Campfire Community

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1. To join us and have an explore, send me an email and I will invite you to the community.

2. If you’re not ready to join yet, you can sign up for updates via my newsletter in the footer.

3. For other free content, connect with me on Instagram. You can also join the Facebook group I started for people to share outdoorsy events happening in and around Bristol UK.

Send me any questions about this to hello@wildfolk.org.uk or a DM on Instagram.

What’s this community about?

As I wrote on Instagram, I love sitting around a campfire with…. well, wild folk! I come alive in stretchy moments like this – communally sharing songs, poems, stories, food cooked on the fire, a nice warm drink, the lovely warmth of the fire, the silent gaps in between with just the crackle of the fire and animal noises to interrupt it… and so much beauty to enjoy together!⁠

When it’s possible to gather again, I plan to organise some simple gatherings that will incorporate the above – a space to play, share, create, pause, reset, reenergise, reflect.

Photo by @stealthedayphoto

For now though, we can gather online. I set up a community space on Samepage. I hunted for ages for a suitable platform to use. I didn’t want to use Facebook for all of its clutter and distraction or any others that have feeds. I wanted to it to be low-pressure and simple, while also having some key features – effective search function, able to send pictures, add attachments, voice notes, have video calls. Mostly, I see the communication being through written notes, but when the community is keen we can connect in more ‘3D’ ways through voice and video, and for those who are local, in person too!

Photo by @gem_hicks_photography

The idea is that it’s somewhere we can come to for inspiration, connection and encouragement. It’s particularly for people who would like to root themselves in the rhythms of the seasons, nature and a supportive community. It’s somewhere calmer and simpler than social media – more depth, less clutter. I’m trying to think of a good metaphor for it… a village noticeboard mixed with a village meeting?⁠⠀

So far, it’s free of charge to join.
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As an example, so far we’ve shared book recommendations, what rhythms and rituals we’re settling into, things we’re seeing outdoors in nature, resources for outdoor work. We pop on when we can – I’m aware we have enough screen time as it is, but it’s available for when people need.

This is how simple the interface is:

Photo by @danigodwinphoto

To join us and have an explore, send me an email and I will invite you to the community.

Photo by @danigodwinphoto

This is for you if:

  • You want to find like-minded folk to share with – people who love the mysteries of life, pointing out the beauty of nature, enjoying a simpler, slower life – or on a journey with these things
  • You find being connected to others on a similar journey inspiring and encouraging
  • You love getting outdoors – whether it’s gazing at wildlife, nature journalling, gardening, growing food, spending time by a fire, sharing with others, foraging, cooking with wild food, drawing, bringing the outdoors into your home, learning about and identifying nature, just being in it…
  • You enjoy the reflective side of life through journalling, art, poetry and stories. You create your own and/or enjoy the work of others
  • You want a place to come to that is calm, imaginative and inspiring
  • You would find getting feedback on your creative work and/or to learn with others helpful and motivating
  • You are already living out the above things or you’re in a process of trying these things out – all welcome!

This is not for you if:

  • You are not committed to keeping the space safe and keeping things shared to within the group
  • You’re not curious about nature, art, the seasons, sharing with others
Photo by @danigodwinphoto

Who is the host?

That will be me – Hannah. I run Wild Folk – I run events that get people outdoors and connecting with nature, currently through foraging walks, outdoor cooking workshops and campfire storytelling. I love poetry (my degree was English with Creative Writing) and I am slowing getting back into painting with watercolours. I have had several jobs working with young people and vulnerable adults and completed a course in nature facilitation with Change in Nature in 2019. I am looking at how I can bring these experiences together into the context of a social enterprise, in addition to my current offering. Watch this space! I am looking forward to being both a host and participant in this group.

So how do I get involved?

1. To join us and have an explore, send me an email and I will invite you to the community.

2. If you’re not ready to join yet, you can sign up for updates via my newsletter in the footer.

3. For other free content, connect with me on Instagram. You can also join the Facebook group I started for people to share outdoorsy events happening in and around Bristol UK.

Send me any questions about this to hello@wildfolk.org.uk or a DM on Instagram.