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Positive Futures


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Yurts - TEEPEE VALLEY, TALLEY, SOUTH WALES Teepees Tinkers Bubble - SOMERSET Tom & Emily - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE Jane - BRITHDIR MAWR, NEWPORT, WEST WALES Roundhouse & Cob - CAE MABON, LLANBERIS, Self-Portrait - LIVING ART & SCIENCE CENTRE, ABERDARON The Strawbaler - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE Strawbaler - ST. DOGMAELS, CARDIGAN, WEST WALES Woodhouse Wood - LLANDOWROR, ST. CLEARS, WEST WALES Holtsfield - HOLTSFIELD, SWANSEA, SOUTH WALES Holtsfield - HOLTSFIELD, SWANSEA, SOUTH WALES Francis & Rawley - SHAFTESBURY, DORSET Roundhouses - VALE OF GLAMORGAN & CARDIFF Brithdir Mawr - NEWPORT, WEST WALES Tom - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE Tim & Anaïs - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE Tim Halewood - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE Lenny - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE Coed Hills - RURAL ARTSPACE & STORYTELLING FESTIVAL International Storytelling Festival - ST. DONATS Gareth - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST. HILARY Simon & Jasmin, Lynette & ‘Fino’ caterers Kevin Phil in the Woods - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE Coed Hills Rural Artspace - ST.HILARY Coed Hills Rural Artspace - ST.HILARY Ali & Lynsay Steve Hubback - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE Max (Shire Horse) & Robin - COED HILLS Mansell Gamage - HEREFORDSHIRE Siddhen - LLANSAWEL, SOUTH WALES Eco Dysgu - TONDU, SOUTH WALES Hank - TEEPEE VALLEY, TALLEY, SOUTH WALES Opening Ceremony of BuddhafIeld 2005 Bhuddafield 2005 Lenny, Rawley & Branwen - BUDDHAFIELD 2005

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Yurt Family - TEEPEE VALLEY, TALLEY, SOUTH WALES Kari - TEEPEE VALLEY, TALLEY, SOUTH WALES Steve - TINKERS BUBBLE, SOMERSET The Pod - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE Tony & Jane - BRITHDIR MAWR, NEWPORT, WEST WALES Eric Maddern - CAE MABON, LLANBERIS, NORTH WALES Mike - MORFA NEFYN, NORTH WALES Suzanne - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE Rachel Whitehead - ST. DOGMAELS, CARDIGAN Jo & Clare - WOODHOUSE WOOD, ST. CLEARS, WEST WALES Holtsfield - HOLTSFIELD, SWANSEA, SOUTH WALES Miss Butterfield - HOLTSFIELD, SWANSEA, SOUTH WALES Francis - SHAFTESBURY, DORSET Dafydd - MUSEUM OF WELSH LIFE, ST. FAGANS, CARDIFF Peter - BRITHDIR MAWR, NEWPORT, WEST WALES Fred - MANSELL GAMAGE, HEREFORDSHIRE Anaïs, Ayla & Gerty - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE Tim Halewood - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE Sarah, Branwen & Roy Harper - COED HILLS Lynette - INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL 2005 John - INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL 2005 Gareth - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST. HILARY Elfie, Jasmin & Cosmo - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE Kevin - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE Phil in the Woods - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE Nigel - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST. HILARY Richard - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE Ali • Living Recipricol Spiral - COED HILLS Carrie • A sadhak of Swami Shivkrupanand Aaron • ‘Khagool’ band practice - CARDIFF Brian - MANSELL GAMAGE, HEREFORDSHIRE Rawley & Siddhen - LLANSAWEL, SOUTH WALES Pulling up Himalyan Balsam - ECO DYSGU Boy & Jackdaw - BUDDHAFIELD 2005 Opening Ceremony of Buddhafield 2005 Opening ceremony of Buddhafield 2005 Rawley & Branwen - BUDDHAFIELD 2005

Contents

- POSITIVE FUTURES

Yurts Teepees Benders & Logcabins Bender Roundhouse Roundhouse Logcabins Strawbaler Strawbaler Roundhouse Pre-fabs Pre-fabs Roman Temple Roundhouse Strawbaler Yurt Railway carriage Treebog Railway Carriage Logcabin Squirt Logcabin Mushroom Reciprocal Spiral

Yurt


Introduction

- POSITIVE FUTURES

A documentary photography Some Facts:

67 photographic films (at a cost of £150 approx) were used to take 658 exposures between Tuesday 7th June and Thursday 28th July 2005 for this project.

study on low-impact living by Ed Gold

T oday there are growing number of people who are

concerned with how the planet is being treated and the

Out of this 7 week period two weeks were spent developing and scanning in film. It then took a further 2 weeks (11th August) to put this book together.

ways in which society says we should live. Many of

these people are opting to ‘get off the grid’ and away

192 images where scanned from film into a computer which took 20minutes per image. That means 64 hours where spent scanning alone. Out of these; 145 were chosen and appear in this book. Furthermore 2500 miles in this time were covered to bring these photographs to the page.

from the systems that govern our everyday lives, which they feel are negative.

