Sark Roots Festival 2017

 

 

After a successful 1st festival last year Sark Roots is back this year, hosted on the beautiful Island of Sark. This event will be a celebration of land and sea and local initiatives with a global conscience. With music from around the Channel Islands and abroad, workshops, local food, activities for kids and much more. Further details to follow.

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Once again showcasing the best music from around the Channel Islands and abroad.

 

 

 

​TANTALE

A formation of feisty rock, sublime melody and infectious groove, TANTALE establish strong sounds and confident presence on the live circuit. Tantalising and difficult to categorise, due to their capricious desires toward serene and the psychotropic sonic. A one-off feng shui of personnel and a change of pace means TANTALE will bring a bespoke Sark vibe for your afternoon delight.

 

 

 

 

 

​LORD VAPOUR

Lord Vapour are a heavy-psychedelic rock band from Guernsey who have been gigging extensively over the past 3 years within the Channel Islands and recently doing small UK and European tours! Fresh back from the road they return to Sark Roots for a second year!

 

 

 

 

 

​DAISY AND THE SOUND ADVAITA

Daisy Bowman is a Southampton based singer-song writer. Though only just entering the world of live music she endeavours to create an experience which is intimate and inclusive rather than overly performance oriented.
Her songs are influenced by folk, blues and jazz as well as urban and more recently Indian music.

 

 

 

 

 

  HONEST CROOKS

 Another fast paced delight at this year's festival. Be ready for some          bouncing around on Saturday night, as Honest Crooks will bring the best of  the Channel Islands dub-ska-reggea vibe to Sark.

 

 

 

 

  RENT-O-CLEAN

 Shortly after forming the band, RentOClean won the first ever "Battle of the  Bands Guernsey" in 2012. Since then the band fuses elements of ska, reggea,  punk, hip-hop and funk into energetic live perfomances. Fast-paced rhythms  with ear indulging melodies will be on offer. Don't miss them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN LE SAUVAGE

Although more likely to be recognized for performing in other bands, over the last 12 months John has started playing solo gigs in local pubs and restaurants. Drawing on his      many musical influences, John plays an easy style of guitars, vocals and percussion, once    described   as an eclectic "folky-country-indie-90's-brit-pop" mix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BUTTON PUSHERS

The Button Pushers are a Guernsey-based Irish duo who have been performing together on the local folk scene for the past 18 months. The group cover a range of traditional and contemporary Irish folk songs, leaning heavily on artists such as Christy Moore and The Dubliners but adding their own twist to certain songs. The group have a fondness for drinking songs and a good rabble-rousing chorus. 

 

 

 

 

 

BOONDOGGLE

Boondoggle is a Jazz Folk Trio based in Guernsey. The three mates have been playing together for the last couple of years and focus mainly on writing their own music about the random silly things in life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BUFFALO HUDDLESTON BAND

Using acoustic strings, voice and drums, Buffalo Huddleston Band fuses elements of reggae, folk, classical and hip-hop into its unique brand of melodic upbeat folk-hop. Hailing from Guernsey, the six-piece is one of the island’s favourite live acts, attracting a growing and diverse fan base from its energetic shows.

 
THE RECKS

The band was originally formed on the tiny island of Sark, after which an explosion of popularity followed. With its new formation it's back in full swing, and a truly rocking experience can be expected. Incorporating reggae, jazz, and folk with a psychodelic twist, it is a unique performance that is not to be missed.

 
THE PIRATES

A fast paced professional band with tunes that get the crowd going, singing along and shouting for more at the end of a gig. Strong vocals mixed with enchanting lyrics, harmonic lead riffs, driving rhythm guitar, strong bass lines and pumping drums combine to create a feeling of rhapsody.

 
THE RECTORY HILL SKILLET LICKERS

Get yourselves ready for some time travel and join the Skillet Lickers on a journey back into the 1920's. Also, polish your dancing shoes, because inevitably you will be cracking your best moves out when these guys play. A very jolly performance of old time street music that will bring many many smiles.

