Under the Surface 2,3,4 October 2020
I’ve heard a lot of people talking about how during these times nature has been a great bolster and inspiration.
I want to share some cool ways I’ve learned which have brought me more into relationship as part of nature, and changed my outlook from feeling sad about how we use nature as a resource to how I can feel part of it and even give back in a meaningful way.
I’ll be sharing practical and accessible ways to connect, whose side effects can be feeling more at ease in general, looking at our resistance and how we often ‘think’ we know better and what a feedback loop that can be. Nature can really help to show us a different way of experiencing things.
I’ll be bringing in the mindfulness work I’ve been training in and teaching, along with nature connection practices I’ve learned and the work I’ve done in local food over the years which has involved building relationships and systems where people work together. We will also explore how to feel like we’re making a difference in the world – and for me that all begins with connection.
There will be time alone in nature and time with others, gently immersing ourselves in a supportive, calming environment.
Please share this with someone you think would like it. I really believe in the need to connect and build connections with nature and others, now more than ever
Suggested price is £150, including food and camping.
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Incredible Nature 19/20 September 2020
This will be happening on the 19/20th September 2020, will be announced once social measures have been updated. Nature connection and permaculture at Incredible Farm in Todmorden. I’ll be co-running this with Mike from Incredible Farm. A great opportunity to spend time on this beautiful permaculture farm, stay over and combine an overview of natural, co-dependent farming techniques with cultivating a deeper connection and attention in your every day. email endlessriverflow(at)gmail.com to be kept in the loop
Undergrowth @ Golden Lion pub, Todmorden
Starting December 7th, between 12.30 and 2.30 I’ll be hosting a fortnightly nature connection hang out, meeting outside the Golden Lion pub.
If the weather’s fine we might go out and do some simple nature connection practices but if it’s a bit grim we can go in the pub and chat nature connection experiences, discuss our relationship with nature and see how we can learn from eaech other through hearing others experiences and ideas.
It’s very much an open event – anyone can come.
I want to make this free but if people are interested in donating I won’t say no. What I most want is to be having the conversations, sharing experiences and seeing who else is up for that.
The more I work with people in nature connection the more I see that we all have our stories of connection, our beliefs and ideas about what connection is and feels like. I’m fascinated by this and alwys excited by the conversation and I feel that if we’re all a bit more open about nature connection it will be a lovely vibe to be in.
Hope you can make it.
Nature Quest – September 26-29 – West Yorkshire
Leona Johnson (Live Wild) I will be running a 4 day immersive nature connection retreat for a small group in the woods of West Yorkshire, including a 24 hour solo (time alone in nature) for participants.
For more details and bookings please go to the Live Wild website
Explore Woods, Skies & the Wild in You
On Friday mornings we will set out to explore West Yorkshire’s lesser known wooded parts, its hills and hollows, waters and skies. The idea is to explore new territory, both outer and inner, sharing and experiencing these places together, reflecting, having time alone and in the group setting, and learning from the stories of others.
Each Friday in July, we will set out at 9.30am and walk into some woods, fields and by water, share nature-based experiences, explore what brought us there, have time to contemplate and return to our lives three hours later, at 12.30 feeling all the more connected and calm for having done so.
This is about giving yourself some time – to relax, to share, to grow. Simply by having time in nature, you are doing yourself a favour. Tuning into the rhythms we evolved with, such as sitting with trees, rocks and other people, can only be good for you. Alan, your guide, will help bring ease so you can experience yourself and the landscape anew.
Thoughts on Nature and Us
“In nature there is no judgement or bias, no good or bad. Everything is open and in some ways, indifferent. I always learn something from this. I often place too much weight or worry on situations and I often forget that, regardless of what happens, I will naturally find balance, even if at one time I’m stressed or worried. My aim is to be ok with everything ‘good and bad’ and be more aware of what I seek emotionally. There is only one way to be human and that is to judge every situation. As the saying goes “everything will be ok as soon as I am ok with everything.” Nature is this case in point.
We live in a culture which places much emphasis on good/bad, best/worst and we try to say uncertainty is bad and negative, worry is bad and feeling happy and having our needs met is good. In nature we see that it’s only our bias which creates that polarisation. Everything is random, chaos is poetry and we could often do with letting go what we think is true about ourselves and the world. Nature shows me this and I think it can do the same for you. Perhaps that’s why we become so relaxed in nature – we’re dropped straight into chaos and at a cellular level we love it!” Alan
This will cost £15 per session.
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