Individuals and families are making informed decisions

about their futures and feel that by using alternative

This project has not been supported with a grant by anyone and has been carried out because it is my passion. The cost of time and resources is considerable and I put these figures down to make the reader aware of what sort of effort this takes. [816 hours to date!]

energy sources and making their own homes they are

contributing to a better world. This shift in conscience

will bring about less stress on the earth and the return

I would like to thank all from Coed Hills Rural Artspace and everyone who appears in this book; especially Rawley Clay. I also give much thanks to Donal Whelan and Kate Wheeler from St. Hilary Roundhouse.

to nature that is needed to ensure a correct balance.

This collection of photographs, taken over a period of 5

weeks is meant to give a brief and varied insight into

Equipment used:

how thoughtful and committed citizens are making their

All photographs were taken with a PENTAX 6x7 MK1 camera with 55mm lens apart from the panoramic photographs: taken with a Hasselblad XPan with 45mm lens. All film used was ILFORD: HP5 Plus, Delta 100, Delta 400 and Delta 3200. Developed with ILFORD ID-11 film developer and ILFORD Rapid Fixer. A Canon D2400U flatbed scanner was used with a Macintosh G3 Lombard laptop with 64MB RAM.

own positive futures. Such have been the actions of

Further to writing to PENTAX UK asking for help with equipment for a proposed trip to Patagonia to document its Wesh community I am proud to say that PENTAX are sponsoring me.

our best to tread lightly on the earth. This means living

people that Wales has become the 1st country in the world to have a ‘low-impact’ policy.

By minimising our consumption, recycling materials,

sharing resources and conserving nature we must do in a simple way that has the least possible impact on the environment.

“BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD”

Ghandi


Danni takes ‘skins’ off the line after a sunny day of ‘airing’.

This Yurt traditionally uses packed earth on the floor with

Many homes have their own vegetable gardens and this

movement of energy and helps people connect with the earth.

insulate the ground when sleeping. The ‘skins’ are sheepskin.

Keshara, Madhara & Dharma have been living here for two

Living and sleeping in a circle; a Yurt or Teepee causes a

reeds on top. The ‘skins’ are laid on top of these which help to

Yurts 1

family kindly invited us to stay for food. Veni, Syamala, years.

TEEPEE VALLEY, TALLEY, SOUTH WALES

•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Yurt Family

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- TEEPEE VALLEY, TALLEY, SOUTH WALES


Old friends share a Teepee to enjoy each others company on the first night of Buddhafield 2005.

The ‘Guest Lodge’ at Teepee Valley is left empty so that

The ‘Sun Lodge’ at Buddhafield 2005 is a vast Teepee which

sometimes treated to the spectacle of a child climbing up the

and comfortable bedding.

guests always have a welcome place to stay. Visitors are outside of the Teepee to get into the ‘Crown’ at the top.

accommodates happy people, beautiful plants, a camp fire

The Teepee and Yurt are revered as spiritual homes and have

been described as ‘upturned cups’ or ‘ears to the ground’ which send out vibrations across the earth.

Teepees 3

•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Kari

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- TEEPEE VALLEY, TALLEY, SOUTH WALES


The house is an original wooden pre-fab which was popular

with town and city people to stay in at week-ends and

holidays in the 1930’s. Communities of pre-fabs also grew

These friends share their house together and have lived in the community since they were born 22 years ago.

because bombed-out families in World War Two needed

I heard the guitar without seeing the player and followed the

sound until I was at the back of the house; I found him exactly

like this.

temporary accommodation. Many people enjoyed living in them and stayed on after the war.

Holtsfield 5

- HOLTSFIELD, SWANSEA, SOUTH WALES

•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Steve

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- TINKERS BUBBLE, SOMERSET


Tom uses a static ‘Tree - bog’. With the sights and sounds of a summers day - what more could you ask for?!

Emily, a student of Camarthen colleges ‘3D Sculptures in the

Landscape’ - the only course like it in the country.

Emily and John working hard towards the St. Donats

Storytelling Festival. Many hours were spent rehearsing.

