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Workshop with Charles Eisenstein, 10-5pm, 16th November, Serenity Cafe, Edinburgh

Charles Eisenstein will be vis­it­ing Scotland for the first time in November 2013.
He will be offer­ing two pub­lic lec­tures – one in St Andrews and another in Edinburgh; one full day train­ing event in Edinburgh; an open-meeting in Findhorn Comunity; he will also be a guest speaker at a train­ing course at Findhorn Community, ‘Transition to Resilience’

The aim is to make these events access­ible to as many people as pos­sible, and through­out Charles will dis­cuss the var­ied aspects of his work, his philo­sophies and the ideas behind his latest book out in November called ‘The more beau­ti­ful world our hearts know is possible’

Full details of all events here: http://char­le­sei­s­en­steins­cot­land­

One day work­shop — 16th Nov 10 — 5pm, Serenity Cafe Edinburgh
This work­shop will has extremely lim­ited seat­ing and will be of par­tic­u­lar interest to change agents, per­ma­cul­ture prac­ti­tion­ers, earth act­iv­ists, trans­ition work­ers, com­munity work­ers and folks engaged in work designed to enrich not just their lives, but the wider Earth community.

Our planet, our bod­ies, our very lives have come to us as a gift. Having “earned” none of these things, our nat­ural tend­ency is toward grat­it­ude and the desire to give in turn, to serve some­thing greater than ourselves. But we all have habits and beliefs that inter­fere with fully liv­ing in the gift. In this gath­er­ing, we will clear those block­ages so that we can be more effect­ive as change agents. Through dia­log and exper­i­en­tial pro­cesses, we will dis­cover keys to liv­ing in a state of flow, to giv­ing and receiv­ing more fully, and cre­at­ing things bey­ond our under­stand­ing of cause and effect.

Full details here: http://char­le­sei­s­en­steins­cot­land­
Bookings now being taken, tick­ets: http://char­le­sei­s­en­steinonedaytrain­

Edinburgh even­ing talk plus Q & A ses­sion with Charles Eisenstein, 17 Nov 7 — 8.45pm, Serenity Cafe, Edinburgh

Sacred Economics
We live in an abund­ant world. why do we exper­i­ence such scarcity, anxi­ety and insec­ur­ity around money? Why are we driv­ing the planet to ruin and how can we change course? Join the vis­ion­ary author Charles Eisenstien for an explor­a­tion of prac­tical solu­tions, start­ing on the per­sonal level and extend­ing to the polit­ical. At stake in today’s crisis, says Charles, is noth­ing less than the driv­ing nar­rat­ives of our civil­isa­tion. Everything is chan­ging — includ­ing our rela­tion­ships, our world­view, our inner lives, as well as our social and eco­nomic sys­tems.
Date: Sunday 17th Nov
Time: 7 — 8.45pm
Bookings now being taken, tick­ets: http://char­le­sei­s­en­steined­in­

Feeding the 5,000: 12-4pm, 5th October, Bristo Square and Potterrow

On Saturday 5th October, in Edinburgh’s Bristo Square, 5,000 people will be invited to share a deli­cious free meal from ingredi­ents that might oth­er­wise have been thrown away.

 Time: October 5, 2013 from 12pm to 4pm
Location: Bristo Square and Potterrow
Organized By: Nourish Scotland

