J  A  M  I  N  A  R  O  U  N  D   p r e s e n t s :

Summer Residential for Creative Rejuvenation and Inspiration.

11th - 15th August

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​In the awe-inspiring setting of Cranborne Ancient Technology Centre, surrounded by the beautiful Dorset countryside, Jaminaround offers this unique music and creative practice residential course. A stimulating program of workshops, talks and opportunities for collaboration, curated with the intention to refresh, to inspire and to promote holistic creative wellness.

Overview
The course is for 30 open-minded creative practitioners who feel they would benefit from exploring different aspects of their musicality and wellbeing in a supportive and stimulating environment, guided by highly experienced professionals. The course will cover; using your voice, improvisation, storytelling, the language of rhythm, keeping time with your body, the process of turning inspiration into creation, mindfulness practice, yoga and more. Days will be balanced between led workshops, group discussions as well as some downtime. There will also be an opportunity to work towards a collaborative group performance each evening.



Course Objectives

  • Rejuvenate your practice and help manage your emergence from lockdown.

  • Explore different processes and expand your creative thinking.

  • Learn new methods and techniques to develop your artistic practice, receiving inspiration for producing new bodies of work.

  • Strengthen collaborative skills through group tasks and performance.

  • Engage in active discussions and analysis about project ideas and about the life of a creative practitioner.

  • Work closely with other artists and benefit from the exchange of ideas, experiences and backgrounds.

The Team

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Alice Zawadzki

Alice Zawadzki is a vocalist, violinist and composer based in London who’s sound draws upon jazz and gospel, her extensive classical training as a violinist and a continuous exploration of improvisation, poetry and folk music from diverse traditions, not least her father’s native Poland. Alice has been declared, “one of the sharpest talents currently at work in UK jazz” but her striking ability to perform across genres gives her a unique accessibility and an especially distinctive voice. Alice has delivered vocal and improvisation workshops for several UK universities and conservatoires. She will be leading a session on improvisation and exploring the voice. No doubt filled with surprises and delivered with her irrepressible ebullience!

Sam Beste

Delving comfortably within the sounds of jazz, soul, classical, and electronic, Sam Beste is a rare polymath in music. He honed his skills touring worldwide with the late Amy Winehouse as her pianist and later founded his band Hejira, where he performs guitar, vocals, and keyboards. Sam has continued making contributions to multiple collaborative projects - writing, arranging, engineering, mixing - for the likes of Matthew Herbert, Floating Points, Kano and others. He also produces and performs solo as The Vernon Spring. Sam will lead a session talking about his creative process and focussing on Marvin Gaye's seminal album 'What's Going On', exploring the themes of the album, the music and how it inspired his new forthcoming work.

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Letty Mitchell

Movement artist, yoga and mindfulness teacher and art enthusiast. Letty’s work focuses on mindfulness, mental health awareness, the ancient wisdom of yoga, anatomy, the phenomena of Qi, creativity, the links to neuroscience, as well as the concept of reality. Letty will lead a yoga/mindfulness session each morning and work with any participants interested in exploring aspects of creative movement.

Dave Smith

Dave is a rhythm specialist, having plied his trade on drums and percussion with all manner of great musicians globally. Particular specialisms include Senegalese/Gambian Sabar drumming. Check out his band Fofoulah and his recent work with Robert Plant’s Sensational Space Shifters for reference. Throughout the past year Dave has been developing workshops to share his broad knowledge and his particular philosophy of musicianship. He will be leading a session focussed on the language of rhythm and on keeping time with your whole body.

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Jan Blake

One of the leading UK-based storytellers, Jan Blake has been performing worldwide for over twenty-five years. Specialising in stories from Africa, the Caribbean, and Arabia, she has a well-earned reputation for dynamic and generous storytelling. As well as performing at all the major storytelling festivals both nationally and internationally, she works regularly with the British Council, leads storytelling workshops for emerging storytellers, and gives masterclasses for teachers, brands, and businesses. Jan will be telling a daily story and generally overseeing the narrative of the event throughout.

Simo Lagnawi

A special treat to round off the event on Saturday night courtesy of Moroccan Gnawa musician Simo Lagnawi.

