october 18-20, scotland 2019
speaker and workshops
author, and father of six
Charlie’s career started in the music business when he was head of A & R at Warners Music and managed a band that were signed to EMI. He left music to move to the Highlands of Scotland where he farmed, grew trees and launched one of Britain’s biggest Christmas tree farms.
Currently running over 20 businesses, including homewares and vintage specialists Pedlars, two substantial farm shops with cafes, a gastro pub, an events space and a festival, The Good Life Experience he has founded together with Cerys Mathews and Steve Abbott. In 2019 he launched Glen Dye Cabins and Cottages which offers luxury accommodation and experiences in The Highlands. In May 2019 he launched a micro festival/summer camp called Camp Glen Dye.
He is the co author (with Caroline, his wife) of The Family Guide to the Great Outdoors (Random House) and hosts The Mavericks Podcast. He and Caroline have six children whom they brought up in The Highlands.
Charlie will be sharing his expertise in people and sharing his experiences throughout the weekend but in particular after dinner on Saturday evening around a roaring fire. Dram in hand.
OWNER STUDIO THEOLIN,
leading and connecting, people and ideas
Jenny founded Studio Theolin based in Stockholm Sweden back in 2009. Creating events and experiences designed to get people thinking, talking and doing ever since. With eighteen years experience working in the design industry, Jenny can now be found working with some of the world’s leading schools, as well as helping corporate companies become learning organisations through co-designing internal processes and programs. Creating learning experiences for individuals, schools and businesses within areas such as technology, design thinking, communication, innovation, culture and entrepreneurship.
Jenny is also part of Group of Humans, a distributed curated network of the best designers, strategists, technologists, and creatives in the world, all of whom share a belief that technology should be harnessed not for efficiency but for the benefit of people, society and the environment.
What is the value of our collective intelligence, and how can we harness our combined knowledge to navigate uncertainty? Jenny will be facilitating a campfire coaching session harnessing our connected experiences to inspire collaboration, innovation and pride. “In an economy where the only certainty is uncertainty, the one sure source of lasting competitive advantage is knowledge.” - Ikujiro Nonaka
the mac twins
gut health SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHERS,
co-founders of the gutt stuff
The gut is often referred to as the second brain. It’s got to be smart to digest, break down and absorb everything we put in our bodies and decide how we’re going to use it.
Co-founders of the Gut Stuff together with India Wardrop, The Mac Twins are on a voyage of scientific discovery. They were the first e-commerce online shop for Gut Health. They spread the word through video tutorials, live events and supper clubs. ‘Not only are our day-to-day lives dictated by our digestive health, with 1 in 5 people needing to take time off work due to their symptoms, but what we eat can have repercussions for our children and our grandchildren. So we need to start tuning in and listening to our second brain, our partner in crime: our gut.’
Lisa and Alana Macfarlane will be up in Scotland to share their findings in-depth with us and what small steps we can take to improve our own gut health.
The twins also perform all over the world as DJ’s, are the Official DJ’s for Love Island and are presenters on Virgin Radio. They will be sharing some music as well as their knowledge.
GLOBAL vocal leader,
MUSICIAN, AUTHOr, SPEAKER
FOUNDER OF GROWTH AND HAPPINESS SCHOOL
Samantha Clarke is on a mission to liberate tired company cultures from unhappy work environments through coaching and consulting on wellbeing strategies. Achieving big results with clientele like Dishoom, Shopify, Innocent, Mediacom, Deutsche Mobile and more.
The Growth & Happiness School is the first online school with training to help individuals find work happiness or create it for others at work.
Her first book,‘Love it or Leave it - How to be happy at work’, out Spring 2020.
Her podcast "Conversations with Samantha&" talks with philosophers, technologists and more on the impact of technology on our happiness in work, life & cities. Samantha is featured in Monocle's Forecast happiness edition, BBC Global News, Momondo’s latest project, Psychologies, Forbes and The Times.
Samantha will be talking ‘Love it or leave it’ Creating work happiness with us in Scotland. What does it take to help your employees fall in love with their job? How do we help employees make empowered decisions around their personal growth and work experiences that work for all? And if it is time for them to move on, how do we do this with grace?
