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2018

Throughout the year – volunteer work days on Bwlch Corog, land recently acquired for rewilding as part of the Cambrian Wildwood. I’ll be leading some – see here for more info.

REWILDING THE MIND: Perceptual transformation for social change // 29 Jan – 2 Feb 
Schumacher College, Devon

This course is about change at the most fundamental of levels: fully inhabiting the wildness of our attention, day to day. Through practising a more connected and sensual attention we can subtly but radically change the quality and depth of seeing, being – and ultimately of acting. In communion with the living world, we will gently expand and enrich our awareness, deepen our relationship with the more-than-human world and explore the role of skillful perception and embodied nature connection in wider social change. Book here.

SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY: New principles for addressing the ecological crisis // 24-25 Feb 2018
St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, London

The calling for us to reconcile our relationship with the Earth, our common home which is in deep crisis, could not be more urgent. Moving beyond mainstream approaches, spiritual values can provide the foundation from which to respond and rebuild, and create real and lasting change. Join us for this special two day workshop!

REWILDING OURSELVES: Deepening our nature connection // 17-19 March
Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth

A one to three-day course (1/2/3 day options) at an affordable rate starting from £35/day. After the Winter rain has nourished the land and (hopefully!) eased, the Dyfi valley bursts into Spring singing and dancing. We’ll spend the weekend deepening our awareness of nature and our connection to it. More info & booking.

This course runs again 23-25 June, and possibly again in late Summer (let me know if you’d be interested)

FIND YOUR PURPOSE: Stories of overcoming adversity to live a life of meaning // Sunday 15th April 3pm
St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, London

Do you long to make a difference? In a world where there is so much need and so many possibilities, how do we choose the best channel for our talents?   How can we discern where to direct our efforts to achieve the most positive impact? And what can we learn from those who have successfully overcome adversity to forge a life of purpose? Join us for an afternoon of inspiration and enquiry: Listen to the stories of three extraordinary young leaders who have overcome challenges and chosen very different ways to put their spirituality into action; share your own stories and engage in dialogue with people from a wide range of backgrounds, faiths and spiritual beliefs; try out a process for engaging more deeply with your own purpose and direction. Book here

SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY: reviving a sacred and interconnected world // 18-20 May,
42 Acres, Somerset

In collaboration with Amrita Bhohi of St Ethelburga’s // This nature-based weekend retreat will be shaped around the core enquiry of what it means to integrate spiritual values with real-world action for physical and spiritual regeneration. Through experiential tools, group discussion, personal reflection, nature connection and inspiring input, we will explore the inner and outer dimensions of Spiritual Ecology. We’ll deepen our relationship with the Earth together as a group and in quiet solitude. We’ll share space and time as a community, cooking, eating, walking and meditating together. With this grounding, we will develop our experience of the principles, practices and project application of this new and ancient worldview of interconnectedness. More info and booking here.

REWILDING CITY LIFE: the wilderness beneath the concrete  //  evening workshop  //  12 June, 6pm-9.30pm
St Ethelburga’s, London

How can we connect to the natural world in the midst of urban life? How can this connection support our resilience, well-being and work for positive change? What does a spiritual connection to the Earth look like in the context of our highly urbanised contemporary Western culture? This workshop will explore these broad themes through experiential nature connection and spiritual ecology practices, discussion and reflection. More info / booking.

REWILDING OURSELVES: Deepening our nature connection // 23-25 June
Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth

A one to three-day course (1/2/3 day options) at an affordable rate starting from £35/day. Come and play in the abundant Dyfi valley. We’ll spend the weekend deepening our awareness of nature and our connection to it – learning bird language, tracking, stealth and tapping into our ancestral blueprint. More info & booking.

