We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibres, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.
As we watch a river from its bank, the current seems impossibly fast. But from the centre of the current, the flow of life surrounds us and carries us. Watching from our isolation, the prospect of community seems impossible until we dare to step down and enter. Once in the current of human connection, we are carried along.
Every story of community, large and small, bears witness to how strangers and loved ones alike discover the common human beat and the kinship of presence.
This is a except from Mark Nepo’s book.More Together Than Alone: Discovering the Power and Spirit of Community in Our Lives and in the World, which will soon be published by Atria Books.
But I think it sums up why we are running this and why we think it is so important to make our community connect with each other and build harmony with our surroundings.
We have chosen to use only the greenest options where possible, barring digging a trench on the green for the toilets, I think we have done pretty awesome.
We have asked all our food providers to go green, and have printed our programmes on recycled paper as well as making it possible to buy online to reduce waste.
Online Festival Programme
Get all the times, and event information without having the paper. GO GREENER
We have also made this the year we refuse to ignore the plastic problem, with green goblet helping us to refill not landfill. Which means if you have a plastic pint glass of your own please bring it along, or you can pick up one for a deposit from the help desk along with your drinks tokens, hold on to them and reuse them for the day or the weekend then bring them back get your money back or keep them, and enjoy a hassle free, greener festival.
Keep a eye out for our T-Shirts using only Certified Organic Cotton, 155g/m2. Wash cool, hang dry. GM free. Not tested on animals. Does not contain animal-derived products. Printed in the UK with low waste printing tech. Made in a renewable energy powered factory audited for a wide range of social and sustainability criteria. More designs coming next week.
We have added a Classical and World Music Sunday to build more harmonious inclusion to our little corner of the Earth.
Our goal is to make the festival blow your mind, not the planet!
One LOVE, Enjoy!
The Committee xx