Tom and Emily take time off to climb a nearby Oak tree. Tom respectfully

removes his boots; apparently if an Oak doesn’t like you - you’ll be thrown out of its branches!

Tom, on the same course as Emily, spends his holiday making Yurts at Coed Hills.

Tom & Emily

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST.HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


The Pod

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST. HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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Jane

- BRITHDIR MAWR, PEMBROKESHIRE NATIONAL PARK, NEWPORT, WEST WALES

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Tony & Jane

- BRITHDIR MAWR, PEMBROKESHIRE NATIONAL PARK, NEWPORT, WEST WALES

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Eric Maddern is a story-teller and runs Cae Mabon; a centre of great spirituality and incredible buildings.

The ‘Cob’ - an incredible building made from clay and straw. It

is used by visitors to sleep in.

Roundhouse & Cob 11

The Cob is aired weekly to keep the interior clean and fresh.

CAE MABON, LLANBERIS, NORTH WALES

•Hereford •Carmarthen •Cardiff •Taunton


Eric Maddern

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- CAE MABON, LLANBERIS, NORTH WALES


Self-Portrait

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- LIVING ARTS AND SCIENCE CENTRE, ABERDARON, NORTH WALES


Mike

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- MORFA NEFYN, NORTH WALES


The Coed Hills strawbaler is home at the moment to Suzanne

and her children. It is very warm in winter and cost-effective

to build.

It’s a fun place to live and there’s plenty of space under the bed to store things.

Whilst raking John found a ‘beetle - grub’ and teaches

Suzanne’s girls all about it. ‘Traditional Play’ is encouraged; where children don’t rely so much on electronic games and

spend more time outside.

The Strawbaler

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST.HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Suzanne

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST.HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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Rachel was a contemporary dancer in New York and

Colombia before coming back home to settle. She makes

This is the first floor where Rachel practices Yoga.

One of only 2 ‘load - bearing’ (2 storey) straw bale structures

in Europe; the other one is in Ireland. Almost complete Rachel has modelled a Swan into the outside wall after 2 Swans

remedies from flowers; seen here with some on the roof of

arrived in Cardigan as she was building it. There is also an

her strawbaler.

‘infinity’ symbol above.

Strawbaler 17

- ST. DOGMAELS, CARDIGAN, WEST WALES

•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Rachel Whitehead

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- ST. DOGMAELS, CARDIGAN, WEST WALES


View looking up to Joe’s roundhouse.

Joe, 25, built the roundhouse himself. A talented musician, he

Joe and his father Alan relax at a communal Roundhouse they

cross-sections of logs and has the game ‘

and eating area as well as a place to live each.

is inspired by Africa and plays the. The floor is made from the ‘ built into it .

made in their wood. They have also built a ‘Round’ kitchen

Clare, a friend of Joes, gets an evening campfire started in

order to cook a meal.

Woodhouse Wood 19

- LLANDOWROR, ST. CLEARS, WEST WALES

•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Jo & Clare

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- WOODHOUSE WOOD, LLANDDOWROR, ST. CLEARS, SOUTH WALES


Holtsfield

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- HOLTSFIELD, SWANSEA, SOUTH WALES


Holtsfield

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- HOLTSFIELD, SWANSEA, SOUTH WALES


Enjoying a sunny day next to a ‘geo - dome’.

Dae is a warden who works nearby and has lived in Holtsfield

community for over 30 years.

Miss Butterfield was born in India 91 years ago and has been

living at Holtsfield the longest time. She is a great piano player, a devout Christian and mind of knowledge.

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- HOLTSFIELD, SWANSEA, SOUTH WALES

•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Miss Butterfield

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- HOLTSFIELD, SWANSEA, SOUTH WALES


Francis Dineley & Rawley

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- SHAFTESBURY, DORSET


Francis Dineley

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- SHAFTESBURY, DORSET


The ‘St. Hilary Roundhouse’ was built by 3 friends; one of

Next to the big Celtic Roundhouses (see right photo) at the

house builder and thatcher (see Museum of Welsh Life).

skills and build a smaller one themselves.

them being Dafydd, 30, who is an experienced Celtic RoundHere late-night partygoers from a nearby house come to

Museum of Welsh Life children get a chance to learn new

appreciate the vastness and quality of the structure which

Dafydd, in background, takes a break from a new Thatch that

he has almost finished at the Museum of Welsh Life. There are 3 Celtic Roundhouses here and fifteen years ago he

helped thatch the other two.

stands in a garden and was built for fun.

