Modern life can be tough.
Our minds get cluttered, our senses numbed,
our energy drained. Many of us find it hard to stop,
or to take care, or find our best path.
But there is magic in the woods…



Way of Nature experiences range from day-long workshops to week-long expeditions in unforgettable locations.  All of our programmes include a ‘solo’ immersion in Nature – a powerful exercise practiced by people throughout time. In an era defined by frantic speed, our experiences are powerful ways of helping to slow down, take stock, and reconnect with the important things in life.


We have now confirmed our mix of programmes for 2018, including Women’s and Men’s Retreats, a Modern Vision Quest, long expeditions, short weekends and specialist retreats.


At times like these, it is time to return to Nature and bring the wisdom home…


Norwegian Island: Spring Programme
‘The smaller we come to feel ourselves
compared to the mountain, the nearer
we come to participating in its greatness’
– Arne Naess

Spring Programme: Norwegian Island

Norway – 28th March to 1st April 2018

Our first retreat of the year will take us to a private island in Norway for a journey about making space, finding deep peace and – as ancient sages would say – embracing the ‘yin’.

Taking place over 5 days, this will be a profound experience combining essential Way of Nature tools and practices, mini-workshops, a powerful nature ‘solo,’ and a unique form of time for deep rest and reflection. 

We are happy to be running this programme in Norway after appearing on Music for People in Trouble, the extraordinary last album of Norwegian artist, Susanne Sundfør.


This programme combines ancient wisdom practices, a Nature Quest ‘solo,’ the wonder of faraway land and the vastness of the ocean.

We’ll take this journey soon after the Spring Equinox, travelling over land and by fishing boat to an island which we will have all to ourselves. Once there, you will choose a place all to yourself to practice and rest in, supported a set of skills and tools we will provide, surrounded by ancient land, water and wind.

This retreat draws inspiration from ancient rites of passage that have helped many people throughout time. To begin, we will take two days to prepare in a special way for your time alone in nature. This will consist of a mix of Way of Nature ingredients, including practices drawn from Taoism, (including T’ai Chi and Qi Gong), indigenous traditions, nature-inspired meditations, and tools and space for deep relaxation.

After the “solo”, we will take time to share and reflect on the lessons drawn from nature, and how to keep them alive back in everyday life.

Together with good food, good conversation and good camp fires in Norway, supported by a group call 2 months later, this will be an experience to really make a difference to life.

The art of space

Modern life is blurred by speed, busyness and unnatural competition: we seem to be addicted to constant doing. This isn’t surprising when you consider that, growing up, very few of us were ever taught how to slow down. Back at school, we learned how to try harder, go further, do more. But what about how to stop and be?

Everything in Nature combines doing with being. Every year has the emptiness of winter as well as the busyness of summer. Every day has the darkness of night as well as the light of the day, and every living thing moves in cycles of motion and rest.

In ancient China, traditions such as Taoism understood this, and used this knowledge as guiding principles to life. This contrast – a dance of action and space – or Yin and Yang – is at the heart of this retreat. On this magic island, we will put particular emphasis on the Yin, which is often forgotten and has its own unique form of power. It’s the art of relaxation, of yielding, even of the divine feminine, in order to bring a different quality of purpose and being through to the world.

Place, travel and logistics

This retreat takes place on a private island on the West coast of Norway. To arrive there, we will give directions from Bergen airport, and provide recommendations from Haugesund airport as well. The meeting point will be on a larger island, from which we will arrange transfers by land and boat to our destination.

Once on the island, the intention is to camp around a beautiful house which we will use for meals, workshops and conversations. We would love to be outside as much as possible, so we will sleep outside in tents and only go inside in case of very adverse weather.

At the start of the journey together, we will walk around the island for you to choose a place to use as a place of peace and practice. This will be your place to be, undisturbed, and to be in for your solo – a personal ‘dojo’ in the wild. In this way we will flow through a series of group sessions, time for personal practice, the solo, and a return and celebratory close at the end.

This is sure to be a special programme in a sensational location. We are keeping the group to a small number to work in a gentle and relaxed way. Do get in touch if you would like to find out more.


