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To purchase a 100 seater Yurt that will provide a new home for our work - allowing us to reach new audiences and extend our activity.
To purchase a 100 seater Yurt that will provide a new home for our work - allowing us to reach new audiences and extend our activity.
218 backers pledged £5,455 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goal: 

Thanks to your outstanding support we have reached our goal of £5,000! We are so grateful to all of you for supporting our campaign. It is fantastic to know that we will safely be getting the yurt.

However this project doesn't finish there. Now that we have the yurt we'd love to be able to make it the best yurt out there! The addition we are focusing on at the moment, because we are so close, is getting a double framed door for the opening; this will allow easier disabled access to the yurt.

There are still so many rewards up for grabs and at midnight on Friday the Kickstarter will be finished! So this is your last chance to get behind this fantastic project and maybe make some wonderful memories in the process.

Building Our Futures: 

Do you remember when we were kids, we wore coats and mischief on days like this. We made the stories that got them all talking. The beach was our theatre and we played our plays on its sandy stage. We huddled around fire pits and sang songs about lives that we hadn’t lived yet. We slept in tents made of stars and adventures. In early morning we stretched our backs to the land, our toes curled in the sand and skimmed stones in the unknown sea. Every ripple that returned to our feet changed our world forever. Do you remember? 

Back then we weren’t scared. Back then we knew everything but understood nothing. But at least we were listening and had something to say. And we knew that if we listened we could learn, that we could share what we heard. 

Be Part Of Our Future...

Wise Words, Wide Eyed Theatre and the Gulbenkian are passionate about creating moments that re-awaken wonder - offering you the opportunity to sleep under the stars; the chance to hear from the authors, poets, artists and inspiring speakers in beautiful and intimate settings; the chance to meet like-minded people from all walks of life, to re-imagine, re-discover and re-connect with what 'community' means today. Our work is about creating intimate and inspiring moments that will live in your memory and stay in your hearts forever. 

Each year Wise Words have hired a yurt as the venue for their festival and always receive incredible feedback from audiences and artists who are astounded by the beauty of the space but also its ability to 'inspire' and 'nurture' a sense of well-being. Owning a yurt (larger than the one we currently use) would enable us to create many moments of wonder - it would reduce our yearly overheads, allow us to embrace our growing audience and also enable us to take our work on tour across Kent and beyond. 

A wonderful space for workshops, performances and retreats.
A wonderful space for workshops, performances and retreats.

With your support...

...we can perform small miracles with words. But words need actions need anchors, they need to lean on strong shoulders.

A yurt, big enough to hold our growing audiences, to house workshops, to welcome writing and wellbeing focused retreats, would provide us with an inspirational space - a home for our work. It would allow us to reach new audiences, take our work to new places, grow and nurture local talent and widen our offer to span the whole year.

We are three organisations with our spirits in the sky but our feet firmly rooted in the ground. 

The warmth, generosity and kindness shown to us by you, our family of friends and supporters has show us that you are the strong shoulders upon which we can stand tall and reach for the stars. 

Each donation, large or small, will take us a step closer to owning this beautiful and inspirational hand-crafted Yurt and will be received with tremendous gratitude.

Stretch Goals...

Thanks to your outstanding support we have reached our goal of £5,000! However, this project doesn't finish there. There are many wonderful things we'd like to add onto our yurt, but we need your continued support!

£5,450 - 
If we can get to £5,450 (SO CLOSE!) we can get a double fronted door on our yurt. This will enable a greater level of disabled access to our yurt. We are very passionate about achieving this goal because our yurt has been funded by so many people from so many different circumstances and we believe everyone should have the ability to enjoy it.

£5,550 -
If we can get to £5,550 we will also be able to pay for 75cm diameter windows to watch the world turn from the safety of our yurt.

And more to come!.....

Each Yurt is hand-crafted by master crafstmen
Each Yurt is hand-crafted by master crafstmen
Situated in a beautiful apple orchard in Bridge
Situated in a beautiful apple orchard in Bridge

Take a peek at our wonderful rewards on offer...

A limited edition organic tote bag
A limited edition organic tote bag
A bespoke Storytelling Workshop with Wide Eyed Theatre, for up to 30 children.
A bespoke Storytelling Workshop with Wide Eyed Theatre, for up to 30 children.
A Poem just for you...
A Poem just for you...
An Authentic Living Weekend with John Siddique
An Authentic Living Weekend with John Siddique
Wide Eyed Marmalade and a Cocktail Recipe
Wide Eyed Marmalade and a Cocktail Recipe
A Cocktail Lesson with the Vintage Bartender
A Cocktail Lesson with the Vintage Bartender
A Tiger Tea Party with Wise Words and Wide Eyed
A Tiger Tea Party with Wise Words and Wide Eyed
Tickets aplenty to Gulbenkian
Tickets aplenty to Gulbenkian
A Poetry Postcard dropped through your letter box.
A Poetry Postcard dropped through your letter box.
A Night of Wonder
A Night of Wonder
A Picnic on a Punt, Just for Two
A Picnic on a Punt, Just for Two
A signed limited edition illustrated print by Me Old China
A signed limited edition illustrated print by Me Old China

Risks and challenges

A commitment and passion for collaborating with others is at the heart of each of our organisations, but we know that misunderstandings occur even in the strongest of relationships. To ensure that this partnership is a happy one, full to the brim with shared passions and joint ambitions, rather than petty quarrels about who gets to use the Yurt and when, we have a pre-Yurt agreement in place outlining our roles, responsibilities and use of the space.

