Barmoor 2017: About Time

Saturday 15 April – Saturday 22 April 2017

Barmoor 2017 is About Time – Essential Information

The Event in Brief: This ECC event provides an opportunity for you to deepen your experience of yourself by living with up to 20 others as part of a community. Our theme is About Time and this event allows us to explore what About Time means to us. We ask everyone to actively engage in the week by taking part in and offering workshops. If you’ve not offered a workshop before an organiser will be happy to talk you through ideas when you book for some entry level workshops that require little or no prior experience.

All meals will be prepared under the direction of our chef for the week, Wayne. This week will be different in some respects from other ECC residential weeks – buddy time will replace base groups, for example. Please see the event description for further details.


When: Easter Saturday 15 April – Saturday 22 April 2017. 
Arrival from 4pm. Latest departure 11am.
Number of places available: 20

Where: Barmoor Country House, Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire Moors National Park, YO62 6UE

Nearest Rail Station: Malton, about 25 minutes from Barmoor. In 2016 a taxi from Malton to Barmoor cost £30. Consider planning your train journey to arrive in Malton by 3.00 – 3.30pm for taxi-sharing.

Access: The building presents challenges to people with mobility difficulties – there are no ground floor bedrooms, for example. Please email Paul Melia (Barmoor2017@btinternet.com) if you have concerns or queries.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Let us know when you book whether you have dietary requirements. All meals are included and prepared under the direction of our chef for the week, Wayne. You will be invited to undertake some kitchen duties assisting Wayne.

Alcohol: Alcohol is not served. Participants can bring their own.

This is a low-wi-fi and low-mobile event: We request phones, tablets, etc. only be used in designated areas. For information: mobile signal is poor and the nearest Wi-Fi is in the village pub 15 minutes walk away. The house has a pay phone that can take incoming calls.

Bookings Coordinator
The bookings coordinator is Paul Melia who can be contacted at Barmoor2017@btinternet.com

If you would like to speak to an organiser about any aspect of this event please phone Trevor on 07846 239784.

The Event
This ECC event provides an opportunity for you to deepen your experience of yourself by living with others as part of a community. Our theme is About Time and this week allows us to explore, What About Time means to us. We encourage you to actively engage with this by taking part in and offering workshops.

Perhaps you’ll choose to make sense of ‘about time’ through a workshop drawing on your interest in science or science fiction, philosophy or psychotherapy, history or geology, etc. Or maybe you’ll consider about time through its effects – transience and boredom or beginnings and endings, for example – often the subjects of art, music, dance and literature. About time may lead you to reflect on what makes something ‘the right time’ (e.g., it’s about time I came out) or, conversely, to explore the effects (impatience, anger, regret?) that arises when something is overdue. What does About time mean to you?

When you make your booking an organiser will be available to discuss your ideas for a workshop with you and to consider materials or support you may. If you’ve not offered a workshop before an organiser will be happy to talk you through ideas for some entry level workshops that require little or no prior experience.

The Timetable
Compared with other ECC weeks, About Time may seem more structured and we assume everyone attending will both offer and take part in workshops.
Days may vary from the sample timetable given here:

7.30-9.00 Breakfast
9.30-10.00 Reflecting Time
10.15-12.00 Workshop 1
12.30-1.30 Lunch
2.00-5.00 Free Time / kitchen time
5.30-6.45 Dinner
7.00-7.30 Buddy Time
7.45-9.45 Workshop 2
10.00 Three Fires Time

Workshops begin at 9.30am and the day concludes with Three Fires Time at 10pm. Two small 30-minute groups – Reflecting Time and Buddy Time – are offered in place of base groups. Wednesday will be our breather day – the organisers timetabling only meals and an evening heart circle. Rather than the usual end-of-week cabaret there will be a Reflecting Time event after our evening meal on Friday.

The Venue
Barmoor is situated in a remote location in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. It was built in 1908 as a family home and is now owned by a Quaker trust. The place is entirely ours for the week. The house easily accommodates 27 although the maximum number of places available is 21. Each bed is provided with one pillow and one fleece spread. Please bring your own sheets, a pillow case and a duvet or sleeping bag. There are 5 twin bedrooms, two 3-bed bedrooms, one 4-bed bedroom, 3 open fires, lots of nooks and crannies as well as a large outbuilding ideally suited for yoga, dance and other physical activities. The postcode for Google and sat-nav is YO62 6UE. Barmoor’s website (no connection with ECC) is www.barmoor.org.uk .

Not been on an ECC week before? We welcome people who have not been on an ECC week before. An idea of ECC’s aims and intentions are given on the website and the organisers of this event are available to discuss you to expect on an ECC week.

The Organisers
Paul Melia (Barmoor2017@btinternet.com) has attended ECC events over the past 8 years and co-organised both ECC Easter Spring Celebration events

Trevor Newton (trevorknewton@icloud.com / 07846 239784) Trevor has been a regular at ECC since he stumbled across the group nine years ago, around the same time as he fell out of the closet. He has co-organised a number of weeks, and was the Rainbow editor until last autumn.

Hello I’m Woodchild Wayne – some will know me as a Resident at Laurieston Hall, others as faerie from Featherstone, and some won’t know me at all.  I’ll be cooking for this About Time event. My cooking style is healthy comfort food and I’m rather partial to a bit of cake. I’m a true believer that the way to men’s hearts is through the tummy and I look forward to meeting all of yours soon!

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