£645 to include all activities, food, and local transfers.

Early Bird discount at 15% before 24th January 2018.

Two Way of Nature bursary rates available, by application, at £425.


To register for this programme, please just complete this registration form, following payment instructions at the end. For more information, please contact us at

“I would strongly urge you to get involved with Way of Nature. What they are doing is unique and, quite simply, essential.”
– Ryan
Norwegian image by Johannes Groll on Unsplash

Living Our True Nature – A Course For Men

“Try not to become a man of success,
rather become a man of value.”
– Albert Einstein

Living Our True Nature – A Course for Men

A course for men hosted over 5 months –  May to September 2018

Modern civilisation and the suburban life just doesn’t suit men’s nature. It leaves men feeling constantly unchallenged. One of the symptoms of disconnectedness in policy-making, our workplaces and our communities stems from the lack of rites of passage that support the transition from boyhood to becoming a mature man.

Join us for a 5 month programme in cultivating stillness, reawakening a sense of aliveness, exploring purpose and enjoying the support of community.



Our journey begins with a 5 day hiking retreat in a sacred valley in Tuscany, well known historically for it’s stillness and as an area for contemplative solitude. We will make space for both outer adventure and an inner safari, that will culminate in a 24 hour ‘solo’ – time alone camping in the wilderness inspired by the Vision Quest tradition.

During this programme we will have a chance to practice with a variety of tools that allow us to explore ourselves, our edges and our dreams. The practices will include gentle movement meditations, strong physical activities that will challenge us, and ways to experience deep presence and relaxation.

Over the following four months each participant will belong to an enquiry group that will meet regularly online or physically, (if distance allows) to explore themes of beliefs, love, sex, relationship and more.

As a group we will circle up four times for two hours per session, through an online platform, to take part in a men’s group. This will be a time to check in and share our edges, challenges and things we want to celebrate with each other.

Towards the end of the course we will co-host a call with a celebrated guest speaker, elder and pioneer to the modern men’s movement, Nick Duffell, who co-founded the Centre of Gender Psychology 20 years ago. Nick will share his perspective gained over his life-time working with people like Robert Bly, to host a dialogue about our journey and perspective on modern masculinity.

We will conclude our journeying together by reviewing and sharing insights we have gained, discuss the themes of purpose in community or career, and support each other to carry these lessons out into the world. To close we will sing, tell stories around the camp-fire, dream and sleep under the stars for a final evening together.


“A sharpening of the senses and of the joy of being alive.”

– Jeremy

Please note: This journey will be physically challenging. Expect to learn new practices for living in the wild, and to carry all of the food and shelter you will need over the expedition.


The first retreat is scheduled 30th May – 3rd June. The final campout is scheduled 6th September.


The retreat will take place in a sacred valley in Tuscany, Italy. The final camp out will take place in South East England, details announced on registration.



£895 Early Bird discount for registrations before 28th February 2018 

Bursaries: £795*

*We are able to offer two reduced price bursary places on this retreat. To apply, please email us at with a short description of who you are and why you would like to come and be part of the journey.


To book, please complete this registration form, following payment instructions at the end. To find out more about the programme please contact us at

Way of Nature Connectors Programme

An invitation to join a living system
– a community of guides, facilitators and change-makers
dedicated to working with care, connection, wisdom and love of nature

Way of Nature UK Connectors Programme

A programme and tribe of nature connectors – 6 months from April to October 2018


The Way of Nature Connectors programme is about helping people to support  nature connection for the 21s Century. Taking place over 6 months, it is a journey exploring the tools and techniques we use at Way of Nature to help positive connection and change happen across life and work.

Building on 2017’s Basic Guide Training, this as an invitation to join a community of people working to make a real difference with genuine openness, creativity and care.  The Connectors programme will also link to a ‘Connectors Fellowship’ – a fantastic group of people who came together as part of the 2017 Guide Training programme. On completion of the Connectors Programme, all participants are invited into the Connectors Fellowship.