 
THE SURFIN' BIRDS

It is time to dig out your flares and perhaps apply a little hairspray. The Surfin' Birds will bring a true Rock 'N' Roll experience to the Channel Islands. Dipping into the energetic era of the 1960's this band will get the crowd going. To avoid dance injury, a pre-gig warm up of muscles and stretching is highly recommended. 

 
PARISH 13

Named after the mythical parish that was stolen from Jersey by buccaneers the group deliver a unique acousto/electric sound utilising Mandolin, Mandocello, Violin, Bass and Cahon.  Fresh from a successful tour of Brittany and performing at the Coyote Moon stage at WOMAD, let them get inside your head and they will make you dance as if nobody's watching you. 

 
SERGEANT PIPON

The musical drinking associates known as Sergeant Pipon are probably Jersey's longest gigging band. At least that is what their fans say it seems like.  Despite having 3 successful albums they have outlasted disco, punk, pomp rock and psychedelia whilst patiently waiting for their own unique brand of original music to catch on. As they themselves eloquently put it 'at the garage of love we've settled for the self service pump'.

 
SAVAGE SONS
Savage Sons drawing upon their gritty mix of roots, rock, blues and American folk styles have been delivering entertaining and high energy performances in the Guernsey pub scene and at last year's Vale Earth Fair. Frontman Llewellyn, heralds from the plains of South Africa and armed with his guitar and harmonica sings about shotgun angst, railroad romance and the wild open spaces of his homeland. Rob on bass and Adam on drums complete the three piece with their eclectic blend of rhythms drawn from many years playing in funk and metal bands. If you want feet stomping, head nodding, banging sounds with the odd sing along song about drunken pirates thrown in, Savage Sons are well worth a listen.
 
BLUE MOUNTAINS
Blue Mountains play original, self-penned compositions alongside old time folk songs, particularly those of the North American Appalachian region. Featuring the powerful and emotive vocals of Colleen Irven, the guitar, banjo and vocals of main songwriter Mike Bonsall and the fiddle playing & vocals of Andrew Degnen, the band combines rich harmonies with inventive instrumentation to produce captivating music that is beautifully dark and haunting.
 
THE SPACE PIRATES OF ROCQUAINE

Born from an unplugged night in a storm-battered public bar on Guernsey’s west coast, the Space Pirates of Rocquaine have been a constant on the island’s live music scene since 2008. Their song-writing draws heavily on Guernsey’s heritage and mostly finds influence in local lore and folktales. With a sound that blends their Folk and Roots stylings with a Rock/Pop/Country undertone, this upbeat six-piece is best enjoyed with your dancing boots on. Their first album of original tunes, ‘Vraic & Ruin’ was released in 2013. Their 2ned album of all original material ‘Vraic & Roll’ was released at 2016’s Sark Folk Festival (Vraic is a type of seaweed in Guernsey French).

 
AXON BOWER

Avoiding the genre pigeon hole, Keenan's music is an eclectic mix of folk to rock, pop to blues and back again. He takes inspiration from day to day and with a stance which is steadfast, Keenan's attitude to music is nothing ventured, nothing gained. A troubadour's motto, indeed. Keenan has bounced solo from town to town, country to country, nabbing opportunities to support Spandau Ballet, jam with Carl Barat, play at Glastonbury, busk on the streets of Paris and enjoy a musical road trip in New Zealand finishing off with a slot at Resonance Festival in Karamea. This new chapter sees his solo project grow into what is now Axon Bower. Which means we now get a full taste of Keenan’s poetic verses with a powerful sound from the rocking 4 piece. Recently supporting London based band The Skints and having air time on BBC Radio 1 has been a highlight of their summer so far. With a slot at The Weekender festival just around the corner and plans to tour New Zealand and Australia this winter you can be sure Axon Bower will be going from strength to strength. “…poetic and yet critical voice, laying fire to imagination and social consciousness.”Dr. J K UMM. “His music can be hopeful, melancholic and thought provoking…I am looking forward to see what he does next” BBC Introducing.

