Some highlights from around the recent Campfires...Lighting solstice Beacons, What is freedom? What do our future leaders look like? The Conspiracy Myth, new music and much more...
I awoke to a heart-warming message from one of our members, Jeremy Pearce.
Pete, it would have been Union Chapel Campfire today. Just sending this message to say "We haven't forgotten and it's still on our minds"
In the midst of the Covid meltdown with so many of us trying to figure out what we do next, it's easy to forget that this summer we would have been putting on three events, starting with our London launch today and Jeremy's note of hope filled me with love and a sense of purpose.
So we are directing all our energies into co-creating a summer solstice online event this year and with around 100 artists and speakers already confirmed, the six-space GLOBAL HARMONY ONLINE WEEKEND over summer solstice combines the music of The Little Chill and The Acoustic Fire with a range of diverse attractions geared to our Campout vibe - inspiring talks, forums, live music, poetry, audio-visual, DJ sets, nature exploration, plus The Orchard - nature connections and a Zen Den (body & soul and healing space).
This week we announce a new initiative - we are inviting the lighting of Beacons for solstice on Saturday 20th. We want to repurpose the lighting of Beacon fires in this country. Often the Beacon fire has been lit to mark events like the Jubilee. For us, at Campfire Convention, they are much more than celebrating royal anniversaries.
The Beacon fire symbolises unity and connection. We want to invite the practice of lighting beacons more often... particularly at the turns of the year. This year we intend to light beacon fires as a sign of unity and harmony at our Summer Solstice event (in our symbolic Orchard space) where we are inviting all our members and participants to light a Beacon fire of whatever shape or size feels right at 20:20 (8:20 pm on Saturday 20th June).
YOU CAN BECOME A SUPPORTER OF THE WORLD HARMONY EVENT
Even if you can't get to your screen or mobile over that weekend (hopefully you will be able to!), your support would still count for a lot and we intend to create a supporters wall for those who able to financially support the co-creation of this event in advance, Tickets are available via Ticket Tailor for just £10 for the full three days which also offers a 'pay what you feel' for our creatribe.
GEORGE MONBIOT ON DEMOCRACY
"When you consider the defensive rings set up around established power in this country, you begin to question the very notion that we live in a democracy." We challenge you to fill in the gaps...
WHAT ATTITUDES NEED TO BE SACRIFICED OR TRANSFORMED FOR HEALTHY EARTH-BASED COMMUNITY TO COME INTO BEING?
Jason Hine suggests that "Real freedom is not doing whatever the fuck you want even if it harms other people, but giving up or sacrificing doing whatever you want and instead doing something which feeds, creates or serves"
A NEW STYLE OF LEADERSHIP HAS NEVER BEEN MORE NEEDED
As a friend wrote last night on social media "Our beaches are full of rubbish, our firefighters attended 46 fires in 1.5 hours from discarded BBQs, China’s CO2 emissions are worse than before the pandemic, American police think its ok to kneel on a black man until he cant breathe, our politicians are still lying and treating us like idiots... I was so hopeful for this crisis to affect real change in behaviour... I’m really struggling to stay positive." Where do we find positivity and what sort of leadership is required for the next phase? In these vastly divergent responses, Nicholas Janni sees two models of leadership at play.
Underneath its literalism, it conveys important information that we ignore at great peril.
What is a conspiracy theory anyway? Sometimes the term is deployed against anyone who questions authority, dissents from dominant paradigms, or thinks that hidden interests influence our leading institutions. As such, it is a way to quash dissent and bully those trying to stand up to abuses of power. One needn’t abandon critical thinking to believe that powerful institutions sometimes collude, conspire, cover up, and are corrupt."People who say: "The coronavirus is nothing significant", or "it is just something we have manifested", or "it is only media hysteria" or "it will only affect people of a low vibration" are displaying their rank and privilege to do what they want with a callous disregard for those older or unwell people who are at most risk from the virus"
OUR DESTINY IS CALLING US. WE WILL DO THIS TOGETHER
"I’m wondering about these times we are in right now. Whether this was always meant to be; from childhood I always knew that I would be answering a call and that it would be important to be ready..."
NEW MUSIC FROM ALUCIDNATION
A delicious nourishing way to use stinging nettles. Beth is learning how to cook for her family using weeds and this creation looked absolutely delicious. And her boys loved it!
"I thought I'd generate some interest by releasing a purely ambient new record. It's called 'Meditations' and is my first truly 'atmospheric' LP since 'Sound to Sleep to'. This new record is designed primarily for getting into the zone, and I think, without blowing my own horn too loudly, that it succeeds in that department."
JULENE SIDDIQUE LAUNCHES CAMPFIRE'S LIGHTHOUSE FOR LEARNING WITH WOMAN'S INITIATION COURSE
From sexuality, to social change, to understanding your body inside out – This is The Initiation.
COFFEE MORNING To discuss the lighting of Beacons at solstice. Join us on Monday morning at 11:11 GMT
Meanwhile Pete and Julie managed to get the camper van out for the first time since lockdown to head to Dartmoor for the day and the wondrous Buckland Beacon. Here are some photos
We always welcome your writing, photos, comments, shares on Campfire. More than ever, we're looking for positive takes on the huge and rapid changes that our world is undergoing, If you'd like to volunteer to join our editorial team or if you can help us with broadcasting solutions please get in touch.
Keep it lit and let's create sparks!