A small event with a big impact
Each year we curate a unique mix of talks, workshops and experiences to build knowledge, create breakthroughs and encourage connection. We invite in people that have inspired or touched us with their work, to conjure up an experience you’ll never forget. All aimed towards guiding you towards living a life that feels true to you, where you can make the impact you crave. Here’s just some of those you can expect to see this year.
Max St John
Why we need to stop worrying about climate change
Given what we know about the state of our planet, right now we need to be the most grounded, creative and connected version of our species that we can. But how do we do that when we're faced with daily threats of existential doom? In his talk Max St John will look at what wise action in times of climate crisis might look like and what each of us can do to start creating a future fit for all life. Max is a coach and facilitator who shows people how to get out of their own way so they can do the work they want to do and live a life that's aligned to their needs.
Make great ideas happen in 90 days
Lana Jelenjev is a community leader and learning experience designer from the Netherlands with a solid background in training, facilitation and education. She is the creator of Circles of Connection – a framework to make connections be visible and co-author of the Kickstarter-backed book: The 90 Day Action Planner: Make Great Things Happen. In her workshop participants will explore the importance of 90 day work cycles and how it can amplify your impact in the world.
Design yourself out of your business
Are you tired of being everything to everyone? You're in charge of sales, marketing, finances, admin, oh and doing your website and social media too. It's a common problem and you're not alone. The workshop run by Dirk, the founder of Hatch (an incubator for social entrepreneurs), will help you understand how to design yourself out of your business, building a team and aligning your strengths and abilities to those around you, moving your business forward.
Picture your business, vision & work
In this workshop, visual strategist, author and consultant Christine Chopyak from Colorado will teach you the basics of drawing. From there you will use templates, wicked questions and peer consulting to ‘picture’ where you are now, and where you would like to be in the next year. We also aim to co-create a BIG picture contribution for the Happy Startup community as the grand finale!
🔊 Listen to podcast interview with Christine
Very Clear Ideas
Charles Davies is the developer of Very Clear Ideas, Identity Yoga and Initiative Mapping, a three-part toolbox for finding clarity and creativity in your working relationships and in your relationship with yourself. Charles has built a career out of asking infuriatingly simple questions about what people are doing at work – and will help you to do the same.
Leading With Fearless Compassion
The hardest part of leading and influencing others is learning to lead yourself. There’s no quick fix for this. Constantly bombarded by conflicting stimuli, it’s hard to focus on what really matters: the art of being human. Sally-Anne shows you how compassion and decisive action can go hand in hand.
From misfit to maven: The story of ‘argh’ to ‘ahhh’
Ebonie Allard is a coach, author, artist, advocate and host of the popular podcast Adulting With Ebonie. She helps creative misfits reveal their superpowers by simplifying their lives, eliminating guilt and helping them be bolder, freer and happier now. Her successful first business hid a secret – it ran her, rather than the other way round resulting in both burnout and breakdown. In her talk at camp, Ebonie will candidly share the personal challenges and changes she made in order to be happy, proud and fulfilled with her fun current reality.
Leading with purpose campfire
At a time when business-as-usual is no longer sustainable, how can you be a force for good in an uncertain world? Around the fire, Nigel from School of the Wild will be using the power of the group to explore leadership and purpose from a different perspective and use nature to spark creative thinking on the bigger questions about the world as it is now. The aim is to inspire and be inspired to take actions that make a difference - individually and collectively.
🔊 Listen to podcast interview with Nigel
Your growth, on purpose
Christina Kisley is an entrepreneur and leadership coach who will kick your backside one minute and hug you the next. Christina believes that what we really need we also most fear and so in this workshop she’ll help you to break through your own fears to embrace more belonging and connection. She has a lifelong passion and strength for helping people grow and by the end of this workshop you’ll understand why we’re such big fans of her work.
🔊 Listen to podcast interview with Christina
Impacting your business model
Making positive impact and earning money are no longer mutually exclusive. In this workshop you’ll learn how to do both at the same time with your happy startup. Led by entrepreneur and innovation consultant Nick Stevens, who lives in the Netherlands, from where he helps small and medium companies to turn their business into a force for good.
