An eight-part online series with Dougald Hine

STARTS Thursday, 14th May
8.15PM CEST | 7.15PM BST | 2.15PM EDT | 11.15AM PDT

Our plans for touring and hosting residential courses are currently on hold. Instead, we invite you to the first online offering from a school called HOME: an eight-part series with one of our founders.

What could it mean to be Homeward Bound?

In this strange spring of 2020, when many around the world remain homebound by lockdowns, here’s an invitation to a journey we can make together. It begins not with a leap into the future, but by retracing our steps.

The chances are that you were born into a culture addicted to the upward sweeping projections of growth, development and progress: history as an exponential curve, building towards the take-off of the rocket ships. Half a century after the moon landings, the billionaires of Silicon Valley are still set on claiming our destiny among the stars.

Well, perhaps you have your doubts about this direction of travel. I know I did already as a teenager – though it took years to name those doubts in a way that made sense to anyone, and longer still to start piecing together another map of where we find ourselves, what other paths might be worth taking.

In Homeward Bound, I want to retrace that journey: to revisit the encounters that helped me find my bearings, back before the Dark Mountain manifesto or the other writings and projects for which I have been responsible, and to retell the stories I learned along the way.

It touches on so much, this question of where we are bound: from how we face what we know and what we have grounds to fear about a changing climate, to the ways our lives are shaped by schooling systems, and the activities that sometimes go under the name of art. And it takes us to the encounter with mortality: our common destination, our true north, whose force has pulled the human world so far off its envisaged course in these past months.

So join me over eight evenings this spring, and let’s use this time of collective disorientation to enquire together into where we thought we were going.

Dougald Hine

How this series will work

We meet for a 75-minute session each Thursday for eight weeks, beginning on 14th May. These sessions will take place over Zoom.

The session opens at 8.15pm here in Sweden* and we have fifteen minutes to land together as a group. At half past, Dougald will open the teaching with a short talk, followed by an extended period for questions and discussion.

At the end of each week’s session, following a short break, those who wish to are invited to reconvene for the afterparty – a chance to hang out and meet each other, to see what transpires.

A video of the taught part of each session will be posted within a day or two, and these will be available for participants to view for three months after the course.

* 8.15pm Swedish time is 7.15pm in the UK, 2.15pm EDT and 11.15am PDT.

Dougald Hine is one half of a school called HOME.

His writing includes Uncivilisation: The Dark Mountain Manifesto (with Paul Kingsnorth), The Crossing of Two Lines (with Performing Pictures), Notes From Underground (an essay series for Bella Caledonia) and Clarity for Teachers (a set of 42 commentaries on Charles Davies’s reworking of a thousand-year-old Buddhist text).

He has been a founder of a series of organisations including the Dark Mountain Project, Spacemakers and School of Everything. He is currently presenting The Great Humbling podcast with Ed Gillespie.

Originally from the north-east of England, since 2012 he has been settled in central Sweden where he lives with his partner Anna Björkman, the other half of this school.