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March 22nd 2019: SayYesMore Round-Up


March 22nd 2019: SayYesMore Round-Up

Our first round-up of the year, keeping you up to date on general plans for SayYesMore, upcoming events and campaigns, and some stories from the YesTribe.

News from SayYesMore HQ

After an admin-heavy first few weeks of the year our team is making progress towards restructuring SayYesMore’s official structure from Limited Company to Community Interest Company. In reality, the structure won’t much impact how we run - reinvesting any profit into new events and spaces that bring people together - but it feels like a good step to make towards a more transparent organisational structure which we’re refining this year.

After three years of largely successful volunteer led campaigns, the reality is that running SayYesMore day to day comes with too many responsibilities and commitment to expect volunteers to shoulder the work for much longer. This has also led to regular turnover of volunteers over the years, which in turn means more retraining and time asked of the core team.

A one-off grant and ongoing training and advice from the Facebook Community Leadership Programme in 2019 has given us a thrust towards running this year’s events without financial pressure, with the aim of creating a sustainable team structure into the future, run by one or two part-time staff, with much less responsibility on volunteers.

Creating a countryside haven

With our fourth birthday approaching we’re finally feeling like the future is becoming clearer. The growth of SayYesMore has always been organic, built on random, spontaneous ideas that felt like the right thing to do. Whichever way the wind has blown we’ve tended to sail, but now our voluntary and ambassador team has over 80 people, regional and international YesTribes are popping out of the woodwork all over the place, and the online community is growing by around 100 people a week, it’s only natural to consider where this is all going.

What’s for sure, is that (as mentioned above) running SayYesMore isn’t always easy. Simplifying our methods going forwards is a big part of the plan, which will enable the core team to have more fun and not sacrifice their own lives. Of everything we do, the YesBus has become the biggest burden. While it’s a superb outdoors space that offers a really unique slant on learning and recharging in the countryside, the politics, costs and time it takes to keep the YesBus running is becoming unsustainable.

Our dream future involves finding a plot of land for SayYesMore to create a more permanent basecamp (our current running contract with Brinsbury Campus, the current YesBus home, ends in 2020/2021). This would give us a long-term plan to work towards, a basecamp to build and expand, and an opportunity to create a sustainable income from one site that would cover the rest of SayYesMore’s events, campaigns and team building.

Here’s the perfect dream: we find our own land with an existing glamping business (ideally with pods, cabins or huts as opposed to tents) that has enough land for that business to continue, a space for the YesBus to live, and open spaces for campgrounds, firepits, walking routes and an annual Yestival. If you ever see a site for sale that sounds like it fits the bill please do drop us a line! (Where we find the finance for a project like this we do not know, but we’ve managed to do some pretty incredible things on a shoestring so far and like to think that nothing is impossible!).

The YesTribe is a growin’

The main YesTribe Facebook group, where it all began, is approaching 8000 members, and when combining members of all SayYesMore groups and pages, we have a social media audience of well over 15,000. Make sure you join the Tribe!

Wake Up Wild 2019: Treely, treely cool!

Each year we try to harness the power of our growing tribe for good, by holding at least one large-scale event that creates a positive environmental and social impact. Although the Waterbike Collective in 2018 was a resounding success, including hundreds of people across the five month, 1000 mile journey around the UK’s waterways, collecting over 100 tonnes of trash along the way, it was a total bitch to run! Emma Fairey and Dave Cornthwaite were on call 24/7 for five months, ensuring the waterbike kept on moving despite mechanical failures, riders dropping out last minute and other spontaneous challenges.

So this year we’re going back to our roots with an event that we’re calling Wake Up Wild. For one night only, on September 28th, we’ll be hosting multiple group campouts for YesTribers all over the UK.

We’re aiming for an early April launch, with two thousand and nineteen places available for the event. The cost to each camper will be £5, with £1.50 going to SayYesMore to cover expenses, insurance and general admin of the event, and the remaining £3.50 donated to Tree Aid, a tree planting organisation with whom we’re working to create voluntary and educational opportunities, and a UK-based woodland space open for use by the YesTribe.

Get involved

We've started to confirm a number of camping locations, and if you know of some land that we could host a camp on, or would like to become a YesTribe Campout Leader for Wake Up Wild and other campouts throughout the year, drop a quick line to Emma at

We’re also really lucky to have been supported by the Facebook marketing and creative departments, who are working with Creative Review to champion an up and coming artist who will help to create a unique advertising campaign for Wake Up Wild. The campaign will be based around the benefits of time in nature to our wellbeing. Earlier this week Dave Cornthwaite spent time with the team at Facebook, developing concepts for the campaign which will launch in a few weeks. Watch this space for more!

