Code of Conduct
We've created this code of conduct to help set the tone for our events. We aim to create an environment which gives everyone more permission to explore themselves, to try new things, to take risks, to connect and to fully express themselves. When you register for a festival or workshop you'll need to tick a box saying you have read and agree to our code of conduct.
Everyone is invited to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and to take the appropriate action at all times during the event. To know what your boundaries are, to rest or take alone time when you need it, to ask yourself in each moment - what do I need right now?
Our core team, volunteers and (at larger events) Welfare team are on hand to support you in your self care, feel free to make use of them.
Everyone is contributing to the atmosphere - Participants, organisers, facilitators, volunteers. You are not attending a Togetherness event, you ARE Togetherness. You are empowered to bring your ideas, your creativity and your unique talents to the festival, where appropriate. If you see something that needs to be changed then please speak to the team, if you see rubbish that needs to be disposed of, please do so, and if you would like to get involved on a deeper level in creating Togetherness then please get in touch.
Respect for Yourself and Others
This point is foundational for all of our events. Regardless of the beliefs, background, nationality and identity of others, please treat them with the respect you would wish to be treated with. We are all honoured guests and we all have a role in creating the atmosphere we would like to inhabit. Be courteous to others and please avoid imposing yourself or your beliefs on them.
It is our intention to avoid any aggressive or inappropriate behaviour. If we find anyone acting in this way, we shall address the issue immediately. Anyone unwilling to act respectfully towards others or in the true spirit of the event will be asked to leave.
Alcohol & Drugs
Togetherness is a drug and alcohol free space. We aren’t trying to make a negative judgement on them but we are creating a space for connection that isn’t clouded by substances. All people are expected to respect this and anyone breaking this may be asked to leave.
Phones & Photography
You will not need mobile phones during the sessions, so please turn them off. And absolutely NO photography during sessions, please. If you wish to take a photo in the communal areas, first ask everyone in the picture if its okay to take that shot. Our official photographers will be on site taking pictures of non-intimate sessions and in group areas, if you do not wish to be photographed please speak to the core team.
You literally can't go to all the sessions so there is no need to try. Sometimes the best decision you can make for yourself is taking some time to be with yourself with a cup of tea (see point on self care above). Life is a marathon not a sprint and Togetherness will be holding many more events in the future!
In some activities you and others may reveal things you wouldn’t normally feel comfortable sharing. This means that whatever others share with you during sessions is in the strictest confidence and doesn’t leave the room. That means you shouldn’t even bring it up it with the person who said it to you outside of the session, unless they initiate the discussion.
Breaching our Code of Conduct
Any breach of our Code of Conduct will be addressed immediately, by one of the core team. If that individual does not agree to respect the code for the rest of the event, they will be required to leave.