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 Transition Network conference 2010: All you need to know

"If you are vaguely thinking of going but not sure if you can be bothered then my advice is to hesitate not, I went last year and it was awesome. I left feeling like a fruit bush in a permaculture garden, lovingly nurtured to the maximum of my potential and in mutually beneficial relationships with all around me."

- unsolicited endorsement from Sideshow Tom up 'North.

NB: Friday 10th June: we are now at The Seale Hayne Agricultural College, working on the conference.

Conference blogging and online updates

We feel that the conference is best experienced in person, so our main focus is making the onsite experience as special as the previous transition conferences. And we're also planning to share as much as possible on the web during and after the conference. This'll be a spur of the moment, seat of the pants operation, particularly given the local constraints we have. So we recommend that you get stuck in via the social network channels below to get a flavour for what's going on.

If the wifi behaves itself, we'll publish:

If it is also possible, we'll publish:

And for those of you who know all this fandangled web jargon, we will 'tag' all our content as "#ttcon2010". You are warmly invited to join in with photos and tweets.

All about the conference

Click here to buy tickets

See the wonderful range of sessions on the sessions page

We’re excited (and very relieved) to finally be ready to open bookings for the 2010 conference.

This year’s conference will feature a dazzling smorgasbord of open space and inspiring workshops, including some longer in-depth sessions, skill shares, project shares, networking, entertainment, all your meals, lots of meaningful fun and frivolity, and hopefully you!

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We're holding it at the very impressive ex-agricultural college of Seale Hayne, (recently purchased by the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust) just down the road from Totnes. We really struck lucky with this place after our two earlier location hiccups - lovely buildings, loads of room, fantastic catering facilities, woods and gardens, enough accommodation for everyone. And it's on a mainline station, so although it's not exactly next door to everywhere, it's really accessible.

Ticket news and info (regularly updated)

Ticket sales now open. Plenty for everyone!

Dates and times

  • Registration opens on Friday June 11th at 19.30
  • The conference programme itself begins on Saturday morning June 12th at 10.00
  • The programme finishes on Monday June 14th at 13.00, followed by lunch

Friday night will be an informal social time with an open bar, so turn up on Friday evening to meet old friends and make new ones.

The programme

It's now here in draft form! It's going to be impressive...

Conference costs

  • Tickets for the 2 ½ day event are £130
  • There’s an Early Bird discount price of £115 till end of day May 23th
  • Depending on number of tickets sold, we'll probably be selling some day tickets from June 1st
  • All meals for the 2 ½ days are included in the price
  • Accommodation is extra – details below


We want to make sure that no one is excluded because of ticket prices, so we have tickets at concession prices for the unwaged/economically challenged. To apply for a concession please e-mail

Conference numbers

This year we have capacity for around 350 participants. That’s about the number that congregated in London last year for our 2009 conference, so if you want to make sure you get a place, you’d better get your skates on!

Accommodation costs and options

We're offering several options for accommodation on campus at Seale-Hayne to meet different budgets.

  • Single room – solo (includes bedding and towel for one): two nights - £50, three nights - £75 (£25/night/room)
  • Single room – 2 friends sharing (includes bedding and towel for one): You pay the “single room – solo” price and your pal won’t need an accommodation ticket. A cosy little arrangement - your pal gets the wooden floor, so will need to bring a sleeping bag and mat. two nights - £50, three nights - £75 (£25/night/room)
  • 4-bed shared room (includes bedding and towel for each person): Swap “tales of transition” into the wee hours. Male only and female only rooms: two nights - £40, three nights - £60 (£20/night/person)
  • Dorm style shared room: Space on the floor in one of Seale Haynes myriad rooms. Bring your own towel , sleeping bag and mat and relive your student backpacking days. Male only and female only rooms: two nights - £20, three nights - £30 (£10/night/person)
  • Tent: Pitch for tent, bring your own tent & equipment. There are c. 15 level pitches on site, with overspill going ½ mile down the hill (toilet and showers available in both locations): two nights - £10, three nights - £15 (£5/night/tent)


The only way to reserve a place is to pay for it. That goes for both the conference and the accommodation. See below for payment details - you can pay either online or with a cheque (UK only). We request that you resist the temptation of calling us up and asking for a reservation – just check the top of this page where we'll put updated ticket availability information.


Online: buy your conference ticket on Eventbrite using Paypal, Visa, AmEx, Mastercard, Solo or Switch. When Eventbrite accepts your payment, your place at the conference is secured and you'll receive a system-generated confirmation e-mail.