The Connectors Programme consists of a 5 day introductory retreat, a series of day workshops on key topics, opportunities to assist and learn through live programmes, and a very special gathering at the end of the year. We begin the process with a journey in the Lake District – camping out together, learning tools and practices, trying out a nature ‘solo’ and enjoying forest adventures, wild swims, good fires, good food and good conversations. After that first week, we follow with a number of individual workshops to support an understanding of the ideas and principles behind our work. These themes include nature-based connection, presence and relaxation practices; more about force, energy and flow; more on our style of nature facilitation; and a 2 day session on ‘how to make this happen in the world’.

To close the programme, we will hold a big camp out in an extraordinary destination in October, first taking a couple of days to reflect and close this group process, then joining other connectors, guides and bio-leaders to learn and celebrate as a larger group. Though the process we also invite you to choose a live project to work with to apply learning in your own life and work, and we support the journey with 1:1 calls.

Do note, the Connectors programme is less a practical or technical guiding programme, and more a journey exploring the principles we work with to support more intangible qualities such as connection, flow,  purpose, awareness and creativity. Going through this process won’t necessarily mean you are ready to guide a nature quest – but you will have some wonderful tools to support very necessary qualities in the world, and you will be part of a community that is committed learning and growing together in different ways. While we  do this, and while Way of Nature UK evolves, we will continuously explore continued paths of learning.

Aims of the programme

The Connectors Programme will help you to explore and work with core Way of Nature principles and practices. These principles are related to qualities such as connection, stillness, presence, flow and compassion. They are drawn from deep experience in nature and ancient traditions, and we really believe that by helping more people reconnect with these qualities we can help really good things happen in the world.  Though this programme we explore nature connection across three levels: connection to inner nature, connection to outer nature, and connection to the nature of how life goes. The aim is to find deep nuggets of peace, wisdom and wonder to bring back into everyday life, and in our own ways, help others feel the same.

The key aspects of this programme include:

• Learning and exploring core principles of Way of Nature: Connection, Presence, Relaxation, Source Awareness, Energetic flow and heart.
• Exploring techniques and practices, working with nature, to support the cultivation of these qualities
• An introductory insight into how we host nature quests. Through the programme we touch on the facilitative as well as operational aspects of guiding this work
• How to approach this work  up and make it work: getting into a new era of social and responsible entrepreneurship
• Ideas and way of growing a network to grow our work in the world

Key steps and dates

Connectors Retreat: a introductory weekend including a mini solo experience

Lake District, UK – 11th – 15th April

Day workshops

Our day long workshops cover different aspects to have a deeper understanding of the Way of Nature DNA. We will frame these sessions interactively so participants can come away with processes and methods that they have experienced, enabling them to take these into their lives. Expect dialogue, practice, fun and enquiry on each topic. Please note these day workshops are also open to the public.


Way of Nature UK Awareness Practices workshop

1 hour from London – Saturday 12th May, 2018 – 10am to 4.30pm

This workshop will deepen insight and practice into some of our core nature-based meditation practices. At the heart of this work lie two principles – the principle of presence and the principle of relaxation. By working with nature, we support the capacity to relax, open the senses, deepen awareness and connect to inner, outer and true nature. This workshop makes room to explore and practice with these themes more deeply. The workshop will be led by Way of Nature UK co-founder, Andres Roberts.


Way of Nature UK Energy and flow workshop

Bristol – Saturday 2nd June, 2018 – 10am to 4.30pm

This workshop will make room to explore and develop a better understanding of our work with energy and flow, working with movements drawn from T’ai Chi and Qi Gong. These practices are very much part of the Way of Nature process. They help to bring qualities of stillness, openness, flow, relaxation and ultimately deeper connection to nature. The workshop will be led by Way of Nature UK co-founder, Andres Roberts.

Way of Nature UK Facilitation and Learning Tools

Bristol – Saturday 30th June, 2018 – 10am to 4.30pm

Through this workshop we will share and develop tools and models to support communication and learning as groups. It steps back from the direct nature-based themes to explore ideas about how people learn and communicate – and in this way it will help us explore how to design processes and experiences to deepen learning and support transformation. Of course, through the process we will also ask – how can we support even richer learning by working in nature?The workshop will be led by Way of Nature UK co-founder, Andres Roberts.


