“I would recommend this work to anyone looking to rebalance their lives, to step out of the bustle of the modern world and really look into themselves, with nature as a teacher and witness, to rediscover who they really are. Alan is a skilled guide who is open to using his own personal experiences as a way of teaching what can be achieved with this work. he held the space with calmness and set a pace which me and allowed more space and time for growth and reflection. The Clearing has already had a profound effect on my life and has led to me looking at things with fresh eyes, able to focus more on whatever is important to me.” – Paul, The Clearing
“Alan is a good talker and an even better listener. He has that calm presence of a good guide and leader that the basics will be taken care of allowing us participants to relax and focus on the activities on hand. Had a hugely enjoyable time in Alan’s company.” – Tim, Way of Nature Mens Retreat
“I had a great time with Alan. He was very supportive and brought a sense of calm into the group. His exercises gave me a moment to reflect on what motivates me and clarified a direction I want to take things in life. I also really enjoyed his experience with music he brought in and the stories of his past adventures.” – Kai, Way of Nature Mens Retreat
Alan worked for many years in the vibrant sustainable food sector in Manchester and loved it, gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience and working with some great people. But he knew he wanted more. In 2016, Alan made a decision to change his life. Through making that journey (involving a 600km hike and 100km sea kayak) he began to view life differently and in a more empowered way. It was about taking control – and also – letting go control. He began training with Way of Nature UK which took him on a journey inwards, connecting him to nature through 24 and 72 hour solo vision quests in wild surroundings, as well as other deepening practices.
Alan likes to think that we can do it ourselves and with a little guidance it is possible for anyone to have a deeper experience of life, learn to guide themselves and stay open to beauty and the simple things in life. Through writing his blog and shadow integration work, Alan is always evolving his passion for communication, self-exploration and holding space for others. He is currently exploring mindfuless training and has begun teaching this as part of his practice.
Endless River is a space where we can go deeper and see what else is there.