 
MONTY BEVINS

Monty Bevins is a New Zealand based singer-songwriter. He is known as a gifted, soulful performer whose songs ask the big questions while telling the small stories. Perpetually touring, Bevins has built a loyal following throughout his homeland where he plays everywhere from packed halls in isolated towns to festival stages and bars in the big city. There’s a reason why people keep coming back again and again to see Bevins perform; he’s an authentic musician with bloody good songs.

 
THOM ASHWORTH

Born in Hampshire but based in East London, Thom Ashworth is a folksinger and solo bassist, playing stripped down arrangements of British traditional music, and original songs inspired by the folk tradition. He released his debut solo EP in January, which led to shows at Cambridge Folk Festival and supporting acclaimed Irish act Lankum, as well as garnering a load of positive press: _'Once you've heard him, you won't forget that superb tenor voice or the unique sound the tracks on this EP have to offer.'- Folk Radio UK _'...moving in its honesty and simplicity, which belies a carefully constructed arrangement with vocals, bass and percussion building atmosphere and pathos into this tale.'_ - Bright Young Folk _'...ends in striking style with a dark, minimal and spooked version of Sidney Carter's ominous anti-war protest song 'Crow On The Cradle' _-Folking.com

 
CROWMAN AND THE FIDDLING PIXIE

The only Steampunk artiste in the Channel Islands with the fiddling pixie his talented foil. Expect humour, ukeleles played badly out of tune banjoes, guitar strings broken, chaos, banter, music hall rudeness and dad jokes, where can it go wrong really.

Workshops

PERMACULTURE WITH ARANYA

 

          1.     Change your world with permaculture

Wanting to green up your life, but not sure where to start? Permaculture can help! This workshop introduces you to its key elements and shows you how its principles and design process can help you to clarify your next steps.

2.     Patterns and forms - nature's secrets of success
(outdoors walk - weather permitting)
Nature abounds with beautiful patterns, but why do we see the same forms repeating over and over again? Discover how we can also use these patterns to efficiently and harmoniously meet many of our needs, such as conserving energy or distributing resources. This workshop will show you a new way of seeing the world.

3.     Living soil and its importance in your garden
A single teaspoon of soil can contain billions of tiny organisms - a handful, numerous visible creatures. Healthy soil is a complex community of life and is vital to all the rest of life. This talk explores the web of life underground and how you can work with it to grow a happier garden. Bring paper and pens/pencils if you have them.

 

NIGEL JONES

Nigel Jones, is the founder and chairman of Jersey in Transition, his background includes both science and meditation. He believes that all living things are intimately and very snugly connected together, and that we always have been.

 

He will give two talks;

1.    Stillness, consciousness and direct communication with animals and plants; building our connection with the living world around us.

 

2.    Peaceful, prayerful protectors- becoming the peaceful, prayerful protectors of our landscape as many indigenous people are.

There will be time for some quietness, some info, some practice at connecting with the landscape, and some discussion.

He will also talk about Jersey in Transition as it's completely integral. 

 

QIGONG (CHEE-KUNG)

Qigong is a powerful system of healing and energy medicine originating from China. It comprises breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy (Qi). The practice focuses on opening joint spaces, joint articulation, vital cavities, and channels, and can have a deep impact upon all the systems of the body – hence its link to increasing vitality and health.

Qigong practice can be soft and gentle, and can also be more enlivening if part of a martial Qigong practice which also includes all the health benefits of the slower practices. The soft stretching exercises increase fluid movement (blood, synovial and lymph), improve alignment and joint strength, and build awareness of how the body moves through space (co-ordination and proprioception).

An important element of Qigong practice is the engagement of focus, concentration and intention. The old Taoist masters talked of the mind guiding the life energy (Qi), and practicing for the benefit of oneself and others through discovering and harnessing the laws of nature and the universe. For our time and culture, Qigong exercise can be an important activity to help settle the nervous system, heart and mind, and release ourselves from too much worry, fear, restlessness and anxiety, and then gradually develop deeper skill.

