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Off Grid 2016 – Let’s make it happen!

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Off Grid Festival ran for 6 years between 2009 and 2014. Now it’s time for it to return! Help make Off Grid happen near Exeter in 2016.


Let’s make it happen!

Off Grid Festival ran for 6 years between 2009 and 2014 at venues in and around Somerset. It was visualized as a deep exploration of community living, creativity and consciousness; an intimate environment in which to share skills, trade knowledge, impart wisdom and make a difference. Four days out of the world to get into changing our world. We think of it as an experimental innovation lab for a new paradigm of economic, ecological and community thought, a radical gathering of empowered people making a difference in their lives and celebrating emergent culture.

Over the years the festival has educated and informed thousands of people about the skills and knowledge required for a low-impact ‘off-grid’ lifestyle. This knowledge has been imparted through various vessels:-

The Off Grid College: A 12 module course held as part of the festival, covering sessions in 12v technology, DIY renewable energy systems; eco-build skills; permaculture and organic food production; natural waste water treatment; low impact law and much more.

Crafts and Tech Area: A place for practical demonstrations in eco-building skills, traditional and native British crafts, appropriate and low-fi technologies. We’ve had everything from practical strawbale and roundhouse build projects through to converting your campervan; hurdle-making through biogas bread ovens to rocket stove construction.

Conference: Each event has held themed conferences and forums covering in-depth topics such as land law and low impact living; smallholdings; future farming; One Planet Living and New Economics amongst others.

The Wildwoods: Bushcraft, Forest School, Nature Awareness, Mens and Womens Circles, Sweatlodges all take place amidst the trees at each event.

Between all this there is Live Music from a range of grassroots superstars; amazing home-brewed beers and ciders; talks; workshops; demonstrations; a buzzing kids area; permaculture gardens; freshly prepared organic food from our canteen and cafes; Gaia Dome – our deep ecology space; Therapies; Holistic Activities from Yoga to Sacred Singing and so much more…

Off Grid is a hands-on, fully participatory experience. We recognise that each and every person who attends has something to share – be that knowledge, skills, wisdom, music or whatever else take their fancy. There’s nothing quite like it out there and we want it to return in 2016. We hope you do too!

Why do we need the money?

Off Grid has the opportunity to come back as a small, perfectly formed Gathering in 2016. The venue will be the exciting Biophilia Land Project at Goffin Farm on the edges of Exeter, Devon. It’s a beautiful 96-acre community-centred farm project in it’s inaugural stages. Biophilia would like Off Grid to have a permanent home here, partnering to build a beautiful community and contribute to the land and its facilities. That means building roundhouses, compost toilets, bushcraft shelters in the woods and much much more. We’re excited by the chance for a new direction and a new phase of our journey.

What do you get in return?

Through this Crowdfunder, we’re offering a variety of ways of getting involved in making sure this happens. This includes buying tickets at a variety of prices; becoming a Member or investing larger amounts through sponsorship or by becoming a long-term event partner. Off Grid has always benefitted from the generosity and support of its amazing community – be this through unexpected donations to the cause; by giving of welcome time and energy to make the events happen; through the sweat and tears of those who build and break the event or just by turning up and contributing in some perfect and unexpected way.

Membership:- All donations over £20 inc. membership of the Biophilia Association. The Biophilia Association will be organising seasonal events each year at Goffin Farm which includes an Off-Grid Camp, banquets and other special occasions. Association Members get discounted access to all such events.

By committing to support Off Grid, by buying a ticket this early or one of the other supporter options, you are ensuring that this event can go ahead and the magic can return this coming August. It means we can begin planning; booking speakers, contributors, musicians and pulling together our Team.if (document.currentScript) {