A number of events and adventures before, during and after the conference are being planned.
Please watch this space for further details and make sure to sign up!

VisionFest: Deepening our embodied resolve to co-create the best possible food system for justice and regeneration

An offering from the Expressive Movement Alliance

26 OR 27 January 2019

[ultimate_modal modal_title=”Inivitation to VisionFest Workshop” btn_bg_color=”#db5000″ btn_text=”Read more” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ img_size=”80″ btn_txt_color=”#ffffff”]As activists and change-makers, we live in challenging times and it is easy to become disheartened about the obstacles to meeting our goals to create profound systemic change. As facilitators of VisionFest, we invite you to a day-long festival of embodied visioning, to nourish the fertile soil of our collective imagination. Affirming the biodiversity of our creativity and activism, we will dance and dream together to catalyse best action. We will affirm and strengthen confident personal and collective agency for action. We will bridge from the future to the present to regenerate possibilities, to co-create ways of being together and forms of culture that embody our deepest values. We will share visions, clarify intentions and deepen resolve to act.

As a group of experienced facilitators, we work in a profoundly embodied and systemic way, using expressive movement, active imagination, systemic constellations and process-orientated group work to achieve these aims. In this offering, we draw particularly on the work of Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects (<a href=”https://workthatreconnects.org”>https://workthatreconnects.org</a>). Joanna Macy writes: “The central purpose of the Work that Reconnects is to help people uncover and experience their innate connections with each other and with the systemic, self-healing powers of the web of life, so that they may be enlivened and motivated to play their part in creating a sustainable civilization.”

<strong>Relevance to food justice activists</strong>

There is an ongoing need to deepen relationships and networks between social activists who are driving the social movements advocating for environmental justice. There is also a need for us as activists to remain strong and clear in our vision and resolve. This workshop addresses this need.

<strong>This programme is for food activists who:</strong>
<li>see themselves as guardians of life</li>
<li>want to commit more deeply to a vision and path that co-creates a just and life-sustaining food system</li>
<li>want to create or deepen a resourceful atmosphere of support, challenge and kindness to self and others</li>

You can attend the workshop on EITHER Saturday the 26<sup>th</sup> OR Sunday the 27<sup>th</sup> of January 2019 from 9 to 5.30pm at 196 Victoria Road, Woodstock, Cape Town (<a href=”https://www.196victoria.com/contact/”>https://www.196victoria.com/contact/</a>).

We can accommodate 16 invited participants per day. Preference will be given to attendees at the Agroecology for the 21<sup>st</sup> Century Conference, but we will be open to accommodating other food activists not attending the conference who are drawn to attend the workshop.

Teas and lunch will be provided. All costs of the workshop will be covered by the Expressive Movement Alliance. We will fund-raise for this purpose. Participants will be responsible for their own transport and accommodation. The workshop will be held in English.

<strong>Attendance Commitment</strong>

We require that participants commit to being present for the full duration of the workshop, from start to finish. Also we request that each participant make time available for a 10-minute phone conversation with Alison Moultrie during January 2019 before the workshop. Also, we offer the opportunity of a 50-minute integration coaching session to be held telephonically or online with Alison Moultrie in the period February to April 2019. We strongly request participants to commit to this coaching session as part of the workshop integration process.[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_modal modal_title=”Application process” btn_bg_color=”#b1461f” btn_text=”Book” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ img_size=”80″]To attend the workshop, please fill out the application form on the last page at <a href=”https://tinyurl.com/ycgkrzge”>https://tinyurl.com/ycgkrzge</a> and e-mail to Alison Moultrie at <a href=”mailto:alisonmoultrie@gmail.com”>alisonmoultrie@gmail.com</a> by latest 28 December 2018. (Please be aware that there may be a delay in answering emails over the holiday period. We ask for your patience with this.)

