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Braziers’s iu is looking for self experimenters to participate in two weekends in June 2016 thinking about Settlement (in the sense of place)

I would like to invite you to take part in this educational experiment.


The weekends will be convened by myself, Aggie Forster, using ideas that I have been developing with learning activities for adults in a changing world. I will be helped by previous iu scholars and, of course yourself, should you choose to take part, as the weekends will be totally immersive and experiential, with little emphasis on tutor and student, but rather learning collectively.

We had our minds truly expanded as we were led to explore methods for alternative, experimental education through an outdoor session with Braziers educationalist Aggie. In small groups we shared and considered methods of integration, different forms and modes of consciousness and activity within group and solo activities – to begin to unravel (in a small way) the ways in which groups can function and how we function within these groups. As I and as U. True learning is most often in the review and reflection after the event.’ Braziers’s Supernormal artist’s residency 2016


We will start with a skeletal programme and collectively flesh it out.

    •  I hope that people who have first hand experience of migration or homelessness will take us up on the invitation.
    •  As we will be camping, we will document our decisions around choosing where to pitch our tents and the forming of a new community through self-made questionnaires and possibly film.
    • We may play ‘homestead’ a game I have invented to explore how groups deal collectively with change and we will invite new learning materials to increase others’ understanding of settlement issues.
    • I am hoping to create an opportunity for individuals to be transported to some unknown place with the minimum of kit: a small tarp, some tent pegs, a ball of string, their sleeping mat and bag, a torch and some water to spend a night of sleep or vigil in a place they have not seen by daylight.
    • In the intervening weeks between the two weekends we will research according to our individual interests and both share our research on line and devise learning materials for the group during the next weekend.
    • On the second weekend, it will be possible to take part in a building project at Braziers Park


Braziers Park, Ipsden, Nr. Wallingford, S. Oxon. OX10 5AN, where we will camp in the orchard and use the renovated cowshed as a classroom and base. (Not that we really need a classroom)


Friday evening 3rd June – Sunday 5th June and Friday evening 17th  June – Sunday 19th June (one or both weekends, but both preferred) Short notice I know, sorry.


Because we want to want to change the world through helping people think of certainties differently.

In the summer of 2015, Braziers’s iu’s Open Ended Learning camp concluded that subsequent camps should:

‘Increase understanding of (the subject matter) within a community experiment that seeks to test the efficacy of pedagogical methods that generally challenge the contemporary knowledge economy and explore libertarian learning for adults and routes to self-agency.’

Paulo Friere’s ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’ inspired us in its treatise of liberating the thinking of the ordinary person to recognise when the status quo is not working for them. Freire’s notions of critical consciousness are, we think, increasingly pertinent on our failing, post capitalistic world.

How libertarian and anarchist educational ideas of the twentieth century could inform pedagogy for grow-ups (or andragogy) also informs our ideas especially around community, self determination and play – although we recognise play can be a strange idea in an adult context.


Synthesising ideas on adult transformative learning like those of contemporary, Danish educationalist Knud Illeris, ‘A comprehensive understanding of human learning’ recognising the importance of content, community incentive and environment in creating change within.  We camp communally, cooking and eating together. This matters very much to us as it forms the community of practice (Lave & Wenger) in which we can create situational ‘strangeness’ that de-scaffolds existing learning and liberates ideas.

How Much?

Braziers’s iu need to cover costs, but it also needs people willing to take part. To this end there is a standard charge of £80/weekend. However we know that some people offer to pay more in order to support our projects; this ‘philanthropic’ rate is £144/weekend. We also offer a much reduced rate of £35/weekend for those who need it. But experience is priceless.


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The Braziers Park website

Would you like to buy this book? The first print run has been sold out, and the author is wondering whether to print again. Read on...



According to a recent review, Charles Bevan's Monkton Wyld School: The history of a progressive school in Dorset, 1940-1982 " takes you through the history of the school; you'll get to learn about the founders, teachers and hear some really interesting reminiscences of some of its earliest pupils."

The author:

"Charles Bevan spent his early childhood in Nigeria. In 1958 at the age of 11 he was sent back to school in England. It took him quite a while to adapt to life in England, and sadly his scholastic acheivement at MWS left much to be desired, so his parents moved him after three years to a school with more traditional teaching...

"Charles never forgot his years at MWS, and despite the relatively short time he spent there is certain that many of the values he holds dear to this day were instilled into him there. Writing this short history has been a way of putting this on record, and saying thank you to the founders of the school. He hopes that in doing so he also speaks for many of his fellow ex-students."


If you are interested in the book, and would like to encourage a second print run, please email Mr. Bevan using the following email address:

monktonwyldbook(at)  [substituting @ for (at)]

(PETT is not involved in the publication, but is providing a forwarding email address as part of its long tradition of support for research and for sharing  the history and heritage of this too-ephemeral field].


If there is enough interest, Mr. Bevan will feel able to go into a second print run.


The cost of the book the first time around was £21.95.




Zagreb 12th June 2015


To book or for more information contact: Mai Tassinari This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This event will consider the drama of the family of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra using music, small and large groups, to think about the therapeutic community and its origins in our community and our family. We shall look at how dynamics that remain unseen or ignored cast a shadow over our relationships driving us towards conflict and revenge, unless resolved or managed.


'Why do the same things keep happening over and over again. Hope, creation, fear and destruction’

David Jones & Sarah Trout

Tuesday 14th April 2015

11:00am to 3:00pm

Freud Museum

£25.00 (certificate of attendance, refreshments & lunch provided)

Fuller details in pdf below