Roundhouses -

VALE OF GLAMORGAN & CARDIFF, SOUTH WALES

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•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Dafydd

- MUSEUM OF WELSH LIFE, ST. FAGANS, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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Tony & Jane prepare to go away to an annual Dance Camp

where they teach circle dancing.

The Roundhouse kitchen.

Peter and Splodgie. Peter has been volunteering at Brithdir Mawr and helps alot in the vegetable garden, he lives in a

‘Bender’ in the woods. Although solar power is relied upon no

other energy is allowed and mobile phones users are asked to ‘switch off’ when visiting.

BRITHDIR MAWR, PEMBROKESHIRE NATIONAL PARK, NEWPORT, WEST WALES

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•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Peter

- BRITHDIR MAWR, PEMBROKESHIRE NATIONAL PARK, NEWPORT, WEST WALES

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Tom

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST. HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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Fred

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- MANSELL GAMAGE, HEREFORDSHIRE


Tim & Ana誰s

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST.HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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Ana誰s, Ayla & Gerty

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST. HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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Tim thinks about his next job on the tree - bog.

Nina tries out one of two portable ‘Tree - bogs’ that Tim made for the St. Donats Storytelling Festival 2005. Walk up steps,

close the double doors, sit down and poo collects in a large

Tim waxes the bow to his violin prior to providing background music for John & Lynettes Storytelling light show.

woven basket underneath. The poo composts and is used to fertilize fruit trees.

Tim uses wooden Dutch clogs to work in; comfortable and safe - especially when fencing!

Tim Halewood

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST.HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Tim Halewood

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST.HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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Lenny

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST. HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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Sarah, Branwen & Roy Harper

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST. HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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Lynette practising for St. Donats Storytelling Festival.

Bongo lesson.

Sunday 3rd July 2005. Full-time volunteers from Coed Hills

The show is called ‘Isaac’s Dream’ and uses shadow play and

Rural Artspace help John & Lynette at St. Donats Storytelling Festival to perform a one-night only show.

Lynette sets the beat for a party keen to learn.

props to tell a story of a man who sails his cart out to sea.

COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE & INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Lynette

- INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL 2005, ST. DONATS, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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Sheila, Johns sister, helps to apply last minute touches to

‘Isaac’ at the St. Donats Storytelling Festival.

A ‘behind the stage’ view on the big night shows how the shadow and light puppetry is done.

Leon, 3, climbed up this fir-tree one morning to escape from

his mum. His dexterity shows through; his performing parents John and Lynette have backgrounds in the circus.

The family are full-time resident volunteers at Coed Hills Rural Artspace.

At the storytelling finale a wire and paper frame face of Isaac

is set on fire.

St. Donats castle is the setting for the International Storytelling Festival 2005.

International Storytelling Festival 2005

- ST. DONATS, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


John

- INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL 2005, ST. DONATS, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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Gareths Logcabin

Gareth and ‘Boo’

Gareth

Gareth, Rawley & Gerty. Tidying up the workshop. Anything that doesn’t work or isn’t used is put aside for recycling.

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST.HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Gareth

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST.HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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Simon & Cosmo.

Simon, far right, is a talented landscape photographer and

technician. Here he helps with lighting at ‘The storytelling’.

Jasmin and Lynette collect ‘greens’ for an evening salad in

one of Coeds poly - tunnels. The community aims to be a self -

sufficient as possible.

The ‘Fino’ caterers at St. Donats Storytelling use Yurts for

their customers to eat in. They serve food from far - countries to many people at different festivals.

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•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Elfie, Jasmin & Cosmo

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST.HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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Meal time for all outside Kevs ‘Squirt’. A Squirt is a smaller

version of a Yurt; Kevin can live comfortably in this all year

Jam session.

Kevin puts up his ‘Pop-up’ which is made from bamboo as opposed to the thick strong wood of Yurts. As the name

round. The ‘Crown’ - the circular hoop on top of the roof - can

suggests; it is quick to erect, light and highly portable. Yurts,

be opened (pictured) for ventilation and a wood-burning stove

Squirts and Pop-ups all rely on canvas for their coverings.

provides heat and a place to cook.

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•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Kevin

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST.HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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A dustbin lid fans a morning campfire in order to make coffee.

Cernunnos - The Celtic Horned God (The Lord and Protector of Wild Animals)

Phil has made this Horse skull into a traditional

‘Mari Lwÿd’ head (in Welsh, Y Fari Lwÿd). The Mari Lwÿd is an ancient custom with which people in Glamorgan and Gwent

used to mark the passing of the darkest days of midwinter.