DC (right) with Phil, James, Sammy and Liv at Facebook HQ in London, after a planning session for the Wake Up Wild campaign. Sammy spent the whole session drawing on the walls!

DC (right) with Phil, James, Sammy and Liv at Facebook HQ in London, after a planning session for the Wake Up Wild campaign. Sammy spent the whole session drawing on the walls!

Camp Yestival: Going, Going, Gone! (With a Caveat)

In 2015 it took a touch over 6 weeks to sell 125 tickets for the first ever Yestival, so when the clock struck 10am on February 17th we held our breaths. "Ping!" sung the first confirmation email as it dropped into the inbox. Then, "Ping! Ping! Ping! Ping!..."

It took less than two hours for Camp Yestival to sell out this year, and for the first time we can now focus on making the event as good as can be, rather than pushing tickets right up to the final day. Woo hoo!

If your fingers weren't on fire that morning, don't worry. A couple of tickets have been refunded and no doubt a handful more will be looking for a new home, so in May we'll gather them all together for a second sale. We'll keep you posted.

If you’ve visited past Yestivals you may notice that Camp Yestival will be smaller this year, 1/3 the size of the last three years, to be precise. It takes a huge amount of effort to bring together Yestival for our team, who all have real lives and jobs outside of their contribution to SayYesMore. So we decided to have somewhat of a rest this year, and the hope is that with Camp Yestival nestled mostly within the familiar YesBus field - a place where we run events multiple times a month - we’ll be able to create a wonderful event without putting our lives on hold for a few weeks. We can’t wait for this one.

The YesWood: a space for safe wild camping and forest bathing

Part of our long-term plan at SayYesMore is to work with private and corporate partners to buy up little plots of woodland all over the UK as little mental health havens and safe wild camping spots. Thanks to the generosity of a Yestival-goer who wanted to do some good, an offer on the first ever YesWoodland has been accepted and by the end of Spring we'll have our very own 6 3/4 acres (that's about 3 and a half football pitches) of conifer forest west of London. 

If anyone else is interested in helping us to buy some more forest, we'd love to hear from you.

Fill that Joypot

Looking after our mental health and a direct connection between exposure to nature and wellbeing has been a regular feature throughout the life of the YesTribe, so a few members of the YesTribe have put our minds together to create a “mental health department” for SayYesMore.

The idea is simple. When we’re low, our stresspot fills up. And in order to combat that, we need to empty the stresspot and fill our joypot.

We’ve started building a page full of handy content, links, contacts and events to offer a helping hand to anyone feeling low, or worse. We plan to launch this in early April, along with the first Joypots Cafe, a low-level regular gathering for people to come together over a steaming mug of tea of coffee to chat safely about how we’re doing, and how we can look after ourselves better. Watch this space.

Ambassadors & Team Summits

In February we enjoyed two weekends with the wider team who keep SayYesMore ticking.

On the first weekend of the month we gathered at the YesBus to train up 25 of our 40 volunteers around the UK. In the next few weeks two of the SayYesMore team will head around the country to meet up with those Tribe Leaders who couldn’t make the Team Summit. The camaraderie has gone on to help break our events record for Jan-Mar, with numbers of get-togethers up by over 50% on 2018.

And for the first time, SayYesMore now enjoys a team of ambassadors, from Paralympians to weekend warriors, microadventurers to Everest Summiteers, we’re so proud to be represented by folks who live by the SayYesMore ethos, they’re out there blazing a trail with their mission-based work, all of which inspires and encourages others to get outside and live courageously.


The YesBus has been open for two weekends in March, with over 50 people visiting for Tribe Days and workshops teaching filmmaking and camping skills. Earlier this week we opened up for two days of plastic pollution workshops, attended by over 100 students and staff from Brinsbury Campus, who own the land that the YesBus rents. Part of our ‘rent’ is to commit 100 man hours towards hosting or helping events for the campus, so we started nibbling into our annual quota with the workshops this week.

This month saw the first ever YesStories in the Netherlands, thanks to Emmelie Van Dongen, who met some of the SYM team during a surfing trip last year and ended up delivering a wonderful improv session at Yestival in October.

The YesTribe East Midlands camp out

The YesTribe East Midlands camp out

Kim Brenan, leader of the YesTribe East Midlands, has rallied her regional tribe and last night they enjoyed their second campout of the year.

YesTribe London have had a break from YesStories in February and March but Andy Bartlett is back in April, and the 17th April is in the diary for the next one.

