Throughout the day, Tropical Pressure hosts a wealth of FREE workshops in dance, craft, art, music, food, storytelling and circus skills, in venues across the site. Beautifully, they are all FREE to attend, although some have a cap on numbers to its best to turn up early. Here’s a taster of what we enjoyed in 2017.
AFRICAN DANCE: Popular across the UK and in America, dance tutor Inci Turan has a true affinity to the rhythms of African music, and her dance classes are exuberant, generous and sensual.
ARGENTINE TANGO: We’re very happy this year to be welcoming back Cornwall’s very best Tango tutors – Ruth & Becalelis from Barefoot Practica & Biljana Lipic. These experienced dancers share the common aims of contributing to the Cornish Argentinean Tango scene, the joy of dancing and a deeper understanding of Tango.
CAPOIERA: Chris Dove and his team are back sharing their skills in music and movement, ritual and tradition, history and philosophy, trickery and creativity in a circle of song and expression.
CIRCUS SKILLS: Join the awesome Airfish Circus in the Big Top for 2 hours of circus skill workshops on Saturday and Sunday morning. You can catch them performing live during the festival too.
EARTH PAINTING: eARTH North Devon’s Peter and Francesca have built up an international reputation through their research, artwork and workshops exploring the geology, history and uses of pigments and dyes. Come learn and paint with them in the Creative Yard.
FLAMENCO: Claudia Caolin has a background in Contemporary and Flamenco Dance and has 25 years’ teaching experience. In this workshop she will explore expression, technique and rhythms of Flamenco, enabling the participants to perform a short choreography at the end of it.
HAPAZOME: Clare China will lead in this ancient Japanese printing technique, using flowers and leaves found locally, and using stones to transfer the colour onto a cotton cloth to leave a flower/leaf print behind. These will then be turned into a small flag.
HERBAL FIRST AID: Herablist Ruth Weaver leads a foraging walk and talk round the Tropical Pressure site, looking at the medicinal benefits of some of our gorgeous local plants and hedgerows.
LAUGHTER: Based in Falmouth, Cornwall, The Best Medicine laughter workshops are designed to encourage you to exercise your laugh using laughter yoga techniques, playful games and group interactions!
LIVE PAINTING: Paul Wadsworth is a giant of the Cornish art scene. one of Glastonbury’s resident artists, we love the hot, bright, exotic and evocative work from his festival travels as well as in India and the Middle East. At TP he’ll be doing live painting to capture its spirit in paint, as well as workshops.
METALWORK: Grant Oatley began making sculptures, trivets and burners from recycled metal in 1995 and has run several popular courses up here at the Eco Park. This weekend he’ll be making copper rings in the Creative Yard.
POETRY: A writing workshop for adults who may have never written a poem before but want to see if they can, and for those people who already write and are looking for inspiration and tips. You’ll be in the rhyming seat, decide to share or not share your words!
Led by Somerset poet Paul Tobin.
SINGING: The brilliant Claire Ingleheart leads the Eco Park’s Sing For Your Heart, Sing For Your Soul sessions, and participants always tell us they leave feeling inspired, connected and revitalised. Come and join in, whatever shape your vocal chords are in…
STEEL PAN: Ever fancied a go? We have! Steve Mildenhall will be performing on the Roots Arena stage leading his brilliant Steelers band on Sunday 16th – and if you’re inspired, he can teach you the basics in this beginners workshop.
TROPICAL TWITCHERS: Join Sophie Ramsay and start the day with a gentle morning stroll, listening to the birds & learning their songs. No phones. No gadgets. Listen as our ancestors did and tune into what’s going on around you, learning about the birds, their songs & calls and what they mean.
WILD COOKING: Matt Vernon will be lighting the campfire and teaching us how to make delicious gnocchi and flatbreads using wild ingredients. Yum.
WORLD BEATS: Travel through three rhythms and dances of the diverse Brazilian culture with Fernando Machado. Participants are invited to sing and dance together and taste a little bit of these traditions from different parts of Brazil.
YOGA: The Eco Park’s resident Yoga tutor will lead daily morning Yoga classes for kids and adults – the perfect way to set you up for your jam-packed day.