Qigong brings relief or prevention of chronic health problems. Many physical problems are at least potentially due to, or aggravated by mental or emotional stress, so the importance of inner tranquility developed through Qigong cannot be overestimated. The practice of Qigong helps manage the stress, anger, depression, morbid thoughts and general confusion that prey on one's mind when the Qi is not regulated and balanced. It enhances the ability to detect subtle nuances in the body such as stagnation or inefficient functioning of the internal organs.

In essence the goal of internal practice such as Qigong has always been to live a life full of vitality and exceptional health free from disease. In practicing these arts, our intention should always be to preserve our health the best we can, becoming sensitive enough to sense ailment within the body before its too late so that the life is not cut short by ill health.

The effectiveness of Qi-gong has been proven in China by its beneficial impact on the health of millions of people over thousands of years. Today using fMRI, high resolution EEG, and state-of-the art monitoring has shown that practitioners are able to direct electrical activity and blood flow in the brain by focusing their conscious intention.

 

CACAO CEREMONY BY LUCIA

What we offer is a modern day Cacao ceremony to commune with our inner 'god/goddess.' We drink Cacao in ceremony to reconnect with our deep inner guidance. Using guided meditation we journey deep within to discover more about ourselves, release negative blockages and find peace and clarity. Cacao doesn’t take you out of your body, and is not psycho-active but some people can have clear visions. It all depends on an individuals extra sensory perception, and how cacao works best with you.

A Cacao Ceremony gives us time for ourselves in a hectic and stressful world. It is the perfect space to switch off the outside chaos and journey into the silence, so that we can become clearer of who we are, where we are going, and the opportunities available to us.

 

SOUTHAMPTON KIRTAN

Kirtan is calling out to the divine within each of us through the voice. Mantra and melody accompany the practice inviting the heart to open and unite in the space beyond sound. Anyone can join in, regardless of… anything. Call and response of mantra from a leader to the group brings about a dialogue between the deepest part of ourselves as we sing to each other from this space. Unique and beautiful music emerges as we drop the ideas about ourselves and sing from the heart to the heart. Although it is a traditionally Indian practice, Kirtan is becoming more and more popular in the west particularly by practitioners of yoga, maybe because of its inclusiveness and a certain sweetness and abandon that only singing and music can bring. For more information and their music, please feel free to check out their page on Spotify and Facebook as Southampton Kirtan. They hope you can join them in Sark and in Guernsey (after the SRF Sunday evening), as they look forward to sharing with you.

 

MOVING MINDFULNESS

Nourish presence and creativity.

An open, safe, generous space is provided for beginners and experienced movers.
Participants explore and develop their movement expression with support and encouragement from group. 

Through moment by moment attention to the body and the breath, we explore our sensations, feelings, memories and imagining. Embrace your unique qualities, allowing them to inspire the dance. Together, we engage with the dynamic process of integrating inner life with outer expression.

There is a beautiful connection between present moment awareness and the core of the creative self. When embracing the moment, we release the internal critic and free ourselves from perceived past inadequacies and future exdpectations. Our dance, and our being, is then joyfully and effortlessly liberated.

Improviastion is a metaphor for life. Bring a bnlanket for relaxation, and your willingness to engage in a new adventure in movement!
 

Structure of the session

20min warm up. 20min sit down and talking introduction to Moving Mindfulness and to the session. 1hour 20mins movement practice then 30min relaxation and sharing in small groups. Total session time: 2hours 30mins

IMPORTANT: PLEASE CHECK THE PROGRAMME AND ARRIVE ON TIME. THANK YOU!

Naomi West facilitates Moving Mindfulness fortnightly in Jersey and runs weekend workshops and retreats focussing on Mindfulness & Therapeutic Arts in the Channel Islands, England and France. She ran her first workshop in Guernsey in early 2017 and is running a second in the autumn. She is a fully accredited Core Process Psychotherapist, which has an emphasis on embodiment/somatic process and has a private practice in Jersey.

