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Ruskin Mill Trust and the Hay Festival are working together to celebrate neurodiversity. Our two-day event, [email protected] Mill, is a “living conference”, on the theme of autism and re-imagining our potential. 

Our exciting programme allows delegates to:

  • Experience our curriculum by direct involvement in craft workshops with students and tutors;

  • Hear guest speakers – from the literary world and academia – offer their perspectives on autism;

  • Discuss and celebrate with us, through fabulous biodynamic food and evening events.

Ruskin Mill and Hay – be part of the discovery, as we re-imagine everyone’s potential, together.

Our Collaboration 

Ruskin Mill Trust and the Hay Festival are delighted to announce the second year of our collaboration – “Re-imagining Our Potential”. Ruskin Mill is a unique educational charity, with schools and colleges across England and in Wales. The Hay Festival needs no introduction, respected worldwide as a pre-eminent festival of ideas and literature.

Ruskin Mill and Hay are working together to widen the conversation about autism and neurodiversity. Ruskin Mill will exhibit at the Hay Festival in Hay on Wye on 30th and 31st May 2019. We then welcome Hay Festival to Ruskin Mill by hosting our Living Conference at our site in the beautiful Horsley Valley, near Nailsworth in the Cotswolds on 19th and 20th July. 

Our Students

Ruskin Mill students have a range of needs – many of which arise from autism. Our students also have unique abilities, developed through a curriculum rooted in biodynamic ecology, social enterprise and craft. This curriculum is a powerful educational offer, that we call Practical Skills Therapeutic Education or PSTE. PSTE gives each student the potential to shape their own future, experiencing meaningful relationships with crafts, people and planet.

Hay, Ruskin Mill and our students invite you into the discovery and debate that surrounds the unique world of therapeutic education and autism. For us, education is a process of continual dialogue and development, in partnership with the student and underpinned by research.

Join us at Ruskin Mill College, Nailsworth, in the beautiful Horsley valley, as we celebrate neurodiversity. 

Programme

Friday 19th July

8.45 am Registration
9.30 am Introduction to Day 1 - Grainne O'Reilly, Principal, Ruskin Mill College
Hay Festival and Ruskin Mill Trust - the view from the Hay Festival Team
"Welcome to My World" - Ruskin Mill students and Janet Whittle (parent) introduce the event
9.45 am Dr Anna Kennedy OBE - Anna will draw on her insights from over 20 years working as an advocate for autistic people and their families
10.15 am Matt Briggs, Ruskin Mill Trust "Meaningful Relationships to People, Earth and Universe: the role of Craft"
10.45 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Craft workshops with Ruskin Mill students and tutors
1.00 pm Lunch
3.00 pm Craft workshops end
3.30 pm

"In conversation with..." Discussion Panel on the lived experience of autism

Panellists include: Nura Aabe, Founder of Autism Independence; Guy Shahar, CEO of the Transforming Autism Project; Jo Billington, Centre for Autism, Reading University; RMT contribution Oliver Cheney, Executive Principal

4.45 pm Poetry Interlude: Kate Fox - Event Poet in Residence
5.00 pm  Kathy Lette, best selling author of "the Boy Who Fell to Earth". Kathy will draw on her own experience in supporting her autistic son.
6.00 pm

Supper and drinks available; folk music by Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter, English Acoustic Collective

Ruskin Mill Trust students perform excerpts from 'Romeo and Juliet' directed by Paul Garnault

8.00 pm  Close

Saturday 20th July

8.45 am Registration
9.30 am

Introduction to Day 2 - Grainne O'Reilly, Principal, Ruskin Mill College

“Meeting Delegate Questions” – Q&A session to respond to questions from Day 1

“In conversation with….” Dr Jean Harrington, of the “Exploring Diagnosis” project at  Exeter University Medical School outlines the project’s work with autistic people, in conversation with Vicki Wren, Ruskin Mill Trust Trustee

9.50 am Speaker TBC
10.15 am  Coffee Break
10.30 am  Craft workshops with Ruskin Mill students and tutors
12.30 pm Lunch
2.30 pm Craft workshops end
2.45 pm Mikey Kay, “My Autistic Big Brother and Me”, BBC Wales; Mikey will talk about his recent BBC Wales television programme on the subject of his autistic brother and their shared relationship to the outdoors
4.00 pm  David Malins, autistic peer advocate: “Autistic Society – where next?”
4.45 pm Poetry Interlude: Kate Fox – Event Poet in Residence
5.00 pm Speaker TBC
6pm

Supper and drinks available; folk music by Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter, English Acoustic Collective

Ruskin Mill Trust students music performance, directed by Andrew Thompson.

8.00 pm  Close

Craft Workshops

Experience and enjoy Ruskin Mill’s craft and land curriculum, working alongside our students and craft tutors. You can choose from:

Green woodwork
Iron-age forge
Pottery
Music
Pewter casting
Fish farming
Leather work
Poetry
Basket making
Animal Husbandry
Horticulture
Textiles
Biodynamic agriculture


Once you have made your booking (below), we will contact you by email to confirm your choice of activities. Bookings will be offered on a “first come, first served” basis. While we will endeavour to offer you your first or second choice, we can’t make any guarantees.

We look forward to welcoming you to [email protected]!

Bookings

Please select your ticket(s) from the options below. Your ticket price includes all programmed events. Once you have registered, we will contact you by email to book your choice of craft workshops. Biodynamic, vegetarian and vegan food and refreshments can be purchased at a number of outlets across the site.

£25 per day

We look forward to welcoming you to [email protected]!

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Autism – Re-imagining Our Potential - Friday

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Autism – Re-imagining Our Potential - 2 days

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