6 Jan 2010

Cosmic Community Yurts

Free skillshare workshops for all - woo!

We're happy to invite you to join us for a summer of skillshare, creativity and fun. Sharing is the way forward and together we will be learning some new skills, sharing some old ones and finding ways to work as a community.

Our workshops will be running in different locations in and around Rotherham during summer 2010 so please get in touch or just come along. If you are unemployed and over 18 we can help you with travel costs and each session includes a healthy veggie meal and refreshments all for free. Children are welcome at the workshops which are held in our mongolian yurt an autonomous art space which means we all look after ourselves, eachother and our earth with love and respect. We hope there's something for everyone but if there is anything else you would like to share or learn let us know and we'll see what comes.

April 30th (St Leonards Rd, near the Unity Centre, Rotherham)
Build your own Rocket Stove and community cook-up
A practical session where you will learn how to build a super efficient outdoor stove to use in your garden or allotment. Rocket Stoves are made from reclaimed materials and enthusiam so no previous experience is necessary. The session will include a cook-up so please bring along a vegetable for the pot!

May 30th (Denaby Miners Gala, Denaby, Doncaster)
Permaculture and Guerilla Gardening
Time to sow some seeds of change! Come and learn what permaculture is all about. Why is it important to you? What could it mean to your community? How does permaculture differ from other approaches to sustainability? Seed exchange will be happening alongside some guerilla gardening action. Come and have a grow!

June 30th (Clifton Park, Rotherham)
Art in the Park
Join us for a day of colour and choas as we invite you to join local recycling artist Chris Cooper and others for creative fun and skillshare. Whether you are the next Van Gogh or maybe a budding Banksy or just a beginner come and share some new techniques and enjoy the local parklife.

July 30th (Secret location)
Green Woodwork fieldtrip
Come with the pixies to the hills and learn some traditional green woodworking skills. You will have the opportunity to try your hand at a forgotten art, test your skills, help build a bender, cook on an open fire and make your woodland peace.

Aug 20th (Location to be confirmed)
Pedal Power and Bicycle Maintenance
The Magnificent V3 Power will be riding into town to share the magic of pedal power. From bicycles to sound systems to smoothie makers get on your bike and come along to this great skillshare day.

Sept 11th (Rotherham Show, Clifton Park)
Know Your Rights - Direct Action in the Community!
This workshop is to help you organise for action and social change covering the different aspects of environmental and community activism. Learn about lawful rebellion, affinity groups, consensus decision making, facilitation of groups/meetings, autonomy, general group skills, campaign planning, public speaking, protests, having fun and making change.

Sept 30th (Hoober Observatory, Rotherham)
Infinite Possibilities
Ever wondered whats really out there?....
Gaze at the cosmos and hear from the experts as we conclude the summers learning events and seek out new possibilities in a cosmic skillshare evening.

We are planning more workshops and will keep ya posted, dont forget to send us your suggestions

Love and respect

Reuse Reclaim Recycle Tour 2010

Presenting the…
Naughty Pixie Crew and their Cosmic Community Yurt!
our autonomous art space is available for festivals, gatherings and events

We provide a magical autonomous space in our 16ft community yurt handcrafted by our own team of pixies. It is the aim of our crew to bring people together to share ideas and skills and to work to preserve and protect our earth and our culture. Workshops include; chaos painting, crazy clay, green woodworking, rug making and much more with our positive pixies and friends!

We are a voluntary association and only need event passes plus expenses for travel, materials, public liability insurance etc. Our main volunteers are CRB checked and hold relevant health and First Aid certificates. We provide opportunities for unemployed and disadvantaged individuals and they make up our team with the aim to help each other develop and share skills.
If you would like to know more or to book the naughty pixie crew please email pixie.works@yahoo.co.uk or call 07745690012

Discover our delightful PARTY PIXIE SOUND SYSTEM solar powered with funky beats and much dancing!

Proudly presenting to you,
The excellent Naughty Pixie Crew!
We come from over yonder, ye ol Rotherham town,
Where we’re creating alternative ideas to stop people feeling down.
Our concept is simple, natural and good,
Recycling, reusing, materials and wood.
We’ve created a cosmic alternative space,
Honestly it’ll put a smile on any face!
Our community spirit is what we’re into,
Self sustainable ways and sweet sounds too!
Our aim is to inspire each glorious soul,
To show everyone DIY living is an achievable goal.
If we can share our energy, knowledge and life,
Together we’ll end all trouble and strife.
And live in harmony with our beautiful earth,
Giving back what we take for all it’s worth!

The nAughty Pixies were at the following events in 2010
1st - 2nd May, Wath Festival wathfestival.viviti.com
14th - 16th May, Bearded Theory Festival
www.beardedtheory.co.uk 21st-23rd May, Acoustic Mayfest, Uttoxeter www.acousticfestival.co.uk
30th May, Denaby Miners Gala
6th June Derbyshire Literary Festival
Happy Summer Solstice! pixies enjoyed a week on the ridgeway at Avebury
2nd - 4th July, Beatherder Festival
www.beatherder.co.uk 27th-29th Aug, HAWKFEST www.hawkwindmuseum.co.uk
11th - 12th Sept, Rotherham Show
16th-19th Sept Alchemy Festival, Lincolnshire

Watch this space for 2011 pixie fun

4 Jan 2010

Who we are and what we do :)

Pixie Works came together to promote positive power of community. Our team began in Rotherham, South Yorkshire as a response to the need for alternative and traditional skills and in order to live a more balanced lifestyle in harmony with our natural environment. From a cold damp dank flat above a cop shop came the idea to learn old skills and find alternative ways to have a positive impact on our hometown and wider world.

We won a competition called the BIG Challenge (http://www.bigchallenge.org.uk/indblog.aspx?winnerID=4) and so the pixies travelled to Wales to a kind community 'Coed Hills' (www.coedhills.co.uk) where they were warmly welcomed and introduced to the process of building a yurt, and living as a low impact community. A Yurt or a Ger is a mongolian dwelling handcrafted from coppiced hard wood and through a process of green woodworking, steaming and bending, the wood takes shape as a circular dome. A yurt is designed to be durable in all weathers and can be easily transported and erected making a very affordable and magnicifent alternative to a cold damp dank flat!

Our Pixies now travel the land sharing skills and providing creative space and activities to communities and events. We provide a service to anyone that wants to learn about low impact living, yurts, alternative energy, rural skills, green woodwork, bushcraft, natural dyes and wild food, and of course unity in the community.

Pixie Works

Positive workshops in Yurts!

We provide a magical friendly space in our 16ft cosmic community yurt handcrafted by our team of pixies. Our mission is to enable others to support themselves, each other and the earth.