Schumacher North North-East ‘Windmill’ Evening

Schumacher North North-East invite you to our first ‘Windmill’* Evening

Tuesday December 9th,7:30 p.m. at the Star and Shadow Cinema, Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2NP

 The Windmill evening is an informal get-together where we can toss ideas around, watch a film or short presentation of any kind, share some food and generally get to know one another and explore ways to build a better future for ourselves and the planet.

We will begin with food and informal conversation, followed by a film:

Earth As Community: Satish Kumar at the Leeds Schumacher Lectures, 2007

David Midgley, Programme Director of Schumacher North will introduce the film and talk about the aims and achievements of Schumacher North and open a discussion about how the North-East group can play a creative role in the challenge of building a sustainable, fair and compassionate society for our region.

 *Generating energy from hot air!

For more information about Schumacher North North-East contact the local organiser, Mike Winstanley on 0191 295 3402 or email north-east@schumacher-north.co.uk.

October Retreat Reflections

Last month a small number of like-minded folk gathered at Currer Laithe Farm in Keighley for our Schumacher North October Retreat. The focus of the weekend was ‘sharing ways in which we can awaken to a deeper connection with life and each other’ and it turned out to be a nourishing weekend for both body and spirit.

October Retreat participants
Photo Credit: Bill Rigby

Rebooting Schumacher North

A General Meeting and facilitated workshop to explore new directions and ways forward for Schumacher North

2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Saturday November 29th at Ebor Court, Skinner Street, Leeds LS1 4ND
(Please ring 07948 705 731 to gain access to the building)

Schumacher North launched with a bang at the 2007 Leeds Schumacher Lectures, when an audience of 400 gathered to hear three internationally renowned speakers address the crucial issues of Peace, Ecology and Spirituality in the 21st Century.

Since then we have staged some 40 events, including evening lectures, day workshops, residential weekend courses and retreats, as well as the 2008 Leeds Schumacher Lectures and 2009, 2010 and 2012 Schumacher Conferences.  We’ve also worked together with other environmental and social and economic justice groups on campaigning, especially on climate change.

We’ve received a lot of positive feedback on these events and campaigns – but we’ve also had a difficult time sustaining the momentum and building a long-term base for our activities.  Funding has been hard to come by, and most of the concerned folk who support what we do are themselves thinly stretched in these difficult times.

We think Schumacher North needs  a ‘reboot’!  We’d like to ask for your help – perhaps you have skills, time or energy that could help us to reach more people, become more financially sustainable, or otherwise increase our effectiveness.  Even if you don’t have any of these things you might have some great ideas or insights that will help us to move forward.

We would like to be more proactive in offering opportunities for people to help and get involved.  If you have gained value from attending Schumacher North events in the past, or simply believe that what we are trying to do is worthwhile, please come along to the meeting and share your thoughts, comments, vision and inspiration with us.

Thanks to PeopleHelpPeople (www.peoplehelppeople.co.uk/) for helping us think through our issues and for offering to facilitate the workshop on the 29th.

Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources

A film by Tom Bliss based on the book by Rob Dietz and Dan O’Neill

7.30 p.m., Wednesday 12 November at the Culture Lab,
University of Newcastle King’s Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

Dan O’Neill will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterwards

Click Here to book in advance – Requested Donation £1

It’s time for a new kind of economyWe’re overusing the earth’s finite resources, and yet excessive consumption is failing to improve our lives.  ‘Enough Is Enough’ lays out a visionary but realistic alternative to the perpetual pursuit of economic growth—an economy where the goal is enough, not more.

Based on the best-selling book by Rob Dietz and Dan O’Neill, the film explores specific strategies to fix the financial system, reduce inequality, create jobs, and more. Drawing on the expertise of Tim Jackson, Kate Pickett, Andrew Simms, Natalie Bennett, and Ben Dyson, Enough Is Enough is the primer for achieving genuine prosperity and a hopeful future for all.

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To in advance for this event go to http://enough-is-enough-film-and-talk.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information about the ‘Enough is Enough’ book and film, and about CASSE (the Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy), visit http://steadystate.org/discover/enough-is-enough/

For more about Cinema Politica go to http://www.cinemapolitica.org/newcastle

Ecological Pilgrimage: Towards a deep conversation with the Earth – A Talk and Discussion with Peter Reason

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7:00 p.m., Tuesday 28 October – Oxford Place Centre, Oxford Place, Leeds LS1 3AX
7:00 p.m., Wednesday 29 October – Friargate Quaker Meeting House, Friargate, York YO1 9RL

How can we fashion an adequate response to the devastating and unsustainable impact of human activities on the biosphere?  Significant change toward sustainability requires a fundamental shift in our sense of who we humans are in relation to the planet that sustains us.