REWILDING SPIRITUALITY: a spiritual exploration of our connection to the natural world // WEEKEND EXPLORATION 29 June-1 July
Nr. Machynlleth, Wales

After the success of the 2017 retreat on the same theme, I will be running a similar (but hopefully even better!) weekend retreat. Through meditation and reflection, discussion, ritual, experiential activities and play, together we will live simply as a community and explore what a spiritual connection with the earth means for each of us and how we can bring this into our daily lives. We’ll spend our time in a stunning Welsh valley in the process of rewilding, at Dynyn of Feral fame. This retreat is for people of any or no particular spiritual tradition who want to bring the Earth more explicitly into their practice, as well as those without any formal practice who wish to explore nature-based spirituality. Facilities will be simple – accommodation is camping only (but do get in touch if this is restrictive for you, there may be some limited indoor space for those with particular needs). Income-dependent suggested donation £150-200 (but get in touch if finances are a barrier). BOOK HERE 

SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY: Training the trainers // 13-17 July
Brecon, Wales

Delivered as part of St Ethelburga’s 2018 Spiritual Ecology program. Open only to successful applicants

INTRODUCTION TO REWILDING: Principles and practices of ecological restoration // 20-24 July
Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth

Building on the success of the 2017 course, this course will include a similar three-day introduction and then also a two day Going Deeper option for those who have completed the introductory days (2017 or 2018). The course will give an introduction and broad overview of the basic principles and practices of rewilding and ecological restoration, to enable you to understand how these might be applied in your own context – be that as a landowner, conservationist or local campaigner. Tutors include Mick Green and Steve Carver from Rewilding Britain and the Wildland Research Institute. More info & booking.

REWILDING SPIRITUALITY #2: a spiritual exploration of our connection to the natural world // 5-DAY IMMERSION 17-21 August
Nr Machynlleth, Wales

Building on the success of the 2017 retreat, I will be running a longer (5-day) retreat  to take this exploration deeper. Through meditation and reflection, discussion, ritual, experiential activities and play, together we will live simply as a community and explore what a spiritual connection with the earth means for each of us and how we can bring this into our daily lives. We’ll work on the land, helping it to rewild by planting trees and exploring the inseparability of rewilding land and ourselves. Held in a stunning wild valley in West Wales, the newly acquired site of the Cambrian Wildwood, there will options to camp or stay in a barn. This retreat is for people of any or no particular spiritual tradition who want to bring the Earth more explicitly into their practice, as well as those without any formal practice who wish to explore nature-based spirituality. Income-dependent suggested donation £250-470 (but get in touch if finances are a barrier).  BOOK HERE

EMPOWERED ACTIVISM // 13-14 Oct 2018
Hawkwood College, Nr Stroud

In collaboration with Andy Raingold // A nature-based weekend to build personal resilience for anyone working for social change. More details coming soon. Book here.

ROOTS OF RESILIENCE: Nature connection for empowering social change // 31 Oct – 10 Nov 2018
Ecodharma Centre, Catalunya

In collaboration with May Mackeith and Rupert Marques // This course aims to build personal resilience for anyone working for social change: those involved in direct action, campaigning, community empowerment and any action addressing ecological, political and social justice issues.

Resilience is all about connection: Deeper connection with our self, with each other, and with nature. Connection with wild nature is an important aid to developing an ecological sensibility and sense of belonging within the web of life. This can support action towards a sustainable future for all. These experiences can be nourishing, enriching, and can demand that we radically re-orientate our sense of who and what we are. Participants will spend time out in the wilds in the stunning limestone valley the Ecodharma sits within, connecting with the teachings nature offers. We’ll use tools such as mindfulness and meditation, bushcraft, nature based education, ecological and evolutionary learning, and solo time in wild nature. More info and booking.

