Transition Town Totnes

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Transition Town Totnes

Free Skillshares and upcoming events!

Sep 20 2016

Sapphira is offering an Introduction to EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Skillshare. EFT is an extraordinarily simple and effective therapeutic tool to deal with emotional triggers such as patterns in ourselves like being constantly late, anxiety in response to particular situations, irritation and impatience, challenges in relationships. You can do it on yourself or with another person - exploring an issue, releasing any energy/emotion safely and genuinely letting go and moving on. Sapphira de la Terre has been doing EFT for over 15 years and working as a practitioner for the past five - running groups and working with people 1-2-1. Please book your place here: http://bit.ly/2bOCErR September 25th, 10am-5.30pm, Totnes Natural Health Centre. Donations towards room hire would be appreciated. 

Sapphira is also offering a free half day introduction to her work Becoming Aphrodite on Sunday 2 October - more information on her website.


Anna's monthly sewing Skillshares have restarted at her workshop in Littlehempston. There is only space for 5 people so please contact her in advance! Anna says: please bring your sewing project and anything you need to complete it. ( I do have a stock of haberdashery which I am happy for you to use as long as you can help me with the costs. Please note I'm not keen on helping you make curtains as they take up so much space in the workshop.) Ideas: Mending/patching holes, altering hems, darning, replacing zips, upcycling charity shop finds, making fancy dress outfits out of scraps, copying favourite old dresses. Drop Anna an email if you'd like to attend or to go on her mailing list: anna@ilovesewing.co.uk, www.ilovesewing.co.uk 07906 388644

Anna's next Sewing Skillshare will be the first Friday 7th October, 6.30-9pm. 


Other free events!

colwell-woodApple picking at Colwell Wood, Totnes on Friday October 7th, 5.30-7.30pm. We will be harvesting windfalls from Colwell wood orchard, with soup and cider refreshments on offer. This will be followed on Saturday 8th by apple pressing on Vire Island from 12-6pm, as part of the Forking Local Food Festival (below) - bring apples to press if you like! We will have apple games for children and a smoothie bike too!

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Sign up for Active Hope, starts Weds October 5th

Sep 19 2016

"How to face the mess we're in without going crazy…”

Six Wednesdays: 5th October – 9th November, 7.00 - 9.30 pm Central Totnes

Join a supportive group, based on the book "Active Hope" by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, learning ways to inspire and empower change in the face of global challenges. Sharing our responses to the book, we will engage in a transformational process "informed by mythic journeys, modern psychology, spirituality and holistic science", helping us to play our role in the transition towards a life-sustaining society. More information on www.activehope.info

An offering, but donations towards costs welcome!

Facilitators: Lia Ponton & Trudi Macagnino

Spaces are limited and booking is essential.

For more information, please contact Lia at lia@liaponton.com or on 07570 759 997.

Family fun at Follaton Arboretum, this Saturday

Sep 14 2016

Special family event at Follaton Arboretum

Come and join us for this fun family event, organised with Orchard Link, in Follaton Arboretum orchard. Activities include woodland games for children, harvesting fruits, labelling and caring for our orchard trees, and a scrummy cream tea! Free! Saturday Sept. 17th, 2pm - 4.30pm

 

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Email: wendystt997@gmail.com

Eco Homes weekend (Oct 14-16th) programme available!

Sep 12 2016

Open Eco Homes Weekend 2016

The open homes weekend is all about providing inspiring examples of homes (and other projects) that have reduced their environmental impact and renewable energy projects that are contributing to a low carbon economy. This year's dates are October 14th - 16th.

From strawbale homes to low impact off grid dwellings, renovated historic properties, and retrofitted  homes, there will be an abundance of inspiration!

Download a programme

The programme provides details of the 17 homes and projects involved this year. You can also view property details on the Green Open Homes website.

Friday Transition Walks - eco homes special

On Friday Hal is hosting a special Eco Homes Transition Tour, starting at 3pm at the REconomy Centre and ending in Bridgetown at two of the open homes properties: Miracle House and Brooklands. More information here!

Gallery of this year's properties

Earth Spring, Totnes 4 Woodlands, Staverton 20 Hunters Moon The Merchants House Dorsley Cottages 9 Argyle Terrace 3 Brooklands Bowden House 2 Georgian Flats 19 Droridge Broadhempston CLT Sharpham Meadow Miracle House Totnes weir hydro scheme The Cob House along-row-2-ed

 

Eco Homes Fair 2016

Saturday 29th October 2016, 10am-3pm Totnes Civic Hall, Market Square, Totnes

Drop into the Civic Hall, Totnes, anytime between 10am and 3pm  to meet suppliers of eco-friendly goods and services, plus home energy installers and eco-builders

The fair also features talks and demonstrations, children’s activities to give parents time to look round, and a café - this year we are collaborating with the hugely successful Pop-Up Thai cafe.  Free entry.

Free talks and demonstrations:

11am: Andrew Collenette of Totnes Solar on the future of solar including battery storage.

