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The Share launches! Free off-grid training in July & August
The Share is alive!
We’ve put loads of work into making this unforgettably epic, more fun than riding an ostrich. Yes, you read that right. It’s more fun than riding an ostrich and it’s real and it’s finally happening! We are launching two exclusive training and inspiration weeks:
Woodies are designing, building and running their own national off-grid DF centre, The Share. The Share will be a beacon of ambitious, stunning off-grid design, non-hierarchically designed by Woodies. We are delighted to be able to offer you the support to get involved in a major way. These trips are open to DFs and young Kinsfolk.
Part I (Inspiration) is fast approaching. For this, Woodies will visit a hand-picked exceptional example of a thriving sustainable community. We have chosen Lammas Eco-Village, a meticulously planned high profile low-impact village in Pembrokeshire, which received a six figure government grant to become a sustainable community beacon.
You will have the opportunity to experience low-impact living under the guidance of experts and alongside your friends. Each participant will be able to choose a specialist low-impact skill such as straw bale building, cob building, organic veg growing and timber framing to train in.
During the day you will experience a day in the life of an expert in your skill (such as straw bale building), with a combination of practical hands-on experience, and also specialist workshops and education, pending the funding application at South East Thing.
During the evenings, you will spend time with other Woodies who are experiencing and being trained in their own skill, and you will be able to brainstorm and put forward plans for the Share. You may consider that you want to get involved designing or building a straw bale roundhouse at the Share, or that if there is one it should have an artistic arrangement of green and red bottles in the walls – maybe forming a DF logo? Or you may discuss how next to take the project forward: with in-depth specialist training courses, and then building a cob oven at your local district or at a national Woodcraft Folk Centre like Lockerbrook.
Phase II depends on an Awards for All funding bid that you can help us to put together. To get involved is easy, just post on the Share Facebook group. We are hoping to have a wishlist of sustainability courses: everything you could dream of we’ll apply for funding for, from wild food to cob ovens to permaculture, urban gardening, guerilla gardening, beekeeping, willow weaving and creating those amazing bikes that have like three levels of bikes on top of one bike and look like a really fun way to travel and a hilarious anecdote to explain how you got a major skeletal injury.
Phase III will be building what your dream world looks like. Whether it’s communities celebrating together by baking pizzas in a sustainable wood-fuel cob oven at your local district, or a dream hobbit home at a national Woodcraft Folk centre using local or reclaimed building materials, you’ll be an expert and be able to set the ball rolling for the generations that follow to have a more sustainable, enjoyable life. Just don’t encourage the generations that follow to ride one of those bikes that have three levels of bikes welded on top of them, or if you do, suggest that they wear a helmet.
All Share Builders will receive a certificate at the end of their training, showing that you have qualified in your chosen specialist skill. You will then be even better placed to take a key role in leading, contributing, facilitating and putting together the Share.
It is 100% free – we want you to come, to develop your chosen skill and make the Share a reality!
There are many ways to get involved with the Share and you can make a real difference with just a little of your sparkling energy. Join the July event and/or join the August event. Join the Facebook group. If you’re keen to get involved running the Share, join the Share Working Group. Thanks for your support and energy. We can’t wait!