Enjoy camping and community, celebrating people of colour in nature at the Wild in the City Festival weekend!
Get away from it all without leaving the city this summer.
Wild in the City are excited to be running a 3 day camping festival in London, celebrating people of colour in nature. Join us in this first event of its kind, where we will be hosting talks from an inspiring line up, walks in London’s countryside, and natural and traditional crafts that connect us with the nature around us.
Set in the beautiful countryside of Croydon, with easy access from public transport, our festival will be bringing communities together around the campfire for a weekend of shared inspiration and experience with nature.
Small and chill, our festival will provide opportunities for relaxation, conversation and the enjoyment nature within this wonderful ancient oak woodland, home to badger, buzzards, kestral, deer and rabbits.
Our programme features inspiring keynote talks from practitioners working in nature;
Beth Collier, Nature based Psychotherapist/Anthropologist
Beth grew up in the countryside and now enjoys helping people feel at home in nature. She is a Nature-based Psychotherapist & Anthropologist who teaches woodland living skills & natural history. She is the founder of Wild in the City and Nature Therapy School.
In her work Beth supports people of colour in finding their place in UK natural settings and creates opportunities for the representation of black and Asian leadership within nature. As a researcher and social theorist she has produced ethnography of our intimate, emotional relationships with nature. This includes ethnography of disconnection & it’s impact on the development of cultural attitudes which shun nature; experiences of people of colour in nature in UK settings, and white attitudes to black presence in nature. Featured in BBC’s Nature’s New Wild, she has been a pioneer of taking psychotherapy outside of the therapy room, working in allegiance with nature to explore our emotional worlds. She has developed and theorised Nature Allied Psychotherapy as an orientation of practice. Her book, Nature Allied Psychotherapy; Exploring Relationships with Self, Others and Nature will be published by Routledge in 2020.
Dwayne Fields, Explorer
Breaking the norm, breaking expectations – Inspiring others to explore a life outdoors.
Best known for being the first black Briton to walk to the North Pole, Dwayne is also a former Club Scout and an advocate of the power of Scouting to help young people develop skills for life. Born in Jamaica, Dwayne arrived in London at age six.
He grew up in North and East London and was a victim of knife and gun crime, narrowly escaping a street shooting before deciding to forge a new path in life. He went on to complete a combined degree in Psychology, International Development and Business Management and spent three years as an apprentice electrical mechanical engineer for London underground before following his passion for the outdoors and raising funds to reach the North pole as well as many other challenges and great causes.
He hopes he can use his position to encourage more inner city young people to get out into nature. Dwayne now plans to push himself even further with an Antarctic crossing planned in 2019.
Jasmine Kamal Pasha, Photographer
Artist and photographer, Jasmine Kamal-Pasha, is inspired by nature and wildlife. The coexistence of man and nature is a topic of great breadth and depth, and it is the adaptation of wild animals to the man-made environment that she finds fascinating. In her own words, Jasmine explains, “The dispute between those who believe urban wildlife are a nuisance and those who believe they are a pleasure, is intriguing, as are the consequences that come with wildlife’s attempt to adapt.” With a background in fine art, Jasmine often creates conceptual photography, encapsulating the relationship between humans and the natural world.
Maxwell Gomera, UN Biodiversity Director
Maxwell Gomera is Director of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Branch at UN Environment and a 2018 Fellow of Aspen New Voices. He is an expert on public investments in agriculture and nature. He has over 15 years of national and international experience in biodiversity, wildlife management and socio-economic development. He has extensive experience with natural resource management institutions in Africa, having worked in various capacities within the Southern African Development Community region and in Zimbabwe. He also served as part of the UN Environment team which, in response to the multiple global crises of 2008 (fuel, food and financial) commissioned and produced a document “Global Green New Deal”, elements of which influenced significant investments in more sustainable industries such as renewable energy within the G20 and more broadly.
There will be workshops in arts and craft, bushcraft, mindfulness and nature therapy to name a few!
We have limited tickets on offer at our bargain Early Bird price – grab yours now!
Date: 16th-18th August 2019
Accommodation: Camping and shared bunk style dorms
Catering: Food stalls and self catering with catered community meal options
Tickets: Ticket price includes entry and main programme. Additional workshops will be at an extra cost.
Family tickets include up to 5 people
(max. 2 adults, max. 4 children, any additional children will be charged £15)
Refund Policy: 50% refund up to 1 month before, no refund after.
Location: New Addington, Croydon
Our festival will take place in the beautiful backdrop of Croydon’s countryside, and is easily accessible by public transport. The site is a 15 minute walk through the fields from New Addington tram stop, or a 10 minute car journey from East Croydon.
Onsite parking is available. Note: Car parking will be charged at £10 per car.