A YesTribe London social in a Covent Garden pub on Wednesday evening saw around 20 YesTribers pop in for a chat and a beer. Often the seeds of adventures are planted at gatherings like this but rarely do they happen immediately. Following a gentle dare SayYesMore Ambassador Jen George headed straight to Heathrow and ended up in Iceland the next morning! See the stories below for more on this!

Stories from the YesTribe

It pays to dream

SayYesMore Ambassador Darren Edwards was paralysed during a climbing accident a few years ago. His story has inspired so many since then, and just this week his recovery took a few steps forward. We dare you not to cry a little watching this!

A Signature Run

SayYesMore Ambassador Michelle Ellison is nearing the end of a cross Britain run. Along with her friend Johnny, Michelle has run 300 miles in two weeks and has amassed almost 4000 signatures along the way for the Suicide Guarantee.

Did you know that there is no current policy to deal with suicidal patients who walk into hospitals looking for help? Michelle is raising awareness of a petition calling for the UK Government to implement a standardised suicide support procedure in A&Es across the country. Every km Michelle runs represents approximately 10 lives lost to suicide in the UK in 2017 (5821 lives).

Please sign this petition and share it with your networks, and check out this map to see Michelle and Johnny's progress and how the signature count is going. Best of luck to both of them, almost there!

To the pub, and then far far away

SayYesMore Ambassador Jen George came along to a YesTribe social in a London pub last night, and then asked a question that at the very least changed her week. "What adventures could I do tonight? I've got about three hours."
"You could be in Barcelona in three hours."
And with that Jen hugged everyone goodbye and set off. She was too late getting to the airport, but we woke up to a message saying she was about to jump on the first morning flight to....wait for it...Iceland.

Here’s the Facebook page for Jen, who this year has committed to taken on 365 new adventures. Nothing like a little spontaneity!

Opportunity knocks: A Pacific Mission

Now and then we get sent some brilliant job or volunteer opportunities, you can find them here.

The latest was from the team behind Ben Locomte's Pacific Ocean swim, looking for volunteer crew for a three month sailing voyage in support of Ben as he front crawls across the world's biggest ocean. Expect marine life, plastic pollution research and a good tan!

Lost Sleeping Bag Found, Tribe style

When Chris Lee left his sleeping bag on a train it ended up at the other end of the country. Luckily, the YesTribe came to the rescue and Chris was reunited with his lucky bag a few days later! Now that’s what social media is for!

Handy Links

  • The YesTribe is our main online community home

  • Our website tells you everything you need to know about SayYesMore

  • Here are all the events our various Tribes and Groups have in the calendar

  • We've regional and overseas Tribes all around the world, see if there's one close to you

  • The Ripple Effect is a place to share ideas and events for those who actively care about the environment

  • The YesBus is our countryside basecamp in West Sussex, it's very cool

  • Wake Up Wild is our nationwide campout on September 2018 - signs-ups open next week

  • The YesList is a group for self development and creative living ideas

And if you’d ever like to get in touch, get involved or ask questions, drop us an email via the Contact Page. Thanks for your support!


A Get Started weekend on the YesBus


A Get Started weekend on the YesBus

EVENT: Saturday 27th January to Sunday 28th January

Join SayYesMore founder Dave Cornthwaite and life coach Vix Anderton on the YesBus for a weekend designed to kick-start your year.

We've organised a series of talks, workshops and pause sessions to help you work towards a successful, balanced 2018.

This is the first of 2018's programme of courses, seminars and other events to be held on the YesBus, a converted double decker bus created by SayYesMore as a countryside base for learning.

Tickets - get yours here

Ordinarily these sessions are priced between £35 and £50 each, so we hope you find good value in the full weekend ticket, which includes:

  • Access to all sessions
  • Access and chill-out time on the bus between sessions
  • Overnight camping near the YesBus
  • Tea and coffee
  • Group and individual chats with Dave and Vix throughout the weekend


Saturday 27th January

12:00 - Turn up, set up your tent and meet the YesBus and your hosts

12:45 - An introduction to the YesBus

13:00 - Getting Started: how to plan a big project (90 minutes - led by Dave Cornthwaite)
Whether you're setting up a blog, cycling across a continent, embarking on a new project at home or are just ready to start something new, this workshop will help you: Develop a viable project plan. Shape an appropriate online presence. Overcome challenges before and after the start line. Move forward despite unsupportive friends and family. Design a project budget and savings plan. Decide whether to fundraise or not to fundraise?. Work out what and what not to pack for an adventure. Give sponsorship advice. Provide encouragement, targets and accountability.

