Equinox

WEEKEND WORKSHOP

Join us for a workshop weekend to mark the Autumn Equinox.

You are invited for a series of mentored, creative workshops, where you can write, draw, dance, imagine, sculpt, collage, film, and photograph.

Be inspired by the landscape, flora and fauna of the Seven Sisters, and the multi-sensory communication of bees. 

There will be talks, walks, foraging, group activities, time for individual work, and time for reflection.

The weekend will be held at Seven Sisters Country Park. A unique place, it comprises 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland.

It’s home to grazing livestock, rare flora and fauna and is a corridor for a large number of migrating birds. 

The meanders of the Cuckmere river flow through the Park and visitors can follow the adjacent footpath from the Visitors Centre to the coast.

We will be working from the beautifully restored Barn situated at Exceat, near Seaford, East Sussex, the Park is well served by buses from Brighton, Seaford and Eastbourne. 

You will have the opportunity to develop your own talents, practice, ideas, and projects with expert help, guidance and support from the Bee Friendly Team:

Luke Dixon – bee expert, writer, teacher and performance maker.

Jane Turner – choreographer, performance maker, teacher and expert on complex movement systems.

Lesley Hipple – tree and forest expert.

Richard Waring – writer, director.

All participants will be asked to create something (an object, a poem, a story, a photograph, a painting…) to adorn a traditional wicker and daub skep hive made by Tina Cunningham, the last heritage hive and skep maker, which will be installed in a nearby railway station.

We will also explore ceremony and ritual to mark the equinox.

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

13h00 Arrival, lunch and introductions.

14h00 Introductory Walk.

16h00 – 19h30 Workshops and activities.

SATURDAY

09h30 Coffee and croissants at Barn.

10h00 – 12h30 Workshops

12h30 Sharing

13h00 – 14h00 Lunch

14h00 – 19h30 Workshops

21h30 Equinox ritual at location off site tbc

SUNDAY

09h30 Coffee and croissants at Barn.

10h00 – 12h30 Workshops

12h30 Sharing and preparation for public view.

13h00 – 14h00 Lunch

14h00 – 17h00 Building of cairn. Farewells.

ACTIVITIES

Mindfulness walk

Storytelling

Character creation

Foraging walk to collect material (fallen leaves, stones, photo forage)

Drawing

Collage

Poetry and song writing

Zine making

Movement and dance

Creating ritual

Sky gazing

OUTCOMES

Your own works to take away

New skills and insights learnt

Collective installation

FEES & HOW TO BOOK

£200 including some materials. There are 12 places. To reserve a place please email emma@beefriendlytrust.org with a few words about why you would like to join us and what you hope to get from the weekend.

FOOD

Teas, coffee, water and soft drinks will be available throughout the weekend. There will be a light lunch provided on arrival and breakfast croissants provided on the Saturday and Sunday. For lunches there is The Grab and Go, which offers a selection of snacks and light lunches and The Saltmarsh Café, which offers visitors relaxing sit-down dining.

In the evening, The Cuckmere Inn, located just over the other side of Exceat bridge, overlooks the river and valley, giving visitors Seven Sisters traditional pub food in a tranquil setting.

ACCOMODATION

There are self-catering cottages and camping possibilities on site. For bookings and further information visit: www.cuckmerecottagesandcamping.co.uk

We will help with advice for other accommodation and camping possibilities.