Summer Work-Parties 2018


The Summer Alumni Workparty of 2017 was so much fun that I unhesitatingly re-applied as soon as the email was received. Brockwood is a place where a person is not confined to being their job, but a rare example of a place where being human is a big enough job indeed. I leap at the opportunity to return to this safe space for collective philosophical inquiry where humanity is valued over commodity, mystery over materialism, cooperation over competition.

There is also a quality of silence at Brockwood in the summer – the English pastoral magic that happens. It is a time of active rest, renewal, and repair for all who support and care for this ever-so-special place.

- Dax

Following on from the success of our Work-Parties last summer, we would like to extend an invitation to anyone wishing to volunteer their time and energy to help ensure that all areas of Brockwood Park get the attention and care they require.

Brockwood Park

7th - 14th July, Brockwood Alumni / 15th - 22nd July, Open to All

Whether you are a former student or staff member, a Friend of Brockwood Park, a parent of a current student, a previous visitor to the Krishnamurti Centre and student of the teachings, or completely new to all this, you are welcome.

During both weeks, volunteers will enjoy not only the delicious vegetarian food, the pure air and the healthy lifestyle, but also Brockwood’s daily-life, with Morning Meetings, Morning Jobs, Rota, K Time and mainly outdoor work. The work on the grounds, gardens and buildings will take around five and half hours in each day, leaving time for relaxation, inquiry and social activities.

The following schedule will help Brockwoodians recall what it used to be like and give an impression to new-comers of what to expect when here:

07:45-08:00

Morning Meeting

08:00-08:30

Breakfast

08:30-09:00

Morning Jobs (cleaning the buildings)

09:00-13.00

Work (with a break)

13:00-14:30

Lunch and rota groups (washing up)

15:30-17:00

Work

17:00-17:30

Tea

17:30-19:00

K time / Dialogue / Inquiry

19:00-20:00

Dinner and rota groups

20:00-22:00

Rest, relaxation, evening activities

During the week, we also plan to have an afternoon off

Who is it for?

The Work-Parties are intended for people who have an interest in Brockwood Park and its intentions and who would like to contribute and who are able to do sustained physical work in keeping with the schedule shown above.

As described in the introduction, the Work-Parties are suitable for a wide variety of people, including parents, Friends of Brockwood and volunteers who may wish to know Brockwood Park better and learn more about the School and its operation; also for former students, mature students and staff who would like to be ‘home’ for a week or two, remember the old days and generate a new relationship with the place and its intentions.

The Work-Parties are for a maximum of 30 participants per week on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must be aged 18 years or over and for logistical reasons, including health and safety, we are unable to accept children at Brockwood during the Work-Parties.

When should I arrive and leave?

Alumni participating in the first week should aim to arrive on the 7th July and depart on the 14th. Those attending the second week, should arrive on the 15th July and depart on the 22nd. By arrangement, a limited number of participants are invited to arrive two days prior to the 7th and some to leave two days after the 22nd, in order to assist with the preparation of rooms. Please indicate on your application form if this interests you.

What about the work?

Participants will work on the 6 days between their arrival and departure day, with one afternoon off. You are invited to tell us what skills you have and indicate your preferred area of work, however the work will be assigned and directed by staff at Brockwood and the expectation is that participants will follow instructions. Any specialist equipment required for a particular job (e.g. protective clothing, tools, etc.) will be provided.

What does Brockwood provide?

In return for your hard work, you will be provided with free accommodation and excellent vegetarian food. Brockwood Park School is the setting for the Work-Parties and you will be staying in accommodation used by the students during term time; you do not need to bring bedding or towels. Apart from a library, a small gym and computer facilities along with internet access, Brockwood also has attractive spaces that are regularly used for dance, drama, discussion and socialising.

Any restrictions?

Brockwood is strictly vegetarian and requests that participants do not smoke, use recreational drugs, or consume alcohol during their time here. Brockwood reserves the right to ask a participant to leave at any point during the Work-Party.

What should I do if I am interested?

If you wish to apply, please complete and return to us the application form as soon as possible: View the form here

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdW5ET6N6UoROoMFOlZA1nhR6hAjOMtOG5hVCV7xZzZ11aE1g/viewform