TOOLS TO IMAGINE A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE // 12-17 Nov
Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth

Learn how developing and exploring future scenarios can become an on-going and creative part of your transformative practice towards sustainability. In a week long, group based activity with the CAT Graduate School of the Environment, we will ask you to develop some provocative responses to the uncertainties of the future. We will ask you to imaginatively embrace uncertainty and take part in the creation of diverse futures. This activity is based on the ‘critical uncertainties’ approach to futuring: a tool that encourages futures literacy in a trans-disciplinary and cooperative environment. The week includes a lecture on nature connection theory and supported  daily practice, exploring the role of our relationship with the natural world in sustainability and adaptation as well as a tool for personal resilience in dealing with ‘wicked problems’ like climate change. More info & booking

Others in the pipeline

A 1-day workshop on Rewilding Spirituality at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace this summer

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Past courses & events

Winter 2016-17

Pine martens in the Dyfi Valley // public talk with David Bavin
5th December 7pm, CAT

In collaboration with CAT // I’ll be hosting wildlife biologist David Bavin of the Vincent Wildlife Trust who will talk about pine marten ecology and VWT’s Pine Marten Recovery Project, which has been translocating martens from Scotland to mid-Wales over the past year.

The return of the beaver // public talk with Alicia Leow-Dyke 
24th January 7pm, CAT

In collaboration with CAT // I’ll be hosting Alicia Leow-Dyke who will talk about beaver ecology, the history of beavers in Wales and the impacts that beavers have on ecosystem and how this can benefit many species, including humans. As Project Officer for the Welsh Beaver Project, Alicia will give a detailed insight into the project and why they want to reintroduce wild beavers to Wales.

Spring 2017

Restoring Ancient Woodland to Mid-Wales // public talk with Adam Thorogood
5th April 7pm (Cafe & bar from 5pm), CAT

In collaboration with CAT // I’ll be hosting the Woodland Trust’s Adam Thorogood who will talk about restoring ancient woodland to the UK and Wales with stunning examples of success in the landscape surrounding CAT.

REWILDING OURSELVES: Deepening our nature connection // 8-10th April
Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth

A one to three-day course (1/2/3 day options) at an affordable rate starting from £35/day. After the Winter rain has nourished the land and (hopefully!) eased, the Dyfi valley bursts into Spring singing and dancing. We’ll spend the weekend deepening our awareness of nature and our connection to it. More info & booking.

REWILDING SPIRITUALITY: a spiritual exploration of our connection to the natural world // 21-23 April 
Cefn Coch, Machynlleth

In collaboration with Louise Hoskins // Weekend retreat in a stunning wild valley where crystal clear waters flow through pockets of ancient temperate rainforest where pine martens roam, breeding salmon leap up waterfalls and rare ospreys soar overhead. Through meditation and reflection, discussion, ritual, experiential activities and play, together we will live simply as a community and explore what a spiritual connection with the earth means for each of us and how we can bring this into our daily lives. Drawing on Buddhist, indigenous and nature connection wisdom and practices, this retreat is for people of any or no particular spiritual tradition who want to bring the Earth more explicitly into their practice, as well as those without any formal practice who wish to explore nature-based spirituality. More info here, Facebook event herebooking form here.

SACRED ACTIVISM // 24 April – 12 May
Schumacher College, Totnes

In collaboration with a whole host of inspiring people! // What should be our response to the challenges of our times?  How do we live in a challenging new landscape and act with integrity?  What contribution can we make to protecting what is most sacred?  And how can we make that contribution without burning out? This three week intensive will bring together activists from different traditions and perspectives to address some of the pressing questions we ask ourselves as we decide how to taken action for change, such as: What is the role of spirituality in social, economic, political and ecological change? How do we bring spirituality and action together with power and integrity? What is the role of protest and non-violent direct action? How do we pick our battles and avoid burn out?  This is a three-week intensive delivered as part of Schumacher’s postgraduate programme in Ecology and Spirituality but open to external participants. More info and booking here.

Reintroducing wild cats // public talk with Alicia Leow-Dyke 
11th May 7pm, CAT

In collaboration with CAT // I’ll be hosting Alicia Leow-Dyke from Scottish Wildcat Action to talk about the conservation efforts to save the ‘Tiger of the Highlands’ and her experiences of working with them. FREE entry, £5 for a delicious dinner beforehand from 5pm. Please share the Facebook event.