Soulful Entrepreneurship

London – Saturday 8th September – 10am to 4.30pm

Making it work

London – Sunday 9th September – 10am to 4.30pm

The Big Camp Out

A final step in the process will take us to a spectacular place in Scotland – a vast nature reserve – where we will meet to reflect on our journey and close the programme together, before meeting up with other guides, Connectors, Bio-Leadership practitioners friends for a big, learning and nature-celebrating camp out.

Scotland, UK – 3rd – 7th October


The cost for the Connectors Programme includes:

• An intensive 5 day retreat including principles & practices training and a 24 hour solo
• A series of workshops on specific themes related to Way of Nature practices and guiding nature connection
• Opportunities to work on a real-life projects in community
• Invitation to assist on programmes
• Two 1-1 calls with core facilitators to support the deepening of your enquiry
• A final review and celebratory big camp out with the wider Way of Nature tribe

£1425 for all of the above.
£950 for just three bursary slots.


This programme is by application. For an application pack please email us at

Way of Nature Summer Programme
Empty yourself of everything.
Let the mind rest at peace…
…Returning to the source is stillness,
which is the way of nature.

Way of Nature UK Summer Programme

18th – 22nd July, Lake District, UK

Empty yourself of everything.
Let the mind rest at peace.
The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return.
They grow and flourish and then return to the source.
Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.

– Lao Tzu, from the Tao Te Ching

This programme gets to the essence of Way of Nature’s DNA, and gives you an opportunity to step back, reconnect and recharge in a very special way.

Guided by Andres Roberts, co-founder of Way of Nature UK, the Summer Programme is an adventure through ancient wisdom practices, a 36 hour solo in the wild and the beautiful setting of the Lake District. Drawing inspiration from ancient rites of passage, here each person will venture on their on ‘solo’ quest – supported by careful preparation beforehand and a group call after the experience to keep the learning and inspiration alive back at home.

The Way of Nature Programme combines ancient wisdom practices, a wild ‘solo’ and the beauty of the Lakes. The programme also includes work with practices drawn from T’ai Chi and Qi Gong (through moving meditations and practices); nature-inspired meditations; tools for deep relaxation and time for good food, good conversations and a good, soulful rest. Lastly, we also make time for  programme  a group call two months after the event, designed to keep the experience alive in everyday life.


“I would strongly urge you to get involved with Way of Nature. What they are doing is unique and, quite simply, essential.”

– Ryan


This retreat takes place at a secret location in the Lake District.


£645 including all guiding and food. Early Bird discount available at £550 for bookings before 31st January 2018.


To book, please complete this registration form, following payment instructions at the end.

Women’s Programme
A special opportunity
to rest, reconnect, and revel
in the power of the wild woman.

Women’s Programme

Dart Valley, Devon, UK – 8th to 12th June 2018

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” – Arundhati Roy

In 2018 we are delighted to host our second Way of Nature Women’s programme: a very special experience to support rest, reconnection, and opening up to the power of the wild feminine.

The journey, guided by two highly experienced and deeply caring guides, will take place in the unspoilt beauty of the Dart Valley. There, over five days, the group will explore capacities for reconnection, relaxation, presence and the cultivation of universal energy. At the heart of the process there will be a 24 hour ‘solo’ – a period of time all alone in Nature. This is a rich and often unforgettable exercise practiced by people throughout time. Around the ‘solo’ there will be space to share stories and wisdom around the fire, and to help each other take magic from the experience back home.

This programme will be set around a camp next to the river Dart in the exquisite Dart valley. The journey will weave in and out of Dartmoor, ancient woodland, enchanted moss-covered boulders, lichen-encrusted tree trunks and pools of crystal clear water to swim and delight in. All the while the journey will be supported by the flow of the river as she twists, turns, rushes and drops into serene stillness.


