Spend a day immersed in nature and explore your connection to the land, through wild stillness, mindfulness, and soil
In an age where nobody seems to be at home, in this full-day experiential workshop, we’ll be using earth-based art and ritual, alongside mindfulness-based nature practice to reconnect with the land and the places where we live, the better to be at home with ourselves.
There’ll be a fire, and space during the day to settle, and to explore your connection to nature and how this feeds your work, and your home life.
Because "there is no house like the house of belonging."
Through the experiences of earth-based art, ritual, wild stillness and mindful connections, you’ll have the opportunity to start a deeper conversation with the land, and to share with others, as you explore your place on the earth.
The day will include:
• Body grounding and centring exercises
• Time spent in tactile contact with the earth
• Engaging with soil in different ways
• Earth-based art and ritual
• Making art together
• A sharing circle round the fire
• Vegetarian Lunch
• Hot drinks and biscuits
pic: Field for the British Isles (http://www.antonygormley.com/projects/item-view/id/245#p0), by Antony Gormley
For this special hands-on, experiential, outdoors workshop, we’ve brought together two leading nature connection facilitators who've devised the day, and will co-lead: Natasha Lythgoe and Alistair Duncan.
They've been inspired to do this by the work of artist Antony Gormley, and their recent training and studies of Bill Plotkin and David Abram.
The day runs from 10am to 4.30pm.
The cost is £60, which includes a yummy vegetarian lunch.
(Numbers will be limited to 15 participants max.)
The venue is Vert Woods, near Laughton. Directions will be sent in advance.
Book now to secure your place!
• Wear suitable clothing.
• Tea, biscuits, and lunch are included but do bring snacks if you'd like.
• Suitable for adults only
Let the day grow on you upward
through your feet,
the vegetal knuckles,
to your knees of stone,
until by evening you are a black tree;
feel, with evening,
the swifts thicken your hair,
the new moon rising out of your forehead,
and the moonlit veins of silver
running from your armpits
like rivulets under white leaves.
Sleep, as ants
cross over your eyelids.
You have never possessed anything
as deeply as this.
This is all you have owned
from the first outcry
you can never be dispossessed.
by Derek Walcott
Here's a short video of Alistair and Natasha talking about the event:
About Alistair Duncan
Alistair is a hard-to-pin-down mix of trainer, therapist and coach with a restless curiosity into the way things are. The focus of his work is helping people to live life richly and deeply - the most fabulous versions of themselves imaginable. Supporting folk in enjoying a deep relationship with nature is a vital part of this passion. His approach is distinctive as he seamlessly merges a range of modern personal development approaches, eastern body-based practices, ancient nature-based wisdom and a smattering of neuroscience. He holds the space in every session with warmth, understanding, and an infectious energy. He has a Masters degree in Phenomenology and is a Master Practitioner of a highly embodied, artistic form of Neuro-Linguistic-Programming (NLP).
About Natasha Lythgoe
Natasha Lythgoe is a professionally trained teacher, a Post Graduate Fine Artist, and a Mindfulness teacher. She has taught in prisons, the NHS and has co-led many retreats. She is also an outdoors facilitator trained at Schumacher College. Natasha has been guiding groups and individuals in arts/mindfulness since 2004. She brings a light touch and embodied wisdom to the serious work of transformation. Natasha has a passion for workshops that explore deepening relationships – with ourselves, each other and our homeland - and how opening to this community can radically shift how we walk through this world. She loves to do this outdoors through experiencing play, connecting with creativity, mindfulness and embodiment practices. Underpinning this diversity is a strong thread influenced by a care for deep ecology, community and a desire to live a meaningful and connected life.
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