A weekend of Big Ideas hosted by Campfire Convention
CAMPFIRE WINTER GATHERING - SPARK THE CHANGE :: February 15/16 2020
Frome is yet again at the forefront of big ideas about future living, with a weekend of inspiration, fun and community. This two day gathering invites all of us - innovators, artists, thinkers, pioneers and new visionaries to share together, creating new relationships and connections within our growing Campfire family - new members welcome!
The aim of the weekend will be a chance to be inspired by each others ideas and visions for new community and integrated living, as well as find strength together for radical change.
Campfire patron Brian Eno has set a challenge to Campfire members (see link below), inviting pitches from 2020 Vision Makers, the pioneers in our midst who all have something new and unique to tell, and the winner for the most up voted idea will win a prize plus a full-length session at this summer's Campout 2020 event.
We will feature Circle Team sessions, new social ideas and innovation, new connections, plus a Sunday night live event and lots of open space for social interaction (programme to follow).
Lively, fun and informative our event will leave you renewed in hope for a better world.
If you would like to pitch your simple idea for the 2020 Vision Makers morning, read about it in this article and make your pitch via this form
Afternoon music session with Dusk Assembly - a group of friends and musicians brought together by singer, choir leader and composer Sarah Jewell and guitarist Mark Brown. Together they explore poetry and ideas through improvisation and harmony using their voices as instruments and their instruments as voices. They create music that reflects their concerns, their passions and their gratitude for the abiding beauty of the earth and its diverse inhabitants.
‘Here is a glass of water from my well.
It tastes of rock and root and earth and rain.
It is the best I have
My only spell
And it is cold and better than champagne’
The event will be held in Frome's Bennett Centre
Sunday Evening : Campfire Live (19:30-22:00)
18:30-19:30 Pot Luck Supper
Starts 19:30 Campfire presents music and poetry
Beth Salmon : A sensation around last year's Campout, "undiscovered" Beth sings with warmth, humour and passion of the need to be in harmony with the earth and the changes our society needs if we are going to survive as a species on this planet.
Boudicca's Child : A female trio from Frome, with three part harmonies, flute, guitar and sax. "Their connection is beautiful, sweet, tender and just magical. Three friends, having fun, diving in deep, exploring strength and vulnerabilities together."
Liv Torc is a razor blade skating performance poet, who plunges the vast caverns and dormant volcanoes of the human condition. She is funny, candid and lyrical but mostly it is just human. She takes a hairdryer to life’s static and cremates your eyebrows.
Steve Thorp "Only the poets can save us now” someone* wrote a decade or two back. Steve Thorp is the embodiment of this vision, a man who explores how our creative and poetic responses to the world we live in can sustain and transform us. He will be going deep with words, creating personal and collective soul manifestos.
In 2020 we have to dig deep and look beyond hope. As Campfire member @Ben Gray says "I don’t believe hoping is the right approach. When we hope, we have a vision that is based on everything we have known up to that point. Which means we are manifesting a future based on our past. How can we know that it’s what we needed?
And by hoping, we are not being present.
The most radical thing we can do is to practice being present, focussing on what is in front of us and bending to the huge tasks at hand with everything we have. Holding open the possibility of having a future, but not hoping.
Despair and hope causes huge anxiety. When we’re anxious we’re not in our power. We are not strong.
I believe we need to focus both on ourselves, our inner work and on communities. We need tangible projects that build capacity in communities to share knowledge, to support each other and chiefly, to grow food.
When we’re present and dealing not with our past or future, but in the now - then we can be in our power. And we’re going to need to be. There is huge potential for change in this approach."