If you are interested about the upcoming workshop in Guernsey contact Emily Grainger on emilyidance [at] gmail.com (emilyidance [at] gmail.com) or Naomi West naomi [at] artsinmindfulness.com

 

MAKE IT WILD WORKSHOP

Working with gifts of nature to bring children closer to their environment. A 1 hour workshop for all ages. We will craft with nature, using clay, natural paints and felting. Materials will be supplied/collected. An adult is required to stay with young children, and be prepared to get messy.

With a little coaxing many natural materials release colours. We will pound, grind, mix and strain to produce a palette from nature, and use these on pebbles, cloth and wood. Wool from our old sheep will give us the material to felt and clay creatures will form in the trees with our help.

 

SEAWEED AND EAT IT WORKSHOP 

Consume it, bath in it, rub it on your bodies!!

1.5 hr workshop and walk. Start at entrance to festival field, walk to Port du Moulin bay, time around a fire and back to the festival field.

Graze upon seaweed, gather and take it back up to the fire pit for preparing, cooking and enjoying. Sea vegetables, packed full of goodness, are right on our shorelines. We will look at ways to cook and make use of this sustainable source as a food, as well as treating our bodies from the outside.

Please book as numbers will need to be limited (e-mail list of names and workshop name to info [at] sarkrootsfestival.com). Thank you.

 

ANIMAL FLOW by PETE GALLIOTT

First off this will be Sarks first ever official Animal Flow class! What is Animal Flow I hear you ask? Some say it's like yoga, breakdancing or even capoeira. In truth it's all these and more!

 Animal Flow is an innovative fitness programme that combines quadrupedal and ground-based movement alongside elements of various bodyweight-training disciplines to create a fun and challenging workout which emphasises multi-planar, fluid movement.

No matter what your sports or fitness goals are, Animal Flow will improve your mobility, strength, endurance and power. Whether you’re an extreme athlete or just looking to get fit – Animal Flow is for anyone who wants to reach toward obtaining peak physical condition and have fun while doing it.

We’ll be designing a Flow that everyone of all abilities will be able to do and take away with them that day!

See you there! Pete 

 

WILD HEARTS EARTHWALKS - AMANDA BOND 

Walking with all the senses engaged, begin to reconnect with nature. Revitalising, resetting, renewing…rediscover and remember the joy in small things…cultivating a sense of gratitude for the beauty and abundance of the natural world.

 

HATHA YOGA FLOW WITH KATIE BROCK

Grateful to be able to share the knowledge of what Katie has learnt over the years; a key to a happier, less stressed out, healthier, balanced mind and body.  Katie invites you to take some well-deserved time out to breathe, and create space and flexibility on and off the mat. Katie will lead you through a Hatha Yoga Flow class, ending with a full Guided Relaxation, to leave you feeling the very many benefits of Yoga.

 

SLACKLINING

Slacklining means balancing on a length of webbing stretched between two points. The term "slackline" refers to its most characeristic feature: when mounting the line it will give under your weight causing a sag and make balancing a very dynamic activity. Slacklining is not only a fun and social activity but comes with numerous health benefits. It engages all muscles, corrects bad postyure, strengthens the core and lower body, improves balance, and enhances knee joint stability.

Besided balance, it takes an immense amount of focus to stay up on the line, thus it strengthens mental fortitude. It sharpens focus and boosts memeory function. It could be described as moving meditation, where the mind is clear, focused and driven at the same time. 

Over the festival weekend there will be two differeent lengths of slackline available to try. Two workshops for beginners will introduce basic techniques for mounting and walking the line. A third workshop will be skills training for more advanced participants where new tricks can be learnt.