Event Description:
On Saturday 5th October, in Edinburgh’s Bristo Square, 5,000 people will be invited to share a deli­cious free meal cre­ated by volun­teers, celebrity chefs and com­munity groups from ingredi­ents that might oth­er­wise have been thrown away. The meal will be served between noon and 4pm. 
This will be the very first time that Scotland has hos­ted a Feeding the5000 event ( and fol­lows events in cit­ies around the world includ­ing London, Sydney and New York.
This event is being co-ordinated by Nourish Scotland in close co-operation with sev­eral part­ners includ­ing the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Students’ Association , the City of Edinburgh Council and Zero Waste Scotland.
The fest­ival will raise the public’s aware­ness of the whole food agenda and provide every­one with an oppor­tun­ity to con­trib­ute to a big con­ver­sa­tion about what sort of food strategy we would like for Edinburgh in the com­ing years and dec­ades. 
You can find out more about Edible Edinburgh at:
If you would like to volun­teer, there are 3 dif­fer­ent volun­teer­ing oppor­tun­it­ies. Please apply through EUSA’s volun­teer­ing web­site to the volun­teer role that you would like to take on using the links below.
NOTE: If you are not a stu­dent at the University of Edinburgh then you will NOT be able to apply through EUSA volun­teer­ing web­site but look at the dif­fer­ent roles lis­ted and instead please with a short applic­a­tion includ­ing your:

Which role you are inter­ested in
Availability for that role
Whether you can attend the train­ing if applic­able for that role
E-mail address
Phone num­ber.

3 Volunteer Roles:
Social researcher -
Steward -
Practical volun­teer (set­ting up the event) -
If you need fur­ther inform­a­tion about the event, please email
We hope that you will join us on 5th October in Bristo Square for this excit­ing event!

See more details and RSVP on Nourish Scotland:

Apple Festival, 12-4pm, 6th October at the Botanics

Apple Festival

From 12.00 noon — 4.00 pm at the John Hope Gateway

An annual cel­eb­ra­tion of apples. The Saturday will fea­ture apple advice and iden­ti­fic­a­tion from 10am whilst the Sunday will include apple juice tast­ing. See and taste a wide selec­tion of apple vari­et­ies from 12pm both days, and find out how to grow them yourself.

This event is also run­ning from 10am — 4pm on Saturday 5 October.

With the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

Bill McKibben is talking on Fossil Fuel Divestment in Edinburgh, 30th October

 If it’s wrong to wreck the cli­mate, then it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage.

We’re all con­nec­ted to insti­tu­tions that claim to be look­ing out for the pub­lic good, from local coun­cils and gov­ern­ments, to uni­ver­sit­ies, pub­lic banks and reli­gious insti­tu­tions. Many of these insti­tu­tions, how­ever, con­tinue to sup­port the fossil fuel industry whether we know it or not. Given that we have to leave 80% of the proven reserves of coal, oil and gas in the ground in order to avoid cata­strophic changes to our cli­mate, these insti­tu­tions have a respons­ib­il­ity to stop sup­port­ing an industry whose busi­ness model is based on wreck­ing our future.

This autumn Bill McKibben, the crew, and a wide range of cli­mate lead­ers will hit the road to help build a move­ment strong enough to change the ter­ri­fy­ing maths of the cli­mate crisis. The Fossil Free Europe Tour isn’t your typ­ical lec­ture – it will include speak­ers from across social move­ments, power­ful videos, and music from the ground-breaking artist Filastine. Grab a ticket and be part of a unique and com­plete exper­i­ence, unlike any talk you’ve been to before.

7-10pm, 30th October, 

Asembly Hall on the Mound
Mound Pl 

Here’s the link to book a ticket:

Talk: The Intertwined World of “Peak” Oil, Renewables and Sustainability by Dr Michael Shaver

Please join us for the first Our Changing World Lecture, The Intertwined World of “Peak” Oil, Renewables and Sustainability by Dr Michael Shaver

on Tuesday, 24 September

from 18:30 to 20:30

Lecture Theatre 4, Appleton Tower
11 Crichton St 

Our world depends upon energy — energy to drive our cars, energy to heat our homes, energy to trans­port our food, energy to fab­ric­ate our con­sumer goods. Our depend­ence upon pet­ro­leum resources, and the vari­able dif­fi­culty it takes to get these resources, will there­fore have implic­a­tions well bey­ond fuel prices.
In this lec­ture we will look at both pet­ro­leum resources and renew­able feed­stocks as sources of our chem­ical needs, and the rela­tion­ship between energy and sus­tain­ab­il­ity.
We will dis­cover that the tools chem­ists have been invent­ing for cen­tur­ies are now inad­equate: using the field of poly­mer chem­istry as an example we will exam­ine the new paradigm of chem­ical sustainability.

