our accessibility policy here.

Please see our booking terms & conditions upon checkout for more information.

We will follow the most recent COVID measures and protocols in order to keep everyone safe and healthy for the duration of the course.

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