At Way of Nature we host extraordinary experiences in nature to help people find space, purpose and direction. Our programmes are based on the age-old practice of going into nature alone, to slow, to observe, and to take profound insights back to life. Simple as it sounds, it is a powerful process that has helped many people throughout time. Today, as we face unprecedented social and ecological challenges, we think this kind of experience is more important than ever before.
A Nature Quest involves going into nature with the aim of slowing down, noticing, and cultivating a different set of qualities related to how life flows. These qualities include awareness, connection, resilience, flow and care. They are qualities that we soon forget about in the busyness of everyday life, but they seem so necessary in the hectic pace of modern life. By cultivating these qualities in ourselves, our communities and systems, we believe we can support healthier, longer-lasting and regenerative lives.
At the heart of all of our work is a process we call a Nature Quest. Through a Nature Quest we help people to be alone in a special place in nature, for anything from a few hours to a few days. It is an exercise in letting go of everyday habits and patterns in order to let something new emerge. To help prepare, we work with a set of tools and techniques drawn from different ancient traditions. And in this space – alone in the wild – all kinds of valuable realisation and sensation might emerge. After each Nature Quest, we take time to help each person integrate the experience back at home. It is an honest, real, beautiful and memorable process that we host with great respect and care.
Way of Nature UK was founded in 2014, to host Nature Quests and to help people reconnect with Nature. After five years of doing this, loving every moment, we made a decision in 2019 to focus our work on helping positive, sustainable and regenerative change. This means that from 2020 our programmes will be more tailored to supporting people who are reconnecting, caring for and regenerating nature and the systems we are part of. You can see our original letter of intent here.
Way of Nature is hosted and led by people with a deep passion for this work and for the wellbeing of people and our planet. Each of us has trained and worked with elders and teachers from a number of traditions, and has spent many years exploring how to ‘bridge’ this work in meaningful ways. Around this, we hold a connection to the original founder of Way of Nature in the USA – John P. Milton. John has been an inspirational figure in ecological and spiritual fields for many decades and we continue to build and expand on the work that he started over sixty years ago.
Andres is a guide, educator and leadership advisor working towards new forms of human progress, with nature. He has been guiding Nature Quests for ten years and transformative learning experiences for 18 years. More recently Andres founded The Bio-Leadership Project – a project that aims to redefine human leadership by working with nature. Today he works with many groups and inspiring organisations including Patagonia, The World Benchmarking Organisation, THNK and the Amani Institue. He has studied with respected wisdom teachers and elders from across the world and holds and MSc in Sustainable and Responsible Business.
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.