“Together, we will redraw the maps, steering by the wild stars and the wisdom of many times and places, cultivating the courage which it takes to come alive in times like these.”
HOME is a school that grows out of the conversations we bring together around our kitchen table. It’s a learning community and a gathering place for those who are drawn to the work of regrowing a living culture.
It’s the fruit of the projects we led, the books we read, the organisations we built, the people we learned with and the friendships that formed us over the past two decades.
And it’s a new beginning. Something we’re figuring out together as we go along, with the help of that web of friends and collaborators.
HOME is a school the shape of a pocket. An air-pocket. A breathing space. A pocket of resistance and hope.
— Anna Björkman & Dougald Hine
WILD INK: A workshop with Caroline Ross
Västerås / 4 November 2019 / 18.00-20.30
‘It is only in the past 200 years that coal and oil-based chemicals have provided the world of colours and tools that today’s art students take for granted. For 50,000 years before that, humans had been making art materials from earth, minerals and plants – and it is these older traditions which Caroline invites us to learn from.’
Learn to make ink from foraged materials with British artist Caroline Ross. This is an evening for people of all ages and levels of experience, whether or not you call yourself an artist.
The story so far
In June 2018, we held a five-day course in the village of Ängelsberg, Sweden. Twenty-two scholars travelled from near and far to be part of Finding Our Way Home.
We took six months to step back and reflect, then in January 2019 we published The View From The Kitchen Table, a vision for the next phase of our work.
As part of that, we spent three months on the road in the summer of 2019. It took us from village halls and local cafés to the European Commission and the banks of the River Thames. You can read more about what happened along the way in What We Did This Summer.
Back in Sweden, we are currently looking for a long-term place to call HOME – while in the shorter term, we have begun a collaboration with our friends at SAKUM in Västerås to host a series of workshops.
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Anna and Dougald look to provide skills for not just taking imagination seriously, but giving it substance and space in troubled times. A steady attention that something can bud from. These are people you can trust. I for one am excited, waving my arms around and gleefully shouting.
Dr Martin ShawFounder of the Westcountry School of Myth & Story
The physicist Ilya Prigogine put it beautifully: ‘When a system is far from equilibrium, small islands of coherence have the capacity to shift the entire system.’ I think of HOME in just that light: a beacon that promises calm amid the stormy waters that surround us.
John ThackaraDirector of Doors of Perception