The Food Journey

Global Environments Network is excited to announce a collaboration with the Community Centred Knowledge Collective to bring you the first iteration of The Food Journey online. The Journey, which has been a live, multi-sensory, immersive experience for many to date, will allow participants to delve deep into the history and travels of food, plants, people and traditions, drawing on the knowledge and experience of all taking part. In the upcoming online version, it is still a participatory workshop in which we ask you to bring your full selves to be immersed in sensuous, somatic and emotional storytelling.

Many of the challenges that we have been facing as humans, on earth, relate to the stories that we tend to tell ourselves about what constitutes nourishment in our lives. This experience will encourage you to think, deeply reflect and explore together in profoundly out-of-the-box ways. We encourage this level of engagement so we can together imagine radically restorative ways of caring for our diverse selves and for the planet we belong to.

The workshops will be run over three sessions, on Friday 4th September 3-4.30pm, Friday 25th September 3-6pm and Monday 28th September 3-4.30pm (your ticket is valid for all three sessions).

As part of the first session process, each participant will be set a task of bringing together, over a few weeks, a local cornucopia of ‘food’ experience on a tray, with guidance by the facilitator. We will use this collection to co-fabricate a dynamic experience facilitated by the Community Centred Knowledge collective.

Ground Provisions in the Marketplace (Mama D Ujuaje, Community Centred Knowledge)

For the second, main session, we will voyage across continents and time zones, whilst stirring memories and emotions as each participant embodies the experiences of the foods that have migrated with people across four continents.

In the third session we will together recoup and reflect upon what we have gained through the shared experience in a conversation which connects experience between the present worlds with past and future worlds. Through this, we hope to enable each participant to go back out into the world transformed as well as equipped to transform, each of us reconnecting ways of nourishing, in ways that are considerate, compassionate and mindful.

Student Food Journey (Naomi Milner, Geography Department, University of Bristol)

Being part of the Food Journey:

The Food Journey has been moulded out of the lives of the billions of humans who were and are affected by the layered colonisations of life and planet across the epoch known as the Anthropocene. As such it is no simple thing. It is made up of emotional and mental material gathered over lineages and your participation in the Journey is taken, therefore, very seriously.

We expect that this level of seriousness can lead to a transformative process and it will be matched by your commitment: to show up in the first place and to keep showing up over the course of the three separate dates given, as well as to collect together your personal cornucopia.

Nothing undertaken in these times can be taken lightly; certainly not our own or our planetary evolution.

The workshop is a transformation from a live, tactile Journey to one mediated by a digital interface. Yet we believe that we can, with your full attention, assist you to still have a stimulating experience which will stay with you for a lifetime.

Textures, Sounds and Smells (Mama D Ujuaje, Community Centred Knowledge)

Before the event you will receive three documents:

One, will be a form to let us know about allergens and intolerances and your feelings around being blindfolded, this is to aid our planning.

Two, will be a form to share a short bio about yourself and to respond to a question about your relationship to global foods/sources of nourishment and also to say a little about where you are from, this is to help facilitators and participants get to know each other a little.

Three, will be a link to a spreadsheet to indicate that you have managed to secure the items for your ‘food tray’ and to communicate questions/difficulties, which Mama D will respond to by email.

Your facilitators for the Journey are The Community Centred Knowledge Collective:

Lead curator of The Food Journey, Mama D Ujuaje is a great grand-daughter of both Africa and the Americas who has studied and explored agriculture and horticulture and lived and worked within its agro-ecological practice in East and West Africa, the Caribbean and in the UK. She delves into the psycho-social interfaces of lifelong learning and turns her hand to cultivating the minds and hearts of people to grow agency. Mama D works to bring healing and nourishment as well as an affirmative occupation of each life and each community by weaving stories at the intersections of justice, power and resilience to rise beyond the present challenges.

Tyrone Isaac-Stuart: is an interdisciplinary artist whose style comes from Christian practice, jazz music and contemporary performance. He makes choreographies and compositions for solo and collaborative performance.

Toby Laurent Belson: is a multidisciplinary, community artist, designer and educator. He was born, raised and resides in West London. His community practice enables individual participants’ efforts to be brought together into a larger, coherent whole, working in community spaces.

Aamasade Shepnekhi: is a Shamanic ceremonialist, naturopathic guide, edutainment facilitator, wordsmith and percussionist. She co-creates within projects and organisations offering facilitation development and training to a wide range of clients creating organic processes to raise vibration.

Ma’at a Nkemi: is an aspiring visual, theatrical and digital student artist, who has been involved in co-curating the Food Journey from its first steps. She offers graphic facilitation, radical imaginaries and youthful insights.

Plantain (Toby Laurent Belson, Community Centred Knowledge)

This three-part event is part of the GEN In Conversation Series, an ongoing online programme of talks and interactive workshops designed for the curious mind. Beginning in June 2020, we are bringing together activists, academics, community practitioners, artists, writers, dancers and researchers to share their insights and lived experiences on a range of topics, including regenerative justice, land rights and colonisation, food sovereignty and agroecology, alternative economics and the conservation revolution, and much more in between!

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