SKILL UP & WORKSHOPS

Life without plastic waste – Claudi Williams
Claudi demonstrates the practical steps her family has taken over the last three years to dramatically reduce plastic waste and avoid unintended consequences of alternative materials by reducing their rate of consumption. Be inspired by simple solutions to a complicated problem and take away ideas, insights and a sense of empowerment.

 

Seed Saving for Resilience – Why and how? – Fred Groom
In this interactive workshop, Devon based Fred from Vital Seeds will discuss why it is so important to save your own seed, and how to produce top quality seed with very basic equipment. This hands on workshop includes: Self-pollinating vs cross-pollinating crops – tips for isolation, harvesting, processing and storing seed and finally germination testing seed at home.
Drop In all weekend and ReUse, Upcycle – The ReUsery
Drop-in all over the week-end to learn some tips for a greener life. Reuse your old drink can into beautiful brooches or magnets;
make reusable textile sponge from various reuse fabrics and clothes; make compostable newspaper bin liner or bags and get the recipe for the flour glue. All materials and tools are provided but you are welcome to bring you own too. All workshops are accessible for children (ideally from age 7) but they are all welcome under a parent/carer supervision
The Sensory Herbal Handbook – survival into the future – Seed Sistas
In this workshop we will divulge some top tips for getting familiar with the plant world and the medicine it has on offer.  What are the ecological plant stories waiting to be told and what can we do with this knowledge?  Come and discover an essential part of any survival tool kit, Sensory Herbalism.

 

 

Lip to Lung, Larynx and Tongue. A Global Glottal Adventure: Bandmouth, Beatbox and Beyond – Mal Webb
Around the world and into your gob, vocal explorer and songwriter Mal Webb takes you on a lip to lung journey through the physics, physiology and phrivolity of all the sounds a face can make. Sideways yodelling, beatbox/mouthdrums/vocal percussion, harmonics/throat singing, mic technique, looping, advanced clapping and vocal distortion (without hurting) are all explored on the way to being a band with your voice and the lead singer too.

 

Beinghuman – Creativity, creed & cash Gaynor O’Flynn
For artists & creatives who want to make money & make a difference. Artist & founder of Beinghuman Gaynor teaches creatives, artists, & cultural workers, how to place ethical, spiritual & environmental beliefs at the core of a creative life. How to create authentic work, a sustainable career & a great life whilst also making money & making a difference.

Play at taking Risks – Intro to Fool Expression Christie Animas
What if learning to play the different masks in you was giving you the utmost satisfaction and a constant access to energy ? Now is the time to own all the aspects of ourselves so that we can act in the world an empowered way, with consciousness, connection and authenticity.ness, connection and authenticity.

Supporting children in the face of climate emergency Jo McAndrews
How adults can support children in talking about this big and frightening issue, parenting and teaching to offer resilience for an uncertain future, involving children in activism and when not to, and how to support ourselves in our own strong feelings so that we are resourced to be there for our young people. This talk is for adults and young people over 14 or so.

Bees, Trees and Seeds for Thought and Action – Christian Gruetzmacher

A reflection on paradigm change and its meaning for sustainable action. How can we learn from Bees, Trees and Seeds? And how does seeing the world differently leads to real change? Followed by an invitation to ‘deeply’ meet with the Bees at the nearby Bee-Observatory.

Textiles with a Difference with TeX – Semble  
TeX helps to create sustainable communities by recycling, reusing and re-purposing new and used textiles.  Mainly working with industry waste and using a circular economy model we can bring great benefit to our communities, create employment and divert textiles from landfill.
The Orchard Project with Lewis – Semble
Lewis has worked on urban community orchard projects for 10 years, namely for the charity The Orchard Project, focusing largely in the London area. He brings a wealth of knowledge on all things urban orchard, with a holistic permaculture approach that focuses on the whole orchard community, from nematode to human!
The Curator-Educator with Sophie – Semble
The Curator- Educator is a new creative business that is dedicated to developing creative opportunities that is accessible, inclusive, diverse and opens up a vast range of possibilities that can support, further and make the arts, community projects and creative encounters engaging for everyone.

