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Coming Down the Mountain: Relinquishment, Resilience and Restoration in a Time of Endings

Dark Mountain
Key Info: 
  • Discover how to build deep resilience
  • Use methods drawn from theatre and ritual, collaborative writing exercises and conversations in the dark
  • One-to-one session with one of the course leaders

Dougald Hine, Charlotte Du Cann and special guest Jem Bendell

£ 795.00
Course fees include all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions.
The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon and includes four nights private accommodation with shared bathroom plus all vegetarian meals from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. If you would like to take this course as a non-residential participant, please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 1803 847237

For ten years, the Dark Mountain Project has held a unique space in which art, story and myth weave together to help us face the realities of a time of ecological unravelling. Join Dougald Hine and Charlotte Du Cann for a five dayDark Mountain journey, working with the ancient story of Inanna’s descent into the underworld and with alchemical understandings of the path through the ashes. We go in search of the deep cultural roots of today’s crises and the beauty that gives courage in the darkness, knowing that there are parts of ourselves we are called to leave behind.

We live in a time of great unravelling. The climate is changing, a mass extinction is underway, and our economies, cultures and technologies are fraying the fabric of a once-known world. The future no longer serves as a vessel for our hopes, but a shadow that many try to avoid thinking about.

Since the publication of the Uncivilisation manifesto in 2009, the Dark Mountain Project has provided a gathering point for those who are willing to face the shadow. We have been searching for ‘the hope beyond hope’, the paths that lead to the far side of despair and finding companions for the journey.

" Through Dark Mountain I’ve got to know the most incendiary, challenging thinkers, writers and makers – far more earthily radical, visionary and mind-blowing than any other group or outlet I’ve come across in my life. Interacting with them and their networks, some becoming friends, made a fundamental shift in how I see the future and my life. It’s huge for me." — Chris T-T, singer-songwriter

In this course, two of the core members of the Dark Mountain team – Charlotte Du Cann and Dougald Hine – invite you to a creative and collaborative exploration of the journey through the underworld, the dark night of the soul and the alchemical path of ashes.

As we follow in the footsteps of Inanna, what are we being called upon to relinquish? How do we build deep resilience – and how do we restore life to places of cultural and ecological brokenness?

Our aim is to find clues with which to make sense of our lives and the times in which we are living – and tools for creating ‘living-spaces’ for this work within our communities:

My sense is that only seldom is the problem that we “don’t know” – or, at any rate, that we don’t know enough. The real problem is that we don’t have a living-space in which to fully know what we know, in which to confront that knowledge and respond to it emotionally without immediately becoming entrenched in a position of fear, denial and hopelessness. (Chris Goode, The Forest and the Field: Changing Theatre for a Changing World)

We’ll use methods drawn from theatre and ritual, collaborative writing exercises and conversations in the dark – as well as drawing on tools such as the Deep Adaptation framework developed by Jem Bendell  and we are delighted to welcome Jem as a guest during this course, to take part in a conversation with the group.

All participants will have the opportunity of a one-to-one session with one of the course leaders during the week.

Dougald Hine, Charlotte Du Cann and special guest Jem Bendell
Dougald Hine

Dougald Hine

Dougald Hine wrote Uncivilisation: The Dark Mountain Manifesto with Paul Kingsnorth and together they founded the Dark Mountain Project in 2009. Since then, the project has branched in many directions, including fourteen books of collected Dark Mountain writings and artwork, as well as festivals, performances and workshops. In 2014, the New York Times could introduce the project to its readers as ‘changing the environmental debate in Britain and the rest of Europe’. Dougald spent two years as leader of artistic development at Riksteatern, Sweden’s national theatre, where he ran a monthly Dark Mountain Workshop. In 2019, he will be moving on from his work with the project, so this is the last chance to take part in a Dark Mountain course with Dougald.

Charlotte Du Cann

Charlotte Du Cann

Charlotte Du Cann is part of the core team behind The Dark Mountain Project and has worked as an editor, art editor and event curator for the project since 2013. She writes about mythology, metaphysics and cultural change and teaches collaborative creative non-fiction. In 2012 she founded and edited the grassroots newspaper, Transition Free Press and 2015 edited Playing for Time – Making Art as if the World Mattered (with author Lucy Neal), a handbook about community arts practice. Recently she has created two show-and-tell performances that explore myth as a tool for forging the future :'Divesting for Beginners', based on Innana’s descent and ‘The Red Thread’ on Ariadne and the Labyrinth.

Jem Bendell

Jem Bendell

We are delighted to welcome Jem Bendell as a guest during this course, to take part in a conversation with the group.

Jem Bendell is Professor of Sustainability Leadership and Founder of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability at the University of Cumbria. He is best known as the author of Deep Adaptation: Navigating the Climate Tragedy, a paper which has received huge attention since it's publication in July 2018. In it, he sets out an agenda for resilience, relinquishment and restoration in the face of the unfolding societal collapse which he has come to see as the inevitable consequence of climate change. Prior to the paper's publication, Jem discussed the journey that led him to these ideas with Dougald in an interview for Dark Mountain and we are delighted to welcome him as a guest teacher during this course.

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