"It is time Resurgence had a home of its own! No publication has done more to raise awareness of the dangers to the environment of our throw away society. Now we need to make it secure for the next 50 years." Michael Morpurgo, author, poet & playwright
We need your help to secure a permanent home for Resurgence.
Resurgence Trust is a charity at the forefront of the environment movement – a beacon of hope in a changing world. The Trust produces Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, runs events and publishes the Ecologist website as platforms to share ideas and inspiration on sustainability, social justice and the arts. Last year Resurgence turned 50 and now the flagship magazine Resurgence & Ecologist and the Trust that produces it, urgently need a new home.
We need your help to make our vision for The Resurgence Trust a reality. We want to create a unique centre for education, environment and the arts – a centre that will embrace and reflect our commitment to living lightly on the Earth and provide a creative space for innovative ideas that will have a global impact. With your help we will create a centre for a sustainable future.
What’s the story?
Guided by the wisdom and inspiration of Satish Kumar, Resurgence has grown from humble beginnings as a magazine first publised in 1966, to become an educational charity with far-reaching impact. Today, the Resurgence Trust publishes Resurgence & Ecologist magazine and runs The Ecologist website - an environmental news platform with a international reach. These publications are highly-respected across the globe for their independent journalism, integrity and positive, solutions-based perspectives on the key environmental and social issues of our time.
For the past 35 years, Resurgence has been based in a tiny barn conversion in Satish's garden, in the village of Hartland, North Devon. As the Trust has grown, so has the number of staff and we have outgrown the space. So we need to create a new home, where we can safeguard the future of The Resurgence Trust and extend our educational activities and outreach.
What's unique about this project?
Earlier this year, the Small School, a pioneering educational project set up by Satish in the early 1980s closed its doors and the buildings centred around a beautiful 19th-century chapel are ripe for regeneration. We want make a home for Resurgence in this unique and much-loved space, continuing in the spirit of the Small School and building a centre for education and the arts for future generations.
We are writing a new chapter for Resurgence, but we can't do it without your help. The school buildings, particularly the chapel, urgently need renovation. Unless we can find funds to renovate and refurbish, the Small School charity may be forced to sell the buildings. We want to save them from further decline or unsuitable development in an area where holiday lets and second homes are already an issue, and community facilities are much needed.
Will you help us? We have set a target of raising £100,000 for essential work on the Small School buildings. We will renovate and restore these historic buildings using the best ecological practice and intend to work with sustainable partners in order to achieve our vision.
Please give what you can and let's make this happen...
What do we hope to achieve?
We have big plans for the Small School. We will convert the Small School into a new home for the Resurgence Trust, our magazine and websites, as well as developing a range of educational and community projects. We already organise an annual summer camp, the Resurgence Festival of Wellbeing, and regular talks held in London and elsewhere. A new home will enable us to enhance and grow these activities.
Our centre for education, environment and the arts will enable us to do the following:
• Create a permanent home for the Trust with a vibrant editorial office.
• Bring the production of The Ecologist to Hartland and integrate our publishing platforms.
• Run innovative courses and events that reflect the themes at the heart of the Trust - protecting the environment, promoting ecological awareness and addressing social injustice.
• Use the garden and grounds to teach organic gardening, sustainable food production and nature conservation.
• Provide a creative outdoor classroom for forest school sessions.
• Showcase green technologies as we redevelop the site along ecological building principles using local craftspeople and materials wherever possible.
• Connect and engage people with the arts.
• Establish a sculpture garden and green space for everyone to enjoy.
• Create valuable job opportunities and benefit the local community.
• Provide space for activities that will enhance wellbeing for people and planet.
The buildings are in urgent need of renovation to transform the space into the vibrant centre we envisage. This is the challenge...
We will work with the community and our partners to create an invaluable centre for the region and beyond. If you have any questions about our plans, please contact Angie Burke at: [email protected]
Why does it matter?
Having a secure home will future-proof Resurgence and enable us to concentrate our efforts on our educational work while enabling the charity to become self-sufficient through memberships, our publications and innovative courses, talks and other activities.
At a time when issues of peace and stability, the threat to our environment, social dislocation and division have rarely been so important, the work of Resurgence is a beacon of hope. Please help us keep it alive, to help the process of building the better, more sustainable world we all want.
Who's supporting you and why?
