Come forth into the light of things,
let Nature be your Teacher.
– William Wordsworth

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At Way of Nature we run extraordinary experiences in nature, helping people find a deeper kind of stillness, balance and purpose in modern life. What we do is unique, combining ‘solo’ immersions in the wild, lessons from ancient cultures, and a healthy dose of adventure, care, and good fun. A powerful antidote to the speed of the 21st Century, our programmes and experiences help many kinds of people make a real difference in their lives. x

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Our 2018 dates are confirmed! From core Way of Nature programmes in Spring and Summer to a ‘Modern Vision Quest’, Men’s, Women’s and Family retreats and exciting collaborations on longer programmes, take a look at our Programmes section to find out more.

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“Keep close to Nature’s heart…
and break clear away, once in a while,
and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.
Wash your spirit clean.
– John Muir

People have gone into Nature to seek guidance, wisdom and purpose for thousands of years. Our retreats and adventures are about doing this very same thing, in a way fit for modern times. Each of our programmes combines lessons from ancient know-how with what we call a ‘Nature Quest’ – a personal immersion in the wild, lasting between one and four days.

 

The results of these deep immersions are profound and powerful. Time alone in the wild is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and, supported by fellow adventurers and a merry camp, few things that can offer such a change in perspective, wonder or transformation in life.

 

Our programmes are very much inspired by John P. Milton, an ecologist, explorer, author and 21st Century sage. John spent many years studying with elders and teachers from across the Earth’s traditions, and brought this learning together under a Way of Nature process. The key ingredients of this process are very much at the heart of our work. We think they are a great way of bringing in the intelligence of nature and ancient cultures into how we lead our lives today.

 

 

Meet the team
“Thou art the Jungle
and not of the Jungle.
And I am only a black panther.
But I love thee, Little Brother.”
– Rudyard Kipling

  • Open Evolution: Joining in the Future of Way of Nature

     

     

    Open Evolution is in essence a call out to connect with us and build on the momentum we have already achieved towards our vision of inspiring a culture of nature connection. We are looking for potential collaborators, partners and new guides to support the growth of this mission and help turn the nature connection movement into a groundswell. We’d be so grateful if you could take a read of our proposal in this document and let our fantastic new project manager Phillipa (phillipa@wayofnature.co.uk) know your thoughts and feedback.

     

    Download the proposal via PDF here: way-of-nature-open-evolution-call

  • Andres Roberts

    Andres is a guide, facilitator, and advisor dedicated to new kinds of progress, fit for a positive future for all. His work combines renewed ideas about leadership and change, reconnection to Nature, and the wisdom of ancient cultures to help more positive and more systemic change happen. Andres has gone deep into his own journey reconnecting with Nature and traditional wisdom. Bringing 15 years of experience in learning and change, he has studied with amazing teachers and elders from across the world, making these lessons more accessible for the modern world. Andres is co-founder of Way of Nature UK and founding partner of The Bio-Leadership Project, a project that helps people address 21st Century challenges by working more closely in partnership with Nature.

  • Adrian Kowal
    Adrian deeply appreciates the importance of spending time out in nature. Since being a boy, he would camp for up to three weeks at a time and ever since, he’s had a passion for finding wild waters to swim in. That’s where he became hooked on all things nature-connected. He adores showing people the awe-inspiring qualities of spending time across forests and mountains in Europe and beyond. Adrian himself pines for a healthy mix between adventure (doing)  and slowing down (being), both of which he brings into the retreats and expeditions that he runs. Adrian deeply enjoys supporting the balance in people’s personal holistic well-being, working with men’s groups, on relationships and also guiding adventures and expeditions.
     
    When not out in the wilds Adrian is the co-founder of Evolve—a centre of yoga and well-being in central London. He also works on a host of other businesses and projects that involve being of service, supporting the emergence of a better world for our grandchildren’s grandchildren and having a great deal of fun and connection along the way.
     
    A few of his other projects here:
    – An alternative school in Tuscany – Poggio D’Oro
    – A Nature Powered Pension Scheme growing timber
  • John P Milton

    John is the founder of Way of Nature. He is a revered elder of the environmental movement. The first environmentalist on White House staff and a pioneering leader of large scale environmental protection, John’s mission is to help society to live in harmony with nature and draw strength from it. He is a master of a number of nature based spiritual traditions from around the world.

Resources and Sources
Take a look at the sections below
to find our more about the ideas and experiences
we learn from and share as Way of Nature.
Some sections show films and clips, others articles,
and the last section contains some brilliant interviews
with some human marvels of Nature.

The articles and texts below, written by
the Way of Nature team and friends, go
only a little way to sharing the real magic of the wild.
But we hope that in some way they
can help many small steps in reconnecting
inner and outer Nature.

Articles and Writing 

Way of Nature personal breaks named as some of the best breaks to take on your own by The Times.

A Guardian article by Adrian on ‘Why I Love…Wild Camping

An Elephant Journal article by Adrian on Rites of Passage, solitude in the wild, and more.

Lessons from the Wild‘: A blog by Andres about what we can learn from Nature and solos in the context of learning and leadership. 

Find your way back to Nature‘: Some links to Nature based experiences with reference to Way of Nature, gathered by Way of Nature friend, Jini Reddy.

Some thoughts after an afternoon programme around Hampstead Heath in London, by friends of Po-Zu shoes.

Some reflective words after a Way of Nature and Active Earth retreat in the wilds of Spain.

Telegraph article about mindful walking, which mentions Way of Nature by Jini Reddy.

These films and sound clips
help to show some of the deeper aspects
of our work and dedication as Way of Nature.
Nature is an extraordinary teacher and friend.
Our job is to help guide and bridge towards the magic.

“Founder of Way of Nature, John P. Milton, shares his thoughts about why vision quests and time alone in the wild is so important today.”

“Way of Nature UK guide Adrian Kowal went up to spend a few nights in a cave and by the shore of a lake in the Lake District. Watch a short video of the trip.”

“Way of Nature UK co-founder Adrian Kowal is interviewed for Shoreditch Radio.”

Reflections on nature
Micro- interviews with 11 pioneering voices
loosely entitled ‘Reflections on Nature’.
What reflections would you share?

Reflections on nature: micro- interviews with 11 pioneering voices

We thought it’d be fun to curate a series of mini-interviews loosely entitled ‘Reflections on Nature’. We sought contributors who we felt would resonate with what we’re all about here at Way of Nature: how to experience more enchantment & wonder in our daily lives; how to connect more deeply to the natural world, and in so doing, create more love for earth, self and others. And each responded, in their own way and beautifully.

All of this is for your browsing pleasure. If you feel inspired to, do check out the links/ work of these amazing human beings.

Interviews curated by Jini Reddy www.jinireddy.co.uk twitter: @jini_reddy

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