Free Talks: Archive

All the below talks have now taken place, but many were filmed and you can view them on our YouTube Channel


The transformative power of slow breathing - theory and practice 

with Peter Deadman

What the Chinese tradition calls ‘internal exercise’ embraces practices such as yoga, tai chi, qigong, Pilates and more. One common characteristic is their emphasis on slow and deep breathing, which is believed to promote mental and physical wellbeing. It is exciting that science is now beginning to understand what is going on when we breathe like this, and the findings of recent research in this field are really astonishing.

This free talk will introduce the traditional perspective on breathing practice, then move on to understand what is happening in terms of the autonomic nervous system, heart rate variability, blood pressure regulation and more. The science will be simply and clearly explained, and we will look at the excitement some of these discoveries have generated in medical and psychotherapy circles. This talk will combine theory and practice, so come ready to practise simple breathing exercises, ones which every one of us can do to rapidly improve our physical and mental state.


Bees, pesticides and the future of farming

with Dave Goulson

Wild bees and other pollinators are in decline, threatening pollination of crops and wildflowers. Dave Goulson will talk about the reasons for these declines, and focus particularly on pesticides. Modern farming has become dependent on heavy pesticide use, and this is highly likely to be contributing significantly to declines of bees. Dave will propose ways forward for food production: how do we feed ourselves without wiping out bees and other wildlife?; does Brexit offer an opportunity?

Dave Goulson has published more than 260 scientific articles on the ecology and conservation of bumblebees and other insects. He is the author of Bumblebees; Their Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation, published in 2010 by Oxford University Press, and of the Sunday Times bestseller A Sting in the Tale, a popular science book about bumble bees, published in 2013 by Jonathan Cape, and now translated into ten languages. This was followed by A Buzz in the Meadow in 2014. Goulson founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006, a charity which has grown to 9,000 members. He was the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s Social Innovator of the Year in 2010, was given the Zoological Society of London’s Marsh Award for Conservation Biology in 2013, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013, and given the British Ecological Society Public Engagement Award in 2014. In 2015 he was named number 8 in BBC Wildlife Magazine’s list of the top 50 most influential people in conservation. He lives in East Sussex with his wife and their three boys.


Free flow - the Chinese health cultivation teachings on how to exercise

with Peter Deadman

For well over 2000 years, China’s best minds have explored how to live in a way that promotes health and long life. One of the key teachings of this ‘nourishment of life’ tradition is how to cultivate the body-mind with movement and exercise. This free talk will look at some of these ideas, their expression in the unique internal arts tradition (tai chi, qigong, bagua etc.) and the growing body of evidence that confirms their power to improve strength, balance, flexibility and good health. Most of the ideas and topics covered will be equally relevant to the practice of yoga, Pilates and other forms of body-mind cultivation.

Peter Deadman - co-founder of Infinity Foods and the Brighton Natural Health Centre - has practised and taught Chinese medicine for over 40 years. He is author of the recently published Live Well Live Long: Teachings from the Chinese Nourishment of Life Tradition.


Is Contemporary Yoga a Continuation or a Deviation?

with Jim Tarran

• What is yoga?

• What have been its aims throughout history?

• Is ‘Modern Postural Yoga’ (MPY) an effective method or a defunct travesty?

Yoga is known throughout the world and is now a multimillion pound business. But is what is being taught really yoga? In this talk Jim will discuss some of the tributaries that have fed into the continuum of viewpoints (Sanskrit: darśana) and practices of this globalised form of yoga.

Jim Tarran is a well-known and respected name in the world of yoga and has taught thousands of practitioners in his twenty five year career. Join him for this thought-provoking presentation and be ready to be surprised, entertained and inspired!


Co-operatives: The way forward for successful and ethical business

with Dex Bailey

What exactly is a co-operative? How does it differ from other business models? Where and why did co-operatives first start to surface? What place is there for co-operatives in our world today? Could co-operatives be a viable alternative to the problems that continuously seem to surface in the corporate world?

Dex Bailey has worked at Infinity Foods Workers Co-operative for many years. His first experience of co-ops was at the age of nine in a young people’s club set up by the Portsea Island Mutual Co-operative Society. As a teenager he moved into a housing co-op and several years later he and some friends formed a housing co-op in Brighton. Dex's talk will discuss the history of co-operatives, suggest how they can offer viable solutions to current challenges, and explore what he has learned from being closely connected to co-ops for so much of his life.


Food fermentation for health and social change

with Darren Ollerton of Octopus Alchemy

Food activist, blogger and bodyworker Darren Ollerton runs a local food and health education project in Brighton. In this engaging talk he brings together current research and insights into food, health and healing to show how the simple act of fermenting in the home kitchen can not only benefit ourselves personally but reverberate into wider social, political and environmental realms.


Healthy Soil, Healthy People, Healthy Planet

with Craig Sams

A teaspoon of soil contains billions of souls. Craig will discuss how soil came into being, how it has evolved with us and how it is the foundation of our existence, indeed is indivisible from us. Soil is a conscious network of living organisms that are smarter than we think. His talk will give us an insight into this hidden intelligence and how organic farming can harness it to produce more wholesome food, protect biodiversity and deal effectively with climate change.

Craig has been has been an eminent figure within the natural and organic food movement for over fifty years and is an entertaining and incredibly well informed speaker.

 

Upcoming Events

Flight School | Inversions Workshop, Sat 22 Sept
A few spaces still available for on the day drop-ins! - Practice fundamental alignment for crow, headstand, and handstand. 3 hours of practice and play, for beginners to advanced upside-down’ers! ... read more
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Spaces still available to join sour courses in Contemporary Dance, Feldenkrais, Tai Chi and a variety of yoga courses for beginners & beyond... & more!... ... read more
Yoga and Mindfulness Afternoon, Sat 29 Sept
Join Lucy Deere for another nourishing afternoon of yoga and mindfulness meditation... ... read more
Therapeutic Sound Bath, Sun 23 Sept
Relax and come into balance with the healing power of sound with Ruth Summers. ... read more
'Free your neck and shoulders' De-stress yoga, Sun 30 Sept
Book now for Charlotte Watts next De-Stress Workshop, suitable for anyone needing to make space and time to breathe deeply, reconnect with their bodies and still their minds. ... read more

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