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Amber Hope posted this on 24th May 2012
Nature, Nurture or Trauma?
• What effects do a child’s early experiences have on their ability to learn and ‘succeed’ in life?
• Why do some children struggle and fail to even begin to tap into their potential?
• Why do some children’s behaviours appear to be ‘out of control’?
• How can teachers, support staff, parents, carers and others help to make a difference?
This inspiring and practical workshop, led by experts in the field of Early Trauma and Attachment will look at and answer these questions and more, which will give greater understanding, confidence and skills in working with vulnerable children and students.
There will be fresh new insights based on the latest research on brain development and trauma as well as practical strategies which can be immediately implemented to help in working and living more successfully with the most challenging children and young people.
Previous delegates have immediately been able to begin applying the learning’s, seeing valuable improvements including greater understanding, more harmony and rapport between pupils and staff in schools and enhanced relationships within social environments.
This workshop will particularly benefit Teachers, SENCO’s, Learning Support Mentors, Nursery School Staff, Social Workers, Youth Workers, Police, Doctors, Health Visitors, Family Solicitors and those working in charities and other agencies as well as parents and foster carers.
‘Children are not slates from which the past can be rubbed by a duster or sponge, but humans profoundly affected by what has gone before.’ John Bowlby (1951)
FRIDAY 22nd JUNE 2012
BIVOUAC, ILTON, MASHAM, N YORKS
9.30am – 3.30pm
COST : £60 to include lunch
For further information contact Ruth or to book contact Bivouac 01765 535020
Becky Doggett posted this on 16th Jan 2012
Whilst getting our next newsletter ready to send out, I spent some time chatting to the guys working on the Shacks. We did a little Q&A for the newsletter to give people an insight into the building of the Shacks and while we were chatting away Andy mentioned he had a smallholding back in Sussex that he and his partner started five years ago. Their approach to it and what they have achieved is really interesting and so I thought I would share it with you!
Andy and Kate call it microholding because the plot of land they have is so small. They wanted to have their own workshop and grow their own veg so five years ago they bought a house and transformed the garden. It was the first time either of them had attempted something like this, but with a lot of common sense and some gardening know how they have created a successful site for organic food production.
They have tried to make their small holding have a low environmental impact and re-use and recycle where possible. The electric fence which keeps the pigs in is powered by a second hand solar panel, they collect rainwater from all their roofs and have used coppiced sweet chestnut for various structures around their garden.
Currently they grow a range of vegetables year round, have a selection of different fruit trees and bushes, keep former battery chickens and quail for eggs and have started breeding pigs for meat. The majority of the food they eat has come from their own hard work and the only produce that they need to buy from the local store is flour, bread and oil!
As they both have jobs that take them away from their smallholding for short periods of time they have designed it to be a low input system. The chicken run is completely fox proof and is set up so the chickens don’t have to be shut in at night, but can let themselves in and out. They grow their vegetables hard which takes more time but means they need less attention and in Andy’s opinion taste better too!
Any smallholding will need attention though and in April and May Andy and Kate are at their busiest sowing and planting, keeping birds away and picking slugs off their plants. I asked Andy when his favorite time of year was, June and July was his answer, when the gardens rammed full of produce ready to be eaten. The winter months were less rewarding as the root veg which is associated with this time of year such as carrots, parsnips and squash, take more work and are less fun.
In November 2011 they won Smallholder of the Year, an award given out by country smallholding magazine and Kate has gone on to write articles for them. They also make a range of products such as table lamps, wine racks and outdoor furniture from reclaimed wood in their workshop to sell. If you are interested in finding out more about them why not look them up on the permaculture association website:
or have a look at the fantastic things they make in their workshop:
David Sorley posted this on 08th Jan 2012
The weather has continued to throw itself at us over the last month or so, you’ll be glad to know it’s done nothing to stop us! This is a little video snippet showing a snowy day back in December.
Shot by the lovely Giles from Box-head*.
Music by the ever talented Hunting Bears.
David Sorley posted this on 14th Jul 2011
Sick of buying plastic toys that only last five minutes? Have a go at making your own with this ace book
i just ordered this book by Todd Davis. Can’t wait until it drops on the doorstep
David Sorley posted this on 05th Jul 2011
We’ve been having lots of discussion about health and safety at the Bivouac.
We wondered what you thought of the Gever Tulley and his Tinkering School… We love it!
David Sorley posted this on 29th Apr 2011
Took a stroll up to near where the cabins will be situated… Lovely isn’t it?
Claire Sorley posted this on 30th Mar 2011
Imagine you are staying at the bivouac for a week, you want to use the beautiful outdoors as much as possible and you want to make the most of our hot tubs and showers (that come with a surprise!) as well. What would you want or need with you on your break away in the way of toiletries?
It’s all a bit “Hush hush” right now, but we are currently working with a very local company who make beautiful, luxurious, natural bath and shower products, to design and make our own ‘bivouac’ toiletries. We hope these little surprises, found in and around your accommodation will be part of completing the “bivouac experience”.
We are designing products that will be ‘just the ticket’ after a day out walking, climbing or cycling in the Dales, things that wash away any aches and pains, and any dirt under your finger nails! But also things that look after your feet, hands and lips and, for those who want to pamper themselves, there will also be some luxurious treatments to try out!
The company we are working with are great, the philosophy behind their products fits really nicely alongside the bivouac’s ideals, respecting the environment and creating products with ethics. This, in “product form” we believe will give us even happier baths, showers and skin! More updates to come on the progress of this soon.
So, returning to the original question….. do let me know! You never know, you might even find some in your yurt!
Claire Sorley posted this on 13th Jan 2011
Have a look at this. Fascinating info about how our brains love to be surprised by learning. Parents, it will make you feel a bit more relaxed about those days when, for whatever reason your children might not have your undivided attention and are wrapping themselves up in loo-roll, putting sunglasses on the cat, or bouncing around like loonies (not my kids obviously!!?).You can let them get on with it, they are probably educating themselves on the basics of pythagoras’ theorem!
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