14:30 - Break time (60 mins). Take an hour to enjoy the YesBus, read in our open-plan library upstairs, or take a walk in the countryside.

15:30 - Values and Intentions (90 minutes - led by Vix Anderton)
This 90 minute session is designed to help you understand your values, so that you can create guideposts for your future decisions.  You will define your core values, create statements that bring your values to life, and get clear on how you can put your intentions into action.

17:00 - Break time (30 mins)

17:30 - Social Media Like a Champ (90 minutes - led by Dave Cornthwaite)
If you're an individual or a small brand aiming to create more impactful, positive and interactive social media content, this is the session for you. Running a good social media network is a huge step in creating a modern day brand, learn how to grow your audience and develop a strategy to ensure future updating isn't just easy, but fun as well. Keeping your message on track at the same time as relating to your followers is at the heart of all social media, and this workshop will help you get creative at the same time as sharing tips and tricks to get ahead of your competition.

19:00 - Dinner (food not included. Will enjoy a group meal either cooked on the bus or ordered in. To be decided the week of the event.)


Sunday 28th January

07:30 - Micro Pause (60 minutes - led by Vix Anderton)
This 60 minute pause is designed to give you an opportunity to pause and take stock of where you are, how you feel and learn some practices to manage stress and anxiety that you can do by yourself at home or at work.

08:30 - Breakfast (simple breakfast will be provided.)

09:30 - How to make a film on your smartphone (120 minutes - led by Dave Cornthwaite)
This is the perfect session for anyone wanting to capture their adventure without dishing out extra cash on camera gear. Dave has filmed with his iPhone for years and introduces real-life examples and skills, as well as an interactive live-demonstrations of how to edit on a phone. Although the filming half of the workshop is relevant to any phone or small camera, he will be teaching how to edit specifically on the iPhone.

11:30 - Chats with Dave and Vix, then chill-out time

13:00 - Home time.

Your Hosts

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Dave Cornthwaite

Dave has a habit of doing things differently. He's a record-breaking adventurer who has travelled over 22,000 miles without motors as part of his groundbreaking Expedition1000 project. Dave is the founder of SayYesMore and the YesTribe, community initiatives designed to create opportunities that nudge people towards finding out what they're really capable of. He has written three books, created hundreds of short films, delivered hundreds of lectures worldwide and now lives on a boat in London with his fiancé Emma, who is absolutely delighted that he's now made up for being a total loser in his early twenties.



Vix Anderton

Vix Anderton is a multi-potentialite, building a portfolio career to change the lives of women and girls as individuals, in organisations, and in society.  She is a life coach and mentor, an independent inclusive leadership and gender specialist, and a yoga teacher.   Her latest project is building a tech-enabled business from scratch with to transform the mental and emotional health of women and girls; The Practical Balance will be launching soon!  In previous lives, Vix was a Royal Air Force Officer and worked in international development.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I get to the YesBus? Click here to see your options
  • What about parking? There is a small fee for parking, use the available ticket machines. 
  • What facilities are at the Bus?  Are there toilets and washing facilities? There are currently no showers at the YesBus, but a bit of bacteria never did anyone any harm. We're building compost toilets in the Spring of 2018 but until then a deluxe (yes, deluxe) portaloo is available with running water.
  • Where do I sleep? There are plenty of spots to camp near the YesBus. Camping is free when you're attending an event. If you don't like mud, cold or fresh air, there are plenty of Airbnbs and B&Bs in the region.
  • Should I bring my own food? We have basic cooking facilities on the bus (note: the bus kitchen may not yet be ready to use in January 2018), including a basic camp stove. We will often do a group shop during a YesBus event and cook a simple meal together. Ot order a takeaway/ visit a local pub/ cafe together.
  • Does the YesBus have a recycling policy? It does. We're still building and installing our bins but we're mindful of recycling and looking after our little corner of the planet. 
  • Is there anything I shouldn’t or can’t bring? 
  • Are there tea and coffee facilities? Yes, tea and coffee is included.
  • Is there potable water? We are still installing water so it may not be running in late Jan 2018, but we will ensure drinking water is on site.
  • Is there anything I should bring? A notepad and pen. Camping equipment (if staying overnight). Snacks. A smartphone with video editing app (if taking part in smartphone filming workshop)
  • I have a YesBus day credit after supporting the crowdfunding campaign, can I use it? A day credit is ordinarily use for a co-working day or a YesBus open day or party. In this case, your day credit can be used as a £25 coupon towards a ticket

Contact if you have any further questions and we'll get right back to you.