Befriending the Dark - a guided Night Walk over the South Downs

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Price: £21.99 /per person

Glynde Station

Glynde, East Sussex · BN8 6RU

How to find us

We'll be starting from Glynde station - travel: Out - the 18:52 train from Brighton arrives Glynde 19:14 (change Lewes 19:09) Back: there are trains from Lewes at 23:28, 23:40 and 00:18

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Join us for a night time journey over the South Downs on this guided night walk from Glynde to Lewes.

This is a chance to experience this land at night, walking in the dark without torches as part of a group, in a safe and supported way.

To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.
Wendell Berry

As you walk over the South Downs, lit by a near-full moon, you may drop into a quiet inner space of reflection.

This will allow you to have a direct sensory experience and connection with nature: the tastes and smells in the air, the feel of the wind as it caresses your skin, the touch of the ground under your feet as you walk.

The walk will be predominantly silent to allow the burble and chatter of daylight hours to subside and mysteries of the night, and the land, to draw you closer.

The darkness has long been a feared space and in embracing it in this way you open yourself up to the possibility of befriending the night.

The walk will be loosely structured, with time for some sitting reflection, and at a gentle walking pace, to allow your senses to fully expand into the possibilities offered by moving across and being with the land at night.

This guided night walk will be led by Caroline Whiteman, and includes a fire circle at the end.

• Start at Glynde, end at Lewes*

• Booking required

• Group limited to 15 people max

• It's a 3.5 mile walk over the Downs, including some uphill walking (at a gentle pace)

• No dogs (sorry)

• Hot drinks and a fire on our arrival at Lewes

• We'll finish in time to catch a train from Lewes back to Brighton

* Out: the 18:52 train from Brighton arrives Glynde 19:14 (change Lewes 19:09)

Back: there are trains from Lewes at 23:28, 23:40 and 00:18

About Caroline Whiteman

Caroline trained at Schumacher College and Embercombe (Devon) and is delighted to bring some of this learning back to Sussex in celebration of ourselves and this piece of earth. As a passionate advocate of the therapeutic benefits of nature connection and green care, she has come to appreciate the bountiful gifts of night walking, wild swimming and foraging wild foods. Through these elemental practices, we awaken a very old and wise part of ourselves that craves enchantment and simplicity. In essence, when walking attentively through the landscape we are walking ourselves home. It is her great privilege to share these experiences with others.