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Resurgence groups

Resurgence groups provide an opportunity for people to meet together in local groups; sharing meditation, ideas, an eco-friendly way of life, and seasonal food.

The groups started in response to interest expressed after Resurgence weekend retreats. Many people said that they felt inspired by a weekend discussing art, spirituality, and practical ideas with other like-minded people - but that it was such a long time until the next year and there was no similar group local to them. So the obvious solution was to start a network of local groups, and use Resurgence magazine as a way of putting people in touch with each other. It seems that the moment is right and there is a groundswell of feeling that it’s time to link up with others.

If there isn’t a group near you - why not start one? People are encouraged to share responsibility and rotate houses to meet in, as this makes a more democratic community, so being the founder doesn't mean you have to take on all the work.

Each group has the flexibility to arrange their own sessions, but the basics are, a short meditation — we can provide a guidance tape but groups can use something else if they prefer — then a shared potluck meal of local in-season food, followed by a discussion on Resurgence topics, and our relationships with the issues. The frequency of get-togethers is dependent on the situation of each group.

If you are interested in starting a Resurgence group please contact Jeanette who can provide advice and information on how to do this. We can also provide you with a selection of archive issues of Resurgence, a Resurgence Readers' Group pack, posters and other resources.

We strongly recommend that before starting a group you attend at least one Resurgence event to meet the team and find out more about The Resurgence Trust. Come along to the Resurgence Summer Camp, the Resurgence Retreat or one of our other events. See the events pages for details of our events.

For more information please contact Jeanette at readersgroups@resurgence.org or telephone 01208 841824.

Resurgence groups in the UK

Aberdeenshire-Huntly
Contact: Lucy Aykroyd
email: aykroyd1@toucansurf.com
Tel: 01464 831115
Meeting monthly on a Sunday afternoon

Birmingham
Contact: Abdul Al-Seffar : 0121 426 2606
alseffar@googlemail.com
This group was formed about 7 years ago and retains a core of 10 people who meet 3 - 4 times a year. Although most meetings involve a bring and share supper and subsequent discussion of a chosen topic (eg spirituality, food production, death & dying, water usage, practical tips) they sometimes go for a walk in the local countryside using public transport, have a bread making session or watch a film followed by a discussion. New members are always very welcome and the opportunity to interact socially and informally is probably one of the most important functions of the group.

East Devon
Meet on the first Wednesday of the month, 7pm.
Venue: The Spiral Sanctuary, Combe Farm, Axmouth, Seaton, Devon
Contact: Christina, 01297 23822
tinabows@hotmail.com
This group has a short meditation followed by a discussion of 3-4 recent articles. It is part of a programme at the Spiral Centre which includes full moon walks round Seaton Labryinth, regular work parties in the Community Woodland Orchard ( or Forest Garden), wild food days, Solstice, Apple Harvest and May Day celebrations. There is also an extensive library. More local or visiting readers will be welcome.

Hampshire
Contact: Sue Routner, email: sroutner@yahoo.co.uk tel: 07773 428 229
Meeting bi-monthly on a Saturday afternoon 3 - 5pm at The Art House Southampton CIC, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW. 

Leeds
David Midgley david@schumacher-north.co.uk
Originally a Greenspirit group and now Schumacher North group who have bi-monthly meetings and usually share a meal and have an open, informal discussion on topics raised eg. art and spirituality.

Newcastle
Contact : Margaret Evans, email margaretevans.wb@gmail.com  Tel: 0191 2901516

North Cornwall
Contact: Simon Mitchell, email: simonthescribe@yahoo.co.uk (this is the preferred method of communication), tel: 01208 851356. Web: www.simonthescribe.co.uk/resurgence
Occasional meetings at St.Breward.

Wales
Newtown area
Contact :Lucy Baird,  email:luciarose@gmail.com Tel:07850143737.  This is a new group who plan to meet new members, play a little music and poetry, share some food and see what happens! 

Welsh Borders
Near Hay on Wye, 6.30pm, quarterly.
Contact: Email: elaine@gaiapartnership.org  Tel: 01981 550246. Starting with a meal, followed by a short meditation and discussion of a Resurgence article.

AROUND THE WORLD

Australia-Melbourne
Contact: Keith & Debby Badger
Email: badgers@optushome.com.au
Tel: 03-9530-8642
Meeting bi-monthly

Italy - Faedis
Contact: Mauro Cavallo
Email: cortedeimolini@libero.it
Tel: 0039 0432 728606
Sharing a passion for the countryside and alifestyle in harmony with nature. The first meeting in September included a botanical excursion in the hills of the Valley of Grivo, sharing wonderful moments between species indentification herbs and the spirit of the forest.

Portugal -Paredes de Coura
Contact: Gerda Chapuis
Email: chapuisg@gmail.com
Tel: (+351) 251 709 111
mobile (+351) 91 7017583
Meeting bi-monthly. Working with children from families with social problems

Portugal-Porto
Contact: Helena Soares
Email: helenasolaris@gmail.com
Tel: 919 541828
Meeting every two months. Working with their local secondary school exploring Soil, Soul and Society.

Portugal -Sobral Pichorro
Contact: Lizzie Daisley-Smith
Email: lizzie@korashan.com
Tel: (+351) 936 583 802
www.valedaslobas.com
Meeting bi-monthly

South Africa -Cape Town
Contact:Galeo Saintz
Email : galeo@galeosaintz.com
mobile: +27 (0) 82 888 8181
Meeting on the first Wednesday evening of every second month. Bring and share dinner. They aim to share dialogue around the themes brought to light by Resurgence and inspire and expand their local endeavours to carry these forward into their lives.

Supporting Groups

Hertfordshire
Hemel Hempstead
Contact: Paul Sandford. Email: paulsandford28@yahoo.co.uk
tel: 07767075490. This is an Interfaith group who meet and support reverential and sacred Ecology.Their intention is to cultivate awareness of issues in Resurgence and Amnesty International. They meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

London
Antara Project Group
Contact: Annemarie Borg
Email: amb@annemarieborg.com
This project focuses on the role of Artists today, how and if we can reflect as a group the concerns so many of us share today as well as express our hopes for the future. The first meeting on 15th February 2011 is a presentation of intentions and goals, understanding how people feel about their role, uniting like minded artists and organising later on a series of day conferences-performances as well as taking this project abroad.

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