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Campfire Voice - 09 Oct 2020


Campfire is planning to offer a range of orientation sessions for a Covid world and we'd like to do a poll on the most popular subjects. Before we launch the poll we would like to sound out our members on their potential interests. What are the key concerns / themes / topics of our age that such courses might address?

Each course will be different, of course, but the overall ideas behind the 'initiation' term was that we especially wanted a focus for new members of Campfire (that's not to say the courses won't be open to existing members too), in order to represent what we considered to be some of the key themes, topics and concerns of this Covid and post-Covid age

We would also like to introduce these in alignment with Campfire ethos and values, so that members would have an opportunity to move through several levels of learning and initiation stages over the four weeks of each course. All input on this welcome...

Mooted so far are courses around subjects such as:

· Dying Well Being commutable with dying, preparing for it well and living our final years in the best way possible.

· Celebrating Menopause How women can play a strong role in navigating the rest of their lives

· Highly Sensitive People (Empaths) - More of us than one might assume are highly sensitive. how does that impact on life and the way we behave, and on those people's mental health and wellbeing?

· Opening Up Men - A course based around developing a healthy balance and a positive relationship to power, sexuality, exploring our vulnerability, toxic masculinity, relationships with our fathers and showing emotion and heart.

· Technology For Good - Much use of technology and especially social media has been increasingly toxic and geared towards profit over mutual benefit. How do we anchor a positive vision of technology that works for all and doesn't put us in boxes.

· How We Listen. The art of deep listening and enjoying good nourishing conversation, learning its rhythms, ebbs and flows and allowing other space to speak from the heart and be heard.

- What is 'Home'?  Being connected to place, global nomadism, travel post-Covid, how travel and community will evolve?

Are any of those broad definitions of interest to you and what might we consider adding?

Some suggestions from a recent Campfire group Facebook thread :

 - Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT (often known as Tapping or EFT Tapping), is a universal healing tool that can provide impressive results for physical, emotional, and performance issues. EFT operates on the premise that no matter what part of your life needs improvement, there are unresolved emotional issues in the way.

- Deliberative Democracy techniques

- Parenting eco-grief.

- Community gardening.

- Communal singing.

- Can we learn to love the robot?  or should we fight it as Luddites might.




Christopher Brown

one thing I have found very challenging and beneficial has been Non Violent Communication its one of these things that pops up everywhere and relates to all the above things written in the article above I see it as a glue that holds everything together so as we engage in the transmission of the above and more we do it in a worthy way which brings sustenance love fellowship nurture and community together


Susan Linton

I joined a local group of "wild" swimmers about 1/5 years ago. We swim in open water (sea, rivers, lakes) and are also quite wild personally.

In the past few months, this has grown from 15 mad women to nearly 600 just in our group.(we are the Bexhill Bluetits but there are groups both nationally and worldwide). There are also groups for men (Bluebells).

Whilst we still meet to swim (social distancing, guidelines permitting) this has become an invaluable support group for those women really struggling at the moment and often on their own.

The benefits of "wild" swimming are becoming increasingly recognised as an aid to rewiring the brain and helping to ease physical pain.

To set up a CC network of swimmers and favourite spots would be incredible. When we are finally allowed to travel, to be able to access a list of mad people who also swim and would be happy to buddy up with people visiting the area would be brilliant. Often tides, currents and access to water is all down to local knowledge. To share this, and experiences with others would be so beneficial. To explore how and why this works would be fascinating.


Pete Lawrence

great idea...

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