An introduction by our host Des:
"The opportunities to learn and grow on a camp this size, where a community is based around 'the intention to connect with a quality of relating, that leads to everyone's needs being heard, respected and often met', seem endless to me.
It is extraordinary how the camps seem to bring out the best in so many who come and, very often, the "best"may be about being assertive, honest and authentic when all is not well.
The Rainbow camp welcomes people to show up, and when we "show up" as ourselves in the moment, we are likely to enhance a general sense of freedom, and in so doing, weaken limiting cultural assumptions we may carry around "having to conform" (often out of fearing punishment).
I personally encourage self expression and long to honour choices arising in the moment. The camp provides us with a space where we learn NVC, by living it.
The Rainbow Mill NVC Summer Camp in August 2009 was the UK's First NVC Summer Camp - it all started here!
In the years since that pioneering camp other NVC camps have sprung up around the UK, all with different themes and emphases, and now NVC summer camps are an established element of the NVC annual calendar in the UK ... people of all ages seem to love being together in nature on camps.
The evident enthusiasm for both community and Nonviolent Communication, and the longing and potential to explore both, stimulates excitement and delight. as we plan and prepare for the Rainbow Mill NVC Community Camp in August.
I feel incredibly grateful to all the children and parents who come to camp (especially for the "feed-back") because I appreciate both how much there is to learn (and that some lessons need to be learnt twice) when running a 'Camp for all ages.' I enjoy the softening and feel grateful as I remember particular learning processes and challenges. NVC seems to me the best way of connecting with my humanity and the same in others.
There is loads of learning about "care" on camp. We watch others caring, we contribute by caring for each other, we open ourselves to care, we care for the sight, and maybe most importantly, we learn about "self-care." I link this to welcoming authentic choices, and enjoying flexibility; in particularly hearing that young people experience both freedom and safety whilst at camp.