This talk and the interactive discussion that follows will draw on Peter’s experiences of ecological pilgrimage to explore how we can create this deep shift in awareness and help bring to birth a new chapter in the human story, where the integrity of the natural world is viewed as a fundamental priority at all levels of society.

Peter Reason was for many years a leading figure in the field of action research, and taught and led research in the field of sustainability.  His recent book, Spindrift – A Wilderness Pilgrimage at Sea, published by Vala Books, won the non-fiction category of the Rubery Book Award for books from an independent publisher.

Book tickets here (Leeds) or  here (York)

Dare to be Great – A One Day Workshop with Polly Higgins

Polly_Higgins12.30 – 6.30 p.m., 15 November 2014, Friargate Quaker Meeting House, Friargate, York YO1 9RL

Polly Higgins is an inspirational example of ‘Daring to be Great’!  A barrister and international lawyer, in 2008 she launched a campaign to have ecocide (extensive and long-term environmental destruction) recognised as a crime under international law.

Her campaign has received massive support and publicity and she continues to challenge the global forces of inertia and corporate greed with a principled alternative that could truly ‘change the story’ on the protection of the global environment

‘Count this as year 1 of your new life – how great could it really be? That depends on you. Do you dare to be great? What opportunities could that bring? I am exploring – and daring – myself to be great and I reach out to you to do so too. Just imagine what a new world we can bring into being when we dare to be great… ‘

 

(From Polly’s website, http://iamdaringtobegreat.com/i-am/)

See Polly’s TED Talk here

Book tickets for this event here

For more on Oasis School of Human Relations and globally responsible practice visit www.oasishumanrelations.org.uk

Polly Higgins is an inspirational example of ‘Daring to be Great’!  A barrister and international lawyer, in 2008 she launched a campaign to have ecocide (extensive and long-term environmental destruction) recognised as a crime under international law.

Her campaign has received massive support and publicity and she continues to challenge the global forces of inertia and corporate greed with a principled alternative that could truly ‘change the story’ on the protection of the global environment

‘Count this as year 1 of your new life – how great could it really be? That depends on you. Do you dare to be great? What opportunities could that bring? I am exploring – and daring – myself to be great and I reach out to you to do so too. Just imagine what a new world we can bring into being when we dare to be great… ‘

(From Polly’s website, http://iamdaringtobegreat.com/i-am/)

Change the Worldview, Change the World: An Evening with Drew Dellinger

Oxford Place Centre, Oxford Place, Leeds LS1 3AX
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 24th

Requested Donation £8

Drew Dellinger, PhD, is an internationally sought-after speaker, poet, writer, and teacher who has inspired minds and hearts around the world, performing poetry and speaking on justice, ecology, cosmology, and compassion. Drew has developed cult status as a voice of our connection with the wider cosmos. His work is engaging, challenging and deeply authentic.  He has been called “a national treasure,” by Joanna Macy, “a deep and courageous poet,” by Alice Walker and “one of the most creative, courageous and prophetic voices of his generation,” by Cornel West.  Find out more about Drew and his work, and view videos of his inspirational performances and talks, at http://drewdellinger.org/

To book tickets go to https://drew-dellinger-change-the-worldview.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information about Oasis School of Human Relations visit http://www.oasishumanrelations.org.uk/

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Green Spirit Manchester http://www.greenspirit.org.uk

