Ecological Futures Camp 2024

Our popular 5-day residential for young people is back! 

Experience Black Mountains College and explore your future. How can you use your passions and skills to make a difference in a climate changed world?  

Spend 5 days with us, on the farm and surrounding mountains. Investigating, imagining, designing and taking action! Guided by scientists, activists, artists, industry professionals and imagineers, you will explore what role you can play in creating a just society within safe planetary boundaries. 


At the heart of the journey sits a real-life challenge around food and farming. Situated on our 120-acre farm and with the contribution of professionals, 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 make a positive change. We will work together, engaging bodies and minds, to explore new ways of being in the world, to live well and do good! 

This is an on-campus course. The course has no charge, but you will need to apply as a part of our selection process. If you are offered a place on the course, this includes full-board accommodation in one of our tents. This course is for those aged between 16-25 years old. 


Who is this for? 

  • For school leavers and others thinking about the world of work at a time of uncertainty and ecological crisis.  
  • Budding leaders and anyone passionate to make a difference in the world  
  • Anyone keen to learn new skills in an adventurous way  
  • The program is not discipline or subject limited; it is for people with an interest in the sciences, or the arts, or more practical, vocational interests. 
  • It is for seasoned changemakers and for anyone who has only just developed an interest in the natural world, climate change and activism.  
  • You have to be between 16 and 25 year old at the time of the course. 


What will you do and learn?  

  • Gain real-world skills that help you to imagine, improvise and problem-solve in a fast-changing world.  
  • Participate in 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 a climate-changed future. 
  • Investigate what you are 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… 


Key Information 

Date – 28 August – 1 September 

Location – The course will take place at our farm Troed-Yr-Harn. If you are coming by public transport, you can hop on our mini-bus which will run from Abergavenny train station. We expect you to arrive in the afternoon of the 28th of August; and you will leave in the early afternoon of the 1st of September. 

Your ticket will cover: a place in one of our shared bell tents, all meals, and course content. 

To apply for the Ecological Futures Camp 2024: please complete this short form. Or send us a video of yourself in which you answer the questions listed in the form. Video applications should be sent to: 

Deadline for applications: Midnight on 30th of June. You will hear back from us in the week starting the 15th of July, whether we can give you a place. 

Price: FREE!


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Course Instructors 

Ali Taherzadeh

Ali is a community food activist, facilitator, and agroecology researcher. They are currently finishing a PhD looking at how social movement learning and organising in the UK contributes to transforming the food system. As a facilitator they are passionate about creating opportunities for transformative peer-to-peer learning, experiential learning through practical and political action, and nature and land connection. Ali is co-founder of Splo-down community food cooperative, Rhisom housing cooperative, and Teasel land justice collective and centres community and social justice in all their work.   


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 Roundhouse, East London Dance, Blackhorse Workshop, The Barbican and more. It is their wish to continuously challenge perceptions of the human experience and encourage lifelong curiosity. 




Tressa Thomas  

Tressa Thomas is a community-builder, artist, and educator specializing in ceramics and the ecologically transformative power of embodied learning. She is the Activity Coordinator at Devon Cornwall Refugee Support and is invested in facilitating creative experiences that help us to connect to our bodies, each other, and the more-than-human world. 


Faiqa Amreen  

Faiqa Amreen is an educator, historian and lover of the wilderness. After spending over a decade working in schools in New York City and London, Faiqa transitioned to working collaboratively with schools, educators and young people. She is proud to be working towards increasing intersectionality in natural spaces and is currently the Education Lead at The Visionaries. She enjoys working with young people and their communities in order to examine, question and facilitate change in the world we live in. 



Magda Petford

Magda Petford is dedicated to creating learning infrastructure that supports communities across both urban and rural environments to gain skills and knowledge for resilience amidst the climate crisis. Collaborating with interdisciplinary teams, she has facilitated both physical and digital spaces that strive to build capacity for people to reimagine their neighbourhoods in a future where people and the planet are thriving together. As a designer and illustrator, Magda finds joy in crafting visual artefacts that bring a sense of hope to complex concepts. At BMC, she supports the team to design and orchestrate learning programmes and short courses.


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

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