I've just set up my dream course as part of School of the Wild - the project I decided to really 'go for' after doing The Journey at Embercombe in the summer of 2015.
At the end of The Journey, I pledged to stand up for what I believe, and this is it: The Nature Connection course.
The aim of this course is to experience a deeper, more participatory relationship with nature, learn new skills, and discover new ways of seeing yourself and the world.
The idea is that because it's local, and because it's weekly, we'll all go on a bit of a journey and the relationships and the connections - to the participants, and to the trees, animals, birds and plants - will continue beyond the course.
I've set this up because I truly believe that our separation from nature's health sustaining, nonverbal wisdom is responsible for the world's environmental problems, and many of the emotional and health issues that we suffer from.
If we can get the connection with nature back, we'll become better stewards of the planet, and of ourselves.
We are part of nature after all.
Fire Making Masterclass
The Fire is Within You
Sunday February 14th, 2016
I've done this fire class a few times, and learn something new every time, including the fire bending trick that keeps smoke out of your eyes. Thanks as always to Robert Fallon for leading it, and everyone who came along.
There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature.
The assurance that dawn comes after night and spring after winter.
Rachel Carson, Environmentalist
Another poem about wilderness that I love.
Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
SENSING THE LAND
A sensory walkshop on the South Downs - Sunday 7th Feb
We're lucky in Brighton.
We're lucky because we live just 15 mins from truly beautiful countryside on the South Downs, a rich tapestry of wildlife, landscapes and tranquility, that 'weave together a story of people and place in harmony.'
But what do you know about the history of the Downs? How do you feel when you're on them, when you're part of them?
And what can the South Downs teach you about yourself?
The South Downs have been inhabited since ancient times and there is a rich heritage of historical features and archaeological remains, including defensive sites, burial mounds and field boundaries...
On this nature connected woodland and downland 'walkshop' - Sunday 7th Feb - we'll explore the inner and outer landscapes of the South Downs.
You'll learn about the geology, and natural and human history of the Downs, and explore some relaxed practices to experience the landscape through your senses and your body, to learn more about the land and yourself.
Details and booking here: www.meetup.com/School-of-the-Wild-Sussex
Nigel Berman is the founder of School of the Wild.