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.
"I’m looking for ‘the feeling. A sense of being home... It feels like home."
This course is inspired by principles of ecopsychology, and the works of David Abram, Bill Plotkin and Joanna Macy. It's being hosted by me, and facilitated by Alistair Duncan and Natasha Lythgoe.
In planning this course, we sat down as a group and asked ourselves what we’d like from a course like this, this is what we said:
If this resonates, and you'd like to explore any of these things, or want to know more, get in touch via the form below, or for more information and to book, you can do all that here.
The Nature Connection
A 9-week journey of rediscovering nature and re-wilding yourself
Author & Curator
Nigel Berman is the founder of School of the Wild.