CREATIVE STRATEGIST, STRATEGIC CREATIVE,
creator of HAPPYPLACES PROJECT
Working as a creative strategist and strategic creative as Happykamping, an eclectic distributed network of thinkers and doers for a wide variety of clients, helping them with their preferably complex challenges. For the likes of IKEA and the City of Amsterdam. Marcel keeps work and play in balance by continually initiating new projects to playfully explore different topics in the field of society, culture and technology, like his ongoing Happyplaces Project. Interviewing people around the world from Alain de Botton to a Spanish astronaut and plenty in between.
‘A lot of people create space. Space outside the atmosphere is infinite. Within the atmosphere space has become a scarcity. Not only the physical space, but also mentally, timely, virtually. Everybody — whether it is an architect, a branding specialist, a teacher, a writer, an entrepreneur, a scientist, a designer, a musician, a CEO, a politician, a parent — is a facilitator space for you and the space around you. Asked and unasked they create space for others, influence it, or take it away.’
He regularly organises and is involved in, (informal) creative social events to bring people together to create a better and shared understanding and to create better realities. He is the creative director of WeMakeThe.City, an Amsterdam based festival that makes cities better and a bunch of other things.
Marcel lives in the north of The Netherlands in the province Drenthe, together with his wife Marjon, daughter Susa, son Wout and cat Muis (mouse). He enjoys his daily early morning walks and runs in the countryside.
Marcel will be heading up the longest of our walks, 2 hours outside of the estate up to a beautiful vista. Setting questions and opening up discussions of our own complex challenges.
PHOTOGRAPHER of film,
leica uk ambassador
‘I Was Born In The Rossendale Vally, Lancashire And Grew Up With A Love Of The Landscape And A Curiosity For People. I Use This To Create Work For Clients And My Own Projects.’
Photographer for The DO Lectures, Sawdays Travel, Timothy Everest Tailoring, Millican Bags, Welsh Government. Book with Author Louisa Thomsen Brits. Jim produces all his work on film rather than digital and believes now more than ever it's a medium worth embracing.
Jim also runs photography workshops for Leica around the UK alongside his own workshops and teaching college students the joys of shooting film.
Jim will be running a workshop called 'Learning to see'. Taking us outside to look at things differently. Taking some time to quiet the mind and catch your breath and improve focus. Returning with genuine calm.
C0-founder of moorswood
A musician, vocal leader, author and speaker who is passionate about bringing people together to sing. James leads singing at events and gatherings around the world: from choirs to conferences, from workshops to workplaces, from festivals to football stadiums. He believes that singing together is a fundamental part of being human, fostering community, creativity and wellbeing. His first book, ‘Do Sing: Reclaim Your Voice. Find Your Singing Tribe’ is published in September 2019 by the Do Book Company.
He leads a number of weekly open-access choirs, including workplace choirs in healthcare settings and a homeless choir. James also delivers vocal workshops for groups and organisations across the UK, with a focus on inclusivity and confidence-building.
His conviction in the transformative power of group singing has led James to give talks at Do Lectures (West Wales) and Creative Mornings (New York). This is also the subject of his first book ‘Do Sing: Reclaim Your Voice and Find Your Singing Tribe’, which has just been published by Do Book Company.
James is choirmaster at The Good Life Experience, a festival in North Wales curated by Cerys Matthews and Charlie Gladstone and is a member of the all-male acappella troupe The Spooky Men’s Chorale, with whom he has performed at festivals around the word. His also a contributing songwriter and member of Rough Island Band, a contemporary folk quartet based in Isles of Scilly,
When he’s not singing or making music, he can be found walking and trail running around the hills in North Wales where he lives with his family and vinyl collection.
James will be speaking about the power of group singing and running a workshop getting us to use our voices.
Co-Founder of Moorswood, creator of field rugs and rambler’s rolls. A chartered land surveyor making maps by day. Charles will be taking us for a stroll and a place to sit and talk: The Space in a Place.
‘For me personally I know that my mind is given time to relax away from the normal, away from the routine. The space in visiting places outdoors doesn’t necessarily come from the space you visit; it comes in the space you get to clear in your mind. .. and that in itself is the therapy we all so often need…
I have come to realise how important getting outside is for my all round well being. Not just to get out and exercise but to let my mind relax and wander as much as my legs. I seem to create space just by being outside, by putting one foot in front of the other.’