a school called


A gathering place and a learning community for those who are drawn to the work of regrowing a living culture

This summer we are settling into our new HOME in the town of Östervåla, an hour’s bus ride northwest of Uppsala.

Join us for one of our open events with Community Builder in Residence, Jack Richardson on 3 and 10 July – or sign up to the newsletter for announcements about online courses this autumn.

Jack Richardson keeping the fire at the Dark Mountain 10th anniversary celebration, Oxford, July 2019. (Image: Andy Broomfield)


with Jack Richardson, Anna Björkman & Dougald Hine

3 & 10 July 2021 – Åbyvägen 12, Östervåla

Over the past three years, a community has begun to gather around this school. Earlier this year, we moved into a pair of old buildings and a patch of land that will be a long-term home for our work. We’ve invited Jack Richardson to spend four weeks helping us deepen our understanding of these buildings, the work that will be involved in reimagining them and bringing them fully into use, and how we involve the community in this process.

In these two public events, we’ll share our work-in-progress and what we’ve learned so far about the shape the school is taking. Jack will guide us in learning to look more closely at the buildings and demonstrate some of the techniques we’ll be using as we start to renovate them.

Jack Richardson is a Community Builder in all senses of the word: a highly-skilled craftsman, experienced in working with old buildings, he specialises in creating projects where people come together around the tasks of repairing and restoring, building community through working alongside each other. He’s also a longstanding collaborator of ours, not least through his work with the Kairos Collective, a physical theatre troupe that grew out of the Dark Mountain festivals.

Both events will run from 13.00 to 16.00 and take place outdoors, weather allowing. Fika will be provided. Places are limited and priced at 100kr, so please book in advance.

a place to call HOME

It is with great excitement that we share the news that we have found a long-term home for this school! After a long search, we are now settling into our new surroundings in the small town of Östervåla, thirty miles northwest of Uppsala.

Read more here – or listen to this recording of the Zoom session in November 2020, where we told the story of how we ended up here and answered questions about our hopes and intentions.

When Your Ancestors Are the Problem

In June 2020, we hosted a one-off online workshop with Rev. Sara Jolena Wolcott. In this follow-up video, Dougald spoke with Sara about her journey into working with origin stories and put to her some of the questions from participants which there wasn’t time to answer during the live session.