Encountering the Science, Art, & Sacredness of Soil
Join us for these three days when we will encounter soil through
different practical activities, presentations, art and contemplation.
Presenters/facilitators will include:
Thur 15th March: The Science of Soil
- Jonathan Code ~ Convener, Author, Core Faculty crossfieldsinstitute.com
- Dr Bruce Ball ~ Soil Scientist & Author sruc.ac.uk/bball
- Bruno Follador ~ Director: Living Soils Initiative natureinstitute.org
Fri 16th March: The Art of Soil
- Prof. Shelley Sacks ~ Social Sculptor social-sculpture.org
- Paul Matthews ~ Poet: Words in Place paulmatthewspoetry.co.uk
- Peter Ward ~ The Art of Earth Connection peterward-artist-illustrator.co.uk
Sat 17th March: The Sacredness of Soil
- Miche Fabre Lewin ~ Artist, Researcher touchstones.earth
- Flora Gathorne-Hardy ~ Artist, Researcher touchstones.earth
- Aaron Mirkin ~ Priest, Gardener stroud.thechristiancommunity.co.uk
- Dr Isis Brook ~ Researcher, Author, Core Faculty crossfieldsinstitute.com
How to book:
Touchstone Meetings are cross-centre meetings held every 6 months, to which IQAs, Heads of Centres, Programme Managers are invited. At the meetings we review assessment and IQA work, share good practice, offer training and updates and identify any issues or new developments.
In the past two years we have offered the opportunity to attend a meeting on our virtual learning environment, rather than travelling to Stroud or another location.
Tuesday May 15th May 2018 1-4pm (UK time) a face to face meeting, probably held in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
An international conference in the heart of the Lake District
Decision-makers need to be bold and agile to help their organisations and communities respond to rapid changes in their environments. Actions based on existing patterns of thought and behaviour will not suffice. What stimulates the necessary creativity to think afresh about contexts and choices? In this two-day event, we will explore methods available for leadership development.
Topics will include: Creative writing as a method for personal leadership development, poetry as an aid for exploring emotions, the visual and performing arts as a means of enabling new ideas, storytelling as a method for leadership communications, physical play as a means of reducing inhibitions, and outdoor activities as opportunities for deepening insight. We will experience such methods and discuss them in the context of both classical and contemporary theories on the role of creativity and arts in personal and social change. For inspiration we will draw on the creative heritage of the cultural landscape of the English Lake District, now recognised by UNESCO.
The conference is intended for academics, practitioners, postgraduate students and anyone else interested in the conference theme. The aim is to host contributions that break narrow disciplinary boundaries. Alongside conventional presentation formats, such as keynotes, paper and poster sessions and workshops, there will be contributions that take a more embodied and interactive approach. An optional outdoor activity will also be offered. We anticipate lively debate about the structure and form of academic learning, and the responsibility of higher education to widen horizons rather than narrow them.
The conference takes place in a historic campus in the heart of a National Park and UNESCO world heritage site, nestled in amongst beautiful hills and lakes that have attracted hikers and writers to the Lake District for centuries. On the Saturday, a selection of short activities outside the conference venue will be offered.