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Pete Lawrence - 21 Aug 2018


Campfire Convention : Unload. Reset. October 13/14 2018

Hamblin Trust, Bosham House, Main Rd, Bosham, Chichester PO18 8PJ

Campfire Autumn Reset: Come and join us in the beautiful setting of The Hamblin Trust, a spiritual and wellbeing centre, as we gather together to harvest and share our campfire bounty. As you arrive in the late afternoon you will be greeted by the autumnal beauty of the gardens and grounds and be invited to be part of a creative open space where hearts and minds can unload and expand. Over the course of the evening and the following day we will share our know how, our songs, our laughter and our friendship as we reassemble and reset. Campfire- it’s where sparks ignite.

Campfire Convention is a newly launched online community and real-life events forum aimed at personal and social change, making sense of our rapidly changing world through discussion and collaboration. We can all make a difference at local level through a coming together of our unique energies. 

The Campfire concept has been devised and is led by social entrepreneur Pete Lawrence, founder of the The Big Chill festivals and Cooking Vinyl label. The Big Chill was well known for its thriving and proactive online community before the current mainstream social networks were established.

The twenty-four hour gathering will consist of opening talk, thinkshops and open space format, giving attendees an opportunity to propose their own sessions. Saturday evening will feature a communal meal, following by a campfire around the healing stone and circle singing. There will also be a chilled DJ session in the hall. 

Using an Open Space approach, Campfire can offer up the opportunity for all members to hold spaces of their own and share with others. This simple format would revolve around a blackboard (real or virtual) where members who are attending can fill in the blank spaces and direct or curate their own sessions. 

Each space offers a blank canvass to fill with your creative ideas. You might want to hold space on 'how to' do a particular activity, develop a skill. You may wish to have a discussion or convene a panel to debate an issue or discuss new ideas and directions, you may wish to do yoga practise, meditate, gather a group to go hill walking, or exhibit your photography. You may want to do musical or art appreciation, demonstrate vegan cooking, discuss ethical packaging or climate change, the future of politics or regale others with travel tales. You might want to set new goals, seek advice on a new venture or pour your heart out about a personal problem. 

Anything goes and the imagination is the only limit!

“I come to Campfire because I’m interested in new social ideas, how we can run the world, how we can think differently about things. I’ve met a lot people at Campfire who have specific and very exciting projects that really are to do with re-thinking democracy and understanding that democracy means ruled by the community, it doesn’t mean what we have now. 

Brian Eno, Campfire patron, musician, activist, inventor


Arrive 5pm Saturday October 13th. Session until midnight. Sunday session 9am-4pm.  Accommodation not included

Advance tickets £27.50 


Saturday night - jacket potatoes/sweet potatoes, vegetable & bean barbecued chilli, grated cheese, green salad & homemade French dressing, vegan chocolate fudge traybake

Sunday am- fruit bowl & overnight oats topped with toasted coconut & dried fruit. 

Sunday snacks- vegan shortcakes, Montezumas chocolate cookies, fair trade tea (incl fruit tea) & coffee, with sugar & oat milk. 

Sunday lunch - chunky vegetable soup with sundried tomatoes, Thai spiced butternut squash soup & ciabatta 


enquiries :

The Hamblin Trust, Bosham, West Sussex, PO18 8PJ 


Assistance with local accommodation and information readily available:

Hear our two recent Firecasts in which Campfirers tell the story of our August 2018 event trialling the Open Space format 




Kimm Fearnley

The food menu and post from
The last one have lured me in so I am going to offer to lead a beautiful Shamanic Despacho Ceremony and read extracts from my book and talk about what we can learn from grief and pain. It would be lovely to share some time with everyone. X


Pete Lawrence

That's really exciting, @Kimm Fearnley. Great that you are coming and I can't wait for both of the things you are bringing.


Andie Brazewell

Booked tix and coming, time to Unload:Reset...see you all soon!

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