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29Mar
MAKE course leads to ongoing creative collaboration
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Building community is what we’re all about Edventure, so you can imagine how excited we were to discover that two students on our last MAKE course are now collaborating with each other to run retreats in France.

When Sam came on the MAKE course in November last year, one of his goals was to expand on his programme of retreats at The Farm, a beautiful 14th-century farmhouse in the Loire Valley. Sam’s family bought the farmhouse in 1988 when he was just two, and every summer since has been spent turning it into a magical space for creative gatherings. This will be the third summer that Sam is running courses at this venue, with many more in the pipeline.

Courses hosted so far have ranged from art and sculpture to Zen meditation and Yoga and aim to balance learning, relaxation, and time to explore the nearby surroundings.

Sam’s 2018 offerings at The Farm have been enhanced thanks to collaboration with Harry Samuel, the green woodworking tutor for the Winter 2017 MAKE course and the upcoming Spring 2018 MAKE (and one of the first Edventure students back in 2012) and fellow MAKE student Lissi Mason.

In June, Harry is hosting the ‘Earth, Fire, Stone and Wood’ retreat. This course will involve learning how to make a cob pizza oven using locally sourced materials, and include a lot of bare-foot dancing in mud! Once the oven is built the group will make a round wood frame over it to protect it from the elements. This is open to all ages and abilities.

Lissi Mason combines yoga teaching with an interest in art and craft activities, and ran impromptu yoga sessions for the MAKE team during the 3-week course – a fantastic way of keeping everyone focused, calm and purposeful during what is undoubtedly an intense experience. In August, Lissi is combining her skills to run ‘Breathe, Draw, Gather’ at The Farm. Each morning will begin with Vinyasa Flow Yoga, and breathing exercises after breakfast. After lunch there’s meditation in the yurt, a walking meditation, or Yoga Nidra followed by a drawing workshop. 

The Farm is a social enterprise, and thus aims to help more than just those who attend the retreats. 20% of the income will be donated to African Vision Malawi – a non-profit charity started by Sam’s mother, helping orphans and vulnerable people in rural Malawi since 2005. For more info visit: ​www.africanvision.org.uk

Harry will be tutoring the 3-week Spring MAKE course, running from 16 April: apply here.

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22Mar
Soup, schemes and social media… Week 6 of the Start – Up course
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This week was about getting down to business in each person’s different teams and roles.

For Julia and Rory that meant spending time in the ‘Remakery’ under the astute guidance of architect and friend of Edventure, Graham. They enjoyed coming up with clear ideas for the look of the interior of the Edspace, and began to start building furniture and accessories using offcuts from the original build of the Edspace.

Adam has been busy on the social media side of things, posting related articles and updates of our ongoing work via facebook and Instagram.

Niki has been hard at work designing a sales doc for the Edspace. This has been in conjunction with Tom and Johannes who have provided content and given feedback on the design. Tom has also begun creating a database of potential customers with their contact information.

Hettie has deepened her discussions with the YMCA. They have expressed interest in collaborating in our scheme to offer young people the opportunity to work alongside and be trained by Stu from ‘Chisel and Grain’ in the build of an Edspace.

An ‘Edspace creation’ in the works…

Warm, homemade soup is the perfect lunch to keep us going..

Writing and photos by Edventure student Tom.

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14Mar
Goings on in Week Five of the Startup Course…
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The team is now prepped and rearing to go, this is the week Edventure lets us loose. We are now, as a team, responsible for what follows. Whilst this might sound ominous it actually heralds the start of the project really getting off the ground. The Edventure program begins with four weeks of trainings and guidance lead by Edventure, from week five onwards the team is independent and responsible for taking up the learning, making our ideas into something tangible.

In this particular project we have three main areas: the interior design and build, the marketing and sales of the Edspace commercially and creating a model for the Edspace to support social housing and people affected by the conditions of the housing and development market.

We came together as a team on the Monday to get out of Frome and have a change of perspective.
Jez, one of the Edventure coaches, led us all out into the sticks, which around Frome is never really far away.

 

 

Tuesday saw the beginning of the team dividing off into the separate elements of the project.
Julia and Rory worked with Graham to design and begin prototypes for the new Edspace interiors.

Adam got the Edspace all set up for social media posts using Hootsuite, which allows us to schedule up to 30 posts in advance to release throughout Edspace social media platforms. This means once we leave, there will still be a wealth of material going out live, helping to drive interest and keep things moving forward.