Doors open at 6.15pm.
Please note:
This event may be pho­to­graphed and/or recor­ded for pro­mo­tional or recruit­ment mater­i­als for the University and University approved third parties.
For any fur­ther inform­a­tion please con­tact the admin­is­trator: Lauren Sandford, Lauren [dot] Sandford [at] ed [dot] ac [dot] uk.

Book here:



Portobello Book Festival is back! Oct 4-6th

Portobello Book Festival is with us again October 4th to 6th at both the Library and the Old Parish Church Hall on Belfield Street.

The line up is look­ing great, and includes:

Lesley Riddoch speak­ing on books that have inspired her at 2.15 upstairs in the Library on Sunday 6th. Lesley has her­self just brought out an inspir­ing book — Blossom — on how we have been brought up to think we can’t make a dif­fer­ence to our local com­munit­ies so there is no point tak­ing action, and yet just how much inspir­ing local action is tak­ing place across Scotland.

Andrew Whitley at 3.15 upstairs in the Library speaks on ‘Food for thought: Bread for life’ — his book Bread Matters is described as a prac­tical manual and a bread revolu­tion manifesto!

PEDAL stall and hair braiding at Village Fair, 8th Sept

PEDAL will have a stall at the Village Fair 2-5pm on Sunday 8th September in Rosefield Park.

We encour­age you to come and buy a T shirt or three, and maybe buy some plants and tools, and chil­dren are wel­come to come and get their hair braided!

Midmar Allotments Open Day: 2-5pm, Saturday 24th August

Please come and look around our award-winning site; relax in Midmar Café and enjoy deli­cious home bak­ing and refresh­ments whilst tak­ing in the beau­ti­ful views of Edinburgh. Fresh allot­ment pro­duce, flowers, jams and pre­serves avail­able. Try your luck in the tombola.

Open from 2-5pm

Saturday 24th August

Entry via two gates on Midmar Drive in South Edinburgh, EH10 6BU

‘Strictly Cycling’ Cycle Ballet: Car Free Day/ Bike Full Day, 11am, 1st September

Not so much Car Free Day as Bike Full Day — Sunday September 1st 2013!

Strictly Cycling (Raysto Images)

Strictly Cycling (Raysto Images!

Strictly Cycling is an excit­ing new ‘cycle-about’ show com­bin­ing impro­visa­tion, cho­reo­graphy and visual per­form­ance. The per­form­ance plays with the every­day events and exper­i­ences of rid­ing a bike, adding a hint of the sur­real and com­ical, to change the way you think about cyc­ling and your city spaces.

Strictly Cycling is a strolling / cyc­ling, promenade-style per­form­ance inspired by the flash mob phenomenon. 

The per­form­ance will last about 30minutes.  Then the com­pany will take a break from 11.30 to 12.30 before set­ting off from the Cake stand on the Prom at the bot­tom of Marlborough Street to cycle along the prom­en­ade to Leith links, with as many cycle mob fol­low­ers as feel like join­ing them! So come to the per­form­ance out­side the Town Hall at 11am and

Today's to do list

then join in for as much of the cycle ride along the Prom and then the cycle track to the Mela at Leith Links as you feel like.


Let’s Join the Food Revolution: Film at St. Philip’s, Sunday 25 August 7.30 – 9.30pm

Growing Change is a spir­ited film about the prob­lems with the cur­rent food sys­tem and the food revolu­tion tak­ing place in Venezuela. Full of
inspir­ing char­ac­ters, stun­ning land­scapes and thought pro­vok­ing insights into how we might trans­form our food system.

This will be fol­lowed by a dis­cus­sion on how we might have our own local food revolu­tion in Scotland: with Justin Kenrick and Eva Schonveld
from Transition Scotland, Mary Mulligan from Christian Aid and Jane Herbstritt from the World Development Movement.