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NVC Summerfest: what’s on?


What can you expect at the Summerfest?

Tuesday 4 August – Sunday 9 August 2020

We have a flexible approach to creating a daily programme, starting with Community Circles twice a day, activity sessions, and Empathy Home Groups, both morning and afternoon. During evening sessions we co-create entertainments.

Provisional daily programme at a glance
N.B. All events are voluntary.

  • Until 8.45am      Breakfast.
  • 9 – 9.45am         Empathy Home Groups: slot one
  • 10 – 11am          Community Circle (connection games/song, announcements, planning the day’s activities).
  • 11 – 11.30          Tea break
  • 11.30 – 1pm       Activity Session One — NVC workshops, all age art or other activities
  • 1 – 2.15pm         Lunch
  • 2.15 – 3pm        Empathy Home Groups: slot two
  • 3 – 3.30pm        Tea break
  • 3.30 – 5pm        Activity Session Two — NVC workshops, all age art or other activities
  • 5pm – 5.30pm  Young Peoples’ Circle
  • 5.45 – 6.15pm   Community Circle / Harvesting the day’s experience.
  • 6.15 – 7pm         Evening Meal.
  • 7.30pm on:         Evening Session (open to offerings from anybody — including dancing, singing, improv, theatre, music making, storytelling etc).
  • 10.00pm on        Quiet time.

Morning gatherings: the Community Circle

Each morning we will have a big gathering in our main space. This will be a time for group connection and exploring what people want to request and offer for the day. We’ll plan a daily programme around that, using an adapted Open Space Technology process.

The principle here is that anyone can make an offer on any topic, at any time, including something for children.

We start with requests from the children, considering both pre-planned and spontaneous offers of suitable activities.

Then we move on to any requests from adults. Once we’ve put these all up on a board, we’ll look at our pre-planned offers, and consider those in relation to any spontaneous offers.

Morning & afternoon sessions

NVC workshops and mini-gatherings will be created by us all around the theme of compassionate connection — so come with ideas, offerings and requests for what you would like to happen.

Empathy Home Groups

Each day we will have Empathy Home Groups (two alternative slots). These are a key component of the camp for many people — a safe place, in small groups of 4–6 people — to share and get support on our journey at the camp. They are always really popular and appreciated.

Contact Improvisation

This year we welcome Filip Kijowski to facilitate a short series of Contact Improvisation based workshops. During this designed session we will further explore the relationships between “connections” and “support”. In what ways can we be connected… inside of us, to the earth, to the sky, to each other. How and in what ways can we build, strengthen and sustain these “connections”? We will practice various ways of making connections with one another, by touch, by meeting with the eyes, by listening, by offering and receiving “support”. As a group, we hope to gradually develop a sense of “connection” and “support” with others, through a series of improvisation-based exercises. This session will conclude with a open jam, designed to allow participants to explore their understanding of the materials practiced during workshop. The contact jam is a traditional part of contact improvisation practice and offers an informal space for dancers to play. More about Filip


We will have a sound system in the main yurt and live spontaneous music around the fire pit. We hope there will be lots of celebratory activity co-created by all of us! Last year we had an amazing evening of entertainment on the final night of camp.