The Festival will begin on Saturday 30 May at 2pm London time / 9am New York / 6am LA and finish each day at 11pm London / 6pm New York / 3pm LA.
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At a time of unprecedented global crisis, our intention with Rebel Wisdom Festival is to ensure that you leave not just with new ideas, but with new skills. As a participant, you will choose your own experience at the Festival. You might want to spend your time watching talks, discussing taboo topics in facilitated groups, practicing techniques that develop your discernment and sovereignty, or a combination of all of these. Whether you prefer to engage with ideas, or are more interested in learning techniques of embodiment and transformation, you will find something for you.
All the talks and the workshops are designed to help us make sense of the world, navigate our own minds and relationships so that we can adapt and evolve – we believe that levelling up in this way is an essential part of meeting the huge changes ahead of us.
We are designing the Festival with a participatory ethos at its heart; while you are welcome to sit back and observe, there’s an open invitation to get involved, connect with others who share similar interests (or those we disagree with), and see what we might be able to build together moving forward.
The Rebel Wisdom Festival will be divided into three distinct but interwoven tracks; Sensemaking, Meaning and Imagined Futures. Talks, workshops and discussion groups following these tracks will run throughout the weekend. As a participant, you have the choice to follow your own compass and find what you need. Likewise, it's our hope that the process of doing so sharpens your unique perspective so that you can share it with the other participants - speakers and facilitators included.
If we can't make sense of the complex world we live in, we don't know what actions to take, what values to hold on to or how to agree on truth together. This is especially true when faced with a broken information ecology; one in which profit-centred algorithms and bad actors make it increasinly difficult to tell truth from lies. The talks and workshops in this track are designed to help us develop our discernment and learn to make sense more clearly so that we can move forward in an intelligent and healthy way.
The threat of existential risk, social collapse and a crisis in meaning have brought many of us to exploring new techniques to help us see clearly and connect with each other. This track will feature talks on psychedelic science, innovative technology, psychology and more. We will have workshops running on breathwork, Circling, mindfulness, movement, music and the best in transformational technology.
What do we need to meet the considerable challenges we face as a species? An essential part of looking at this question is our ability to zoom back far enough to understand the complex, interweaving systems we’re a part of. This track will include speakers talking about complexity, systems change, existential risk & what it might mean not to fall back into 'business as usual' after this crisis.
Line-up (all times in BST / London time)
The Rebel Wisdom Summit was our first major event and sold out within a few weeks of tickets going on sale, so to accomodate more people we've developed the Rebel Wisdom Festival, taking place in May 2020. If you'd like to register your interest early, please get in touch using our contact form. In the meantime, we have an exciting series of events planned for autumn 2019 which you can read about here.
When our existing ways of thinking break down, it's the rebels and the renegades, those who dare to think differently, who need to reboot the system.
We are going through a time of enormous and accelerating change. Our institutions, our value systems and even the way we make sense of the world are crumbling. At the same time, social media is pushing us further and further into ideological camps, and many of us feel we can’t fully express ourselves.
The rebels recognise that these old structures have to die for the new to be born. They embrace uncertainty and see hope in chaos.
The Rebel Wisdom Summit is a new kind of event; an immersive, participatory, evolutionary conversation bringing together four of the most rebellious thinkers in the world to help us find a path through the chaos of the times.
As the old collapses, we’re entering a new and very different phase in culture and politics. What that might eventually look like, nobody knows. But in order to get there, we’re going to need a new kind of wisdom; open-minded, nuanced, and above all, rebellious.
Rebel Wisdom is a media platform and retreat organisation. The Summit is the first of a new type of experience we’re pioneering; one in which we take the techniques we teach in our retreats – including mindfulness, self-inquiry and active listening – and combine them with the cultural conversation we’ve been curating through our films. We believe this combination could inspire a new way of talking about culture, politics and society that hasn’t been seen before.
The Rebel Wisdom Summit is an invitation to join the cutting edge of a new cultural conversation. We are capping it at 150 attendees in order to keep the environment intimate and generative. As well hearing four brilliant speakers on the main stage and having a chance to ask them questions, you will break off into small groups led by a facilitator in order to discuss the issues brought up by the speakers in a safe environment.
The day has been carefully designed to help us to come into 'flow' together. Flow is a specific neurological state that brings us into close connection to one another; one in which new ideas come in a cascade from our unconscious minds. When we’re in flow, we see in a new way; winning the argument ceases to matter, and instead we become very present to what truths, patterns and new insights are arising between us.
Attend the Summit if you are already a rebellious thinker looking to meet others, if you want to gain new insights into cultural issues, or you’re if you’re curious by nature. Whatever your background, this is a unique experience in which you’ll learn from some of the most engaging thinkers in the world. It’s also an opportunity to go to the very edge of your own understanding, so that together we can pay attention to what’s trying to emerge right now.