 Invitation to a 13.8 billion year old journey…

with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
Manchester
Friday 4th and Saturday 5th July
Click here for the colour flyer
Click here for the booking form
The Tapestry, St Agnes, Greater Manchester is delighted to be hosting John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker this summer as part of their UK educational tour.
On 4th and 5th July, you are invited to join Yale scholars Mary Evelyn and John to learn more about our journey as humans into the 13.8 billion year Universe Story and what it means for us as a species. Together, through the opportunity to participate, learn and discuss you can become part of this journey of science and hope.
Friday 4th July 2014: 7.30pm – 9.30pm, light supper from 6.30pm.
with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
Mary Evelyn and John will present their Emmy award winning film”Journey of the Universe” and lead a participative discussion.
Saturday 5th July 2014: 10am – 4pm, coffee 9.30am, lunch 12.20pm.
A day exploring the Universe story and what it means for us illustrated with extracts from the “Conversations” curated by Mary Evelyn.
The programme is designed to provide maximum interaction with Mary Evelyn and with John, sharing ideas through the speakers, film, bookstall and discussion. The programme will appeal both to those for whom these ideas are new and to those who have worked with the universe story before. We will also focus on follow up events are available to further grow participation and community in the North West and to create a wider community of people taking action to help create sustainable communities within the context of a Journey of the Universe.
Free, but suggested donations of £5/15 on Friday evening and £10/30 on Saturday.
Booking: By text: 07813 873 888, giving your name, when you wish to attend and email address.
Or by Email: helenakettleborough2@gmail.com, with details of when you wish to attend.
Venue (accessible by 203 bus from Manchester City Centre): St Agnes Church, St Agnes Street, North Reddish, Stockport, SK5 6RA. Free parking in surrounding streets. Link to map.
Biographical details: Mary Evelyn and John are directors of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University and are the Executive Producers of ‘Journey of the Universe’. They were students of Thomas Berry, edited his books and collaborated with him for 35 years. With Brian Swimme, Mary Evelyn created the multi-media project, Journey of the Universe that includes a book with Yale University Press (2011), a film, and a series of Conversations.

Background viewing: Before the events John and Mary Evelyn recommend http://www.journeyoftheuniverse.org/ed-series-previews/. These 2 minute excerpts give a preview of the 20 part series of Conversations (20 minute interviews with 10 scientists and 10 environmentalists). See also The New Story

TRASHED

Trashed

 A new award winning documentary film ‘Trashed’ http://www.trashedfilm.com shows that our land and oceans are being severely polluted by plastic waste. Managing plastic waste is a major global challenge, and it is something we can begin to tackle locally. Plastic bags, packaging, drink bottles are obvious culprits. Biodegradable plastic does not help, because it breaks down into tiny fragments which produce a ‘plastic soup’ in lakes and seas.

There is a special version of the film for schools (57mins) plus other educational material available. We have begun to approach schools to use the film to bring awareness to children, and have been invited by Calder High and Riverside School to work with their School Councils to see how students could be involved. My 5 year old grandson watched the film with his mother and really ‘got it’.

A major campaign is being set up for Upper Calder Valley, and the film is being screened at several venues during the coming months,

Trades Club April 1st,

Salem Centre April 16th,

Hope Baptist Chapel May 17th, and Incredible Edible Todmorden, Unitarian Church May 18th, both for parents and children

The Good Shepherd, Mytholmroyd May 28th.

We hope to gather ideas and suggestions as to how to control the use and disposal of plastic, and form a core group to take this forward. The film can also be watched online for a small fee.

There are no easy answers, but that does not mean we should just ignore what is happening to our environment, and leave it to future generations to deal with. Raising awareness about the toxicity of the plastic we use everyday, and how we dispose of it, is sorely needed. This is something everyone of all ages can play a part in. We would welcome your support.

If you wish to be on our email list please send request to anna@shsh.co.uk

We also have a facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Plasticpoluution/?fref=ts

Anna Harris

October Weekend Retreat

Schumacher North Weekend Retreat

 October 3 – 6 2014

 The weekend starts on Friday afternoon and ends Monday morning. in a 6 bedroom 16th century farmhouse http://www.currerlaithe.co.uk/ set in 200 acres.

 The focus: Sharing ways in which we can awaken to a deeper connection with life and each other.

Many of us are aware of the need for a radical change in the way of life we are currently pursuing on this planet, in our relationships to the earth, to each other and to ourselves. We are aware of fundamental inequalities of opportunity that divide us from each other, and we see the need for a more cooperative and intuitive way of life which expresses our humanity and allows for the full flowering of our childish delight and creativity, while not losing the amazing innovations of medicine and science. We have come a long way as humans from our cave dwelling ancestors but have we lost our way? Is this a dead end?

 We will prepare meals and wash-up together. Food provided is vegetarian, home cooked from local fresh organic ingredients where possible. Participants own home cooked contributions are welcome.

 Please also bring any skills for music, movement and meditation. We will try to be out in the countryside for part of each day.

 Accommodation is in shared rooms, double, twin, or triple.

 Cost is a sliding scale from £50-90 which includes all food and accommodation. (paying the higher amount will allow places for those unable to pay the full cost.)

 To reserve a place please send £10 deposit to Anna Harris, 16 Elphin Court, Hebden Bridge, HX7 5ES

Some financial help is available.

Any queries phone 07954345550