On the weekend of July 9th to 11th, we are going down to Wales to create a temporary “down to earth collective.”
Summer salon: talks and workshops on the topics that people want to teach and learn (in a beautiful spot in the national park)….
Long walks in the Brecon Beacons.
Camping in the rose garden of a privately owned family estate right in the national park.
Friday night and shabbat morning using open space technology. (For info about the open space idea: http://www.openspaceworld.org/cgi/wiki.cgi?AboutOpenSpace)
Here’s an initial idea of the kind of things we would HOPE to do: Double poi fire spinning with Anick. Eclectic Acappella Choir with Gabriela P. Didgeridoo with Clive. More of everyones’ amazing talks and workshops. Yoga with Natalia Clifford. Saturday night bonfire. The Brecon Beacons Bet Midrash with Dan Silverstein and Alon F.
The campsite is right in the national park so people who keep shabbat can walk right into the mountains.
About the down to earth collective:
It’s not run as a service but with you coming and running it with us. If you’d like to give a lecture or hold a workshop email us with what you’d like to do. A space where people come together to share knowledge, imagination, an ongoing transitory project of mutual learning/ sharing. Everyone who takes part in the event will have a small role in making it happen.
FOR PRACTICAL INFORMATION READ ON …
Please RSVP by emailing Alon. If you rsvp-d on Facebook we’re not counting that!!
For info about where we are staying & to RSVP email firstname.lastname@example.org
WHERE WE ARE STAYING
We are now full at our campsite but there is a place nearby called Aberbran camping where an overflow group can camp.
***UPDATE ON TUESDAY : someone just told us they can’t make the weekend so we squeeze in a couple more people at our main campsite see dets below.***
Camping costs £7.50 pp per night.
We have reserved the garden exclusively for our group! Campsite is in an old rose garden by a river, they have two hot showers. They have a max of 18 pitches as they want to keep their lovely garden intact, so people have to share roughly 2 to a tent.
PSS if you want to come but don’t like camping, you can find a bnb to stay at nearby.
Travel info, directions, address, contact dets etc are on this website: http://www.penpont.com
Nearest train station is Abergavenny or Merthyr Tydvil. Trains to Abergavenny take 2hrs 45 mins from Paddington, then bus or cab. (Cab is half an hr to where we are staying so arrange to share with people). Best prices for trains at trainline.com. You can also get National Express buses to Brecon, which is 4 kilometres away. We will be 15 miles from Hay on Wye.
If driving, we suggest try to miss the rush hour traffic driving out of London. Train is much much quicker and easier than car.
This link may also help:
Abergavenny taxi numbers – find them on google!
Or check out:
BUS INFO – this is the bus timetable from Abergavenny to Brecon.
Imo and Daniel are writing a list and will put it up on the blog. SEE LATER POST, ABOVE.
We are only allowed 18 pitches and there are nearly 40 of us (plus more at an overflow campsite). WE HAVE SPARE SIX MAN TENT IF ANYONE WANTS IT.
HIKING, SWIMMING, TENNIS AND YOGA
There is great hiking where we are staying – bring appropriate stuff. We are camping by the river which is apparently OK to swim in. There is a tennis court in the grounds where we are staying, you need to bring own racquet. Bring a yoga mat for Tali’s session.
Yes. A good idea. This is Wales!
Apparently it’s the World Cup final on Sunday. Whatever! There are plenty of pubs in the villages around where we are, or the town of Brecon or Abergavenny, where we can watch the game.
WHAT TO BRING
Your own plate, cup, knife and fork. (plastic picnic ones).
Stuff for every kind of weather.
Fleece and warm clothes for evenings.
Waterproofs – including waterproof trousers if you have them.
Torch, yahrzeit candles. Tea lights.
Good shoes for walking in.
Swimming stuff for the river.
Tennis stuff, as there is a tennis court near where we are camping.
Your own siddur.
The food that Imo and Daniel ask you to bring, plus booze.
Camping mat, sleeping bag, tent.
Kerosene and poi.