Span That World: The DF Web
Up in the far far north there lies a unknown land, home to myths and legends of loch ness monsters and wild wee wains runnin’ nout in kilts …. the land of bonnie Scotland. It is here where we welcome you all to a week of embracing the four elements of the earth.
Prepare yourself for a journey from the depths of the lochs, to the clouds in the sky. You will experience a variety workshops; ceilidhing till ya stumble tae yer tent; weegie patter around blazing campfires; great music and bands to keep you dancing to your hearts content; and celebrate Woodcraft Folk’s 90th birthday wae us.
WHEN? 5th – 12th August
WHERE? Inverkip, Scotland.
WHAT? A week of workshops,discussions, music, friends, ceilidhing, dancing, laughing, walks, and many surprises.
THEME? Elements- fire, water, earth and wind.
HOW MUCH? £75 including fairer fare
TRAVEL? Book tickets to Glasgow by train or bus. Then get a train to Inverkip, then from the train station there is a walk through the village up to campsite.
A promo video, to get you more hyped up, will be shortly revealed!
Would like to organise a workshop or have any ideas for one? Know of any local bands/ djs? Have any other fabulous ideas? We would love to hear any of your contributions, so send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Blue skies and see you all in August!
Loading…Check out the video and pictures from last year’s DF camp
Thank you to everyone who came to Spring Awakening and helped make it such a wonderful event. Who could ask for anything better than five days in a field with that lovely weather and such fab people? Everyone enjoyed the chilled atmosphere, the singing, the cuddles and the fantastic workshops.
Speaking of which, we had loads of really interesting visitors come and perform/deliver workshops. So what better way to shake off those post-camp blues than to have another look at all the amazing work they do?
On Thursday morning, Panos came to run a workshop on racism and how it is used by institutions against people.
Three Acres and a Cow
On Thursday, Robin Grey came and gave a song writing workshop, then delivered his show Three Acres and a Cow which uses storytelling and song to tell the history of land rights and protest in the UK. It was so interesting to hear about a bit of history that’s usually totally ignored- this is a show that’s constantly evolving, so even though I’d seen it at DF camp I still learned something new, and I think everyone really enjoyed singing along. One message really stuck in my head: that even if you don’t see the impact of your actions in your own lifetime, it doesn’t mean you haven’t changed things.
On Friday, Dora from Positive Money came and did a fascinating workshop on economics. Their organisation is all about making how money works accessible and understandable to people and pushing for change in our financial systems. I certainly learned a lot and it made me think carefully about money and how we use it.
Campaign Against the Arms Trade
We also had a visit from CAAT, who delivered a workshop about the work they do and the arms trade as well as teaching us about activism and ways you can use creativity in direct action, including using dance and song. Hopefully these are skills and information DFs will be able to use in fighting for the causes they believe in.
On Friday night, we welcomed Darren Ellis, an acoustic guitarist and singer who performed a set for us in front of the campfire.
Green and Black Cross
An intense day of workshops on Saturday began with a chat from the Green and Black Cross, teaching us about your rights on protests. It was really interesting and it is so valuable for people to know what they are entitled to in those situations. They gave us four key things to say/remember: 1- No comment 2- No personal details 3- Under what power? 4- No duty solicitor.
Afterwards, ex-DF Louise ran a workshop on racism and what white people can do to counter it. It felt really important that we had workshops on racism, because DFs and Woodcraft in general still have a hugely white majority despite expressing anti-racist sentiments. Louise has produced some great resources, which you can find here along with other things from the event.
Poet and autism advocate Gwen Greenwood ran a wonderful poetry workshop, focusing on the words we use around disability. Everyone wrote really great pieces in the short time we had, some of which we heard by the fire later on. Gwen also performed some of her fantastic poetry for us, contending with the wind, the noise of the fire and dim light. For anyone who wanted to buy a copy of Gwen’s book but didn’t get a chance, here’s the link to her store.
London Thing 2015: 10th – 12th July
Things are the backbone of the DF Movement. They are weekend residential events where DFs come together with DF Committee to thrash out the bits and pieces that make up the running of the movement.
Want a chance to get your voice heard? Want to meet up with DFs in a chill, intimate setting before DF Camp? Want to be involved in important decisions as well as having great fun? Come to London Thing!
Things are heavily subsidised: it’s only £10 to come, and if it’s your first Thing it’s totally free!
Hopefully there’ll be some training just before, more information to follow soon.
Nearest train station is South Croydon.
Bookings are open here:
Ever thought DFs would be so much better if there were monthly video’s to find out what committee are up to? Or if at every event you could buy more DF merchandise? Well now’s your chance; let us know below!
It’s because we like graphs. We like using graphs to check out what genders of people we’re appealing to. Does this information have any practical purpose? Not really.
