At Way of Nature we run extraordinary retreats and adventures in wild places, helping people find a deeper kind of stillness, balance and purpose in modern life. What we do is unique, combining ‘solo’ immersions in Nature, 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
Our 2017 dates are confirmed! We have a range of fantastic programmes planned, from our core Way of Nature programme to ‘Modern Vision Quests’ and exciting collaborations with folks like the Dark Mountain Project and the Yes Tribe. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to find out more.
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.
Understanding the true nature of connection and change – how all forms rise and fall into ‘Source’. By understanding this we help to open deeper awareness, connection, creativity and human potential.
Developing a capacity to relax deeply. More than to feel good, but also to remove tension and blockages in ourselves, our relationships and our systems. At the deepest level, this is about dissolving limiting beliefs and helping to bring through new kinds of relationship and form in the world.
Perhaps the best known principle – made famous in the book by the same title – this principle is about resting in deep awareness of what is emerging in the moment. Presence helps us to act and move with greater synchronicity, clarity and wisdom.
The energy principle is about helping to flow naturally and powerfully through our systems and systems around us. Where energy flows, so does balance, creativity, wellbeing and wisdom.
Compassion and kindness are roots to mastery of mind and wisdom. Working with this principle is about more than generosity – it can help to shift worldviews and systems towards a more connected and balanced world.
Through this principle we reach a place of clarity and stillness in a hectic world. From here we can make better decisions, take better care, and see a deeper truth in how we lead life and work.
All of the principles lead to a place called Source – a place of deep natural clarity, luminosity and spaciousness. Living and working from this place leads to extraordinary synchronicity, creativity, connection, insight, openness and happiness.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) know your thoughts and feedback.
Download the proposal via PDF here: way-of-nature-open-evolution-call
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.
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.
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.
“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
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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