Simo will lead us through a traditional Gnawa Lila trance healing ceremony.

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The Ancient Technology Centre

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The ATC site consists six full-sized reconstructions of ancient buildings. Each building represents a different time period and was built by hand with ancient building techniques. The concept of the ATC was the inspiration of Jake Keen who, over 30 years ago, designed and led the building of the centre’s first Iron Age roundhouse. It was built with local school children who harvested local materials from nearby woodlands and reed beds. This founding principle of allowing participants to get 'hands on' has guided the ethos of all activities at the centre to this day.

The main workshops on the course will all take place in the central Earthouse building. The Earthouse was created as a purpose built performance space, loosely based on archeological remains of a building of this size found on the Isle Of Man. Its breath-taking size, beautiful hand-constructed design, awesome acoustics and the intimacy and energetic inclusiveness of it’s circular layout make this building so much more than just an empty vessel for activities. It is the iconic centrepiece of all Jaminaround events and has the power to put performers and audience in a heightened state of creative receptiveness. 

Next to The Earthouse is the stunning Viking Longhouse building - again, all built by hand with authentic tools and techniques - which will serve as the catering and hospitality hub. Other indoor spaces will be available for private practice and collaboration time.  Some musical instruments and sound equipment will also be made available, but it is expected that you bring your own instruments if possible/appropriate.


Lodging
Accommodation will be in tents on site. It is expected that you bring your own tent and bedding, or for a fee we can arrange for tents/bedding to be hired. The site has (modern!) toilets and hot showers. Alternatively, if camping isn’t your thing, there are a few local B&B accommodation options within walking distance. For further details of off site options click here.

Catering
​All meals are included in the price of the event. There will be three meals each day freshly prepared by our in-house chef Barnaby Sutton. The popularity of his food rivals that of the music at Jaminaround events!
Breakfast will be simple help-yourself buffet set-up with porridge, bread, jams, butter, cheese, yoghurt, fruit, tea, coffee etc. Lunch will be a more substantial affair with a main dish and salad buffet. The evening meal will be hot, substantial and very tasty! Vegetarian/Vegan diets will be well catered for. Carnivorous options also available depending on demand. Please make us aware of any important dietary requirements or allergies on your application form.

Schedule

Participants arrive from Wednesday afternoon onwards. The first evening will be a relaxing meet and greet.

Daily Schedule (Thursday, Friday, Saturday):

Each day will begin with a guided meditation/yoga session. Following this, a daily story and gathering moment with Jan. Then the main delivered workshop, followed by lunch. Afternoons will include unstructured time for participants to use as they wish; either to practice and absorb the concepts of the workshop and/or prepare something for an evening performance. This time can also be used just to rest or to explore the village and surrounding woods. Guided walks and optional additional activities will also be organised for the afternoons. This will be followed by a coming together again to share ideas and reflections with the group.

 

On Friday and Saturday nights, the ATC site will be open to the public from 7:30pm - 9:30pm for an evening event consisting of; a discussion, a performance from one of our lead practitioners, a story from Jan and an open slot for participants, to feature collaborative work from the day.

8:00 -10:30am - Breakfast buffet
9:00 -10:00am - Yoga/Meditation class with Letty
10:30 - Morning gathering with Jan
11:00am -1:00pm - Main workshop
1:00pm - Lunch
2:00-6:00pm - Unstructured time
6:00pm - 7:00pm Gather/share/reflect
7:00pm - Evening meal
7:30-9:30pm - Evening event
Saturday’s evening event is likely to last a bit longer than the other evenings, but no members of the public will stay on overnight.

The residential event finishes after breakfast on Sunday with a final gathering and reflection.

Costing

The cost of the course will be £250.00*, inclusive of all workshops, use of the facilities, catering and accommodation.

Details of payment will be communicated after the application process.

* I wouldn't want the cost of the course to be the reason to exclude someone for whom it would be especially beneficial.

In the interests of creating a diverse community of participants, there will be an opportunity for 5 participants to apply for a reduced fee.

There is an opportunity on the application form to explain why your financial circumstances.

Application

Background photo: Silvia Gin