A Guided Night Walk over the South Downs from Glynde to Lewes
Nov 2020 date postponed due to lockdown - new date and time tbc
To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.
Join us for a silent night time journey over the South Downs on this guided night walk.
We will be walking as a group, quietly and without torches so that you can experience the land at night, in a safe and supported way.
The idea is that by walking mindfully and in silence, you can drop into a peaceful inner space where the mental chatter of the day subsides and the stillness of the land at night draws you closer.
This will allow you to have a direct sensory experience - of the tastes and smells in the air, the feel of the wind on your skin, and the touch of the ground under your feet as you walk.
Many of us are not used to darkness and by embracing it instead, you open yourself up to the possibility of a different experience of the dark.
If your senses have dimmed in the artificial light of screens and streetlights, it's time to step outside and let nature and the night in instead.
The walk includes a stop for some quiet reflection, and at a gentle walking pace to allow your senses to fully expand into the mysteries of the night.
There will be a fire and hot drinks at the end.
• Meet in the car park at Glynde Station by 19:15, where the walk starts. (The 18.41 from Brighton arrives at Glynde at 19:14).
• Booking required
• Group limited to 6 people max
• Wear suitable clothing and good walking shoes/boots
• No dogs or children under 16 (sorry)
• Hot drink and a fire at the end
• We'll finish at Lewes in time to catch trains back to Brighton (trains every 10 mins or so from 22:03 til 23:43.)
The cost: sliding scale from £30 to £60*
(To be covid-safe numbers are limited to 6 participants. Booking essential.)
Suitable for beginners and those with experience.
Nightwalking as a Nature connection practice was bought to School of the Wild by Caroline Whiteman. Her approach to befriending the night and moving through the darkness of this land as a way of walking ourselves home has informed the way these nightwalks are now run/offered.
*Due to coronavirus rules we have to limit numbers and have had to put our prices up accordingly. Because of this, the standard price for the walk is now £45, however we want to make this walk accessible so if that is too much for your budget or you are a keyworker, you can pay a lower amount. Or, if you are able to contribute more, it will support us to run this walk and offer cheaper places to others. We invite you to pay an amount reflective of your circumstances. Thank you for participating.
"What a unique experience. Many thanks!" Frances
"Such a great magical walk last night. I'm still thinking about it." Serena
"A lovely experience. Amazing to see the moon in its glory, with such nice company." Philip