For further information or to discuss this invitation, please contact Alison Moultrie on <a href=”mailto:alisonmoultrie@gmail.com”>alisonmoultrie@gmail.com</a> or on 0764171917 (Whatsapp text or voicemail preferable).[/ultimate_modal][ultimate_modal modal_title=”Testimonials” btn_bg_color=”#ee9e5c” btn_text=”Testimonials” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ img_size=”80″ btn_txt_color=”#ffffff”] <p style=”text-align: center;”><strong>Comments from previous participants</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”><em><span style=”color: #993366;”><strong>Here are some comments from some participants at our pilot VisionFest in June 2017. All comments are from activists in the fields of food and environmental and social justice:</strong></span></em></p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”><strong><span style=”color: #993366;”>Margie Pretorius</span></strong>: “VisonFest enabled me to connect with other people who see clearly the present crisis of the world, and helped me to take myself more seriously as an agent of change. Using dance and imaginative exercises we created a matrix of communal energy that continues to energise and support us in building a new society, even as old and tired ways of organising society are collapsing. It was a safe space in which to explore my role in this time of transition (The Great Turning) and commit more deeply to playing my part in transitioning to a more just and lifegiving way of living.”</p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”color: #993366;”><strong>Claire Roussell</strong></span>: “VisionFest is a profound tool held by dedicated and expansive facilitators. It allows for a deep and creative process of reimagining how we could be as individuals, society, cultures, which may be a more effective spur to action than facts and figures. The effects of the workshop are still with me more than a year later and the seeds planted have germinated into all sorts of relationships, ideas and new capacities.”</p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”><span style=”color: #993366;”><strong>Andrew Bennie</strong></span>: “In 2017 I had the privilege of attending two VisionFest sessions with friends and activists in Johannesburg, facilitated by Alison Moultrie, Busi Dlamini and Sian Palmer. For me the sessions were a new way of engaging with social justice issues and my own role and approach to them. Whereas I was used to focusing on the issues in my activism, this process was much more explicit about being aware of and bringing into the process my own personal feelings, emotions and insights, and hearing the feelings, emotions and insights of others in the workshop. This allowed us as activists to connect much more strongly to each other on an emotional and spiritual level, and around the problems of the world we are confronting. This was, for me, one of the key positive things about the VisionFest process.</p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”>It seems to me that there is a nascent but growing thrust in social justice spaces towards bringing in new and creative methods of connecting, analysis, and practice; that aims to generate and connect knowledge, spiritual insights, personal experience, activism and social change in innovative ways that draw not only on ‘new’ techniques but also on ‘old’ histories and traditions that might have been buried or sidelined, also in the context of the decolonisation discourse. I believe this is crucial in deepening connections between personal thoughts and emotions, and progressive collective action for social and structural change. These are the kinds of activism we need in the food justice space, and I feel, from my own wonderful experience of the VisionFest method, that it has a key role to play in bringing together and connecting, on a deep level, activists striving for change in this realm, and invigorating our energy and commitment to working for a better world that sustains life.”</p>

SlowFood Disco Soup at Food Jams

Tue 29th Jan 2019
18:30 – 21:00

45 Yew St, Salt River, Cape Town, 7915

“In order to save the planet you have to throw a better party than the people who are ruining it.”

Tristram Stuart, the founder of the environmental organization Feedback

[ultimate_modal modal_title=”Come party with us!” btn_bg_color=”#d53939″ btn_text=”Come party with us!” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ img_size=”80″] <p style=”text-align: center;”>You are invited to join an evening of fun – helping to make and share in some pots of soup, using goods and ingredients that usually to to waste.</p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”>Attendance is free, and includes soup and bread, good conversation, a few stories told, excellent music vibes and a cash bar to keep it all flowing. Do reserve your spot on Quicket, as the number of places is limited to 80.</p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”>Donations are being gratefully accepted to enable compensating the small-scale farmers from whom produce will be procured – food that they would otherwise not have been able to sell. Additional “waste” ingredients will have been donated.</p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”>The evening is being organized by <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/SlowFoodMotherCity/”>Slow Food Mother City</a> Community and <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/sfynsouthafrica/”>Slow Food Youth Network</a> along the lines of World Disco Soup events that are held the world over, to draw attention to the 30% of food that goes to waste in the food system, ending up in bins or compost rather than bellies.</p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”>A <a href=”https://slowfood.co.za/”>Slow Food</a> table will be available for those who wish to pledge their support for their ethos -<strong> “</strong><em><strong>good clean fair food for all”</strong></em><strong>.</strong></p>
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29 Jan 2019
17:30 for 18:00 start sharp.
PLEASE NOTE: The film is 90 min long, followed by a 30 min facilitated dialogue about the messages offered in the film.

Location: The Labia Theatre, Cape Town.

Down to Earth is a thought-provoking cinematic experience of the ancient, earthly wisdom, with music composed by Oscar-winner Stephen Warbeck.

[ultimate_modal modal_title=”Read more” btn_bg_color=”#fa0a0a” btn_text=”Read More” overlay_bg_opacity=”80″ img_size=”80″] <p style=”text-align: center;”>Leaving the rat race behind, a family of five embarks on the journey of a lifetime. With only one camera and backpack each, they travel to the ends of the earth searching for a new perspective on life. During five years on six continents they seek out tribal sages never filmed or interviewed before.
From the heart of the Amazon, to the jungles of India, from the Australian outback to the Kalahari Dessert, from the Andes to the banks of Lake Superior, we meet one-to-one with some of these humble individuals who are still connected to the Earth, the Elements and to the Other Worlds. They have retained a natural balance and live in harmony with All That Is.
Having lived in hiding for centuries, these Keepers of the Earth see that now is the time to step forward and share their insights and wisdom with those who are ready to listen.
DOWN to EARTH reveals the deep wisdom they found and its power to transform lives.
This film is the starting point for a people-powered change, based on the wisdom of the Keepers of the Earth.”</p>
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Rainbow Warriors Silent Forest Pilgrimage
27 January,
9am – 11.30
Cecilia Forest

Do you know that every breath you take is a sacred exchange with the plant kingdom and every step an intimate meeting with the earth? I consider all of nature sacred, hence I use the word pilgrimage. If you are keen to explore your interconnectedness with nature then come walk with me in silence and in ceremony. We will do some, all or none of the following during the walk: ceremonial cleanse, conscious sharing, swim, explore how our presence can heal the earth.

What To Bring: Check the weather to bring what you need. There will be some time to snack after we break silence.

Facilitator: Nicky van Eck / a reflexion of you. In-service to the great mother, her medicine and the old ways.

Maximum of 8 people.

Cost: Free

Please send a Whatsapp message to Nicky to confirm your attendance: +27(0)72-770-9188