Tom and Niki began designing the new sales document and marketing materials, with the graphic design taking its inspiration from subtle shapes formed in the Edspace’s construction. Although that will remain a mystery to you for now, but all will be revealed at our Edspace Final Event on the 22nd of March – Book tickets here

Maxine and Hettie continued to explore the opportunity to use the building of each Edspace as a training program, hoping to unite local colleges with Chisel and Grain to offer work experience and eventually apprenticeships, particularly for those affected by homelessness. Unfortunately we don’t have any photos for this as Hettie was behind the camera and Maxine was working from Wales… but you don’t really want to see more pictures of people at laptops anyway!

In the midst of all this we had ITV visit to film Edventure’s work as part of a bid for funding. Edventure have been selected down to the final 5 contenders to receive the grant, which if successful, they will use to remake the Remakery into a better equipped and functioning space.

 

 

 

A big thank you to Allen from Edventure

for talking about the Remakery to ITV

 

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01Mar
Start-Up, Week 4, Norming, Storming, Performing
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From Norming and Storming to Performing

 

Monday:

We started the week with our normal check in and updates followed by the second presentation to the Edspace team. This time we were looking at what consumer base we would focus our research on. Following what we had gathered in week 3, we split up in three different groups. Rory looked at the consumer base, Tom and Adam at the business 2 business approach, and Maxine, Hettie, Niki and myself looked at the social model.  Every presentation was extremely well thought out and presented, which made feel like we had entered a new stage as a group: the performing stage.

This was then followed by brainstorming with the Edspace team to come up with focus points, and where we wanted to direct our attention.  

Tuesday:

Tuesday was very exciting as we had our first introduction to Design with Graham, one of the architects who created the Edspace. We looked at many different designs of various items  and started looking at things with a designers eye: was the item practical? useful? aesthetic?

Edspace team meeting

Before breaking up for lunch we met the offcuts of the Edspace, the material we will use to build the interior furniture to stay in a zero-waste philosophy.  

After lunch we regrouped for a short while, only to split again to start thinking and drawing various furniture and designs that would fit the Edspace.

 

 

Adam and Rory working together on ideas for furniture

Wednesday:

Wednesday was one of those days where we managed to day 100 things in about 5 hours. We all deserved a good pat on our shoulders!

In the morning we presented our many different and excellent ideas in the Remakery. Everyone had looked at different pieces of furniture with a few ideas overlapping. The level of creativity and diversity in the group was high, leaving the  design team to choose from many great designs .

We then went back to the classroom where we looked over the notes from the previous days brainstorming. We managed to put these notes into various groupings which would eventually define the groups we would work on.

To help us decide what aspect of the project we wanted to work on, Johannes held a session on comfort zones/ challenge zones, encouraging us to choose something we where excited  about, but did not necessarily have any knowledge in. To facilitate the decision-making process, he made us draw matrix’s of each category. Similar to the one below. One axis represented skills and one represented will or excitement, starting from 0 to 10. Each cross meant to be representing the first letter of our name. This was an effective way of seeing who was interested in what. He also held a session on project management. Looking at various ways to manage in the most effective way.

After an effective morning, we broke up for lunch and went down to the car park outside of the Hub to see Stu setting up the Edspace he had built. Despite the rain and wind everyone was very excited to see the building we would work with.

 

The Chisel and Grain team putting up the Edspace

Adam, Niki and Johannes watching the Edspace being put up

After lunch we reassembled, and had a session led by Hettie, who was facilitating the week, and  Amelia on deciding roles and putting forward our needs and own goals. Faster than we could have imagined we had made up our mind on who would focus on what for the final weeks leading up to the final event. Hettie gave us a little homework to write up a ‘job description’ of our role, thinking of what we envision and what our personal aspirations are.

Thursday:  

The morning started with a quick but relaxing 20min yoga. We then attacked they day by going through our  homework, and thinking of further steps to take. We then shared our new organisation with Amelia and Johannes who where very impressed.

From 11 until lunch, we had a session with Annabelle and Louise on Non violent communication (NVC). A very interesting workshop, introducing the idea of a ‘blam

 

e free paradigm’.

The NVC session ran a little over time so we only had a short amount of time after lunch. However we still managed to fit in a review of the two past weeks led by Amelia and Hettie. We used the image of a tree as our timeline. Seeing everything we accomplished in eight days (spread over two weeks) felt very encouraging and strengthened my feeling of a group performing well together. To the risk of misrepresenting nature, our tree had grown from a little seedling to a tall tree in no time!    

 

Blog post written by  Julia Tholozan – Edventure 10 Student

 

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