 

AFRICAN DRUMMING

In Western culture the idea of drumming is nearly always associated with entertainment or  just to add to the musical quality of a song. In Africa, drums hold a deeper symbolic and historical meaning. Drums and dance rituals are almost always an accompaniment of ceremonies like births, deaths, marriages etc. Although lacking this cultural link, us westerners can gain many benefits from being absorbed in the rhythm. Drumming has a distinctly therapeutic affect. It enables people to enter 'flow state' which exercises the brain by stimulating cognitive functions like perception, attention, and memory. Group drumming especially reduces anxiety and depression. Studies have shown that drumming reduces both blood pressure and stress hormones. It can help achieve hemispheric coordination, where brain waves from both sides of the brain are synchronized. This can lead to integrative modes of consciousness, which may include greater insight or creativity.

 

CIDER MAKING with JAMES MELLER

Come and join James (owner and founder of ROCQUETTES CIDER) and learn how to make your own cider at home. 

STAR WALK AND TALK

Start at the Visitor Centre at 8.30 pm where from you will be taken up to the Sark Observatory for a star-gazing session using our 10” Meade telescope. See the moons of Jupiter and ring of Saturn (subject to good weather).  Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them and wear warm clothing. We’ll finish with a walk in the dark up to the Roots festival watching the lights of the other Channel Islands and France. Limited to 12 people.

Please be advised there is a £5 charge/person for the observatory use. This is to be payed into the donation box at the observatory.

TREE PRUNING

This short workshop aims to emphasize the correct cutting positions along different parts of a tree (an offten overlooked topic). We will look at some basic anatomical differences of decidious and coniferious trees and apply this knowledge to pruning. 

'EMBRACING LIFE THROUGH THE FOREST AND THE FEMININE'. By Amanda Bond

TreeSister's aim is to rapidly accelerate tropical reforestation by inspiring and channeling women's nature-based feminine leadership into local and global action.

​How does TreeSisters do this? By focusing on the creation of resources and ecperiences that empower women to step into their feminine nature-based leadership, in support of humanity's identity shift from a consumer species to a restorer species.

​Our aproach is the balance of inner and outer, spiritual and practical, behavioural and ecological pathways towards that shift. This is a process of discovering how to engage, nourish, inspire and activate women into their unique gifts and generosity on behalf of themselves, each other and the forests that we love and nee.

 

 

workshop
Kids + Creative zone

FOR KIDS OF ALL SIZES!

To feature:

  • Trash Band Acoustics- Percussion workshop
  • Slacklining
  • Hula Hooping and circus skills- Juggling and Poi workshops.
  • Kids creative Tee Pee
  • Face painting and Dress ups
  • Trampoline

 

MAKE IT WILD WORKSHOP

Working with gifts of nature to bring children closer to their environment. A 1 hour workshop for all ages. We will craft with nature, using clay, natural paints and felting. Materials will be supplied/collected. An adult is required to stay with young children, and be prepared to get messy.

With a little coaxing many natural materials release colours. We will pound, grind, mix and strain to produce a palette from nature, and use these on pebbles, cloth and wood. Wool from our old sheep will give us the material to felt and clay creatures will form in the trees with our help.

LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOP

Join us to let your light shine for the Fire Parade on Saturday night! Our workshop provides a relaxed space and everything you need to make your own willow-and-paper lantern to carry in the parade. Children are very welcome to come with you – it’s a lovely family activity to do together.

Please remember to join us in the parade on Saturday!

And in case of worry - these are traditional hand-held lanterns not flying lanterns.

The Fire Parade

Come and collect your own lantern or help carry one of the Creatures of Light for the Fire Parade on Saturday night. We’ll parade around the festival site and finish with a spiral to draw all our energy in towards the fire. Accompanied by drumming and fire dancers, we’ll consign our lanterns to the fire to send positive thoughts out into the world.

(You can take your lantern home if you really want to!)

The Board of Good Hopes

Add your positive intentions and wishes to our board for everyone to see. Whether it’s a wish for loved ones, the environment, the world or yourself, let’s collage our hopeful thoughts together. At the fireside on Saturday, we’ll add our intentions into the flames to release them to the night.

…And the Box of Secret Wishes

If you’d rather keep your positive intention between you and the universe, there’ll be a post-box by the Board of Good Hopes. We’ll add the whole box, unopened, to the fire with the other wishes on Saturday to set them free.

