Sark Roots Festival

Roz Rolls
Monday, 22nd August 2016

The Sark Roots Festival is based on the three permaculture ethics, people care, earth care and fair shares. Includes music and workshops, all on the car-less island of Sark, with it's clear skies for star gazing.

Sark is a unique jewel within the Channel Islands, located 20 miles off the coast of Normandy, France, and around 80 miles south of England.

With 22 miles of picturesque craggy cliff coastline, the island is 3.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide.

Having no cars and no concrete, nature is free to be abundant in all her glory. Transport around the Island is by foot, bicycle or horse and carriage. Tractors are the only vehicles permitted for work necessities. 

Beautiful wooded valleys or stunning cliff paths lead down to pebbly high tide beaches which transform into vast areas of sandy shores as the tide drops, revealing rock pools and caves for exploring. Clear turquoise waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling or kayaking.

No street lights contribute to the breath-taking starry night skies, with Sark being awarded recognition as the world’s first ‘Dark Sky Island’ in January 2011. An observatory has now been built to house the islands new telescope which is open for public use on various occasions.

Sark is truly a magical place where you can relax, unwind and take a step back in time enjoying a slower pace of life.

For more information please visit the official Sark Website at www.sark.co.uk

The Festival

Sark Roots Festival (16-18th September) will be a weekend of celebrating land, sea and the community within the Islands. Inspired by the local energetic music scene and the wealth of skills and sharing at Guernsey permaculture gatherings, it will showcase local music, food, brews, and workshops.

A full line up of music will include Guernsey bands Buffalo Huddleston, winner of the best unsigned British band of 2015, Crow man, Blue mountains, Rectory Hill Skillet Lickers, Tantale, Wondergiest, Lord Vapour, Secret Smiles, Carrie and the turtle necks and many more. From Jersey we have Benny the Moth and Kilig and Fernweh and of course Sark’s very own Big Sheep.

With permaculture ethics at its heart, Earth care, People care and Fair Shares are paramount to the organisation of the festival.

People Care: Comfortable seating and eating areas, chill out zones with back gammon and chess, and a healing area offering massage, reflexology and vibrational sound therapy will provide places to relax and rejuvenate. With an interactive arts and crafts zone showcasing ‘Coumme Nous’, Sark’s new arts cooperative, and a kids creative area with slacklining, circus skills, storytelling, trash band percussion and more, there will be something for all the family.

Earth Care: Aspiring to be a minimal waste festival all caterers will be serving food in reusable or environmentally friendly packaging. Recycle bins will be provided and also wash stations for those who bring their own plates, bowls and cutlery, which will be rewarded with discount tokens for the bar. Reusable cups will be available to purchase at the bar and compost toilets will reduce the number of portable chemical toilets needed, using ‘small slow solutions’ towards an ultimate goal of creating a ‘no waste’ festival.

Sharing: A variety of workshops will be on offer, sharing skills, ideas and knowledge. These will include yoga, mindfulness meditation, massage and reflexology, African drumming, juggling, bee keeping, gardening for wildlife, scything, fire and forage, seaweed and raw food demonstrations, dance and drama workshops and a talk from Nigel Jones on the transition movement in Jersey. For a full list of workshop and talks please see our website below.

In celebration of Sark being recognised as the world's first ‘Dark Sky Island’ there will be a star and moon walk and talk to the islands new observatory on Friday the 16th September for the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. Numbers will be limited to 20 people for this but we will also have a telescope on site for others to use.

Aranya, an internationally recognised permaculture teacher and author of Permaculture Design, will be holding three different workshops during the weekend. Talks will include: Permaculture design-step by step, Life in the soil, and Real wealth and wiser money.

For tickets and detailed information on the Sark Roots Festival please visit www.sarkrootsfestival.com

Aranya will also be running an introduction to permaculture course on the west coast of Guernsey the weekend before the festival (10-11th September). To book or for more information email Tara at: [email protected], phone 07781 122420, or visit www.wildguernsey.co.uk

Further resources

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