Instinction – Lazarus Species – Mandy Pullen
Instinction is an ‘obsolete’ word, it has become extinct. Yet here it is, returned from the dead, exactly at this time of rapid species extinction. Meaning ‘inspiration’ or ‘impulse’ it asks that we re-examine where or how species exist and/or originate.

Being Love in Action – Madelanne Rust D’Eye
Body-Informed Leadership for Resilience in the Face of Collapse. Beneath conscious awareness, what body-based signals and practices shape our groups’ behaviour? Explore ways to engage this sensory landscape to allow our Nervous Systems to self-and co-regulate, to bring our whole selves into our world-changing work, and to increase our capacity for interconnection – even love – in the face of social and environmental collapse.

 

Grow your own Happiness – Wisdom from Nature – Alan Heeks
Imagine cultivating your wellbeing as an organic gardener tends their land. This session in Hawkwood’s magical market garden shows you practical ways to apply organic growth to yourself: for example, composting stress, nourishing your roots, valuing your wild margins. It draws on Alan’s twenty years’ experience creating an organic farm and the conservation woodland at Hazel Hill Wood.

Embody your brilliance & develop your passion project in 5 bold moves
Victoria Whelan

Victoria (Seed Festival Producer) loves igniting Change Makers,Soulentrpeneurs,Eco Lovers, Spiritual Movers and Shakers to find their way in doing what they love, being a force of good  This workshop is for those ready to take the next steps in bring their vision to the world.  Bring pen and pad, imagination and willingness, curiosity and a little courage.“Victoria masterfully creates a safe space to journey and a beautiful playful invitation that sees you exploring and journeying in new and enlightening ways to  reveal unexpected wisdom and insight from within yourself. Catherine Keely – AUS

Uncovering the Garden – Culture Garden
James Wood & Inez Aponte
Learn ways to “see” and explore the landscape of group culture, specifically within the emergent context of climate change. Through storytelling, structured play, and small group activities, we will uncover our own hidden landscape of cultural expectations, along with some guideposts to create more sustainable and life-affirming ways of being together.
Awakening the Healthy Masculine for All Genders James Wood
Through Council sharing that invites personal experiences and the collective wisdom of the group, participants will explore how four Healthy Masculine Archetypes can play an important role in healing our relationship with the planet and each other, while supporting a reciprocal and nourishing relationship with the Healthy Feminine.

Riding with Rhiannon – Jackie Singer
A guided drum journey to meet a horse goddess!  Rhiannon, once worshipped in these lands, is associated with passion, healing and rebirth. In this workshop Jackie (Storyteller and Shamanic Practitioner) will invoke her, and explore how we can embody her qualities to bring benefit to ourselves, our communities and the world.

 

Earth Chants – Tarisha
A Singing Medicine Woman who’s songs come to her like rain from the sky. Through song she connects to spirit, love and nature and this she shares with all her heart in ceremonies, workshops, song circles, meditations and individual healing sessions. At the Seed Festival she will bring us together in song and heart felt celebration. Her exquisite voice carries us to the heights of the soul and back again to our shamanic earth. Her range of expression is simply awesome.’ Ma Ananda Sarita – Tantra Essence

 

Make your own toothpaste – Claudi Williams 
Claudi demonstrates how to make tasty and effective toothpaste with just five ingredients available on the high street. When Claudi and her family embarked on their experiment of living a whole year without buying plastic, one of the first things they had to learn was how to make simple everyday toiletries.

Eco Shamanism – Becoming one with our Earth – Mandy Pullen
Eco Shamanism is a marriage of shamanism and deep ecology . . . and a way forward for our souls or spirits to reconnect with the anima mundi, or world soul. Using sensory perceptions and perspectives it is a way of ‘becoming one with our Earth’.

