Who are we? What do we want? How can we learn to be happy without going crazy in the process? Comedian and mental health campaigner, Ruby Wax along with designer and author, Bella Pollen, are two independent spirits who have taken risks, broken rules and pushed against convention in their pursuit of answers to some of life’s more fundamental questions. Join us for an enlightening conversation between two funny, feisty women as they take us on a rollercoaster of self-discovery and re-invention. By turn comic, poignant, mortifying, but never short of utterly empathetic, this is a salutary and informative lesson on how to come through restlessness, depression and fear of failure – stronger and perhaps even a little bit saner than ever. Here to keep them in line, talk them through their highs and lows and various battles with unsavoury demons both real and imagined is the broadcaster, journalist and author Rachel Johnson. Read more.
As wedding season approaches, join Ada Calhoun for a funny (but not flippant), smart (but not smug) evening on marriage. Anyone who is married (or contemplating it) knows that in our most cherished institution, over the years there will be fights, there will be angst, and there may even be affairs; sometimes you’ll look at the person you love and feel nothing but rage. And still, with frank insight from experts, clergy and friends, Ada Calhoun demonstrates that we can put aside expectations of total marital bliss and arrive at an optimistic portrait of what marriage is really like. Inspired by a wildly popular New York Times essay, this talk will help and inform anyone interested in entering into, or improving a marriage. Read more.
Join us forty years on at the Tabernacle for a Bob Marley tribute evening, woven together – from the words of those who knew him best – by Roger Steffens, whose indispensable oral history, So Much Things to Say, appears in August. The childhood abandonment, the formative years in Trench Town, the meteoric rise to international fame, the assassination attempt and possible CIA cover-up, the devastating moment of his collapse while jogging in New York’s Central Park aged just 36 – it’s all here. As are the emotional dramas of Bob Marley’s brief life, and his unwavering commitment to the message of Rastafari, which combined to create the dazzling and idiosyncratic destiny of Bob Marley. In conversation with Linton Kwesi Johnson – known and revered as the world’s first reggae poet – Steffens will reveal extraordinary new details, dispel myths about the man, and let the voices speak for themselves: Rita Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer; band members, relatives and friends… All true gospels are shaped by the accounts of eyewitnesses, and ‘If Bob Marley is Jesus in these times, Roger Steffens is St Peter’ (Carlos Santana). So come along for the definitive Reggae Night on 4th September… Read more.
Since biblical times gardens have been horizontal, until Patrick Blanc starting greening the walls and courtyards of cities around the world. The inventor of the vertical garden, he is also the world’s leading expert. Blanc has created dozens of his botanical tapestries in public and private spaces: lush miniature forests of perennial plants, mosses, ferns and flowers, the key to whose success is the diversity of species used. The vertical garden is a new green vision for the interaction between cities, plants and people. As Frank Lloyd Wright said: ‘architects cannot bury their mistakes, but they can grow things over them’. Vertical gardening goes a step further, and has in turn given new stimulus to contemporary architecture both public and domestic. Originally inspired by the observation of plants in rainforest canopies or living on rocks around waterfalls, vertical gardening emulates natural ‘gardens’ on cliffs and mountain slopes that are fed by sunshine, wind energy, ambient moisture, dew and rain. The benefits include reduced pollution and flooding from rainwater run-off, additional insulation for buildings, and increased habitat for wildlife – as well as the vivid beauty of these living walls and their daily contribution to our concrete environment. Vertical space is empty and often free. For the urban gardener the vertical garden is practical, long lasting and even portable (Blanc has moved his own garden to three different addresses in Paris over a 28-year period). He will reveal with his unique authority the possibilities for greening our walls and courtyards, will explain the art of soil-less planting, and will show us how it is done. Read more.