Vivian, Phil's girlfriend.

Forest interaction.

Phil in the Woods

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST. HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Phil in the Woods

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST.HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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When Dominic isn’t working as a tree-surgeon he works on commissions from the Coed workshop. This is an Owl box.

Ed Halewood; Tims brother. Ed sees himself as a ‘Pied - Piper’

‘Nigel’s Mushroom’. Nigel (Jasmins Dad) built this for kids to

countryside. His ambition is to ‘clean up Wells in Wales’ and

background are the static ‘Compost Toilets’; with no flushing

and would like to take people out of the city to live in the have free fresh water for all.

play in and plans to make more around the country. In the

water you throw wood chippings down the toilet to help the

compost ‘break down’.

‘Roy Harper’ - the lovely lurcher takes a nap in an old

armchair.

COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST.HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Nigel

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST. HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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Richard at St. Donats Storytelling Festival. Chiefly concerned

Steve Hubback - Percussionist and Sculptor is filmed by

erecting Wind Turbines and sorting out Solar Power.

lives in Iceland where he makes Gongs.

with Alternative Energy Richard helps at Coed Hills with

talented young cameraman Tom Swindell. Steve is Welsh but

COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST.HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Richard

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST.HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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Whilst a student at Camarthen college Ali built a ‘living

recipricol spiral’ in Coed wood. She takes a break from work

on the roof: fixing up a ‘Camera Obscura’ in place so a light

Ali places crystals and ornaments amongst the wood inside

the spiral.

Ali and Lynsay. Lynsay is a children's party clown and has

used his skills to travel the world. After 25 years of visiting

thirty countries he has returned home to Wales to spend more

reflection of the outside trees are reflected on the floor

time with his family.

inside.

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•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Ali • Living Recipricol Spiral

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST. HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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Steve Hubback

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST. HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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Carrie • A sadhak of Swami Shivkrupanand

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST. HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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Max (Shire Horse) & Robin

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST. HILARY, VALE OF GLAMORGAN, SOUTH WALES

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Aaron • ‘Khagool’ band practice

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- CARDIFF, SOUTH WALES


Demellda is a friend of the woods and came bearing eggs on

this morning.

Lenny (foreground; in Elf hat) gets a morning fire going for hot

Plan view of the kitchen. Dave, seated nearest to the old Fiat

covers a seating area and workshop, another canvas

well known in Yurt communities. He is seen on the cover of

water and to make toast. In the background one canvas

suspended to the side of a 4 ton ex - army truck makes the kitchen area.

has been pro-active in the forming of this community and is this book; ‘sketching’ in his own Yurt which is beautifully decked out.

Fred, 24, watches a spider descend from the ceiling in the

back of his van. This is a temporary place to sleep whilst he builds his Yurt.

Mansell Gamage 61

- HEREFORDSHIRE

•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Brian

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- MANSELL GAMAGE, HEREFORDSHIRE


Siddhen

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- LLANSAWEL, SOUTH WALES


Rawley & Siddhen

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- LLANSAWEL, SOUTH WALES


Caz’s kitchen.

Collecting washing. Caz lives in a ‘geo-dome’ and is part of a team who work with children to help better their lives.

“Stepping into the circle” was originally a 3 day event in

September 2001 that helped disadvantaged kids. That is how ‘Eco Dysgu’ came about; a centre which takes creativity in a natural environment, supported by healing practices, to repressed kids. “Learning to heal - healing to learn”.

In groups of ten children, with a tutor and healer who teach

willow weaving, hat making and jewellry, for example, and

Raiki the results are astonishing.

ECO DYSGU, TONDU, SOUTH WALES

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•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Pulling up Himalyan Balsam

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- ECO DYSGU, TONDU, SOUTH WALES


Hank

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- TEEPEE VALLEY, TALLEY, SOUTH WALES


Boy & Jackdaw

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- BUDDHAFIELD 2005, WELLINGTON, SOMERSET


Watching the Opening Ceremony of BuddhafIeld 2005

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- WELLINGTON, SOMERSET


Opening Ceremony of Buddhafield 2005

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- WELLINGTON, SOMERSET


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- WELLINGTON, SOMERSET

•Carmarthen•Hereford •Cardiff •Taunton


Opening ceremony of Buddhafield 2005

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- WELLINGTON, SOMERSET


Lenny, Rawley & Branwen

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- BUDDHAFIELD 2005, WELLINGTON, SOMERSET