Sanderson is back as the (booming) voice of Summercamp for the 6th year in a row. After years as a comedian and a performer, the bearded funny man has since co-founded Sunday Assembly – in his words ‘church without the God bits’ – and more recently Lifefulness, a practice of adapting the congregational community in a way that is secular, inclusive and evidence-based.
🔊 Listen to podcast interview with Sanderson
Sebastian Castro & Christine Raine
Once again Sebas and Christine will be joining us all the way from Costa Rica, to help you to tap into the power of stories as a way to get the right people to trust and relate to you. Empathy is at the heart of a well told story and a well told story gets heard.
📺 Watch their talk from 2018
F**k it, Do What You Love
John C. Parkin, the son of Anglican preachers, realised that saying F**k It was as good as all the eastern spiritual practices he'd been studying for 20 years. Having said F**k It to a top job in London, he escaped to Italy to set up the retreat centre The Hill That Breathes, where he now teaches regular 'F**k It Weeks' with his wife Gaia. He has been featured on T.V., such as The Graham Norton Show, and in the national press, including The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, Psychologies, Cosmopolitan and Red Magazine and written several bestsellers.
Waste is a failure of the imagination
Douglas McMaster is a chef and founder of Silo, the UK’s first ever zero-waste restaurant. Before its opening, Douglas had worked all over the world in several high profile restaurants and won BBC Young Chef of the Year. He took the title of Britain’s most irreverent chef at the first YBF awards, cooking a tasting menu comprised of food that would have otherwise been wasted. His ultimate vision is a tight-knit network of conscientious restaurants, working together to create a healthier, more sustainable alternative to the industrial food system.
The fool & the swarm
Floris Koot is the founder of Knowmads Business School, who works internationally as a process catalyst on topics such as ritual design, swarm leadership and The Way of the Fool. In his workshop he’ll invite you to playfully discover – What fits you best? And what more is possible? You’ll learn to start acting from your intuition to help yourself and the world to flourish. Discover possibilities everywhere to make a difference, find deeper meaning or start exciting new projects.
A space for collaboration
We’re big believers in the power of the crowd and so devote much of the Saturday at camp to Open Space. This is a chance for all attendees to have the conversations and curate the discussions that they want to have. We've found it a powerful way to connect people and to surface the real needs of the group. Led by experienced facilitator and virtual collaboration expert Line Morkbak.
🔊 Listen to podcast interview with Line
Creating Random Acts of Nonsense
Lesley Graney, founder, mother and northerner, started RAON as a WhatsApp group with friends, which then developed into a website, a series of live events, before blossoming into an interactive family show as part of this year’s Brighton Fringe festival. In her talk Lesley hopes to answer some of life’s biggest philosophical questions; most importantly, is the Hokey Cokey really what it’s all about?
Where the magic happens
The workshop will explore how values underpin our motivation, sense of purpose and direction in
life and work. Coach and author Pete Mosley will help you find your deepest, most motivating values. He’ll get you thinking about your own values-based personal narratives, how well they are serving us and look at examples of individuals and companies engaging at each level.
📺 Watch his talk from 2017
More speakers to be announced soon
Join Grandma Flash and the Blingo crew for a hilarious night of bingo, beats and breathtaking prizes. Expect lip sync battles, dance off's, more bling than you can throw a zimmer frame at and an out-of-your-seat bingo experience driven by an all killer, no filler Hip Hop, RnB soundtrack.
From Old Tree Co Op, this technique of making quality beverages uses infusion, skilful blending and the fermentation of all-natural ingredients. Back by demand for a second year with an all new preindustrial fermented drinks workshop.
Laurence Shorter’s Spiritual Experience
Join author, coach and comedian Laurence Shorter as he interviews 3 inspirational guests to talk about big scary topics we normally leave at home. Expect an evening of connection, conversation and cheerful introspection.