– Arrival and Welcome
– Awareness training (rooted in relaxation, presence and energy practices)
– 24 hours solitude time in wild nature
– Reintegration training

The programme will include conversations, night journeys, poetry, meditations, nature connection activities and a constant flow of exploration through the woods and the deserted moorland.  The group will cook together and sleep under the stars.


Din van Helden
Din brings a wealth of experience, facilitating group processes and learning programmes by working in Nature. Her passion is in supporting to connect – both to self (exploring authenticity, personal strengths and values) and to community (through deep listening, constructive conflicts and transformative innovation). Din has trained and worked with John P. Milton, founder of Way of Nature in the US, for a number of years, and she brings a sound experience of working with core Way of Nature principles.

Israh Goodall
Motivated by a desire to explore and connect with people and wild places, Israh has travelled and hosted programmes all over the world. Her journeys and programmes have included travelling the Silk Road, trekking in New Zealand, the Middle East, Central America and Europe, and the Pacific Crest Trial (from Mexico to Canada). She is a qualified Mountain Leader and trained in Outdoor Environmental Education, and has lead expeditions worldwide. She has particular interests in Rites of Passage work and runs a Nature Based mentorship outdoor programme for teenage girls. As a trained midwife she has worked with remote tribes in the Afar region of Ethiopia and in Zanzibar’s government and bush hospitals.


The price is £575 including guiding and food.

Early Bird price is £495 for registrations before 31st January 2018.

We are offering two bursary spots for this programme, at £295.  To apply, please with a description of why you would like to come and be part of the journey.


To book please email and we will send you an information pack and registration forms.

Forest Family Camp
An enriching weekend of forest school,
delicious meals prepared by in-house chefs,
wild swimming, yoga and campfires.

Forest Family Camp: A magical long weekend of camping under the stars and celebrating nature together

The Quadrangle Trust, Kent – 27th to 29th July 2018

With increasingly urban lives and less time to spend in nature, we’re creating a space for you and your children to feel the grass between your toes, to revitalise, replenish and rediscover your wild side.

Join us for an enriching weekend of nature connection, delicious vegetarian food, wild swimming, storytelling and music, dance, yoga and campfires hosted and curated by The Quadrangle Trust and Way of Nature.

Together we’ll build a community made up of 25 families that offers a safe space to re-wild ourselves and our children. Workshops will be aimed at children aged 4 – 8, but open to all.

Join the tribe, the camp is just the start….

We bring together forest school leaders, amazing healthy caterers, musicians and holistic well-being therapists to create a shared space where you and your family can be guided to explore connecting with nature and the art of mindful living.

The Quadrangle is a great space for this gathering with a wild-swimming river, a huge brick barn to use for dining, play and workshops, an orchard and permaculture forest garden. A yurt sits by the river and a 1970 Airstream caravan under the trees overlooking the pond is a rainy-day playroom and kid’s library.

The programme will include bushcraft sessions, storytelling, dancing, music, face-painting, fire building, practical workshops for parents around inspiring activities in nature for the whole family, adult and children’s yoga and lots of time for ‘free play’, which might include snoozing in the meadow, wild swimming or woodland walks.

Packing list and pick up times from Shoreham station to come in the Welcome Pack once you have registered.

Who’s it for?
Parents interested in:
– Forest schooling
– Allowing their children to be ‘free-range’ in a safe environment
– Low-impact living

Not for parents wanting to:
– Drop their kids off and party

The aim of the camp isn’t to just have a fun weekend but to provide parents and children with the inspiration, games and tools to support a lot more time spent outdoors as a family.

We see our children spending more time outdoors as crucial to their education and incredibly supportive of a more whole upbringing.

Why is this important? Read more here about the benefits of being in nature and having freedom to play.

In order to keep the modern distractions of technology at bay we will all enjoy a digital detox and request all participants to leave laptops and iPads at home and have their phones switched off or on silent for the duration of the camp.