The Cleansing Fire

We’ll also have a special flame-bowl at the fireside on Saturday night where you can write down and let go of any thoughts or worries that are no longer serving you on your journey. It’s a simple act, but a freeing experience.

 

 

 

 

kidscreative
Chill out area
  • Featuring Chai Café with chess and back gammon, talks, acoustic performances, DJ's
chillout zone
Art and Craft Zone

Featuring "Coumme Nous" the Sark arts cooperative will be showcasing the best of Sark's creative talent. With a selection of locally made art & crafts for sale.

 

Craft with nature, using clay, natural paints and felting

Whittling

Flax weaving

JEWELLERY MAKING 

Join Verity June Sunshine as she shares her designs and ideas in a jewellery making workshop, open to all ages' Maximum 15 people.

 

 

LANTERN-MAKING WORKSHOP

Join us to let your light shine for the Fire Parade on Saturday night! Our workshop provides a relaxed space and everything you need to make your own willow-and-paper lantern to carry in the parade. Children are very welcome to come with you – it’s a lovely family activity to do together.

Please remember to join us in the parade on Saturday!

And in case of worry - these are traditional hand-held lanterns not flying lanterns.

The Fire Parade

Come and collect your own lantern or help carry one of the Creatures of Light for the Fire Parade on Saturday night. We’ll parade around the festival site and finish with a spiral to draw all our energy in towards the fire. Accompanied by drumming and fire dancers, we’ll consign our lanterns to the fire to send positive thoughts out into the world.

(You can take your lantern home if you really want to!)

The Board of Good Hopes

Add your positive intentions and wishes to our board for everyone to see. Whether it’s a wish for loved ones, the environment, the world or yourself, let’s collage our hopeful thoughts together. At the fireside on Saturday, we’ll add our intentions into the flames to release them to the night.

…And the Box of Secret Wishes

If you’d rather keep your positive intention between you and the universe, there’ll be a post-box by the Board of Good Hopes. We’ll add the whole box, unopened, to the fire with the other wishes on Saturday to set them free.

The Cleansing Fire

We’ll also have a special flame-bowl at the fireside on Saturday night where you can write down and let go of any thoughts or worries that are no longer serving you on your journey. It’s a simple act, but a freeing experience.

 

 

 

Art and Craft Zone
Healing Zone

HATHA YOGA FLOW WITH KATIE BROCK

Grateful to be able to share the knowledge of what Katie has learnt over the years; a key to a happier, less stressed out, healthier, balanced mind and body.  Katie invites you to take some well-deserved time out to breathe, and create space and flexibility on and off the mat. Katie will lead you through a Hatha Yoga Flow class, ending with a full Guided Relaxation, to leave you feeling the very many benefits of Yoga.

 

QIGONG (CHEE-KUNG)

Qigong is a powerful system of healing and energy medicine originating from China. It comprises breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy (Qi). The practice focuses on opening joint spaces, joint articulation, vital cavities, and channels, and can have a deep impact upon all the systems of the body – hence its link to increasing vitality and health.

Qigong practice can be soft and gentle, and can also be more enlivening if part of a martial Qigong practice which also includes all the health benefits of the slower practices. The soft stretching exercises increase fluid movement (blood, synovial and lymph), improve alignment and joint strength, and build awareness of how the body moves through space (co-ordination and proprioception).

An important element of Qigong practice is the engagement of focus, concentration and intention. The old Taoist masters talked of the mind guiding the life energy (Qi), and practicing for the benefit of oneself and others through discovering and harnessing the laws of nature and the universe. For our time and culture, Qigong exercise can be an important activity to help settle the nervous system, heart and mind, and release ourselves from too much worry, fear, restlessness and anxiety, and then gradually develop deeper skill.

Qigong brings relief or prevention of chronic health problems. Many physical problems are at least potentially due to, or aggravated by mental or emotional stress, so the importance of inner tranquility developed through Qigong cannot be overestimated. The practice of Qigong helps manage the stress, anger, depression, morbid thoughts and general confusion that prey on one's mind when the Qi is not regulated and balanced. It enhances the ability to detect subtle nuances in the body such as stagnation or inefficient functioning of the internal organs.

