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Sensing the Land - a guided 'walkshop'­ on the South Downs

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  • Hassocks Rail Station, Station Approach,

    West Sussex, BN6 8JD, Hassocks (map)

    50.924541 -0.145998

  • Meet in the car park on the east side of Hassocks station
  • Price: GBP15.99 /per person

    Refund policy

  • We're lucky in Brighton (and the rest of Sussex too).

    We're lucky because we live just 15 mins from some truly beautiful countryside. A rich tapestry of wildlife, landscapes and tranquility, that 'weave together a story of people and place in harmony.'

    But what do you know about its history? How do you feel when you're on it, and when you're part of it? And what can it teach you about yourself?

    The South Downs have been inhabited since ancient times and there is a rich heritage of historical features and archaeological remains, including defensive sites, burial mounds and field boundaries...

    On this nature connected woodland and downland 'walkshop', we'll explore the inner and outer landscapes of the South Downs.

    You'll learn about the geology, and natural and human history of the landscape, and explore some relaxed practices to experience the landscape through your senses and your body, so you'll also learn more about yourself.

    We'll take in the ancient Butchers and Lag Woods, the Saxon church at Clayton with its remarkable 11th Century murals, before heading up on to the Downs at Wolstonbury Hill.

    Wolstonbury Hill is a site of Special Scientific Interest with a rich downland flora, a bronze age fort and 360 degree views that take in a long sweep of the South Downs, the sea and views across the Weald reaching to the North Downs.

    We'll be led by Alistair Duncan who has a keen interest in our psychological and sensory connection to the land, and has lived all his life in Brighton between the Downs and the sea.

    The walk is around 4 miles long and involves one climb on a grassy path up to the summit of Wolstonbury Hill (about 400ft).

    We'll take the hill at a gentle pace with sensitivity to energy and fitness levels.

    The cost of this guided 'walkshop' is £15.99.

    (RSVP essential as we need to know numbers, thanks.) 

    Suitable for beginners and those with experience.

    Book now to secure your place!

    • Wear suitable clothing.

    • We may stop in a local pub mid walk if time permits and it is recommended that you bring lunch and a drink along for the walk.

    • If the weather has been wet, the woods and the clay paths approaching the downs can get muddy so please wear good outdoor footwear.

    • The walk is circular from Hassocks Railway Station on the London to Brighton line.

    • We will gather in the car park on the east side of Hassocks station at 11am to meet the 10.53am train from Brighton (leaves 10:44) and be back at Hassocks station by 4pm.


    Landscapes of the Earth, Landscapes of the Body

    This workshop is one of a unique and highly innovative series of three workshops which together form an integrated whole that will significantly deepen your awareness of both yourself and the land you are a part of.  However you can choose to do just one and it will feel totally self-contained and you’ll have a great experience too. 

    They're designed to work at multiple levels:

    1) You'll have a great morning out with an interesting, friendly group of people, enjoying the landscape and discovering new things about nature, the land and its history with someone who knows the area well.

    2) The workshops are highly experiential and you'll learn principles and practices that will deepen your relationship and experience of the natural world around you, and surprise you with discoveries about the powers and possibilities of your own body and mind.

    3) You'll gain insights about yourself – your sense of who you are and your purpose in life, and you'll discover ways of living with greater peace, well-being, and fruitfulness. The land will be your guide!

    The workshops draw on multiple fields of knowledge: NLP, eastern body practices (Chi Gung, Aikido), the wisdom of indigenous peoples, Jungian psychology and phenomenology – all invisibly woven together in a highly accessible, curious and playful manner. Absolutely no previous knowledge, cleverness or experience is needed!

    Each workshop will focus on a specific aspect of engaging with the natural world to expand your powers of awareness, perception, and experience.


    Workshop One – Sensing the Land (Sun Feb 19) – In a highly sensory way, you'll be introduced to an understanding of the history and geology of the land. You will use this as a gateway to awaken and deepen your understanding of, and relationship with, everything around you.

    Workshop Two – Becoming Animal (Sun May 14) - You'll explore the limits of your senses and try out animal powers of perception that you probably don’t realise you have.

    Workshop Three – Walking with your Ancestors (Sun Sep 10) – Explore the impact that what you believe has on how you experience the world. You'll learn some of the key elements of the worldview and beliefs of our Anglo-Saxon ancestors and try them on to see how it changes how you experience everything around you.

    We'll be led by Alistair Duncan who has a keen interest in our psychological and sensory connection to the land and has lived all his life in Brighton between the Downs and the sea.

    About Alistair Duncan 
    Alistair has a passion to connect people with the best in themselves, their communities and the natural world. He brings a distinctive blend of modern personal development approaches and ancient nature-based wisdom to his work. He has a Masters degree in Phenomenology and is a Master Practitioner of a highly somatic, artistic form of Neuro-Lingusitic-Programming (NLP).

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