A Low-Impact Week-end
We’ll be aiming for the weekend to have as low a carbon footprint as possible and our environmental policy includes:
– Vegetarian food
– Food that is locally sourced or home-grown
– Recycling and re-using wherever possible
– Saving water (encouraging people to swim in the river rather than have a bath/shower)
– Organising lift shares and doing pick-ups from the station to discourage driving

The Forest Garden: In 2010 the trustees at the Quadrangle began looking at how the pasture field could be used in a different way, produce food and help to educate people in ecology and low-impact living. The concept of a forest garden using the design principles of permaculture began taking shape. There is now over hundred young trees – apples, pears, plums and autumn olives, and fruit bushes – gooseberries, raspberries, red, black and white currants. Paths take you through the long grasses and around the trees to the camping circles. The river Darent runs gently beside the garden, with steps down to it for swimming and boating.

We will use the Main Barn as our dining space and backup workshop space if we have wet weather.

A Mongolian yurt and a vintage Airstream are on site for play and workshop spaces/dens.

There are 6 toilets and three showers on-site including 2 compost toilets in the Forest Garden camping field.


Arrive between 2 – 3.30pm on Friday
The camp ends between 4-5pm on Sunday


Adrian Kowal Co-Founder of Way of Nature and Founder of evolve wellness centre
Jessie Teggin Creative Director of The Quadrangle Trust.


– Bring your own tent: £150 per adult/£80 per child (for adults this breaks down as £80 for the weekend ticket that includes all the workshops, talks and events and £70 for all the amazing meals)
– If you’d like a bit more luxury then please register your interest in a family bell tent by emailing
– We have a few bursary places available – please get in touch if you would like to find out more.

Price includes local transfers from the station, all sessions and vegetarian meals.


To book your tickets please visit our booking page here.

For more information please email: Adrian Kowal

The Muse Project
An adventure into the
power of wild creativity,
in collaboration with author,
Paul Kingsnorth and
special guests.

The Muse Project

A programme to inspire wild creative power, June to October 2018

“Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.”

– John Updike

We are very glad to announce The Muse Project  – a programme for anyone whose creative work in any field would be reawakened or enlivened by contact with the living Earth and its stories. Over the course of two week-long gatherings in wild places, along with online ‘virtual firepits’ and a supported personal project, we will explore an ancient question that, today, is more relevant and urgent than ever: is the Earth speaking to us? And, if so, what is she asking us to do?

What to Expect

The Muse Project is the third programme in our continued collaboration with author and storyteller, Paul Kingsnorth. For 2018, our intention is to work with nature to find the powerful creativity that comes from tapping into both our inner and outer wildness. Across the programme we will weave conversations, guided teaching sessions, time spent outside and two 24-hour solo expeditions into extraordinary places. On the journey with you will be writers, artists, musicians and wilderness guides, who will support each participant as they develop a meaningful creative project. 

If you like the sound of The Muse Project, please email us to find out more. We will be sharing updates in coming weeks and opening applications from mid-December.

Peace, Power, Love and Wildness
‘Power without love is
reckless and abusive,
and love without power is
sentimental and anemic…’
– Martin Luther King Jr.

Peace, Power, Love & Wildness

A Way of Nature life journey including two retreats – May to September 2018

Peace, Power, Love & Wildness is a programme dedicated to working with all of the powers and possibilities of life in our times. The programme a journey combing retreats to extraordinary places, real-life projects and online seminars, will help us explore a balance of power and love; yin and yang and peace and wildness in 21st Century life. As with all of our programmes, here we make space to return to the wild to listen deeply, to reconnect with ourselves and with wild nature, and to gather wild wisdom to take back home. Taking place over six months, this programme is designed as a way of working as a 21st Century tribe. The programme is hosted by Andres Roberts, Natasha Lythgoe and special guests.


‘Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.’ – Martin Luther King Jr.

This programme is a combination of many of the things that we have learnt as Way of Nature. The process will be a way of working as a group of people exploring the deeper dynamics of life today – balancing stillness and purpose; doing and being; trying while also letting loose. The more we do this work, the more we understand that any change that we want to bring to life must start with a deep knowing inside. There seems to be no better partner and guide than nature in helping us connect to this inner self. More so, there is certainly no better guide in helping us connect to the outer world. This programme explores the inner relationships between a wildness that is anchored by inner peace and a power that is born of love,  and our outer relationships in terms of how we enact these forces in the world.

