Peace, Power, Love & Wildness
A journey about living 21st Century lives – May to October 2018
Peace, Power, Love & Wildness is a 6 month programme to help us to be the best version of ourselves for the 21st century. It is about finding new ways to navigate a world that is increasingly complex, uncertain and polarised. The journey will combine retreats to extraordinary places, guided practice in between retreats, one-to-one coaching and online seminars with special guests, as well a project to develop in your own life. The result will be connection, integrity, resilience and the confidence to live and work in more purposeful ways. It will be hosted by two dedicated wilderness and transformation guides, Andres Roberts and Natasha Lythgoe, together with special guests, assistance by Leona Johnson, and always nature.
How do we move towards the things we want?
How do we change things, and how do we navigate change ourselves?
How do we always stay true to ourselves?
What are the best ways of being in relationship?
How do we fit with the rest of society and life?
How shall we live?
Peace, power, love and wildness are central forces in the world, but they have fallen out of relationship with each other. Power has become oppressive, love is too often tokenistic. And while we have become domesticated from the wild, real peace – inner and outer – remains a dream. What would our lives look like if we found a better balance across these things? What might we bring of these qualities to the world?
Spring 2018: A Retreat About Space and Letting Go
In May we will set off for a week retreat to one of the most beautiful and expansive places in the UK. From a world engrossed with speed, constantly ‘on show’ and always busy, we’ll return to the lost arts of making space, letting go, listening deeply and finding balance.
We will spend the days working with the magnetic tensions of Power and love, peace and wildness. Each of these contains and relies on the other, whilst also having the capacity to suffocate the other, so we’ll work towards finding the right balance of them in ourselves, in order to live lives where these forces flow in more generative ways.
To support us, we will be guided by nature-based meditations, Qi Gong, bodywork, elemental mapping and mindfulness tools, wild excursions and fireside talks, building towards a time-honoured ‘solo’ in the wild.
At the heart of this retreat, the nature ‘solo’ will be a deep, personal excursion to the wild. This is a practice that many people have done before us, and a powerful way of tuning in to the wisdom and the different forces in all aspects of life.
During the week, we will also begin an enquiry – something to last the whole programme – about how to truly and deeply bring new ways of being to ourselves as well as the outer world.
We leave Scotland with a deepened sense of purpose, inquiry and wonder.
Summer 2018: Personal Practice and Project
Nothing in life changes like a switch, and a personal practice throughout the summer will be shaped by the questions that have been crafted in the first retreat and taken back into everyday life.
Your process will be supported by continued practice – tools and techniques that we will recommend to help thread this into everyday life. Additionally we will host seminars with special guests, offer 1 on 1 mentoring and encourage you to work in small groups for added support. Special guests will offer insights and perspectives on some of the big themes in life today: knowledge, shadow, relationship, and death and truth.
We will also deepen our inquiries by working with ideas drawn from Action Research tools that see life itself as a playground for learning.
Early Autumn 2018: Tempering the Sword Retreat
Our final gathering will take place in Asturias in northern Spain, one of the wildest and most spectacular regions in Europe.
After 4 months of daily and weekly practice, we will spend the time to revisit learning and themes of the programme, to listen and explore how we are experiencing transitions in life, and to ‘temper the sword’ – hone our own inquiries and experiments into peace, power, love and wildness.
By this point we will have made new choices, or started new experiments, or created new conditions within ourselves and life around us. Here we will explore why and how new things are happening, and work to sustain new patterns and new habits.
At this second retreat we will once again return to the wild – to be alone for a second ‘solo’, once again to draw stillness and insight from nature.
We will be a real tribe by this point, so during this week we will live and practice as a community, helping each other’s questions. In this way we hope new rhythms of Peace, Power, Love and Wildness feel richer and more alive in all our lives.
Early winter 2018: Closing Circle
Towards the end of the year, a group call will be a chance to connect again, share stories from back “real life,” stoke the fire and keep the programme alive.
Spring 2019: Optional Returning Retreat
We believe this programme is valuable and very much needed in our times, so early in 2019, there is the possibility of a 3rd retreat to reconvene and continue working together, with new themes to build on through 2019.
Why the Wild
Carl Jung once said, ‘I’d rather be whole than good.’ We agree. However to be fully whole we must integrate all that drives us unconsciously, disperses our energies and limits our self-views. And we must reclaim all that we have abandoned and turned our backs on.
We cannot think of a better guide for navigating this terrain than nature herself. In the mysterious and measureless depths of the wilderness, we have the opportunity to open to something we call “The Big Listen”: listening to what has purchase on our hearts and the stories that live underneath the work we do in the world.
Sometimes when we talk about nature as being something ‘out there’, we forget that we, too, are forces of nature, and it’s as important to be playful as it is to give voice to the parts of ourselves that long for depth and meaning.
Space and Letting Go Retreat: May 15th to 20th, 2018.
Tempering the Sword Retreat: September 18th to 23rd, 2018.
The programme will take place in Scotland and northern Spain. Full details on application.
£2200 Standard Price
£1800 Early Bird Standard (Standard registrations before 28th February 2018
£2600 Abundant Means – voluntary additional contribution to support Way of Nature community work and Alladale Wilderness Reserve.
*We are able to offer four reduced price bursary places on this retreat. To apply, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a short description of who you are and why you would like to come and be part of the journey.
This programme is by application, which we are planning in two or three rounds. For an application or for more information please email us at email@example.com. Note we are also going to host an information call on the 19th March – a chance to meet the team and ask questions before registering.