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The Zero Carbon Experience

  • Fri 5th - Sun 7th May 2017.
    Course starts at 4pm and ends at 3pm on the last day.
    Course fee (including full board accommodation) Waged £200, Low waged / Concessions £150.

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Course details

Join us for a fantastic exploration in to a beautiful vision of the future.

We'll discover together what a Zero Carbon Britain could look and feel like as we enjoy low impact, heart nourishing, uplifting and inspiring workshops, music, therapies, food, talks and walks.

We'll be looking at worldviews, connections to nature and each other and how this understanding can help embolden and empower us to make the practical actions and systemic changes needed in our homes, our communities and our places of work to deliver this bold and delightful new world.

We are offering a FREE place on this course with a bursary, so if you can't afford it and really want to come, please contact us on 01654 704966 or email Courses.

We’d like to encourage you to travel by low carbon transport to CAT wherever possible. If you are travelling by train we’ve scheduled the retreat around train times in to Machynlleth from the direction of Birmingham.
If you would like a minibus pick up from Machynlleth train station on Friday please book in advance so we can arrange a suitable vehicle.
A local bus service can return you to Machynlleth train station on Sunday afternoon to meet the onward train or other transport connections.

What to bring
Please bring sturdy boots and warm wet weather gear including trousers for the Nature Connection walk on Saturday.

Here is the schedule for the weekend:-

Friday 5th May
14.43 Train from Birmingham arrives in to Machynlleth
15.00 pre-booked Retreat Minibus leaves train station
15.00 – 16.00 Registration and/or check in to room if staying at CAT
16.00 Welcome
Journey story sharing, sacred cows and hopes and fears.
Discussion: what is well being and how does it relate to a positive low impact future.
18:00 Dinner
19:00 Using CAT Zero Carbon Britain research to envision a positive low carbon future and using values to frame environmental issues.
Followed by Silence in Sound Nepalese Gong Bath
Quiet time from 10pm

Saturday 6th May
08.00 - 08.30 Meditation
08.30 - 09.00 Breakfast
09.00 - 13.00 Nature Connection (Outdoor session)
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 16.00 Choose from:
Option 1: Permaculture and mindful gardening.
Option 2: People Power and community organising – lessons from Fracking camps
Option 3: Arts and Culture
16.30 - 18.00 Choose from:
Option 1: Food and the Zero Carbon diet
Option 2: Buildings Tour of CAT
Option 3: Lessons and tools from community energy projects
18.00 - 19.00 Dinner
19.00 - Live music and Bar till 11pm

Sunday 7th May
08.00 - 08.30 Meditation
08.30 - 09.00 Breakfast
09.00 - 11.00 Visioning workshop – imagining the future
11.00 - 11.30 Break with Optional: Ear Acupuncture
11.30 - 13.00 Visioning workshop – imagining the future
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.00 Goals and Resources
Lessons from COP
Connecting with others
Action planning
15:00 Finish

To catch 16.05 train towards Birmingham:
15.47 T2 Bus leaves from A387 arriving Machynlleth train station 15.51

Things you need to know

What to bring
Please bring sturdy boots and warm wet weather gear including trousers for the Nature Connection walk on Saturday.

You need to be over the age of 18 years on the day this course starts.

Booking, Fees and Cancellation policy

To book a place on a course, please choose one of the following options:

• Book Online- the “Book online” button is either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.

• Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 966 with your bank card details.

Please note: a £100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place.

The balance of the course fee is due 28 days before the start of the course.

Our course fees include full board accommodation, tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) The £100 deposit and 1 day course fees are non-refundable.
b) For courses of 2 days or more when you give us this notice of cancellation:
• 28 days or more – refund minus your £100 deposit.
• 8 to 27 days notice – refund minus your £100 deposit for sales of £200 or under. On sales over £200 - 50% refund.
• 7 days notice or under – no refund.
c) CAT reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.


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or phone 01654 704 966

There are spaces available on this course.

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