The Edward Carpenter Community
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Creative Living Now

Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Manchester

A non-residential weekend for gay and bisexual men

24 & 25 March 2018

Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Manchester

A weekend of connections, friendship, community and support as we explore what Creative Living Now means through workshops and talks, heart circles and shared meals.

We’re having to come to terms with ourselves and others in all sorts of new and unfamiliar ways. Questions of identity have come to the fore - what does it now mean to be male or female, gay or straight, and are these the only options available? How does one negotiate different conditions for livelihood alongside new religious and political groupings? This weekend explores what is involved in Creative Living Now.

Each day begins with an introductory go-round, followed by workshops exploring aspects of our theme - the individual and the social, the personal and the political - that will draw on a range of ideas and subjects (for example, art, dance, therapy, science, philosophy - the workshop list will be finalised January 2018). Each day continues with a shared lunch, further workshops and optional Heart Circles for those looking to explore a greater degree of intimacy. They’ll be plenty of time for tea and coffee, for meeting friends new and old. And our venue is in the heart of the gay village, a great place to spend the evening afterwards.

Not been on an Edward Carpenter Community event before? Creative Living Now is a great introduction to ECC.

Times and venue

24 & 25 March 2018
Saturday 10.00am - 6.00pm; Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Manchester city centre M1 3HF
£40/concessions £20 (includes vegetarian lunch on Saturday, bring vegetarian lunch to share on Sunday)


The organising team is

  • John Christey-Casson (venue and timetable)
  • Paul Melia (publicity and bookings)
  • Allen Christey-Casson (catering)

If you'd like to speak to an organiser, please contact John Christey-Casson on 01204 706531 or email drjohncasson [at] For publicity or booking enquiries please contact Paul Melia manchester [at]

Call for workshops!

Submission deadline Sunday 31 December 2017

We are still looking for individuals or small groups to run additional workshops for this event. Workshops might include art, dance, music, philosophy, politics and be on any aspect of our theme - the individual or social, the personal and the political. They can last between 50 minutes and 2 hours. This is your opportunity to become part of Creative Living Now.

Not sure about your subject? Not run a workshop before? Organiser John Christey-Casson is on hand if you would like to talk your ideas through. John can also help by arranging equipment or materials you might need. Contact John Christey-Casson (details above) to talk your ideas through.

How to book

Places available

You can book your place online here, or download a paper form to send to the booking person. You'll be asked to state how much you're going to pay for your place, and how much you'll pay now as a deposit. You can make your payment by cheque or bank transfer, and you should send it to us straight away to secure your place.

Payments for ECC events are on a sliding scale according to your income, and you're invited to pay as much or as little as you can afford. and the rates for different income levels are shown below. We also offer a limited number of bursaries to help people on very low incomes. If you don't feel you can afford the concessionary rate, we may be able to help. Please contact the booking person first to see if a bursary place is available.

Concessionary rate (for people living at benefit levels)£20.00
Normal rate (all income levels)£40.00

Please also refer to our booking terms and conditions

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