…the old Lakota was wise. He knew that a man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans, too. So he kept his children close to nature’s softening influence.
Luther Standing Bear
School of the Wild is an experimental nature school for adults.
What we do
We run unique, outdoor, nature-connected classes in the woods and wild spaces of Brighton and Sussex that pull you out of the city, and reconnect you with the land.
These experiential and experimental classes blend practical bushcraft skills and foraging and cooking of wild food, with mindfulness and sensory awareness, ecopsychology and wilderness spirituality, to help nourish and strengthen your connection to nature, to the land, and to yourself, and to have fun doing it.
Why it's good
There is something really special about making a fire or finding food in the forest, in the same way as there is something special about meaningful conversations away from the day-to-day, or sharing silence with senses heightened to the sounds and smells of nature.
When you go to self-willed land, you discover that connecting to wild nature is a great antidote to the stressful and deadening effects of the modern world. It's life enhancing, opens your senses and puts you more in touch with your body and those parts of you that feel and imagine, and it helps restore your broken bond with the earth.
We don't own the land, the land owns us.
What you'll discover
Out in the woods you'll discover creative skills, useful knowledge, inner wisdom and these, together with being by a fire, in a wild place, with the trees, the birds, wild plants and like-minded folk, will help you to feel happier, and find meaning, purpose, and wellbeing.
Whatever you have on your mind, being in the outdoors and opening your senses to what's going on around you affects what's happening on the inside, changing your perspective, making it easier to meet life’s challenges, to find new directions, and to feel the interconnectedness of all things.
What to expect
Expect to learn about fire and wild plants, to see like an owl and walk like a fox, and tune into yourself, the trees, the nature around you, and much more, plus you'll get the chance to come along to group and community events.
All of our classes are participatory, and you'll be led by experienced and inspiring wilderness guides, artists, trackers and workshop leaders who'll show you new skills, experiences, understandings... that'll rejuvenate and make you happy.
So get away from your screen and spend time in the wild instead, having fun alongside the badgers, foxes and crows.
How to book
Head on over to our Classes page, to see details of our current events, workshops and short courses, to get involved and have some #wildtime.
See you in the woods.