A yurt of this size costs considerably more than £5000 but we felt that this was a fair and achievable amount to hope for from our community of Friends and Supporters. The Gulbenkian have kindly contributed £2000 towards this campaign and we have submitted an applications to funders including one to Arts Council England. Their support would make up the additional £7000 needed in order to purchase the Yurt. Contributions made by the community, those who will use and enjoy the Yurt, are valued highly by funders who see this support as 'evidence of need'. A successful Kickstarter Campaign will go a long way towards enabling us to leverage these additional funds. The worst case scenario would be that it takes us a little longer than planned to raise the money - but with this slim possibility in mind we have alternative arrangements in place to see us through until next spring.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $8

    A sincere thank you from us on Twitter on our Facebook page...and you will of course receive that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you know you have supported something worthwhile!

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    What will you get in an addition to the above?

    A beautifully-designed poetry postcard will drop through your letterbox - thanking you for your kind support.

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    A inspirational poetic badge that you can pin close to your heart to enhance that warm fuzzy feeling you will get from knowing you have supported something worthwhile.

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    Beautifully hand illustrated storytelling postcards which have inspirational tips, exercises and games to support you in telling exciting stories with your children. A perfect resource created by Wide Eyed Theatre - for teachers, youth group leaders, parents or guardians!

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    Spread the Love - Wide Eyed Theatre and The Vintage Bartender have joined forces to make marmalade!

    This reward is a jar of super sharp homemade lime marmalade made by Vicki at Wide Eyed, and a cocktail recipe from the Vintage Bartender to try it in.

    The marmalade was made using all of our left over limes from the Summer's Evening Cocktail bar. So grab a jar to remind yourself of that wondrous event, or if you missed out you can still feel part of it!

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    Two tickets to the Gulbenkian cinema to see a film of your choice!

    Treat yourselves to an afternoon of action or an evening of escape whilst also supporting the Kickstarter thanks to the Gulbenkian!

    These tickets are valid until the end of the year and include all showings except live/recorded screenings.

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    The Tiger who came to Tea Party:
    Come, bring your little ones & enjoy a magical tea party in our Bell Tent. Don't worry, even Bell Tents have doorbells and you never know a tiger might just come and join us!
    Wide Eyed Theatre and Wise Words will create a magical experience with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos!
    This event will take place at the same time as the theatre show at the Gulbenkian to which tickets can be bought on their site.

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    A poem just for you - from Wise Words:

    One of our incredible poets will compose a Twitter haiku just for you - thanking you for your generous support.

    If you are not on Twitter we will send it to you on one of our Poetry Postcards.

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    Me Old China, a Barcelona based illustrator, is gifting 5 signed prints of her original artwork.

    This picture is from a collaboration with Wide Eyed Theatre and celebrates their festival storytelling work in, you guessed it, a yurt!

    To own your own little yurt and unique piece of art work please pledge for this print.

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    A limited edition organic cotton tote bag:

    Beautifully designed to inspire you with one of Olympic Poet, Lemn Sissay's morning tweets on one side either the Wise Words, Wide Eyed or Gulbenkian logo on the other.

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    Give your child the opportunity to create a 'Play in a Day':

    Budding actors and actresses between the ages of 5 - 11 will spend a day with Wide Eyed Theatre, creating a play from scratch and performing it to friends and family in Canterbury's stunning Westgate Hall on the 31st July.

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    A limited edition organic cotton tote bag:

    Beautifully designed to inspire you with a short poem written by celebrated poet John Siddique on one side and either the Wise Words, Wide Eyed or Gulbenkian logo on the other.

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    A pair of tickets to see the brilliant Martyn Joseph courtesy of the Gulbenkian!

    Treat yourselves to a jaw dropping evening of Guitar with “The Welsh Springsteen”. His unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice will surely be a night to behold!

    Performance date - Sun 08th Nov - 19:30pm

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    2 Pairs of tickets to see the amazing Ralph McTell courtesy of the Gulbenkian!

    Ralph’s shows feature beautifully crafted narrative songs combined with dexterous, finger-style guitar playing and evocative storytelling and will of course include the Ivor Novello award winning “Streets Of London”.

    Performance date - Mon 16th Nov - 19:30pm

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    A pair of tickets to see the amazing Ralph McTell courtesy of the Gulbenkian!