12 noon: Erica Lewis on local self-build opportunities

1pm: James Shorten on 'The State of the English Planning System - a Race to the Bottom and What to do About It'

2pm:  Straw bale building demonstration with Hawkland Ecological Construction

Exhibitors include:

If you have any queries about the events please contact Mary Popham on marypopham@btinternet.com, 01803 867358 or 07815 799996.

Both events partially funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

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Upcoming free Skillshares, and free fun family events!

Sep 12 2016

IMG_2627_6huZy9lFirstly, local voice coach Selena Mara is offering a fantastic 2 hour evening workshop on '5 Essential Tools for Powerful Singing'. She says this is a transformative opportunity for singers to unlock greater richness, power and sparkle in their voices, including key tips on bad habits to avoid. She'll be teaching practical and accessible techniques, in a fun and empowering session, which is open to singers of all levels. To book and for more information, visit her website. Booking essential! Sunday September 18th, 7-9pm, Dartington.  Donations towards room hire would be appreciated. 


Gill Coombs is offering a full day 'pay what you feel' workshop: Finding the Right Work. This is for you if you want to find work that is aligned with your skills and passions, or to make your current working life more fulfilling. Everyone has unique qualities and skills to offer – but in today’s highly commercialised and individualistic society, many find themselves in work they don’t enjoy, or doesn’t fit their values. Through discussion, creative activity and individual reflection, you’ll gain greater clarity about how your life at work could develop. You’ll create a plan to take these insights back into your daily life, launching you gently towards realising your vision. Gill's role is to match people’s skills and passions with the needs of the world, bringing many years of coaching and group facilitation, and a deep commitment to the importance of finding our calling in the world. September 24th, 10am-4.30pm, REconomy Centre. To book please email Gill. Pay what you can. 


Sapphira is offering an Introduction to EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)Skillshare. EFT is an extraordinarily simple and effective therapeutic tool to deal with emotional triggers such as patterns in ourselves like being constantly late, anxiety in response to particular situations, irritation and impatience, challenges in relationships. You can do it on yourself or with another person - exploring an issue, releasing any energy/emotion safely and genuinely letting go and moving on. Sapphira de la Terre has been doing EFT for over 15 years and working as a practitioner for the past five - running groups and working with people 1-2-1. Please book your place here: http://bit.ly/2bOCErR September 25th, 10am-5.30pm, Totnes Natural Health Centre. Donations towards room hire would be appreciated. 

Sapphira is also offering a free half day introduction to her work Becoming Aphrodite on Sunday 2 October - more information on her website.


Anna's monthly sewing Skillshares have restarted at her workshop in Littlehempston. There is only space for 5 people so please contact her in advance! Anna says: please bring your sewing project and anything you need to complete it. ( I do have a stock of haberdashery which I am happy for you to use as long as you can help me with the costs. Please note I'm not keen on helping you make curtains as they take up so much space in the workshop.) Ideas: Mending/patching holes, altering hems, darning, replacing zips, upcycling charity shop finds, making fancy dress outfits out of scraps, copying favourite old dresses. Drop Anna an email if you'd like to attend or to go on her mailing list: anna@ilovesewing.co.uk, www.ilovesewing.co.uk 07906 388644

Anna's next Sewing Skillshare will be the first Friday 7th October, 6.30-9pm. 


Other free events! Fun for little kids and big kids

There's a lovely free family event coming up at Follaton Arboretum, on Saturday Sept. 17th, between 2-4.30pm organised by Follaton Forest Garden/Incredible Edible. Come and join us for this fun family event, organised with Orchard Link, in Follaton Arboretum orchard. Activities include woodland games for children, harvesting fruits, labelling and caring for our orchard trees, and a scrummy cream tea!

Apple picking at Colwell Wood, Totnes on Friday October 7th, 5.30-7.30pm. We will be harvesting windfalls from Colwell wood orchard, with soup and cider refreshments on offer. This will be followed on Saturday 8th by apple pressing on Vire Island from 12-6pm, as part of the Forking Local Food Festival (below) - bring apples to press if you like! We will have apple games for children and a smoothie bike too!

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Report on Brexit Speed Dating

Sep 7 2016

Hilary brexit eventAt our first meeting after the EU referendum, our Inner Transition organising group decided to host a public listening event.  We felt the referendum and its aftermath had been incredibly divisive, revealing deep fault lines in our communities and homes, and we wanted to bring people together in an informal context to speak and be listened to.  We decided to organise a series of conversations in a short space of time, in the model of speed dating.

We put the word out that we were hosting a BREXIT SPEED DATING Br-Listening Project in our market square, to be held in the daytime with the market in full swing.  Our plan was to reach out to people from a wide range of backgrounds, beyond the people who usually come to our Transition events.

On the day of the event, we brought banners, signs and chairs, and found a corner of the market in which to set up.  We had pre-prepared cards with instructions on how to listen, with four questions for each pair of people to address in turn.  We deliberately did not ask people to declare their views or allegiances, in order to foster connection rather than division.  We had timers available, with a suggestion time of up to two minutes per answer.

