Paul Kingsnorth is co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project, launched in 2009 with a manifesto calling for for recognition of the deep cultural roots of the trouble the world is in. It has since grown into a global network of artists, writers, musicians, performers and creative thinkers, many of whose work has appeared in the pages of the Dark Mountain books or on the stages of the Uncivilization festival, Base Camp, Carrying the Fire, The Telling and other events. Paul is an award-winning novelist, essayist and poet.,whose latest novel Beast, and his new essay collection, Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist, will be published in the US by Graywolf in August.
Dark Mountain is the global network of writers, artists, and thinkers that is radically “changing the environmental debate in Britain and Europe.”— The New York Times
We’re proud to offer the first Dark Mountain event in North America.
The climate is changing, a mass extinction is under way, and our economies, cultures, and technologies are changing everything. The stories our culture tells about humanity’s place on Earth and its relationship to the rest of nature are like bad maps, leading us to the edge of a cliff.
Paul believes that we face not a crisis of politics, economics, or technology, but one of stories. The job of rethinking them — of producing new ones — is a creative challenge, and this workshop is about rising to that challenge. This weekend is for anyone who is questioning the stories they grew up with that brought us to this point. Through conversations, exercises, and time in the woods, you’ll look at where our stories came from, how nature and culture interact, what myth and history might teach us, and how we can begin, together, to make some better maps to navigate by.