Rewilding soul and society through facilitating nature connection and social change
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I am a facilitator of rewilding – landscapes, people, and society. I offer experiential, educational courses in nature connection, spiritual ecology and skills for social change – combining all three where possible. I’m passionate about nature, connection and the transformation of self and society to be more deeply connected and life-affirming. I take a holistic approach to life and social change, and find that my passion for the natural world and social change finds expression in many ways. I’m involved in rewilding land as Vice Chair of the Cambrian Wildwood project, but I consider all of my work to be ‘rewilding’ (click here to read why)…
I’m particularly interested in practical applications of nature connection and have worked with a diverse range of groups to bring the natural world into multiple spheres of society. This has included: activism and social change, architecture and the built environment, creative arts, well-being and emotional resilience, spirituality, sustainability, and climate change adaptation.
I lecture and facilitate on nature connection, spirituality, activism and rewilding on Masters programmes and short courses at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Schumacher College, Ecodharma and St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, and work part-time in woodland management at CAT. My passion for the natural world also finds expression in freelance writing and political activism on various levels, and have spent much of the last few years organising with Reclaim the Power and Plane Stupid, and acting as Environment Editor for Red Pepper magazine. You can see some of my occasional forays into political artwork with the un-earthed collective here.
I’m an Associate Fellow of the St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, and an alumni of their Spiritual Ecology leadership programme. My explorations of spirituality and nature connection merge with my practise of Buddhist meditation and nature-based spiritual practises inspired by indigenous wisdom traditions. I taught Buddhist meditation and organised events and retreats for young people, within the Triratna Buddhist Community and at the University of Birmingham, before moving to rural Wales a few years ago where there are less young people to organise but more wilderness to enjoy.
My approach is inspired and informed by training in practices developed by Jon Young (Wilderness Awareness School and 8 Shields Institute), Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects, the Spiritual Ecology movement, the EcoDharma Centre, Buddhism and indigenous wisdom and practice, mindfulness, participatory education, radical grassroots social movements, Forest School, and the many wise and experienced people I have had the privilege to meet and work with.
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