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Summer 2017

SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL // 8-11 June
Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth

A small – and beautiful! – festival exploring positive responses to our future through low carbon technology, social justice and the arts. I’ll be running nature connection workshops and direct action training. More info here, book tickets here.

Supporting the Osprey’s return // public talk with Kim Williams
14th June 7pm

In collaboration with CAT // I’ll be hosting Kim Williams of the Dyfi Osprey Project who will talk about their efforts to support the return of the magnificent ospreys to the Dyfi valley. At CAT, FREE entry, £5 for a delicious dinner beforehand from 5pm.

Growing the Cambrian Wildwood // public with Simon Ayres
4th July 7pm

In collaboration with CAT // I’ll be hosting Simon Ayres who will be talking about Cambrian Wildwood’s exciting plans for Cefn Coch, a local patch of land they are currently fundraising to restore and rewild to its native glory with help from the Woodland Trust. You can read more about the project in this recent BBC report and donate to the fundraising campaign here. At CAT, FREE entry and a delicious dinner will be available for just £5 from 5pm in the restaurant.

RESURGENCE LIVE SUMMER CAMP // 30 June-2 July
Green & Away, nr Malvern

A weekend of inspiring talks, workshops, music, storytelling, poetry and craft – a weekend that brings the ideas and ethos of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine to life. I’ll be speaking on spirituality, activism and nature connection, including how connecting with nature can be a deep source of resilience and power, sharing my own story of rewilding as a regenerative process following acute burnout, and what it may mean to rewild ourselves, spirituality and society. My talk Rebel, Reclaim, Rewild! will be at 12.00 on Saturday 1st July. More info and bookings here.

REWILDING OURSELVES: Deepening our nature connection // 8-10th July
Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth

A one to three-day course (1/2/3 day options) at an affordable rate starting from £35/day. Summer at CAT is glorious, bustling with life of all varieties. We even get blue skies and sunshine sometimes! We’ll spend the weekend deepening our awareness of nature and our connection to it. More info & booking.

INTRODUCTION TO REWILDING: The basics of ecological restoration // 4-6th August
Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth

This weekend course – possibly the first of its kind – will give an introduction and broad overview of the basic principles and practices of rewilding and ecological restoration, to enable you to understand how these might be applied in your own context – be that as a landowner, conservationist or local campaigner. Tutors include Mick Green and Steve Carver from Rewilding Britain and the Wildland Research Institute. More info & booking.

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Autumn 2017

ROOTS OF RESILIENCE: Nature connection for social change // 11-21 October 
Ecodharma Centre, Catalunya

In collaboration with May Mackeith and Rupert Marques // This course aims to build personal resilience for anyone working for social change: those involved in direct action, campaigning, community empowerment and any action addressing ecological, political and social justice issues.

Resilience is all about connection: Deeper connection with our self, with each other, and with nature. Connection with wild nature is an important aid to developing an ecological sensibility and sense of belonging within the web of life. This can support action towards a sustainable future for all. These experiences can be nourishing, enriching, and can demand that we radically re-orientate our sense of who and what we are. Participants will spend time out in the wilds in the stunning limestone valley the Ecodharma sits within, connecting with the teachings nature offers. We’ll use tools such as mindfulness and meditation, bushcraft, nature based education, ecological and evolutionary learning, and solo time in wild nature. More info and booking.

SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY IN ACTION: a one-day confluence // 11 November 
St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, London

I’ll be holding a session on the theme of Nature Connection in the City. The day will include talks, discussion, music, storytelling and ritual to explore the theme ‘Spiritual Ecology in Action’. Book here.

TOOLS TO IMAGINE A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE // 13-18 November
Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth

Learn how developing and exploring future scenarios can become an on-going and creative part of your transformative practice towards sustainability. Are your sustainability solutions confined to a single vision of the future? Is this your vision of the future or someone else’s? How certain is this future? How can we adapt to what the future holds? What role does nature connection have in social change and sustainability? This module of CAT’s MSc. Sustainability and Adaptation is open to the public as a standalone short course. More info and booking.

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