The Anglo-Saxons were the last people in Britain to relate to the land in the ways that humans have done for hundreds of thousands of years and throughout history.
The Celts, the Vikings, the Anglo-Saxons all saw omens and meaning in the landscape, and in, well... everything.
From birds and animals that crossed their path, to thunderstorms, to rainbows, to the patterns in clouds and shapes in the landscape, all of these things connected them into a dynamic web of meaning and activity that they saw themselves as deeply participating in.
Nothing was without significance.
Were they right? Who knows.
What is interesting is to find out what they experienced because of those beliefs.
Some of the ways that these people of the so-called 'dark ages' thought and related to the world were actually very enlightened.
So if we thought like they did, would we start to notice things that we're currently unaware of?
Would Nature speak to us in ways that she can't with our current scientific, rational way of thinking?
And what could it tell us about the way we are today?
If you've read Lord of the Rings you may get a sense of what it might be like.
This Sunday 7th August, Alistair Duncan is running a session where you'll get to experience the natural world using the beliefs and stories that the Anglo-Saxons held dear... and by doing so you'll get some helpful insights about yourself and your place in the world too.
Only a few places left, if you want to join us.
Author & Curator
Nigel Berman is the founder of School of the Wild.