Peace, Power, Love and Wildness invites a group of people to work in this process together. We will begin by venturing on a retreat to Scotland. There, we will begin to explore the middle way – the deep union of yin and yang, the divine masculine and the divine feminine. We will explore this through the tradition of a nature quest, opening to what the wilderness reveals.

This journey will be shared with invited guests and deepened through action-research projects, group work and online seminars. Here, each person will shape a question to to guide their learning and their experience. The purpose of which is to integrate our inspiration and our experiences out on the land back into ‘the everyday’.

The journey will then take us to a second retreat, to pristine nature in the north of Spain, where we we will share deeper lessons from our journey together and return to the wild for a second Nature Quest.

After the retreat we will take added time to weave insights and learning back into our everyday lives.

The programme is by application. Please get in touch to find out more.

A word about change, power and wildness

You might say that we live at a time of disruptive transition, experiencing the cultural and environmental tensions of life in the 21st Century. This programme seeks to explore both self and other, the personal and the universal. Through examining the relationships between peace and wildness, love and power we will practice Right Relationship to self, each other and beyond. We will navigate both inner and outer landscapes with the intention of bringing awareness to how we might walk through this world, generatively impacting upon it from a place of greater balance. What the Buddhist tradition calls ‘The Middle Way’ and the Taoists call ‘Yin and Yang’.

Peace Wildness Love and Power. Seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world. They give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.

In this work ‘encounters with the wild’ refers to both an inner and outer wilderness. Sometimes we talk about nature as being something ‘out there’ and we fail to see that we, too, are forces of nature.

In the mysterious and measureless depths of the wilderness we have the opportunity to open to something I/we call –The Big Listen. Listening to what has purchase on our hearts and the stories that live underneath whatever work we do in the world.

Through meeting these unknown and unchartered territories, and listening deeply, we have the opportunity to answer the call to wholeness.

Carl Jung once said, ‘I’d rather be whole than good’ – 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.

The practice of peace (stability/stillness/steadiness) can anchor us in those moments when we may tremble through these unchartered waters. It’s important to note that whether mythical, physical or psychological, the wilderness is not inherently chaotic though our fears may perceive it as such. When the journey is supported by an embodied practice of peace it becomes a creative generative process.


The first retreat is scheduled from the 14th to the 20th May, 2018. The second retreat is scheduled for the 18th to the 23rd September, 2018.


The programme will take place in northern Spain and later in England. Full details available on application.


£2200 full price 

£1800 Early Bird discount for registrations before 31st January 2018

Bursaries: £1200*

*We are able to offer two reduced price bursary places on this retreat. To apply, please email us at with a short description of who you are and why you would like to come and be part of the journey.


To book, please complete this registration form, following payment instructions at the end. To find out more about the programme please contact us at

Modern Vision Quest
Our deepest, wildest programme of 2018.
An expedition into deep nature
in the Romanian Carpathian mountains.

Modern Vision Quest

Carpathian Mountains, Romania, 1st to 9th September 2018

The deepest, wildest programme we are hosting in 2018. This programme honours powerful ancient practices of going into nature alone, to reconnect, to draw deep insight and wisdom, and to bring a special kind of peace and purpose back to everyday life. This year, Modern Vision Quest will take place in  the Carpathian mountains of Romania, where each participant will spend four days alone as part of their quest. The programme involves three days of work preparing for the process, two days after the quest to integrate the experience, and two calls in the months after the journey – helping to keep the essence alive back at home.


Making base high in the Carpathian Mountains, here we strip back from everyday life. To begin, we camp together for three days, in the most extraordinary setting, to prepare for our quests. These days involve working with nature-based practices – tools and techniques from ancient traditions – to support stillness, connection, openness and flow. Over these first days we also share stories to support each quest. We do so in the way that our ancestors did before us – around fires, making time to listen deeply, always with the help of nature. This whole process is entirely off-grid. We camp together in the wild, away from speed, distractions – even electricity and running water.