Yoga in the tipi
Stretch, soothe and balance your way into the day. A staple each morning at Summercamp and the perfect way to get things moving.
Ever been to a rave with a cup of tea? Start as you mean to go on with a mindful morning rave. This gets bigger and better each year and we’re already looking forward to it.
Nigel from School of the Wild will be leading a torch-free walk in the dark to help you connect with the natural world and your own senses.
Head out for an early morning walk led by our friends Unlost (formerly Unknown Epic). You’ll be rewarded with a moment of calm before the inspiration kicks in.
Random Acts of Nonsense
RAON is about smiles, laughter and creating memories. What started as a WhatsApp group with friends, developed into a website, before blossoming into an interactive family show as part of this year’s Brighton Fringe festival.
The Music of Trees
Geoff Robb was the winner of the 2018 Brighton Fringe Live Music Award for his solo show. His beautiful meditative compositions blend his classical training and background in healing with his love of Spanish and Celtic music.
Led by Dirk Bischoff, learn how to use a sword as an extension of your body, exploring how comfortable we are within.
Wood-fired sauna & spa
Our friends at Beach Box Sauna and Spa will once again be running our wood-fired wild wellbeing area. Expect Finnish whisking and a lesson in how to spa the right way.
We’re excited to welcome back Chris from The Thirsty Elephant and his retro camper! He’ll greet you on your way into the field with a smile, a chat and a fresh brew.
Stick it On DJs
A democratic discotheque, Stick It On is back by popular demand to give you a chance to be behind the decks and get your 15 minutes of fame. A camp highlight each year.
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DAY BY DAY
9:00 - 11:00
Arrive, meet your fellow campers and get settled in
11:00 - 12:00
Charles Davies and Floris Koot will ensure we kick off the weekend in the right way. You’ll come away feeling clearer, calmer and more connected.
12:00 - 1:00
Nutritious food from our friends at Ren’s Kitchen
1:00 - 2:40
Welcome address – Carlos Saba
Waste is a failure of the imagination – Douglas McMaster
From misfit to maven – Ebonie Allard
Why we need to stop worrying about climate change – Max St John
2:40 - 3:00
Tea, coffee & snacks
3:00 - 4:30
The fool and the swarm – Floris Koot
Picture your business, vision & work – Christine Chopyak
Design yourself out of your business – Dirk Bischoff
Your growth, on purpose – Christina Kisley
4:30 - 6:00
Wild wellbeing spa
6:00 - 7:00
7:00 - 9:00
A delicious 3 course meal (with wine)
9:00 - 11.00
The Laurence Shorter Spiritual Experience
Stick It On DJs
7:00 - 8:00
Yoga in the tipi
8:00 - 9:00
9:00 - 11:10
Talks & idea pitches
Retreat yourself – Sanderson Jones
Pitch your idea or business in 1 min
11:10 - 11:30
11:30 - 12:30
Open Space intro
Line Mørkbak and Nick Stevens will kick off this section which offers the opportunity for anyone at camp to contribute a conversation, talk or workshop
12:30 - 1:30
1:30 - 3:30
Open Space Sessions
Expect dozens of sessions across multiple venues – from the boathouse and tipi, to pagoda tent and fire pit. This is emergent, experiential learning in action.
3:30 - 4:00
4:00 - 6:00
Wild wellbeing spa
6:00 - 7:00
7:00 - 9:00
A delicious 3 course meal (with wine)
9:00 - 11.00
7:00 - 08:00
Yoga in the tipi
8:00 - 9:00
9:00 - 11:20
Lightening talks from the community
John Parkin – F**k It, Do What You love
11:20 - 11:35
11:35 - 13:15
Make great ideas happen – Lana Jelenjev
Impact your business model – Nick Stevens
Where the magic happens – Pete Mosley
Leading with purpose campfire – Nigel Berman
13:15 - 14:15
14:15 - 15:00
Closing ceremony & goodbyes
Bus leaves, departures
one piece of advice for budding changemakers
Each year at Summercamp we grab a few minutes with our speakers to get them to share their wisdom