Nature connection & Focusing


After completing a foundation course (Call of the wild) in Environmental education with Wildwise and Schumacher College in Devon, I'm excited to be exploring the meeting of Focusing, Nature Connection. Our body is nature, and is not separate from the natural world. Not only can we find wisdom inside our bodies but we can find it in our relationship to nature. As we listen within, we can also listen without. Perhaps like parts of inside call for our attention, the world calls for us to be with it.



NATURAL WISDOM WALK

A DAY BEING AND WALKING IN INNER AND OUTER WISDOM
SUNDAY 12TH MAY (9AM - 5PM) Secret location, Nr Stroud Gloucestershire

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For thousands of years, people have walked the land with questions in their hearts. They listened and opened to what we could call their intuitive wisdom. This walk will offer you a chance to learn how to access this intuitive or bodily knowing. Most of our lives are driven by our intellect and "strategic" mind, but what does your body know about your life?
WHAT DOES THE DAY HOLD IN STORE?

When was the last time you had a whole day to roam wild and free? Nowhere to be, no one to meet, no plan, no sense of time, no set pace, no map, no destination. A whole day when you could let go of absolutely everything and simply follow your energy and curiosity?

We meet at 9 am in the morning (in a secret location less that 10 mins drive from Stroud) and begin to roam through wild bluebells and ancient beech forests, free to explore the land and our inner landscape with ease and curiosity. The day will be infused with a range of practices that help us meet ourselves, each other and nature with intimacy, open up to the majestic and give ourselves over to the moment completely - both within and without. We will go at a slow pace and cover around 5 miles. It is not a trek but a meander through our rich and myriad experience.
WHAT WILL WE BE DOING?

Through reflective practices based on "Focusing" and mindfulness we will open up new doorways to our intuition. We will find new answers to old issues and we will find ways to listen afresh to ourselves, each other and the natural world. We will send time alone, in pairs and as a group.

By the end of the day you will:
  • Have learnt some new skills to listen to your body
  • Know how to meet parts of yourself that "block" the process
  • To find doorways to intuitive knowing
  • How to meet the natural world , not from your mind but with your body.
Facilitated by me and Andy Raingold from "Change in Nature"
Suitable for: open to anyone, beginners and for anyone who knows focusing also.
Cost: £40/30 Low income
Questions?
Contact me
This links you to the bookings page at "Change in Nature"




WILD MINDFULNESS

Exploring inner and outer landscapes through Mindfulness and awareness

SUNDAY 16TH JUNE (10AM - 4PM)
Stroud Community Agriculture Roundhouse, Hawkwood, Painswick Old Road, Stroud GL6 7QW

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“Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to know it and be known.”

David Wagoner.
WHAT DOES THE DAY HOLD IN STORE?

When we spend any quality time in nature we meet “wildness” , something not controlled by our minds and wishes, we enter a world where we are a guest and here we can touch mystery and wisdom if we open to it. When we take our awareness inside also we meet a similar landscape - full of unknown treasures, overgrown paths and wild creatures. In each landscape if we approach with reverence, great things move towards us. Wisdom and wonder awaits.

This day workshop/retreat will offer an opportunity to saunter in nature, with fresh and open senses. We will take our extraordinary human senses to bring an open heart and mind to our experience. We will sit together, and alone, in and on the land. We will walk and explore, We will share what we discover.
WHERE AND WHEN

SUNDAY 16TH JUNE
10AM - 4PM

Stroud Community Agriculture Roundhouse, Hawkwood, Painswick Old Road, Stroud GL6 7QW
Facilitated by me and Marianne Brady from "Mindfulness-West"

Marianne has been teaching mindfulness skills in a secular context for 12 years in many different settings: teachers, senior managers, veterans, parents, people suffering from early onset dementia as well as running courses and classes and retreats for the general public. She has trained with Breathworks Bangor University and Breathing Space
She also teaches meditation within a Buddhist context - since 1990 having worked as a full time meditation teacher for the London Buddhist Centre for 13 years.

Suitable for: open to anyone, beginners and for anyone who knows focusing also.
Cost: £50 Concessions available (Contact me)
Questions?
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This links you to the bookings page at Eventbrite




WALKING INTO MYSTERY

EXPLORING YOUR BODY AS A GATEWAY TO WONDER AND AWE
Sunday 29th September 11-7pm

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"When we approach with reverence great things decide to approach us". John O'Donahue
What does it mean for you to be alive? What can we feel when we let go or our "strategic mind" and open to what we do not know?

What happens when we open fully to the mysterious nature of being aware and being human, here in this time and place and at the same time connected to all of life around us?

What does your body know about this?

What does nature know?



Join me on a walk and exploration, amongst ancient beeches and the myriad of non human beings in nature enquiring into these questions and more.

We will play and explore with exercises from Focusing and Nature awareness practices.

We will spend time alone and together in the natural world.

We will gather around the hearth and be human again.
Suitable for: open to anyone who knows focusing.

Cost £50 concessions available

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