Rawley & Branwen

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Yurt Family Kari

- TEEPEE VALLEY, TALLEY, SOUTH WALES

- TEEPEE VALLEY, TALLEY, SOUTH WALES

Steve

- TINKERS BUBBLE, SOMERSET

The Pod Jane

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE

- BRITHDIR MAWR, NEWPORT, WEST WALES

Tony & Jane

Holtsfield

- LIVING ART & SCIENCE CENTRE, ABERDARON

Peter Tom

Fred

- ST. DOGMAELS, CARDIGAN

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Francis & Rawley Dafydd

Jane fetches logs for the fire. Both Jane & Tony wear ‘recycled slip-ons’ :Wellington boots with the heel and uppers cut away. Ideal for just popping out in. Nobody would have known they both lived here it is so well camoflarged had it not been for a plane spotting a solar panel on the roof .

Eric, who used to live in Australia and worked with Aboriginals, runs ‘storytelling’ courses from Cae Mabon. In the background you’ll notice the main round house storytelling takes place.

Miss Butterfield Francis

Apparently the ‘London Boys’ built this home in Coed Woods. It sits on a wooden platform above the tree floor; its ceiling is made from different sizes of interwoven plastic piping. The Pod is home to whoever happens to be volunteering at Coed, here Emily and Tom enjoy its comfort.

- CAE MABON, LLANBERIS, NORTH WALES

Rachel Whitehead Holtsfield

Steve has been living at Tinkers for twelve years. He lives in this home at present but has been working on a large wooden framed log cabin nearby where he would like to live for the rest of his life.

Tony & Jane built this roundhouse and have gone through many distressing years of fighting to continue living in it. The local authorities at first were determined to make them pull it down, subsequent demonstration has led to a positive turnaround and Wales now has the 1st low-impact policy in Europe.

Mike - MORFA NEFYN, NORTH WALES Suzanne - COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE Jo & Clare

After walking down from the top where the caravans and static homes are, toward the Yurts and Teepees at the bottom of the valley we met a lady whose daughter was keen to show us her climbing skills. Children climbing up to stand in the crown of the Teepee is a traditional welcome for new visitors.

- BRITHDIR MAWR, NEWPORT, WEST WALES

Eric Maddern Self-Portrait

This family have been living at Teepee Valley for two years. Many people were reluctant to be photographed but these kind people not only gave their permission but invited us to stay for a meal. We ate pasties, pasta and pesto and a salad picked from their garden.

- SHAFTESBURY, DORSET

After photographing Mike in Nefyn/ Eric in Llanberis I was given the number of a community rumoured to be starting up in Aberdaron. Pip & Dafydd Hughes wouldn’t be photographed so I took a self-portrait of the proposed Exhibition Centre, in background: ‘The Living Arts & Science Centre’. I was keen to see what was going on in the North of Wales and link it with the South and West. A small intentional community of log cabins are starting up in a forest which uses sustainable wood to build from. Mike is very environmentally aware and runs his vehicle on ‘bio-fuels’ which are less polluting. Here Suzanne reads in The Strawbaler before going to sleep. She originally comes from Denmark but prefers it here in Britain, the moon and stars that hang above her head were put up before she moved in; Simon & Jasmin once lived here. This is the back view of the house. Rachel had her eye on this wood for many years and when she came into some money she made an offer to the owner. The Strawbaler is almost complete and she has had volunteers help her including Mike; above. Jo built this small roundhouse himself to live in when he isn’t studying music at college. His Father, Alan, bought the wood and together they have built some great wooden buildings. I was taken into the kitchen of these friends, who were washing up at the time and asked if they'd mind having their picture taken. The chap on the left is a music writer and the pre-fab was full of instruments. I asked how long it had been standing and he replied “one thousand years”. After I first photographed ‘the friends enjoying sun’(page 23 - far left) I went down to the main green rectangle that sits in the middle of the community. I heard a guitar and investigated where it was coming from. The lad, a photography student was shy of having his photo taken but keen to show me his work. Dae the warden introduced us to Miss Butterfield and Nina (‘treebog’ - page35) and I were invited in. Miss Butterfield has been living here for 34 years. Her Father lived in India and was a map-maker. `We listened to her ‘Discotheque’; a CD recording of her playing the piano which was brilliant. A friend, we stopped at Francis’s house to ask permission to look at his temple. Despite being in the middle of an afternoon sleep he happily obliged with ‘reluctant modesty’ to come with us. Rawley was shown the bell and had great pleasure in sounding it until told to stop.

- SHAFTESBURY, DORSET

Francis built this Roman Temple in one of his fields. Mainly by himself he brought materials in the back of his customised Citreon 2CV and over the years put it up. Close by the temple is overlooked by a castle built also by himself which took twenty years to complete. He occasionally dines with friends in them.

