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.

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

Amrita Illingworth - Art

Amrita, a Buddhist with Animistic tendencies, is passionate about reviving our lost ancestral connection to the natural world. His work is inspired by natural forms and by the great heritage of art from all cultures around the globe.  His greatest pleasure is to drink the nectar of inspiration that comes through artistic play.

Gaelin Little - Dance

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.

Asa Hardy-Brownlie - Bushcraft

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.

Vickie Holden-Swinton - Storytelling and Family Activities

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

Shane Ibbs - Bushcraft and Storytelling

Shane has many years’ experience teaching bushcraft skills to children, teens and adults in schools, self-directed learning communities and woodland projects.  He has also worked as a storyteller at Larmer Tree, Into the Wild and numerous other festivals and events, both entertaining and leading workshops to inspire and empower others.

Natasha Hood - Singing

Singing in harmony parts with others is Natasha's fast-track to joy! Whether around a fire, in a community centre, doing the dishes, or picking raspberries; it never fails to lift the spirits.  She especially enjoys folk and devotional songs and chants from around the world, and loves sharing them with other people

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.