We then move into the Vision Quest. This involves setting off alone to a place in the mountains, marking a circle and stepping into it for four days and three nights. It is hard to describe the insights and feelings that might come from the process; a chance to be alone with your own true self and wild nature all around you. Slowly, you might find yourself more at ease; more aware; more connected with a deeper truth of things. It is something very special to keep with you through life.

After the quest, we return to our shared camp, to share stories and insights from the experience, and to explore how to take any lessons back to life and work. We also arrange two calls in the months after the programme, to help keep the experience alive.

We think that this kind of immersion is one of the greatest gifts a person can give themselves. It is a process we host with much care and respect, while doing so with lightness and joy. Here, we also do it in a way more designed for modern times. We don’t believe the world needs more ‘striving’ or ‘pushing’. The emphasis here is on stillness, peace and relaxation – letting nature cast her magic in her own way.


This programme takes place in the Carpathian mountains of Romania. We will arrange transfers from Bucharest. More information provided on registration.


£1250 including all guiding, meals and local transfers from Bucharest. An Early Bird price of £999 is available for bookings before 31st March 2018.

Two bursaries spots are available at £695. To apply, please contact us with a description of why you would like to come and be part of the journey.


To book, please complete this registration form, following payment instructions at the end. For enquiries, please email email us at

Frequently Asked Questions
From equipment lists, to questions about camping alone,
here are some things we regularly get asked about.

Here are some frequently asked questions.

Q: Do I need to prepare anything for the retreat?

A: Nothing but an open mind, and willingness to experience nature in a new perspective.

Q: What equipment do I need?

A: We recommend the list below for each retreat. Of course please do bare in mind the time of year and the location of the retreat. If there is anything special which is not included in the list below, we will let you know.

– Backpack – max 65 litres

– Water containers – minimum 2 litres + 1 litre

– Sleeping Bag – ideally 3 season for most programmes

– Sleeping Mat/Thermarest

– Tent, bivy bag, or tarpaulin (plastic sheeting to tie to trees or lie on to keep dry)

– Head torch with full batteries

– Basic first aid items (pain killers, plasters, bandages etc.)

– Warm clothing and clothing to change into – two layers of everything

– Waterproof layers (jacket & trousers)

– Extra layers for warmth at night

– Hat for warmth / sun

– Gloves

– Hiking, trekking or sports shoes – and spare shoes in case of rain

– Socks to change

– Swimming costume

– Comfortable clothes for stretching/yoga activities

– Sun cream and shades to protect your eyes

– Mosquito repellant

– Notebook & pen

– Whistle

Q: Do I need to know any bush-craft / survival skills?

A: No – it is not necessary to know how to start a fire with a bit of string and a knife, or make your own survival shelter. On some of our retreats you may be instructed in some basic bush-craft techniques however no previous knowledge or experience is required. Even if you don’t know how to put up your own tent, your friendly guides will be on-hand to help you with that.

Q: Can I bring a phone / camera / journal / book on my solo?

A: We encourage participants to only take a phone with them for emergencies at keep it off for the duration of their alone time. We also recommend to not bring a journal and pen on your solo to enable you to focus on presence and experiencing what is unfolding around you.

Q: Where can I review and download your Terms and Conditions?

A: You can review them here: terms-and-conditions-2017

If you have any other questions, please send us a note via our connect page.


Take a read or watch the videos from
a few of our recent participants.

“A truly grounding experience that offers the tools and understanding to develop practice into the future” – Edward, Inverness, Scotland

“Life changing – an opportunity to find space and purpose” – Nicole, London, England

“A practical way of finding deep connection and a meaningful way of living through the application of simple practices and principles drawn from universal wisdom” – Jennifer, Texas, USA


On the Edge of a Cliff‘: A beautiful blog by Ed Gillespie, co-founder of sustainability communications agency, Futerra.     Copyright Way of Nature UK 2015.                         Videos & images by Terry Bond © 2015