- MUSEUM OF WELSH LIFE, ST. FAGANS, CARDIFF

Almost finished and with a happy smile Dafydd packs straw into the top of the roundhouse thatch. The roundhouses attract many interested visitors and one of the 3 buildings had a fire going inside to demonstrate what it must have been like a long time ago.

- BRITHDIR MAWR, NEWPORT, WEST WALES

Not many people were around this day and after visiting Tony & Jane, Peter showed me the other homes. This strawbaler is Emmas who was away at the time. I was going to photograph Peters Bender in the woods but ‘wood-spirits’ don’t like electrics (from my camera) and Peter kindly asked me not to.

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE

I had only been at Coed Hills for an hour before I was told to walk around the woods and investigate what goes on; I met Tom near the entrance. During his holidays from college Tom has opted to build Yurts during the summer and teach some workshops to children.

- MANSELL GAMAGE, HEREFORDSHIRE

Whilst on the road with Rawley we visited Mansell Gamage; a Yurt community in the woods. Fred, 24, is in the process of finishing his first Yurt just using hand tools. Under canvas an old hat in a vice, attached to a log, softens the grip on a Yurt crown. He ‘bent’ the wood in a home-made ‘steamer’.

Tim & Anaïs

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE

Anaïs, Ayla & Gerty Tim Halewood Lenny

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE

Just off out I managed to catch the couple as they were heading to their car. Really happy with the individual photos I already had of them I was aware that I should show where they lived. Anaïs had Ayla in the Yurt, background, earlier this year. A railway carriage is attached to it on one side. This was one of the first photos I took at Coed Hills. Ayla, at 5 weeks old was being breast-fed and I crouched down under a mezzanine bed to get all the wall of the railway carriage in. Light gets in through the ceiling and it was calm and tranquil inside. Tim is a sculptor but also an accomplished musician and ‘tree-bog’ builder. Around since the founding days of Coed Hills he works hard to keep it running efficiently. Lenny used to live in London but finds living in the woods good for healing the ‘bruised brain’. He is very knowledgeable about the state of the environment keen for people to wake up to the beauty of the world around them.


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Sarah, Branwen & Roy Harper Lynette John

- INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL 2005

- INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL 2005

Gareth

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Elfie, Jasmin & Cosmo Kevin

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Phil in the Woods Nigel

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Ali • Living Recipricol Spiral Steve Hubback

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Carrie • A sadhak of Swami Shivkrupanand - COED HILLS

Aaron • ‘Khagool’ band practice Brian

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Pulling up Himalyan Balsam Hank

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- MANSELL GAMAGE, HEREFORDSHIRE

Siddhen

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- TEEPEE VALLEY, TALLEY, SOUTH WALES

Boy & Jackdaw

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Opening Ceremony of BuddhafIeld 2005

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Opening Ceremony of Buddhafield 2005

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Opening ceremony of Buddhafield 2005

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Lenny, Rawley & Branwen Rawley & Branwen

One of Johns stunts, taken in his huge tent that he made prior to the ‘storytelling’. John used to have his own Circus called “Snap Dragon” and has been performing and working with wood for a long time. ‘Isaacs Dream’; the puppet light show they put on at St. Donats took centre stage. Gareth is a wood-worker both on the bench and in the forest. He lives in a log cabin in the wood at Coed Hills and owns 2 three-legged dogs called ‘Oggy’ and ‘Boo’. He has been a tree-protester and has passionate feelings about society and the way the planet is treated. Here he watches a ‘storytelling’ practice. Anaïs and Jasmin wear simple baby slings to carry their smallest around. Elfie, left, dozes whilst Jasmin chats to Iolo who teaches ‘drumming’ in a railway carriage at Coed Hills. Having a baby held close to the mother is said to be comforting and Elfie always seems to be content.

Phil has been coming to Coed a few times a week for a couple of years and has made an incredible clearing in the woods. He is fascinated by Celtic art & tradition and sleeps in a shelter he built from wooden off-cuts. I asked him about Cerunnos and he provided a mask that he made himself. Nigel used to work in demolition but came to visit Coed Hills to visit his daughter; Jasmin and stayed. Good humoured, friendly and hard working Nigel set about building a Giant Mushroom for children to play in. Either too busy elsewhere or resting I still haven’t managed to get Richards photograph doing what he does best. Richard works for a ‘Green’ company that organizes alternative energy and he can be found putting up wind-turbines or welding up hydro-turbines. He also meditates for 2 hours everyday.

