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…

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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.

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We have now confirmed our mix of programmes for 2017, including a core Way of Nature programme, a Modern Vision Quest, long expeditions, short weekends and specialist retreats.

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

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Fire & Shadow
An 8 month programme, hosted by
Way of Nature and The Dark Mountain Project,
going into the deepest questions and
challenges of our times.

Fire & Shadow: A collaboration with The Dark Mountain Project

An 8 month expedition into the fire and shadows of our times, working together to bring back new light.

Fire & Shadow

Fire & Shadow is a unique programme exploring the state of the world, our place in it, and how we might weave a new kind of story in an age of upheaval and uncertainty. Over the course of eight months, we will go deeply into some of the biggest questions of our times, through two week-long retreats, solo expeditions into the wild, real-life projects as individuals and small groups, workshops with guest teachers, and virtual get-togethers as a community of people. We aim to build a kind of 21st century tribe, committed to looking into the darkness in order to bring wisdom and hope back into our times.

Background

Ecologically, economically and culturally, we are living in an age of crisis. But within every crisis is the opportunity to forge new narratives and new ways of seeing. Fire & Shadow is a unique collaboration between The Dark Mountain Project and Way of Nature, which aims to build these stories from the ground up. It will look with radical honesty at the state of the Earth today, to build an understanding of the failed stories which have led us to this point, and help us construct new ones together. It will explore intellectual, emotional and practical skills to help navigate the turmoil of our times and to find our roles within it; what we can do, what we can be, what we can offer.

In times like these, it is easy to feel despair, anger, and confusion. This course aims to help us find a sense of wholeness and balance again, to navigate the world we live in, and use our skills for the best in times of fire and shadow.

Questions we will explore include:

– How to look honestly at the state of the world, leaving behind both false hope and false hopelessness.
-How to understand the stories which got us here, and to navigate the emotions they create.
– How to see crisis as opportunity; to build new narratives for a time of change.
– How to explore realistic options for change, both personally and more widely.
– How to see the meaning and the beauty in nature and each other.

Course Structure

Fire & Shadow follows from the success of our week-long 2016 collaboration, Shadows in the Wild. Here, we will go on a deeper journey, combining retreats, virtual gatherings and more meaningful work by taking individual and collective questions from the process into our everyday lives. The course will begin with a week-long retreat, in May 2017, in the wild land of Alladale Wilderness Reserve. This retreat will include a wild ‘solo’ – a powerful, personal expedition into Nature, inspired by traditional Vision Quests. With the help of wild Nature and a combination of stories, workshops,  fireside conversations, ancient wisdom practices and teaching sessions, we will outline the challenges of our times, and shape a set of questions and experiments to take back to our ‘real lives’.

After the first retreat we will form ongoing project groups to help each other carry these questions and ideas as we go about our daily lives. We will invite people to work in smaller groups around related questions, reconvening for online conversations – ‘virtual firepits’ – led by the course teachers. Additionally, in between the retreats we will offer two virtual workshops on ‘Working with Stories’ and ‘The Nature of Change’ – and we will design these workshops, also inviting in guest teachers, based on the themes and questions that emerge through the process. 

As we move into the autumn of the year, we will reconvene for a second gathering, this time in wild nature in continental Europe. We are delighted to say that this retreat is planned to take place in the wild Romanian Carpathian Mountains – a place of outstanding natural wonder and home to the largest carnivores in Europe. Here, we will regather to explore what we have learnt from our shared journey, and revisit the stories that we might form in the world. We will go deeper into the art of transformation, again looking to ancient wisdom for insights into the transformative forces of life. And we will return to the wild for a second ‘solo’, trusting that Nature will reveal more to us. By the end of the second gathering, we will draw a new source of insight and potential to help us live our lives more fully, and use our skills more effectively, as we navigate these difficult times. Autumn will also be about closing our journey together, celebrating whatever our journey together has brought.

In the stillness of winter, we will hold a final round of virtual conversations. In the space after the journey, and before spring returns again, we will do a little more to help each other ground this experience and understand how it might ripple out to the world.

Guides

Paul Kingsnorth co-founded the Dark Mountain Project in 2009. What began life as a small writers’ movement has since become an international network of many thousands of writers, artists and thinkers exploring the need for new ways of seeing in a time of change. Dark Mountain publishes two collections of writing a year and holds semi-regular events. Paul is also the award-winning author of five books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and an experienced teacher and facilitator. He lives on a smallholding in the west of Ireland. His website is www.paulkingsnorth.net

Andres Roberts is a guide and advisor dedicated to a new kind of progress, fit for a positive future for all. His work combines renewed ideas about learning and change, reconnection to Nature, and the wisdom of ancient cultures to help more positive, and more systemic, change happen. Building on twenty years of experience in learning and leadership, Andres has studied with respected elders from across the world, helping to make ancient wisdom and Nature-based practices more accessible in the modern world. Andres is co-founder of Way of Nature UK and founding partner of The Bio-Leadership Project.