In essence the goal of internal practice such as Qigong has always been to live a life full of vitality and exceptional health free from disease. In practicing these arts, our intention should always be to preserve our health the best we can, becoming sensitive enough to sense ailment within the body before its too late so that the life is not cut short by ill health.

The effectiveness of Qi-gong has been proven in China by its beneficial impact on the health of millions of people over thousands of years. Today using fMRI, high resolution EEG, and state-of-the art monitoring has shown that practitioners are able to direct electrical activity and blood flow in the brain by focusing their conscious intention.

 

MOVING MINDFULNESS

Nourish presence and creativity.

An open, safe, generous space is provided for beginners and experienced movers.
Participants explore and develop their movement expression with support and encouragement from group. 

Through moment by moment attention to the body and the breath, we explore our sensations, feelings, memories and imagining. Embrace your unique qualities, allowing them to inspire the dance. Together, we engage with the dynamic process of integrating inner life with outer expression.

There is a beautiful connection between present moment awareness and the core of the creative self. When embracing the moment, we release the internal critic and free ourselves from perceived past inadequacies and future exdpectations. Our dance, and our being, is then joyfully and effortlessly liberated.

Improviastion is a metaphor for life. Bring a bnlanket for relaxation, and your willingness to engage in a new adventure in movement!
 

Structure of the session

20min warm up. 20min sit down and talking introduction to Moving Mindfulness and to the session. 1hour 20mins movement practice then 30min relaxation and sharing in small groups. Total session time: 2hours 30mins

IMPORTANT: PLEASE CHECK THE PROGRAMME AND ARRIVE ON TIME. THANK YOU!

 

Naomi West facilitates Moving Mindfulness fortnightly in Jersey and runs weekend workshops and retreats focussing on Mindfulness & Therapeutic Arts in the Channel Islands, England and France. She ran her first workshop in Guernsey in early 2017 and is running a second in the autumn. She is a fully accredited Core Process Psychotherapist, which has an emphasis on embodiment/somatic process and has a private practice in Jersey.

If you are interested about the upcoming workshop in Guernsey contact Emily Grainger on emilyidance [at] gmail.com (emilyidance [at] gmail.com) or Naomi West naomi [at] artsinmindfulness.com

 

ANIMAL FLOW by PETE GALLIOTT

First off this will be Sarks first ever official Animal Flow class! What is Animal Flow I hear you ask? Some say it's like yoga, breakdancing or even capoeira. In truth it's all these and more!

 Animal Flow is an innovative fitness programme that combines quadrupedal and ground-based movement alongside elements of various bodyweight-training disciplines to create a fun and challenging workout which emphasises multi-planar, fluid movement.

No matter what your sports or fitness goals are, Animal Flow will improve your mobility, strength, endurance and power. Whether you’re an extreme athlete or just looking to get fit – Animal Flow is for anyone who wants to reach toward obtaining peak physical condition and have fun while doing it.

We’ll be designing a Flow that everyone of all abilities will be able to do and take away with them that day!

See you there! Pete 

 

 

TERRA MOOD EMOTION BALANCING

Bespoke Essential Oil blends

Using dōTERRA pure therapeutic blend Essential oils to create a unique blend for you.

 

 

Healing Zone

About Sark

Sark is a unique jewel within the Channel Islands, located 20 miles off the coast of Normandy, France, and around 80 miles south of England.
With 22 miles of picturesque craggy cliff coastline, the island is 3 ½ miles long and 1 ½ miles wide.

Boasting no cars and no concrete, nature is free to be abundant in all her glory.

No street lights contribute to the breath-taking starry night skies, with Sark being awarded recognition as the world’s first ‘Dark Sky Island’ in January 2011.  

For more information please visit the official Sark Website at www.sark.co.uk

Travel to Sark

Having no airport, the only way to Sark is by boat.

 

 

About Sark