In an ideal world the gender mix at out events will be about the same as the gender mix in society as a whole. This would mean we’re fairly representative of society and appealing equally across different groups. But, sadly, this isn’t an ideal world.
Sadly, this world’s got a lot of hate for people because of their gender. People are restricted in what they can do, where they can go, in their access to justice and fair pay, and they have limited places where they can be safe.
DFs it seems, is one of those places.
UK Population from the Census 2011
Check out how this year differed with last year in DFs here – CLICK ME
DF Camp 2014
Winter Wonderland South 2014
Winter Wonderland North 2014
All social events 2014
Here are some of the things people answered the gender question with
- Man I suppose
- God knows..
- all the gender
- Kinda womany
- Woman, I suppose?
Graphs by Lily, Text stolen from Louise from last year
As you get on with the new school year, the new university, the new job or the new freedom of a year whiled away with few commitments, cast your mind back to some old memories. Old memories which have stayed with you, experiences which have changed the way you think about the world and the way you live your life. Maybe they happened at District Camp this summer, maybe at an Elfin group night in the far distant past. Whatever they are, wherever they are from, they’ve helped to shape you as you’ve grown older.
Now, throw your minds eye into the mists of the future, the great unknown just waiting to be discovered. New opportunities, new challenges, new friends and new places. Maybe you know exactly what you want to do this year, maybe you haven’t the foggiest idea. Either way, I’m sure you want Woodcraft Folk, and the District Fellows Movement to be a part of it!
In just a couple of weeks time, a group of DFs will congregate on a house in Bristol. Who are these people I hear you ask? What is this weekend? These DFs are the DF Committee and the other roles that are elected at Althing each year to facilitate the fabulous work of our Movement. This weekend – Old/New – is when the old guard and the new get together to hand over, discuss the the roles and the things they’d like to do over the next year.
One of our main jobs as your elected representatives is to help you achieve all the fabulous things you want to do. Maybe you have an idea for a great project, maybe you want to set up a new group in your District, or perhaps you think that what we really need is a network of carrier pigeons to keep us all in touch – but you’re not really sure how to make it all happen.
Well, if you get on down to www.spanthatworld.com you’ll be able to find out all about what DFs is getting up to or planning, and how you can get in touch with DF Committee.
So, what can you do now? Well, before Old/New, we’d really like to know what you think about DFs and where you’d like to see us go in the future.What do you enjoy about being a District Fellow?
Group nights, national events, campaigns, helping with younger ages and making beautiful new resources, the list of things DFs get up to is long and varied; what have you enjoyed?What do you think is important about District Fellows?
What makes being a DF different, what is it that means you just keep coming back?What would you like to see in the next year of the District Fellows Movement’s journey?
Maybe it’s something we do already that you’d like to see more of, maybe it’s something new and exciting that we’ve not done before. Whatever it is, at whatever scale, it’s your ideas, your passion and your energy that makes it happen and keeps us going!Feeling inspired yet? If you are, and you’d like to make your voice heard, email your thoughts to email@example.com
Hope to hear from you all soon!
DF Committee 2014-2015
IFM are holding a week long study session themed on Human Rights, Democracy and how our organisations can effectively educate young people to build a better future.
Open to all DFs and Woodcraft members aged 18 – 30 (with exceptions, so if you’re an under 18 DF you’d still be able to attend), offering a chance to expand and share knowledge of Human Rights Education and Democratic Citizenship and develop skills to help implement better education around these themes in your organisation.
There is a 50 Euro participation fee (please contact me if this would be a barrier to you participating) but travel costs will be reimbursed.
Applications are open until 15th March 2015.
*BOOKING NOW OPEN*
Spring- when the earth reawakens, nature bursts back into life and you can finally shake off those winter blues…
So what better way to spend it than with DFs in the gorgeous Yorkshire countryside?
Spring awakening is the “back to basics” DF event, where we camp in the brisk weather of early April and do activities that are more reminiscent of what woodcraft would have been like before a lot of the changes to it and the world that have happened since it formed in 1925. It’s a chilled out event with lots of fires, bushcraft, and training.
Booking is now open for this year’s Spring Awakening, where the theme is positivity! Be prepared for four days of positive action, well-being and just generally having a good time.
We have already confirmed some poets and acoustic musicians including Gerrard Bell-Fife, and storytelling ledge Robin Grey with 3 acres and a cow
Dates: 8th – 12th April 2015
Price: £45 (£10 per night + £5 Fairer Fare)
Pay on the event with cheque or cash. Cheques should be made out to ‘Woodcraft Folk DFs’
Nearest train stations: Batley (4 miles) or Bradford (5.7 miles)
Admin – Ruby Kelman
Daytime Programme – Lily MacTaggart
Evening Programme – Lily Bowler
KPs – Emily Connor Sitepu & Elliot Francis-Hewett
KE – Elsie Tata
If you have any queries, offers of programme or anything else, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or let us know on the Facebook event