The Resurgence Trust has an international reach and impact that reflects the passion and commitment of the small team working hard to make things happen. Together with the support and goodwill of our many thousands of readers, supporters and partners we are creating the change we all want to see in the world and building a more sustainable future for all.
Here are a few of our supporters who believe in what we do and why it's important:
“We need to make sure that this brilliant magazine keeps going for another 50 years. So please, do everything you can to get behind this crowdfunding campaign for Resurgence. It’s a wonderful thing to do.” Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, chef, broadcaster, food writer
“Resurgence has been a tremendous force for good. It is absolutely vital that it is properly protected to thrive for another fifty years. I urge everybody to make a contribution as an act of solidarity and commitment.” Tim Smit, co-founder, the Eden Project
“Resurgence is the spiritual and philosophical heart of the ecological movement. It has been the home of wonderful ideas and I hope that there will be widespread support for Resurgence as it seeks to secure a new home for itself at the Small School.” Tony Juniper, President, Wildlife Trust UK
"Heartfelt appreciation to Resurgence for 50 years of dedication to the cause of offering wise and sustainable alternatives to the ravages we confer upon this beautiful, tortured planet we call home. Love and gratitude.” Annie Lennox
"Resurgence is a much-needed source of hope, inspiration, and practical proposals - an essential survival guide in difficult times." Caroline Lucas, MP
"Resurgence gets it right, time after time, when most of the media gets it wrong. Resurgence quietly points the way." Andrew Marr, BBC correspondent
For more information about Resurgence and the activities of the trust including Resurgence & Ecologist magazine and our events visit: www.resurgence.org
You can help secure a permanent home for Resurgence by making a donation, selecting a reward or simply by sharing this page with all your friends. As a thank you to our donors, we’ve put together a unique selection of experiences and rewards...
Help us reach our target and enjoy one of our rewards:
£10 - Treat yourself or a friend to the current issue of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, plus an exclusive “We’re moving” Axel Scheffler postcard. Plus, we’ll list your name as a supporter in the magazine.
£15 - Beautiful art-glass Angel, hand-made in Hartland, home of Resurgence (colours vary). Can be sent as a personalised gift “A little glass Angel sent for you from…” Plus, we’ll list your name as a supporter in the magazine.
£15 - Exclusive stoneware mug, featuring the Resurgence ‘R’, handmade by Sarah Jane Lander at The No 39 Pottery, Hartland. Sarah uses coloured slips and simple sgraffito designs inspired by the surrounding environment of this beautiful part Devon. The mugs are microwave and dishwasher safe.
£15 - Complete access to the archive. Be informed and inspired by the rich content contained in our extensive online archive. You will receive full access to the archive of The Ecologist magazine going back to the first one in 1970 and the Resurgence archive from the first issue in May 1966 to the current issue of Resurgence & Ecologist. Valid for one year, pdf format.
£18 - Two tickets to attend an evening talk by Jonathon Porritt on ‘Re-purposing the Green Movement’. The talk will take place on 28th March 2018 at 42 Acres, Shoreditch.
£18 - Two tickets to attend an evening talk How to ‘Walk on Sunshine’ by Rachel Kelly, speaker and author on mental health issues including The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood. The talk will take place on 28 February 2018 at 42 Acres, Shoreditch.
£20 - Plant a Tree for the future. Trees for Life will create a dedicated Resurgence Grove in the Scottish Highlands, transforming bare hillsides into healthy young woodlands, rich in wildlife and protected for future generations. Help Resurgence and restore a wild forest! Plus, we’ll list your name as a supporter in the magazine.
£30 - Being an Earth Pilgrim (box set, 2 x DVD’s). Enjoy this landmark documentary featuring Satish Kumar in conversation with Jane Davidson. A series of six hour-long interviews that chronicle and celebrate the life and work of teacher, peace activist and inspiration behind Resurgence, Satish Kumar.
Plus, we’ll list your name as a supporter in the magazine.
£30 - A one year Membership or one year gift membership to The Resurgence Trust. We'll send six issues of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine starting with our January/February issue, together with a unique set of beautifully-illustrated notecards. We'll also send you an exclusive “We’re moving” postcard by award-winning illustrator Axel Scheffler, who regularly illustrated for Resurgence before he was famous! Plus, we’ll list your name as a supporter in the magazine.
