Starting Fresh: A Radical Retreat (3 January 2015, 11-5pm)

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Third in a series of Radical Retreats at the Common House, this day is designed to offer both restoration from the potential intensity of the holiday season and easy tools to engage the New Year with freshness and vitality. Each of us individually and collectively as a planet are facing many challenges both great and small. Taking a day to connect with ourselves and each other, to learn new skills and to simply breathe, relax and let go can make all the difference.

Only 10 spaces are available for this day of sweet retreat. Book early to avoid disappointment!
You don’t need to have attended any of the previous retreats to attend. The day will include a fairly gentle Integral Yoga class, meditation and space to share life’s challenges and finding fresh ways to face them. All welcome!

To register, please email and transfer funds to Jamie Heckert, Bank of Scotland, Sort Code 809129 Account 00403825
Cost: Sliding scale from £15-£60 (please give what feels right and comfortable for you).

What to bring:
Lose, comfortable clothes for yoga with warm layers for after.
A yoga mat if you have one, blanket and cushion to sit on them.
A vegetarian dish for shared lunch.

To register your place, email and transfer funds to Bank of Scotland, Sort Code 809129 Account 00403825 (Ref: Fresh)

Any questions, please email Vishwam or phone 07759 723 939.

Vishwam Jamie Heckert is co-editor of Anarchism & Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power, an Integral Yoga teacher and internationally known speaker and writer. He has been hosting workshops for many years and takes particular joy in opening spaces for freedom. For more information, see his website

Si Se Puede – 7 days at PAH Barcelona (screening), 16 Dec, 8pm

The documentary ‘SÍ SE PUEDE. Seven days at PAH Barcelona’ is an account of the day to day of Barcelona‘s Platform for People Affected by Mortgages. Following various participants it illustrates what a usual week looks like and its tireless activities. This documentary places cameras at the heart of the PAH to visualize, not only the post-housing bubble drama, but also the huge and often invisible work behind this social movement. It shows the process of transformation and empowerment of those who join its ranks. English subtitles.

What: Short introduction to the PAH followed by screening
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*The PAH (The Platform for People Affected by Mortgages), it is a citizen’s movement for the right to housing. It emerged in 2009 in Barcelona (Spain) and today has more than 200 nodes across Spain. The PAH offers an alternative outlook on housing policies to the one offered by local and national governments making this social movement a key opponent of their housing policies, which have only impoverished people while continuing to commodify houses.

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RadEd Film Club Film Club presents: 2 short films on 60/70s Free Schools. Wednesday 10th December 7- 9pm

Bermondsey Lampost Free School & New Orleans Free School

*Bermondsey Lampost Free School*:
‘This is the full original 1973 ‘Nationwide’ news documentary about my school, the Bermondsey Lampost Free School in South London. This amazing Alternative education experiment changed the course of young lives – it totally transformed mine and continues to inspire and ground me in everything I do to this day.’. Rikki Beadle-Blair

*New Orleans Free School*:
As the documentary “The Free School” opens, it is the late 1960s. The New Orleans Free School is emerging from this idealistic time as an alternative vision of how children can be educated in America. Founded largely by self-described hippies, the school sought to provide an educational experience that placed more emphasis on freedom than on structure. It placed more emphasis on individual needs than on the achievements of the class as a whole.
As the film documents, the school’s inception was a grass-roots effort. For teachers, academic credentials were less important than a belief in the school’s mission. For students, ability to function in a structured environment meant less than the ability to be creative.

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Yoga at Common House is now on winter break

Yoga at Common House is now on winter break and will be back on Tuesday 6th January 6 – 7pm. All queer, trans, lgbt and allies welcome. Thanks everyone who has supported our lovely low cost queer and Trans yoga classes this year – please add a review to Josetta’s listing if you have enjoyed it!

Full Unemployment Cinema screening November 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

A Mask if Always Active, (2014) By Ines Doujak and John Barker and Sweet Sugar Rage (1985) By The Sistren Theatre Collective

A Mask if Always Active, (2014) By Ines Doujak and John Barker, 28 mins. A musical on the themes of carnival/utopia and rebellion. The filmmakers will introduce the film.

Sweet Sugar Rage (1985) By The Sistren Theatre Collective, 45 minutes. A popular Jamaican women’s troupe uses improvisation and theater as consciousness-raising tools for both rural and urban audiences. Their performances speak directly to the daily experiences of women–the least empowered workers, who labor long hours for low wages with no benefits or rights to organize for better conditions. Using role-play and interviews with female cane workers, the collective develops dramatizations which analyze social issues and pinpoint their concerns. This film has kindly been made available by Cinenova distribution. We will be collecting donations on the day to cover the screening fee for this film.

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Rad Ed Film Club, ‘Too Tough To Teach’, 12 Nov

“Too Tough To Teach’ – documentary about the Ian Mikardo High School in East London. “The documentaries, filmed by producer/director Isabel Cook over six months earlier this year, showed the struggles boys go through when they join the school, and how, supported by calm and committed staff, they make progress. Ian Mikardo is unconventional because we have no rules, no rewards, no punishments and because we don’t practice physical restraint. Instead staff focus on listening, talking, developing communication skills and showing students how to show respect.” Ian Mikardo High School website

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12 November, 7-10pm, all welcome!