The first main event of the day is the morning meeting at ten o'clock. This is when the whole camp gathers to hear the day's timetable, listen to offers and discuss any matters which have arisen over the past 24 hours. But for early risers the octagon is a meditation space from 8am and then a yoga space from 9am, although on fine days yoga takes place outside on the green.

Some of the workshops, the bushcraft for instance, are child-friendly but adults are welcome and will almost certainly learn something new. Other workshops - the contemporary dance and the singing, for instance - are aimed at adults, but children are welcome to come and get whatever they can from them.

"Knowing that the children are being nurtured and being offered this experience is very satisfying." AM 2021

For the very young, and young at heart, the day ends after dinner with a storytelling session. But if you think storytelling is just for children, come to one of the adult sessions later in the evening.  The camp boasts some fine storytellers.

Our Practitioners
The 2022 line up so far

Dance - Gaelin Little

Gaelin is a Laban-trained dance artist and somatic movement therapist. She facilitates movement improvisation and creative experiences that are both fun and expansive, using dance as a medium for a fine tuning of the senses, turning them toward a renewed discovery of ourselves and the world around us.

Bushcraft - Asa Hardy-Brownlie

Asa developed his bushcraft skills in Britain and abroad, bringing a skill set which is both wide and deep. Keen to share his knowledge, he now works as a Forest School Practitioner in a special needs school in Norfolk. Asa is excited to bring bushcraft skills, delivered with a Forest School approach, to RootStock.

Mary Lovett - Singing

Mary says "Singing is a way into a shared experience of harmony which has so many benefits for health, wellbeing and connection to others."

Storytelling and Family Activities - Vickie Holden-Swinton

A born daydreamer, Vickie loves funny, characterful storytelling and her Rootstock events will be lighthearted, fun and for everyone. You may well have seen her at a festival somewhere, or at the Discover Children's Story Centre.  More info about Vickie  can be found at

Theatre - Andy Wood

At Rootstock, you’ll have it ....
... with Andy
Some theatre games, a bit of improv... who knows, maybe a little show at the end of the week!
Andy has been facilitating Theatre of Self Expression workshops for the best part of 20 years

Green woodworking - Thomas Taylor

Tom will be sourcing wood from the forest in the traditional manner and helping us to make swords.  The skills learned have a wide range of applications.

Sword - work in progress

Peter Dunlop - Circus skills

All the way from Skye! Peter brings his stilts and clubs,  so you can try your hand at stilt-walking and juggling. He also brings his geodesic ball for us to help build and propel around the site.

There will be space in the programme to simply hang out and to practise and assimilate the skills we have learned.  Room, too, for others to share their skills - we claim no monopoly on knowledge!  

If you would like to bring an activity or lead a workshop, please make sure it does not leave behind anything which is not quickly and easily assimilated by the environment.

"Super up for Rootstock 2022 - please send me the dates as soon as they are confirmed." AH 2021