OUR AIMS & PHILOSOPHIES
‘Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel’ Socrates
There are no plans for any compulsory work days, for any specific things anyone has to do, or times when things have to be done. You can come and drink tea round the camp fire all day if you choose. There is, however, a built-in understanding that by joining the group you and your family are keen to be active members, with a hands-on approach, open minds and a desire to connect positively.
In order for suggested projects to come to fruition it will take the combined efforts of group members, so come with an attitude of getting involved and all will be well. Simple things like chopping firewood, watering the vege patch, filling the kettle or making a large pot of soup to share (and washing up afterwards!) will only happen if someone thinks about doing it, then does it, and bigger projects will only happen when ideas get discussed, plans get made and energies combine in that spectacular force of creation that happens when likeminded people get together!
This is an organic project, one that will change depending on the efforts put in. It will thrive with resourceful people involved. It will thrive with relaxed, down to earth people involved and it will thrive with creative people involved. So, whatever you have to bring, just bring it!
This is a consensual, cooperative, multi-generational, holistic, democratic learning environment, an adventure in community building, an opportunity for growth and expansion of one’s self and one’s family, a safe place to go to where there will always be someone about for a chat, the kettle will be boiling ready for a cuppa and the children can just be.
It's all good!
And if you don't like it for some reason and wish to not be a part of it anymore that's fine, all we ask for is four weeks’ notice so we can find someone else to fill your place.
With all the above in mind, and an awareness that all the families will, in time, get to know each other well and hopefully become good friends, supporting each other and the children, we have put together a few sentences describing how we, the families involved so far, see the overall aims of the community at the field, for both the children and the adults.
To create a stimulating and supportive environment where we and our children can:
- learn in a self-directed and non-coercive way, able to follow their/our own instincts and inclinations without judgement, pressure or expectation
- experience being part of a democratic, cooperative community in which all voices are heard and respected and difficulties are worked through until a consensual solution is reached
- build strong relationships based on trust, cooperation and mutual respect
- connect with self, others of all ages, the natural world and the wider community
Generally, we wish to create a sustainable, permaculture space, a family friendly space where the children (and us adults) can express themselves, can grow and learn whilst experiencing all that outdoors can offer within a nurturing group of friends of all ages
Please click on this link to see a copy of our Membership Agreement we have created,
which incorporates our aims and philosophies along with so much more.
There are three field shelters we use for storage. We are currently converting them into a usable inside space with a wood-burner, for those chilly or wet days.
Our influences are many and varied and, of course, still developing. But it gives you a feel for where we are coming from so here are a few…..
Peter Gray – Free to Learn and articles in Psychology Today
John Holt – How Children Learn
Association for Self-Directed Education (ASDE)
Joseph Chilton Pearce – The Magical Child
Alfie Kohn – Unconditional Parenting
Pam Larrichia - Living Joyfully with Unschooling (website and books)
Carl Rogers – Freedom to Learn
Aletha Solter – Aware Parenting
Forest Schools and Permaculture principles
Marshall Rosenberg – Non-Violent Communication
…we’d love to hear about what has influenced you too.