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Learning, Transforming, Technique

April 10, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - April 13, 2015 @ 9:00 am

A Weekend to Explore Transformative Educational Practices.

Invitation for Proposals

Join us for a residential weekend exploring learning techniques and transformational education practices in rural Wales.

We invite you to submit ideas for learning sessions at this unique event.

Be experimental and try new things out! Use noise, words, space, time, film, images, movement, singing, laughing, talking.

This is not your average eduction weekend. We aim to explore the possibilities and the limits of learning, and in so doing, develop and share techniques to transform our practices.

Some questions to consider when developing your proposal include (but are not limited to)

* How can we open up room for discussion, feeling and action?

* In what ways does how we learn influence what we know?

* How can collective learning actions empower communities to act and think independently?

* In what ways can teaching and learning be realised as activism?

Examples of activity could be

* Using silence, movement or mark making as a tool to reflect or respond to a poetic text

* Re-visiting passages from Paulo Freire or bell hooks to practice critical pedagogies that already exist

* Use our garden to explore how permaculture principles can be used in learning situations

* Inhabit different rooms in the mill to explore how to embody thinking and perspective differently

Please send us a short description of your session idea by Friday 6 March 2015 to create dot ahh at gmail dot com or use the contact form.

Full details of the programme will be published at the 16 March, 2015.

Food and care

Each day will begin with (non-compulsory) meditation and yoga.

Throughout the rest of the weekend we can cook, eat and play together. Or just sit quietly. The food will be vegetarian/vegan – and we can cater for additional dietary needs on request.


There are a variety of sleeping spaces available at The Mill, from double beds, single beds, hostel accommodation and camping. Spaces in bedrooms are limited, so please specify if you need this kind of arrangement as soon as possible so we can book you in! We can comfortably accommodate 30 people sleeping over — anymore is a bit of a squeeze!

There are also options for accommodation in the village and the nearest town Newcastle Emlyn, if you want somewhere a bit more private. We can welcome 20 more non-residential guests for the weekend (50 in total).


Melin Dolwion is getting a wheelchair accessible toilet and shower installed this winter/spring. This will be situated next to a self-contained room. All being well, it will be ready for the April weekend. This will make The Mill accessible on one floor, with access to the “Ballroom.” Please follow this link for an overview of the spaces we can use over the weekend.

The top floor, however, will remain inaccessible to wheelchair users. Our aim is to make the space fully accessible in years to come, it is our priority, but we need to raise more funds before we can do this. If you need more information about access and mobility, please do get in touch.


We will be asking for donations to cover food and running costs. These will be on a sliding scale basis:

£75-£150 sliding scale to cover board, tea, coffee and all meals.
£50-£100 sliding scale non-residential both day
£25-£50 sliding scale one day

Details of how to register for the event will be released with the finalised programme in March.

How to get here

Please check out the directions page on this website which outlines all the different ways you can travel here.


April 10, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
April 13, 2015 @ 9:00 am
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Melin Dolwion
Drefach Felindre, Carmarthenshire SA44 5UY United Kingdom + Google Map