 

Restorative Movement in Nature – Madelanne Rust D’Eye
In the midst of intensity – whether it’s the intensity of climate change or simply of being at a festival – this session invites us to slow down and notice what’s alive in our bodies, to soften, to move, and to rest. This practice includes elements from Authentic Movement, nature connection, and Somatic Experiencing. No prior experience required

Water Wizardry – Darren Brock
This Workshop aims to educate and raise awareness on the importance of water that we use and put into or bodies. I discuss the effects of tap water and the bottled water industry, the importance of water in nature and its protection. Sharing solutions to improve the water we use at all levels. Discussing the truth on tap water and the bottle water industry; the use and effects of plastic bottles and looking into the nature of water & natural water sources, Darren will demonstrate processes he uses at home to create the healthiest water possible.

Other Voices: deep listening to the natural world – Tony Whitehead
Other Voices is a series of participatory group listening activities. Explore connection to the natural world through deep and immersive listening, reveal new sounds and hear nature as you have not heard it before. Led by South Devon sound artist and naturalist Tony Whitehead  – he runs Very Quiet Records, broadcasts with Soundart Radio in Totnes and helps organise the “Quiet Night In” concert series in Exeter.

The Magic of Plant Seed oils in Skincare – Laura Pardoe
Founder of Field Fresh Skincare and author of Vital Skincare

Used for millennia, plant seed oils are the superstars of natural skincare as we challenge where our basic products are sourced, and how to live symbiotically with nature.

In this workshop, learn about oils offered from our native plants and the simple ways to use them in your own skincare. 
The impact of plant seed oils and their relevance in natural skincare.
The plants they come from and how they are extracted (difference with macerated oils and essential oils).
Why I focus on temperate oils (the benefits and the pitfalls).
Characteristics of oils (absorbency, length, fattiness) – try and test different oils

How to use oils in skincare: Cleansing – oil cleansing: why, how (& how to create a cleansing balm or cream)
Moisturising – blending oils with water (dry skin, dehydrated skin) 
Take away: a little bottle of cleansing oil to try

Our Sacred Earth Meditation – Tarisha This beautiful meditation is a powerful message to realize the great responsibility we have to take care of our beautiful planet by taking care of ourselves. Each of us can create a little wave of transformation by looking inside and opening our hearts to ourselves, each other and our Sacred Earth. Shake off the stress and worries that keep you from enjoying life. During an hour, you will relax your mind and body through stages of shaking (a gentle movement that loosens the muscles and releases tensions), dancing, stillness and hugging.

 

Tell your authentic story using mindful photography – Ruth Davey
Using a blend of mindfulness, photography and nature, Look Again helps you look at your organisation, project and the future with fresh eyes – helping you to clarify your vision, represent it visually, and tell your story more authentically. Through simple, fun exercises and photography tips, learn to take better photos and use photography more effectively

 

Yoga and Meditation Workshops – Dr Matthew May and Becky Harvey
We are a team of yoga teachers dedicated to using evidence-based yoga and meditation skills for self-care and self-intervention. We aim to aid practitioners in learning simple breath and movement techniques derived from traditional yoga asana, nidra and meditation to enable the use of these tools for relaxation at any time.

 

Gathering together on the awakening path meditation – Anushana Fox from Earth Rise Design
World Compassion Mantra, the Salak Siddhi, group inner meditation. Beginning with a short introduction to purpose and technique of transcendental meditation. For the earth and all upon her, the realized healing and knowledge that arises through the journey of Self-illumination. Anushana is a teacher from the Amartya lineage of Sacred Stewardship.

 

Silent Space – Liz Ware
Silent Space is a simple not for profit project bringing tranquillity to our busy lives. It reserves parts of beautiful gardens open to the public for silent visiting – somewhere we can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, free from distraction. Take time to reflect during the festival in Hawkwood’s pretty Walled Garden.