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Outdoor Event:A New Story - Imagine, Transform, Adapt at Black Mountains College

A New Story

A New Story

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A New Story

Outdoor Event, Thu 23 - Sun 26 Jun 2022, £750

Troed yr Harn Farm,
Hospital Road,



This course is for anyone interested in coming together with others to contemplate the opportunities that the new era of planetary crisis offers to re-imagine ourselves, our families and communities, our careers and businesses to unlock the potential for positive change. And it’s for people that are (already) on the frontline of climate change - in communities bearing the brunt of global social and ecological misconduct- and seeking more immediate coping mechanism, and strategies that can sustain their activism.

Rooted in BMC's unique educational approach, this residential experience will harness the neuroscience of how humans learn, change, and adapt. Understanding and unlocking these faculties can be transformational in equipping us with the tools to unleash the hugely resourceful human in us all. The best way humans have found to train those capabilities - our sensory and cognitive circuits – is through the arts.

Creative practice is a method of provisional progress; it is how artists approach complex problems, enabling them to make sense of unfamiliar and uncomfortable things and navigate uncertainty. Without needing to be or become ‘An Artist,’ we will apply both creative and cognitive experiences to the complex problems of the warming era.

Carefully designed to generate highly collaborative learning spaces, we will unpick the stories that we tell ourselves about climate breakdown, re-imagine what we thought we knew, and create new connections together. A final set of sessions will help you apply these new stories in your life, home, community, and workplace.

* Take an unflinching look at the latest science of ecological change.
* Explore the long natural and cultural history of the earth and how things have come to be, whilst unpicking the stories that we tell ourselves about climate breakdown.
* Understand both the cultural and neurological processes that underlie our individual and collective response to the enormity of the ecological crisis and challenge ahead.
* Immersion in creative practice that will help you to overcome feelings of paralysis, and approach problems in new ways.
* Explore what the new era means for you, and brainstorm practical strategies for meaningful action in every sphere of your life.
* Acquiring methodologies that you can apply in your life to manage anxiety, develop mental clarity, improvise and adapt in order to navigate an uncertain world.
* Co-create knowledge by drawing together ideas and expertise from renowned scientists, creatives, and the other participants.
* Cook and eat together, spend time on the land and in nature, swim in streams, sleep under the stars.


Date: Thursday 23rd June - Friday 26th June.
Arrival and departure 4pm
Location: the residential will take place at the BMC Campus at Troed yr Harn Farm, Hospital Road, Talgarth, Brecon, LD3 0EF.

Our campus is a car free site, we will meet everyone at Talgarth carpark (LD3 0PG) to walk up to the campus. This is a moderate uphill walk of 35-40 minutes. If you are unable to walk to the site, we will organise car shares and provide directions to you from the car park. You are free to leave your vehicles here for the period of the course.

What you need: Bring all the essentials of a 4-day camping trip away including bedding (sleeping bag and pillow). Meals and washing facilities will be provided. You will be hosted in one of our bespoke bell tents. Tea and coffee facilities are also available free of charge. A full kit list will be provided two weeks before the camp! 

Cost: £750
The fee covers activities, accommodation in one of our bell tents, and all meals.
We would like our courses to be as accessible as possible.

We offer a limited number of full bursaries for those unable to contribute.
To request a bursary, please copy and paste this link into your browser and complete this form:

Deadline for bursary applications: 5th of June 2022

Tickets are non-refundable. Depending on the uptake of the course we hold the right to cancel it, in which case you will be refunded.

Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

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Thu 23 - Sun 26 Jun 2022

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Thu 23 - Sun 26 Jun A New Story - Imagine, Transform, Adapt


Troed yr Harn Farm,
Hospital Road,


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  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)