The Fire and Shadow course will also feature two special guest teachers; one on each retreat. Details to be confirmed.

Applications

Fire and Shadow is open to anyone, anywhere, who feels that these questions resonate in their lives, and who would like to explore them further in the company of others. We have space for up to 20 people on the journey. If you are interested in joining the programme we ask that you send us a short summary (no more than a few hundred words) saying something about why you think it is for you, and what you would hope to get out of it. 

Dates

The first Fire & Shadow retreat of the year will take place at a remote base in Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Scotland, from the 8th to the 14th May.

The second Fire & Shadow retreat of the year is planned to take place in the Carpathian Mountains, Transylvania, from the 2nd to the 8th of October.

Online workshops and group meetings will be announced and arranged over the duration of the programme. We will arrange these around dates and times that work for the whole group.

Price

Full Price: £2650

Early Bird: £2205 – for booking and payment before 23rd December 2016

Bursary spots (4 available): £1600

Price includes all retreats, local transfers on arrival, guiding and teaching, online ‘fire-pits’ and continued provision of materials and support. Price excludes travel to local area stations/airports. Note accommodation will always be camping. The retreats are in May and October, to be held in temperate climates but a degree of reasonable physical fitness will be required, and comfort with camping in wild places.

Booking

To book, please email the summary above to andres@wayofnature.co.uk and we will get back to you with more information and a registration pack.

Practical Pointers

Fire & Shadow is a deeper kind of journey, both individually and collectively. There will be high points and low points, and we hope that there will be much to celebrate on the other side. This will take time and commitment, so we are inviting applications for the full nine month process only. This means you need to be able to make the two wild gathering dates as well as virtual fire-pit meetings. The programme will also support you to carry learning themes and actions into your everyday life, working with other members of the programme in a supportive way. In this way we hope to make it something that can genuinely change lives and inspire positive actions in the world.

The Way of Nature Programme
Find deep stillness and presence,
draw from the deep wisdom of Nature,
thread the wonder into life at home.

The Way of Nature Programme

Lake District, UK – 27th June to 2nd July, 2017

(Winter Programme Dates TBC – please enquire.)

An essential Way of Nature programme, including deep wisdom practices, a 36 hour ‘solo’ in the wild, and added support after the event.

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 from life to reconnect in a very special way.  
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Guided by Andres Roberts, co-founder of Way of Nature UK, the Way of Nature Programme is an inspiring adventure through ancient wisdom practices, a 36 hour solo in the wild and the elemental wonder of the Lake District.  Drawing inspiration from ancient rites of passage, here we do more to support preparation before the event, and do more to thread learning and inspiration back into work and life.
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At the heart of this process we share tools and practices to help reconnect to the wonder and wisdom of Nature. Through this process, we also tap into the magic of Nature inside. The skills required to do this act as perfect balances to the intensity of modern life. This is a programme dedicated to connection, relaxation, presence, the cultivation of energy – and ultimately the idea of living a good and wholesome life.
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This is very much designed to be integrated into your everyday life. Before the event we send preparatory material and recommend some healthy ‘challenges’ to try at home. At the event we will go on a fantastic journey into inner and outer wildness. After the event, we will support one-to-one and group calls to thread the magic into life and work at home.
Much more than this, through this programme we revel in the beauty of the Lake District – going on hikes in the highlands, enjoying swims, camping around fires and making space for good rest, good food and good times.  
 
“I would strongly urge you to get involved with Way of Nature. What they are doing is unique and, quite simply, essential.”
– Ryan

Travel

This retreat takes place at a secret location in the Lake District. To find out more please get in touch for an information pack and registration forms.

Price

£645 including all guiding and food. Early Bird discount available at £545 for bookings before 31st December 2016.

2 bursary places available at £445.*

*To apply, please contact us with a description of why you would like to come and be part of the journey.

Winter Programme dates to be announced.

Booking

To book please email info@wayofnature.co.uk to receive an information pack and registration forms.

Where the Wild Men Are

“Every modern man has, lying at the bottom of his psyche,
a large, primitive being covered with hair down to his feet.
Making contact with this Wild Man
is a step we have not yet taken.”
– Robert Bly

Where the Wild Men Are

Scotland, 30th May to 4th June 2017

“A man-trained boy would have been badly bruised, for the fall was a good fifteen feet, but Mowgli fell as Baloo had taught him to fall, and landed on his feet.”