By cheque (strictly UK only): to purchase a ticket by cheque, please send the following to Transition Conference 2010, Transition Network, 43 Fore Street, Totnes, TQ9 5HN:

  • your cheque, made out to "Transition Network"
  • your contact details
  • the number of tickets you want
  • details of other participants if you're paying for their tickets
  • your accommodation choices

Your place(s) will only be reserved once we've received your cheque. We'll notify you via e-mail or phone.

 Getting there: location

Seale-Hayne is 3 miles outside of Newton Abbot. The postcode is TQ12 6NQ. Here are a couple of maps to orientate you:

 Getting there: travel

By bike: catch the train to Newton Abbot and then check out this googlemap for the least trafficky route.

By train: trains arrive direct to Newton Abbot from as far afield as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham and London. London (Paddington) is well under 3 hours away, and trains go hourly. From Birmingham, it takes less than 3 hours and trains leave every half hour. Cab is £10 each way from the station to Seale Hayne, which is pricey if you're on your own, but reasonable if you cram in with other transitioners. See planned shuttle bus service to the Conference below.

Shuttle Bus times (Newton Abbot Railway Station/Seale Hayne campus)

Friday June 11th

Buses running from Newton Abbot station to Seale-Hayne every 15 mins from 18.30 to 23.30

Saturday June 12th

Buses running from Newton Abbot station to Seale-Hayne every half hour from 8.15 to 10.45

Monday June 14th

Buses running from Seale-Hayne to Newton Abbot station every 15 minutes from 13.00 to 15.15

By car: first of all, check out the lift-sharing forum.

  • Get onto the M5 and continue on it SouthWest as it becomes the A38 around Exeter
  • Hang a left 10 miles after Exeter onto the A382 following signs to Newton Abbot
  • straight over the first roundabout, continue on towards Newton Abbot
  • at the next roundabout go straight on
  • at the next roundabout, turn right towards Ashburton and take that road out of Newton Abbot
  • shortly after this you will come down a steep hill
  • at the bottom of the hill turn right at the Dame Hannah sign
  • just follow the road until you reach the Dame Hannah entrance signs!

Alternatively, plug "TQ12 6NQ" into your TomTom and get smoothtalked right to the front door.

Parking is available at the venue and will be charged on the gate at £10/car.

By plane: first of all, starting tomorrow, plant trees like crazy to compensate for the CO2 you'll be emitting in the upper atmosphere (3 times worse than at ground level). Seriously though, while we would love to have all Transitioners at the conference, we are also aware of the carbon footprint aspect of travel. Please read this piece from Rob's blog and consider it before making a decision about flying to the conference.


We'd really hoped to be able to make this conference accessible to everyone. But, sad to say, for reasons of timing (and the fact that our 2 original choices fell through) we're not going to manage it.

Seale Hayne is in the process of becoming a truly wonderful resource focused on the needs of disabled people. The new owners, Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, are hard at work sorting out all the accessibility issues that are the legacy of being an agricultural college designed before the 1900s.

This means there will be access constraints during the conference, and we'll need to have discussion with each individual participant who might be affected. So, if you would like to participate in the conference and have a disability, please either give Ben Brangwyn a call on 05601 531882 or send an email to There's also a provision on the booking form to let us know any special needs you might have.

Thanks for your patience as we work around these temporary constraints.

Friday night

On Friday night, there will be no food available at Seale-Hayne so don’t arrive with an empty stomach! The bar will be open, so expect lots of chatter and tales aplenty as transitioners get reacquainted and make new friends.


On account of unforeseen venue changes and budget constraints, we’ve yet again failed to create a child-friendly event this year. No promises, but we’ll do our damnedest to sort this out for 2011.


Should you need to cancel your ticket please contact us at

  • Cancellations received by end of day May 23rd will be reimbursed 100%
  • cancellations received between May 24th and end of day May 31st will be reimbursed 50%
  • cancellations received after May 31st will not be reimbursed

Press protocol

Members of the press are very welcome to participate in or observe all and any aspect of the conference, as long as they sign up (by email or at the conference) to the following protocol:

  • All press must register through the normal channels, paying full price and (contact Kristin at for your press pass).
  • All press must let us know which publication (or freelance) they represent
  • All press must make themselves known to a Transition Network person on arrival at Seale Hayne
  • Transition Network will provide press with an identifiable badge with name and publication
  • Press must wear the badge at all times
  • Any press person engaging a conference participant in conversation must explicitly convey whether the conversation is on the record or off the record
  • All participants will be told that if they feel uncomfortable talking to the press that it is their responsibility to express that (politely) before the conversations start
  • Dress code for conference - if you're in a suit, you'll be the only one :¬)


Share and barter biscuits, impress friends, bribe the organisers - there's nothing we won't do for a fresh scone. It'll make the tea breaks a whole lot more interesting too. And be prepared to share recipes as well.