On 29th August 2013 Emergence participants completed a five day walk retracing the beautiful and varied North route of the 2012 Emergence Land Journey. This facilitated walk provided an opening for a deepened dialogue with the land and our place within it, engaging both mind and body in its journey across mid-Wales. Taking time to walk and reflect is an opportunity often missed in our fast-paced technology-driven world.
Taking time to walk and reflect is an opportunity often missed in our fast-paced technology-driven world. On 29th August Emergence participants completed a five day walk retracing the beautiful and varied North route of the 2012 Emergence Land Journey. This facilitated walk provided an opening for a deepened dialogue with the land and our place within it by engaging both mind and body in its journey across mid-Wales.
This project which we hope might become an annual event, retraced the route of the original 2012 five day Emergence Land Journey through mid Wales. It was an opportunity to participate in a walking dialogue informed and influenced by the great landscape through which we moved. The walk followed a route which begins and ends near the Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth and climbs Cader Idris the great Summits of this remote and expansive part of Wales. People were invited to join the journey for as little as one day or all five, picking up and continuing the threads of the dialogue. The walk was offered as a space to slow down, re-wild, reflect, explore creative ideas and co-create projects in service of life on earth.
The journey took place between 25th and 29th August 2013.
The invitation was to join a qualified mountain leader and co-creators of the Emergence Summit Fern Smith and Lucy Neal for as little as one day or all five. It offered a chance to connect with others and to share where we were collectively and individually in this time of great transition. The journey followed the original route of the Emergence Land Journey and was made accessible to those unable to commit to walking the entire route. Evenings saw an opportunity to meet and cook together, share stories and ‘pop-up’ creative activities.
The dates and routes were as follows;
Day 1 August 25th Pantperthog
(nr Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth) to Ynysymaengwyn (nr Twyn)
Day 2 August 26th
Ynysymaengwyn (nr Twyn) to Llanllwyda(Nr Abergynolwyn)
Day 3 August 27th
Llanllwyda (nr Abergynolwyn) to Dolgellau (via Cader Idris)
Day 4 August 28th Dolgellau to Aberllefeni (wild camping)
Day 5 August 29th
Aberllefeni to Pantperthog (nr Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth)
“This is really a very historic occasion for us in terms of telling the story of our time and questioning the values that we live by”
“Reconnecting with the land is reconnecting with ourselves…pushing ourselves beyong our comfort zone forces us to discover aspects of ourselves we never knew we had”
Eleanor Flaherty, Mountain Leader
Fern was born in London and now lives in Swansea, South Wales. After studying for a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Industrial Relations she formed Volcano Theatre Company with Paul Davies in the 1980’s.
Since then Fern has performed, directed and taught workshops for Volcano and as a freelancer nationally and internationally for 25 years. Fern is co-initiator and creative producer of Emergence.
fern [at] emergence-uk.org
Instigator, theatre maker and educator, Lucy Neal is interested in the art of social sculpture and how celebratory events act as a catalyst for change. Co-founding director of the LIFT Festival, recent projects, The Trashcatchers’ Carnival and the Tooting Transition Shop explore how artists nurture collective space to imagine a more ecological and life-sustaining society. Co-author of MMM’s Sustainable Ability, she is Happiness Associate on the Happy Museum Project and co-founder of Case For Optimism. Active in the Transition Town movement since 2008, she is currently writing Playing For Time, the Transition Book on the Arts. She was awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to drama.
Designer and facilitator, Emergence Summit 2012
Sarah is a playwright, activist and performer creating participatory performances and events in collaboration with communities, campaigns, scientists, specialists and arts organisations. Through a combination of fact, fiction and testimony, her work focuses around choice and change in the face of our current global challenges. Sarah works with stories big and small, throwing into relief bits of our lives it is often hard to comprehend.
Sarah is currently creating a multi-media performance for Ymlaen Ceredigion, working with the recently flooded community of Talybont in Ceredigion, looking to create behaviour change in everyday energy usage through linking them to the weather and climate change. She is working with Paul Kellam, leader of The Sanger Institute’s Virus team, on MY LIFE WITH FLU, a Woman’s Hour drama about the ‘flu (BBC Radio 4). She is writing Cardboard Citizens’ latest Hostels’ Tour, looking at the ongoing welfare reforms. Her show THE ROADLESS TRIP, a performance piece about systemic change and future narratives, is currently in production with Artsadmin.
Recent work includes: WATCH ME (BBC Radio 4), looking at the science of mirror neurons and the importance of empathy, is broadcast on Radio 4 at 2.15pm on August 12th. THE EMPATHY ROADSHOW, an artist’s commission for People United – also on the subject of empathy. In 2011, she delivered the outreach arm of the Co-operative Group’s FRACK FREE FUTURE campaign, staging events in communities affected by fracking, and creating a series of community films on the issues.
Sarah has written more than thirty plays, series, adaptations and drama-documentaries for BBC radio. Over the last year or two, her work includes a new adaptation of THE BORROWERS, THE STATE OF WATER – and original drama looking at our relationship to water, and two original drama-documentaries about climate change: GETTING TO ZERO and GETTING TO FOUR DEGREES featuring climate scientists and campaigners including George Monbiot and Kevin Anderson (Tindal Centre.)
Sarah has worked with Birmingham Opera on new versions of FIDELIO and ARIADNE AUF NAXOS.
Sarah ran the Mphil in Playwriting at Birmingham University from 2002 to 2006, and is now an external examiner for the course. Sarah is a skilled facilitator, for events and creative processes. She offers creative mentoring, both for groups and individuals. She currently teaches playwrighting and applied theatre at Manchester University.
Emergence Summit Artist Commission, The Roadless Trip, September 2012
External Relations, Centre for Alternative Technology
Paul is currently CAT’s External Relations Officer, heading the ground-breaking Zero Carbon Britain research and communications programme, liaising directly with key policy makers in Government, business, public sector and the devolved assemblies. Paul holds an Honours degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Liverpool University and joined the Centre for Alternative Technology in 1988. Since then Paul has held many positions at CAT and helped spearhead many projects local to the Dyfi valley and further afield including Dulas Ltd – a CAT spin-off renewable engineering company and Eco Dyfi, a local organisation facilitating the regeneration and sustainable development of the Dyfi Valley (a UNESCO Biosphere reserve). Paul took up the newly created position as CAT’s Media and Communications Officer in 1995 acting as principal spokesperson for the centre and has played a key role in shaping CAT’s direction over the past three decades. He has also been influential on Wales’ position on climate change and sustainability in roles as Wales’ Climate Change Comissioner in 2007 and part of the Wales Science Advisory Council in 2010. Paul is also a sound engineer and musician, playing double bass, guitar, bouzouki bodhran and low whistle.