– Rudyard Kipling

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20 men will meet in the deep wilds of Scotland. Each will bring only 20 items, to live in the wild for 5 days. Drums will be beaten, mountains will be scaled, moonlit lochs will be swum, a sweat lodge will be built. There will be singing. There will be Qi Gong at dawn. There will be an unforgettable adventure.   
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At the heart of the journey each man will spend 48 hours alone in the wild, fasting, following his own rite of passage experience – an experience honoured throughout time amongst many traditions around the world.
 
Don’t delay. This camp will be filled with song, belly laughter, scrambling adventures, midnight Aikido-inspired adventures, and deeply nourishing conversations around the camp fire on the challenges and joys of modern masculinity. We will practice Taoist martial practices at dawn, go deep into Native American awareness practices, experience deeply powerful breathing practices from Tibet and more like this. 
 
No Wifi, no phone signal, no iPads, no Kindles… Liberate yourself for a few days. Dare to leave your Smartphone behind.
 
We double dare you.
And we bet you return fuller, brighter, stronger and more alive.
 

“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.

Travel

A secret destination, Northern Scotland, announced on registration.

Price

£745 including all guiding and local transfers. Early bird £645 before 31st December 2016. We will provide a shopping list of equipment and food to bring.

Bursary price £445*

*We are able to offer two bursaries on this camp. To apply, please contact us with a description of why you would like to come and be part of the journey.

Booking

To book, please email info@wayofnature.co.uk for an information pack and registration forms.

The Way of Nature Programme
Find deep stillness and presence,
draw from the deep wisdom of Nature,
thread the wonder into life at home.

The Way of Nature Programme

Lake District, UK – 27th June to 2nd July, 2017

(Winter Programme Dates TBC – please enquire.)

An essential Way of Nature programme, including deep wisdom practices, a 36 hour ‘solo’ in the wild, and added support after the event.

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 from life to reconnect in a very special way.  
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Guided by Andres Roberts, co-founder of Way of Nature UK, the Way of Nature Programme is an inspiring adventure through ancient wisdom practices, a 36 hour solo in the wild and the elemental wonder of the Lake District.  Drawing inspiration from ancient rites of passage, here we do more to support preparation before the event, and do more to thread learning and inspiration back into work and life.
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At the heart of this process we share tools and practices to help reconnect to the wonder and wisdom of Nature. Through this process, we also tap into the magic of Nature inside. The skills required to do this act as perfect balances to the intensity of modern life. This is a programme dedicated to connection, relaxation, presence, the cultivation of energy – and ultimately the idea of living a good and wholesome life.
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This is very much designed to be integrated into your everyday life. Before the event we send preparatory material and recommend some healthy ‘challenges’ to try at home. At the event we will go on a fantastic journey into inner and outer wildness. After the event, we will support one-to-one and group calls to thread the magic into life and work at home.
Much more than this, through this programme we revel in the beauty of the Lake District – going on hikes in the highlands, enjoying swims, camping around fires and making space for good rest, good food and good times.  
 
“I would strongly urge you to get involved with Way of Nature. What they are doing is unique and, quite simply, essential.”
– Ryan

Travel

This retreat takes place at a secret location in the Lake District. To find out more please get in touch for an information pack and registration forms.

Price

£645 including all guiding and food. Early Bird discount available at £545 for bookings before 31st December 2016.

2 bursary places available at £445.*

*To apply, please contact us with a description of why you would like to come and be part of the journey.

Winter Programme dates to be announced.

Booking

To book please email info@wayofnature.co.uk to receive an information pack and registration forms.

Reconnection and Renewal
with John P. Milton

A special week and 48 hour Nature Quest
with the legendary John P. Milton. In partnership
with Findhorn Foundation, Scotland.

Reconnection and Renewal with John P. Milton

Findhorn Ecovillage, Scotland, 8th to 14th July 2017

This is a week-long programme with John P. Milton, grandfather of Way of Nature and renowned ecologist, activist, author, spiritual teacher and shaman. This programme takes place at the legendary Findhorn Foundation and Ecovillage Community, on the wild coast of Northern Scotland.

Through this week, John will share lessons on his twelve principles of ‘Natural Renewal’, supporting relaxation, presence, reconnection and what he calls ‘Source Awareness’.  The Programme will consist of energy cultivation practices, deep wisdom teachings, group conversations and of course, a profound ‘solo’ immersion in Nature. Being at Findhorn, we will place special attention on reconnection and replenishment with the land.

What to expect

John’s Way of Nature principles are brought together from a number of wisdom and indigenous traditions. These include Buddhism, Tantra, Taoism, Native American wisdom and more, to which he has dedicated over 70 years of study and practice. Practiced with Nature, the principles form a powerful way to connect and align inner and outer Nature. Thousands of people have experienced John’s programmes and many report greatly enhanced ability to handle stress, amplified creativity, and a renewed discovery of the basic joy of life.