We were still setting up when people started arriving, and our event took off effortlessly.  For the three hours during which it ran, we had an average of four couples participating at any one time.  Our organising group helped pair people up and guide them into the process; held a safe space and attended to people's needs; and listened to those how wanted more time to be heard.  We also canvassed people on the street to come and join the discussions.

Overall it was a very positive experience, and we heard back from many people both on the day and afterwards, that the process had been beneficial.  Some of the comments we heard were:

“It opened my mind to other people's point of view.  I feel changed.”
“I was really touched.”
“This helps me find a way to speak to my friend – we fell out over the referendum.”
“This was the highlight of my holiday.”
“It felt good to connect.”
“I hope you do this again.”

I spent most of the time at the front of the market, inviting people to join us, and had countless short conversations and encounters.  I made a point of approaching people across different demographics, backgrounds and ages.  Our “BREXIT SPEED DATING” sign certainly got people's attention, though it was also confusing for many.  A lot of people thought we were holding a dating event, and said things like, “I'm already married.”  However, most people, once drawn in, were then open to hearing about our project.  Many people spoke about their feelings, naming amongst others despair, anger, grief, depression, resolution and overwhelm.  In a town which had overall voted to Remain, we found more Remainers wanting to have a longer conversation.  A number of people who voted for Brexit told me their views without wanting to engage further, and I wondered if they felt they would have been attacked (I showed them our questions when possible).

There were many touching moments, including hearing from the woman who had researched and researched, in order to make an informed choice; when she got to the voting booth she found she couldn't vote because she still didn't know what was the right thing to do.  For me, the whole project was worthwhile for the man who said, “My opinion doesn't matter, no-one listens to me.  I'd love to join in”.

We Learned
People appreciated the opportunity to talk and be heard.
People found it opened their minds to stop and listen to someone else's point of view.
It is possible to engage people on a controversial topic in a way that fosters connection rather than division.
We tapped into a yearning for deep listening and authentic communication.

For the future
Another time we might think of a less confusing title.
This conversation is longing to be continued.
We might move this process indoors, with less distraction and more context.

Hilary Bee

Economics of Happiness workshop with Helena Norberg Hodge – book now!

Sep 5 2016

Workshop – Economics of Happiness

This Saturday, September 10 from 10am - 5pm

The multiple crises we face are connected. Explore the spiritual, social and ecological benefits of shifting from global to local, develop tools for strategic action and design your own global-to-local action plan.

This workshop is a partnership between Local Futures and TTT.

Cost: £25 (concessions available) £10 deposit payable on booking.

Bring a dish for a shared lunch (or you will be able to go out for lunch).

To book email: info@localfutures.org

More information on Local Futures and Helena: www.localfutures.org

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Fantastic events for September!

Aug 31 2016

After a bit of a break in August, we've got a fantastic range of events on over the next month with something for everyone!

Download a programme (or pick up a printed copy from the Mansion).

N.B. Correction! Food in Community's Pay what you feel cafe will be on Sept 17th - on the 3rd they are catering for Totnes Pride After Party from 7.30pm in the Civic Hall.

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Grown in Totnes harvest BBQ & farm tour, 21st August

Aug 16 2016

Celebrate harvest with us this Sunday, 21st August, at Mike Roger's farm in Beeson!

You'll be able to see crops in the field, some harvested grains, and with luck the harvest in action (weather dependent), plus the grain store and some of the processing equipment. We also have some exciting news, which you'll be the first to hear!

The day will end with a BBQ: we will serve up some of our finest locally sourced foods, including meat, vegetable kebabs, salads, ice cream and cider, beer and apple juice. Note that the event is entirely dependent on the weather and if it is raining heavily we will postpone!

A rough plan for the afternoon is:
1pm to leave Totnes
1.45pm - arrive at Mike's
2.15pm Tour of the farm
4pm Refreshments and a bit of entertainment
5pm – 7pm BBQ* and drinks
7.15pm depart

If you would like to come to our Harvest celebration please email our new intern Fie – intern@transitiontowntotnes.org to book a place, as places are limited.

Please provide the following information:
- We want to encourage everyone to car share, please state whether you are driving and able to offer lifts (either one way, or return), or if you are in need of a lift
- How many of you are coming
- Whether you will join us for the BBQ* and whether you would like meat or a vegetarian option.

* We are asking for £10 to cover our costs, drinks will be charged separately. £5 under 12s, under 5s free.

We have estimated that 35 tonnes of crops which will be harvested for Grown in Totnes this year! These include:
- 3 types of naked oat
- 2 types of wheat
- 3 types of spelt
- Mazlin ( a combination of wheat and rye)
- Green peas
- Yellow peas
- Barley

Incredible Edible at Steamer Quay, every Thursday!

Aug 16 2016

Join Wendy and the Incredible Edible team every Thursday throughout the summer to cultivate planters at Steamer Quay by the river (near the cafe/pirate ship play area) with their colourful mix of edible herbs, flowers, vegetables.

All are welcome - locals and visitors! 4pm - 6pm

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