    Ralph’s shows feature beautifully crafted narrative songs combined with dexterous, finger-style guitar playing and evocative storytelling and will of course include the Ivor Novello award winning “Streets Of London”.

    Performance date - Mon 16th Nov - 19:30pm

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    Two VIP Tickets to the theatre:

    Treat yourself and a friend to this fabulous evening out! - a glass of wine and the production of your choice from this autumn's exciting programme at the Gulbenkian.

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    An hours Cocktail Lesson for two.

    If you came to our launch event you may have sampled one of the Vintage Bartender's delicious concoctions. Learn to make cocktails like a pro with guidance from the Vintage Bartender himself. Choose from delicious 3 cocktails, mix them and enjoy the results. Hosted by Bramleys Bar, Canterbury.

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    A Picnic on a Punt Just for Two:

    Imagine drifting through the ancient city of Canterbury on a punt, enjoying a delicious picnic with a friend or lover...

    You can choose to go on a journey through Canterbury's past, hearing stories of times gone by whilst witnessing the city from the unusual perspective of the river, or go upstream into the beautiful meadows and countryside that surround Canterbury.

    This will be a truly special experience - a lovely gift or a surprise treat for you and someone you love!

    Picnics are available on the weekend of the 5th & 6th September 2015

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    Choose your favourite Christmas film to shown on the BIG screen this Christmas!

    Providing the Gulbenkian can get hold of it they will screen the film of your choice and give you 4 free tickets for you to treat your friends or family to this special event!

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    Give your child the amazing experience of creating a 'Play in a Week':

    Budding actors and actresses between the ages of 11-18 get to spend a week with Wide Eyed Theatre, creating a play from scratch and performing it to friends and family in Canterbury's stunning Westgate Hall.

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    An Authentic Living weekend retreat with John Siddique in our beautiful new Yurt situated within the stunning surroundings of our Apple Orchard in Bridge.

    John is well known writer and poet who leads these beautiful retreats that focus on freeing you up to be truly yourself, to be able to live without masks, and to be powerful, responsive, and centred in grace in every situation you find yourself in.

    This retreat will be non residential.

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    An immersive weekend of poetry away from it all on our stunning farm in Bridge. Led by poet, novelist and creative writing tutor Sarah Salway and poet and creative practitioner Fiona Lesley Bennett.

    This will take place in the Spring 2016 (between April - June).
    This will be a non-residential retreat but breakfast, lunch and home-made cake at tea time will be included.

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    Enjoy a relaxing retreat with your partner or up to 6 friends in our stunning yurt at its home in the beautiful apple orchard in Bridge.

    A professional therapist will treat you to massage, reflexology and homemade clean eating treats and drinks - leaving you relaxed and reinvigorated.

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    A Night of Wonder - sleep in our beautiful yurt under the stars in Canterbury's stunning Secret Garden at the heart of the city!

    Every year we get asked again and again "Can you arrange a way for us to be able to stay in this beautiful yurt?"....and the answer is yes!

    Whether you wish to treat the person you love to this very special night in our yurt or whether you and up to 5 friends want to share the cost and create memories, this is a magical experience not to be missed!

    You will be offered VIP tickets to an evening event at the Wise Words Festival and will wake in the morning to a delicious breakfast of croissant and coffee.

    Our poet in residence, John Siddique, will then lead you through a private morning meditation or writing session - the perfect start to the day!

    *this will be in the smaller yurt that we hire until our big yurt is made.

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    Give your children a journey into the imagination that they will never forget! Up to a half-day storytelling workshop with Wide Eyed Theatre in our beautiful new yurt situated in a stunning apple orchard in Bridge.

    For up to 30 children and is suitable for a group of children of primary or secondary school age.

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    A Tiger who came to Tea Party - Enjoy a tea party for up to 20 children in the magical space of the Yurt. 2 hours of stories, games and a picnic lunch in the beautiful apple orchard on the farm in Bridge.

    Wide Eyed Theatre will facilitate the event and create a magical experience themed around your favourite book or story. Will a tiger turn up to your tea party? Or will it be full of revolting rhymes?

    Suitable for children aged 4 plus. This could be a birthday party or a special treat.

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    A Night of Wonder - sleep in our beautiful yurt under the stars in Canterbury's stunning Secret Garden at the heart of the city!

    Every year we get asked again and again "Can you arrange a way for us to be able to stay in this beautiful yurt?"....and the answer is yes!

    Whether you wish to treat the person you love to a romantic night in our yurt or up to 3 people if you like each other a lot, this is a magical experience not to be missed!

    You will be offered VIP tickets to an evening event at the Wise Words Festival and will wake in the morning to a delicious breakfast of croissant and coffee.

    Our poet in residence, John Siddique, will then lead you through a private morning meditation or writing session - the perfect start to the day!

    *this will be in the smaller yurt that we hire until our big yurt is made.

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