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Beautiful Trouble: Creative Resistance Workshop

  • 39a newington green Stoke Newington London N16 9PR (map)

New Unity makes Beautiful Trouble! Creative Resistance workshop 5-6 May, 2018

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When we come across oppression and hardship, our natural anger can lead us to clamour, yell and demonstrate. But could we protest in a way that's more effective and even more fun?! 

This is Beautiful Trouble training: a jam-packed 2-day workshop that'll equip us with tools to create strategic acts of resistance to the problems of our time.

We'll be brought together with like-minded people from our community, both New Unity members and others, to work on local issues. We'll explore case studies from an extraordinary international network of artist-activist trainers and creative campaigners. We'll discover the tactics and techniques of game-changing creative activism. We'll learn how to connect and strengthen a social movement. And we'll join New Unity's Sunday Gathering to share what we've learnt with their wider congregation.

Who should attend?

This workshop is for anyone seeking daring, imaginative and creative ways to change the world for the better. We also welcome applications from community/project groups: come along and work together in your team!

Testimonial from international best-selling author Naomi Klein (No Logo & The Shock Doctrine)

“The current political moment calls for bold leaps of imagination, new forms of organizing and a fearless blend of confrontation and celebration. Beautiful Trouble is a crash course in the emerging field of carnivalesque realpolitik, both elegant and incendiary.”

Testimonials from previous participants

“This 2-day training was the best introduction to activism I've received. I learned a lot about different strategies and methods but also about many inspiring protests that have happened in the past. Comfort and trust were built up in the group from the beginning, making it very easy for me to join an affinity group. We had fun planning the action and I’m looking forward to seeing all our different actions happening. Thank you for a well-planned and greatly enriching weekend.” - Judy

“I didn’t know what to expect from the weekend and I’m fairly inexperienced with activism, but I found that it was exactly the kind of extensive, theoretically-grounded but practical workshop that gave me the taste and introductory connections needed for organising actions.'' 

“Beautiful Trouble creates an open playing field for the exchange of ideas, skills and the inspiration to manifest utopian dreams. Warm and inclusive for people new to activism, as well as great networking and skill-sharing for those already involved. Catalysts for change! :)'' 

''The training was great! Thank you for being so open and welcoming! I really liked that the agenda for the two days was flexible enough to incorporate people’s suggestions and needs. It was really inspiring and I'd have loved to do more!” - Dennis

Hosted at New Unity, a non-religious church with a proud history of social reform

This 18th-century church on Newington Green is a landmark in creative activism. It was previously attended by feminist pioneer Mary Wollstonecraft, and led by civil rights campaigner Rev Richard Price. In 2008, it was Britain's first and only religious establishment to refuse to carry out any weddings until all couples had equal marriage rights. Today, its social action includes providing casework and other support for vulnerable migrants, campaigning to stop rogue landlords, promoting the living wage, supporting numerous small charities financially, and improving mental health provision.

Cost/how to apply

The cost of this two-day training is £100 per person.

New Unity members receive a discounted fee and should contact for further information.

If you can't afford the £100, please contact We don't want anyone to be unable to attend because of their financial limitations, and we'll make adjustments to help make it possible for you.

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Unfortunately, the venue is not yet an accessible space and the meeting room for this training is up a flight of stairs.


  • Tea/coffee and snacks provided for breaks.

  • Please bring food to share at lunchtimes.

Earlier Event: May 1
Meditation Group
Later Event: May 6
Bright Lights Children's Group