In what promises to be a life-changing talk, the Norwegian adventurer Erling Kagge , whose new book on Silence has become an international publishing phenomenon, will take us on a journey to unlock the power of silence and show us how to find perfect silence in our daily lives, however busy we are. ‘Breathtaking and inspiring. Teaches us how to find precious moments of silence – whether we are crossing the Antarctic, climbing Everest, or on the train at rush hour‘ – Sir Ranulph Fiennes Read more.
In this breakfast talk Rolf Dobelli, the bestselling author of the Art of Thinking Clearly with 2.5m copies sold, will provide an indispensable toolkit for practical living, that will change the way you live and work. Join us for this unmissable talk from one of today’s most influential Thought Leaders. Read more.
with Isabel Behncke, Cristián Samper, Fernanda Weinstein, Howard Charney, Ian McEwan, Ricardo Rozzi
A 56 hour navigation along the Subantarctic seas on board the Stella Australis, visiting important geographical, scientific and anthropological milestones, including Pía Glacier, Wulaia Cove, Cape Horn, Puerto Williams and its Cape Horn Subantarctic Research Center. Science and technology experts will lecture attendees and Chilean public officials will describe the country’s effort to establish this territory as a natural laboratory for the world’s scientific community. The Magellan and Subantartic Region, contains one of the most important marine ecosystems in the world. Together with shaping the understanding of evolution, it plays a crucial role in mitigating greenhouse effects, absorbing large amounts of CO2 through phytoplankton, and its sea currents and closeness to Antarctica have an impact on world temperature SCHEDULE DAY ONE Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 10:00 / Departing flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas 14:00-16:00 / Lunch at Punta Arenas Sotito’s Restaurant 17:30 / Boarding the Stella Maris Ship 19:00 / Ship leaves for Pía Glacier 19:30 / Welcome remarks and drinks 20:30 / Dinner DAY TWO Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 08:00 to 09:00 / Breakfast 10:00 / Lecture 1 11:00/ Lecture 2 13:00 / Lunch 15:30 / Disembarkment at Pía Glacier 17:30 / Departure for Cape Horn 19:30 / Lecture 3 and drinks 20:30 / Dinner DAY THREE Monday, December 4th, 2017 06:00 / Arrival to Cape Horn 07:00 to 09:30 / Disembark at Cape Horn 09:30 to 10:30 / Breakfast 11:00/ Departure for Wulaia Cove 13:00/ Lunch 15:30/ Lecture 4 17:00/ Disembark at Wulaia Cove 19:00 / Back on board 20:30 / Dinner DAY FOUR Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 03:00 / Arrival at Puerto Williams 07:30 / Breakfast 09:00 / Disembark 10:00 / Excursion to Omora Ethnobotanical Park & Lecture 5 on the site 14:00 / Lunch on board 18:00 / Cape Horn – Sub-Antarctic Center Inauguration by Chilean President Mrs. Michelle Bachelet And Argentinian President Mr. Mauricio Macri (both TBC) 20:00 / Patagonian lamb & vegetables Barbecue 22:00 / Back on Board DAY FIVE Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 07:30 Breakfast 09:00 Disembark at Puerto Williams 10:00 Departure flights to Punta Arenas / Santiago & international connections. EXPEDITION FEE £7250 single occupancy. £9000 double occupancy. Reservation fee for single occupancy £1500.- Reservation fee for double occupancy – £1800 *Final deadline for total payment, July 31th Included: Local airfare and ground transportation, sailing that includes 4 nights, all meals and drinks, lectures, visits to the places previously described. *Not included international airfare, hotel in Santiago, travel or life insurance. TERMS & CONDITIONS The expedition requires a minimum of participants by July 31th to proceed If the program requires to be cancelled by RAD Foundation, participants will receive a full refund of monies paid. No refunds will be made for any part of this program on which participants choose not to participate after the expedition confirmation. Without limitation, RAD Foundation is not responsible for any injury, loss, or damage to person or property, delay or inconvenience in connection with the provision of any goods or services, any kind of illness, or other cause beyond the direct control of RAD Foundation. Read more.