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE

Max (Shire Horse) & Robin

After half a year of preparation Lynette is able to jump for joy as the day approaches of her and Johns storytelling performance. Lynette met John after watching him walk a tight-rope 50 feet in the air above fire at Glastonbury one year. They are both performers and artists.

I stopped Kevin whilst he was getting ready to go to Buddhafield 2005. He’s carrying a ‘peg-loom sheep skin rug’ which he made himself and uses to sleep on.

- COED HILLS RURAL ARTSPACE, ST. HILARY

Richard

I took a this shot minutes before leaving with Rawley on a 5 day road trip. This is Sarah, his partner, and Branwen their daughter. It is in their railway carriage on a relaxing sunny morning. ‘Roy Harper’ had just climbed up onto the bed which lies in a strawbale extension off the carriage.

- BUDDHAFIELD 2005

- BUDDHAFIELD 2005

Ali is a community artist and does willow craft, silk painting, batik, feltmaking, fairy & goblin wings, dreamcatchers, godseyes and rainbow weaving! Friends helped her build a ‘willow recipricol spiral’ in the woods at Coed Hills recently which looks like a roundhouse but curls into the centre like a shell. I heard that a gong-maker was coming to Coed woods and I walked down to watch him make this on a tree stump whilst being filmed by 2 camera crews. Steve lives in Iceland and has travelled through the world performing gong and cymbal music. Carrie lives in a caravan at Coed and is a devotee of an Indian guru. She is a very calm lady and meditates a great deal. I have been lucky enough to meditate with her for up to half an hour and wanted to capture her expression as she appears to shine. Max is a shire-horse who grazes on a Coed field. He is used to pull timber out of the wood and Robin who lives locally takes great pride in looking after him. They have been working together for 2 years and have formed a strong bond. On a hot day Robin washes Max’s hoofs to cool him down. I originally visited Coed Hills after a friend from Anglesey, who plays in a Cardiff band, told me about the Yurts they have there. Aaron is a percussionist in the band and has connections with Coed; he teaches the Bongo drums to children and has a business called ‘Slappin’ Skins’. Brian came over from New Zealand recently and enjoys living in the woods. A philosopher; I asked Brian what he was doing to which he replied “holding the universe in my hands”. I was upset he looked at the camera and he said “I’m just looking at the people looking at me in the book!” A truthful speaker. Whilst living in Germany a friend borrowed boots and a chainsaw; he broke the chainsaw and burnt his boots and the ensuing insurance claim meant Siddhen could travel to Britain where he much prefers to live. He lived in a mudhut for a long time until the land owner told him he had to leave. Cous-Cous and herbs from the garden make a welcome breakfast. Siddhen was given his name when in India and it means ‘coming home’. He is very tall and always wears dark red. On leaving he emptied our mineral water bottles, saying it was no good and filled them up from a spring across the road. When the staff aren’t running classes teaching children they keep busy by maintaining the grounds. Caz, far right, is Mikes (Nefyn) girlfriend and with the help of friends pulls up the non-native balsam which grows quickly and takes over other plants. Hank has been living at Teepee Valley for 18 years. We caught a glimpse of him walking up a lane in the twilight and stopped him for a photo. Hank asked us if we had any beer - No - which he wasn’t very impressed about so I gave him orange juice instead which hadn’t had for 5 years and which he enjoyed! This baby jackdaw had fallen out of its nest so the boy had rescued it and brought it along to Buddhafield. He was busy teaching it to hop onto his hand when I met him. His older friends were busy making trinkets to sell and would like to leave the monetary system behind; wanting bartering to come back instead. Whilst the ceremony was going on I saw on the fields edge what appears to be Mother & daughter watching the event. The daughter has an ‘Ohm’ tattooed onto the small of her back; the ‘sound of the universe’. In the background is a shrine devoted to Buddhism where anybody can come and meditate during the event. The couple seated in the foreground are also seen on page 3/ far right in their Teepee. This is inside the opening ceremony ring after the pair have walked around the entire circle. They have just sat down; the man was holding smouldering wood and the woman wafted the smoke toward the onlookers with a birds wing. This is known as smudging and gets rid of any bad spirits. An initial procession that started on the mainfield and picked up people through the camping areas pauses at a special pitch to initiate the opening ceremony before heading back to the mainfield. Goat horns were blown in the four directions of the globe as well as upwards and downwards with everyone moving too. Rawley brought his Yurt to the festival which provided good shade from the hot sun. The sides weren’t put on to let the breeze blow through. Father and daughter.



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