£40 - No Destination: Autobiography of a Pilgrim by Satish Kumar, with a personalised dedication and signed by Satish. Written with a penetrating simplicity, this book is an exhilarating account of an extraordinary life, including Satish’s 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage around the world (hardback edition, 2014). Plus, we’ll list your name as a supporter in the magazine.
£60 - A selection of Matt Harvey’s poetry books with a four-line personalised dedication. The set includes: The Hole in the Sum of my Parts, Where Earwigs Dare, Mindless Body, Spineless Mind, The Element in the Room, Sit!, (and for children) Shopping With Dad, Beastie and the Boys.
£150 - A weekend for two at Little Barton Cottage near Hartland, starting 2nd March 2018. There's a fantastic ClearView woodburner which really belts out heat in the snug sitting room and a big light, airy bedroom. Wonderful walking country! The SW coast path is only 20 mins away on foot and Hartland village (home to 'Resurgence') is 30 mins walk, partly through the woods. Two nights. More information about the house and area on www.littlebartonhartland.co.uk
£150 - Exclusive reception and talk by Satish. As a thank you for making this happen, we’ll arrange a special evening reception for you in North Devon, where you can be inspired by Satish and meet the team behind Resurgence. Plus, we’ll list your name as a supporter in the magazine.
£400 - A package of six free months access to the co-working space at 42 Acres, Shoreditch. Designed to inspire a sense of openness, freedom and creativity, 42 Acres conscious co-working space is a sanctuary in the city. This inspiring, nature infused atmosphere supports social entrepreneurs, creatives and pioneers exploring a new way of working in the world.
£500 - Wisdom Walk with Satish on Dartmoor. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Dartmoor while listening to Satish’s reflections on the profound insights and spiritual experiences that come from spending time close to nature. The walk will take place in Spring 2018. Plus, we’ll list your name as a supporter in the magazine.
£600 - Two beautiful handcrafted tapestries “Flowers” and “Red Flowers” by Gyhan, an artist working at the Ramses Wissa Wassef Arts Centre, Egypt. In these intimate cotton tapestries the finer threads and softer colours produce delicate works with the feeling of fine watercolours or drawings. Size: 45cm x 33cm. Original tapestries with receipt. For information on Rameses Wissa Wassef Tapestries visit their website.
£1,000 - Become a Life Member to The Resurgence Trust and receive Resurgence & Ecologist magazine for life and a copy of ‘Earth Pilgrim’ signed by Satish. In this book Satish draws on personal experience and his understanding of spiritual traditions to explore the deeper meaning of pilgrimage. Plus, we’ll list your name as a supporter in the magazine.
£2,500 - Business supporter. We welcome support from ethical companies and organisations that share the values of Resurgence. In return, we will acknowledge your support within the building on a Business Supporters Board. Plus, we’ll list you as a supporter in the magazine.
£5,000 - Business supporter. We welcome support from ethical companies and organisations that share the values of Resurgence. In return, we will acknowledge your support within the building on a Business Supporters Board. We will give you a free full-page advertisment in Resurgence & Ecologist and write a special thank you in the Frontline section of the magazine. Plus, we’ll list you as a supporter in the magazine.
£5,000 - Become a Patron to The Resurgence Trust and receive Resurgence & Ecologist magazine for life and a copy of ‘Earth Pilgrim’ signed by Satish. In this book Satish draws on personal experience and his understanding of spiritual traditions to explore the deeper meaning of pilgrimage. Plus, we’ll list your name as a supporter in the magazine.
A big, heart-felt thank you for your support!
SOLD OUT REWARDS
£100 - Dinner with the Editor-in-Chief, Greg Neale, at the Frontline Club, London - a gathering place for journalists, photographers and those interested in international affairs. Expect anecdotes, wit and tall tales inspired by a life-long passion for independent journalism and many years on Fleet Street. Your chance to hear the inside stories direct from our editor. Plus, we’ll list your name as a supporter in the magazine. (sold out)
£300 - Golf Day Experience for two at the Royal North Devon, Westward Ho! with Head Pro Mike Wilson, in June. The Royal North Devon is England’s oldest golf club with the finest links in Devon and a museum of golf. Includes lunch in the clubhouse. (sold)
£550 - ‘Thought of Tiger’ is a large woodcut by Merlyn Chesterman made to highlight the tigers of the Himalayas. Merlyn lives and works in Hartland. She is a Senior Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter- Printmakers and set up collaborative printmaking group Pine Feroda, who specialize in large-scale woodcuts of the coast. (sold)