This programme include Qi Gong and T’ai Chi energy cultivation practices, all easy to learn and suitable for all ages, designed to deepen experience of energetic connection to all life. John will then combine an introduction of the twelve principles with reflective dialogue and opportunities to practice through time alone (AllOne) with Nature. At Findhorn, we plan some short AllOne sessions, and at least a twenty-four hour, perhaps a forty-eight hour AllOne solo in sacred land.

Dates

The programme will run from Saturday 8th July, starting in the afternoon, and close on Friday 14th in the evening, followed by a celebratory meal. The programme price includes accommodation on the Friday night for Saturday morning departures.

How to get ready

We will send you a full packing list after registration once you have registered. In the meantime you can take a look some general packing tips and items here. All meals will be provided except during AllOne solo sessions, where participants are encouraged to fast. If you feel you would like to eat during these times you will need to bring your own food which can be bought from the local community shop.

“A chance to meet one of the greatest teachers of our time”
– Ilma

Travel

The programme will take place at the Findhorn Foundation, on the North Coast of Scotland. Please find directions to Findhorn here: http://www.findhorn.org/visit/getting-here/

John P. Milton’s Background

John P. Milton is an early ecologist, one of the founding fathers of the modern environmental movement. He worked and studied extensively in many of the world’s shamanic and enlightening traditions, beginning with his first Vision Quest at age seven. Since then, starting in the 1950s, John was one of the first to bring a contemporary Vision Quest form into western culture. One of his hopes is that by introducing this profound process to the West, many modern imbalances due to disconnection from Nature can be healed.

John has distilled the common ground found in many Nature-connected cultures; he brings this distillation of deep wisdom and Nature-connected practice into a pathway that is accessible to all. He brought this pathway together by founding an organisation, the Way of Nature, in the 1970s.

John has published numerous books, articles, DVDs and audio teachings. Some of the most relevant to our Course include: the book, “Sky Above, Earth Below: Spiritual Practice in Nature,” and four DVD’s produced with Sounds True: “T’ai Chi for Liberation,” and the three DVD set “Qi Gong for Long Life.”

Price

£825 for individuals

£1045 for participants from public and third sector organisations

£1245 for participants from corporate or large consultancy

Bursaries: £550*

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

Booking

Booking and registration for this programme is being managed by Findhorn Foundation and Ecovillage. Just click here for more information.

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 – 28th to 30th July 2017

An enriching weekend of forest school, delicious meals prepared by in-house chefs, wild swimming, yoga and campfires carefully hosted and curated by The Quadrangle Trust and Way of Nature.

The camp will be a small and intimate event for no more than 35 families with young children. The forest school activities are designed for children between 2 and 7 years old but are open to all.

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.

Programme
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

Most of the camp activities are designed for children aged 2 to 7 but it is open to all.

Ethos
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

Facilities
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.

Schedule

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

Team

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

Camp leaders include:
Maggie Scrimgeour is a Level 3 Forest School Leader who works at Into the Woods Nursery in Highgate, London, runs a 5-7 year old home school group and a monthly family forest school session in Queens Wood. She was inspired by the forest school ethos and educational approach in 2008 when her son was born. Through her research and experience in educator she began to understand how children who have limited access to the countryside and wild space need to be facilitated to spend time outdoors and that this should be creative and child led.

Stacey Cohen is a musician and educator who has been inspiring youngsters in the outdoors for 12 years. She has worked in environmental education for The National Trust, Wolverhampton Children’s Services, schools and independent woodland and community events; as well as coordinating a children’s activity area at a major green festival. Her work combines elements of forest school, wild art/natural play; and more. Stacey Cohen Music

Max Girardeau works for The Outward Bound Trust connecting young people from schools across London to remote and wild places in the UK to help develop their social and emotional skills. Before joining Outward Bound he completed the Year Here Fellowship where he spent a year testing early stage grassroots solutions to the disadvantage of opportunity faced by many children in London. He is a mountain dweller at heart and passionately advocates the developmental power of deep connections with the natural world.

Jonnie Taylor is a qualified bushcraft instructor, wild forager and countryside enthusiast with many years experience working with youth groups, schools and the Scout movement. Born and bred in the Surrey countryside, and given the freedom to roam as a child, his life was full of wildlife and exploring. He’s passionate about sharing his experience and knowledge of animals, plants and landscapes and taking children and adults on adventures where they learn to connect with nature in new ways.

Also expect story-tellers, musicians, delectables chefs and much more…

Price

– Bring your own tent: £140 per adult/£75 per child (for adults this breaks down as £70 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 hello@thequadrangletrust.com
– 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 and snacks.

Booking

Book tickets here
For more information please email: Adrian Kowal

Modern Vision Quest
A powerful programme
based on ancient rites of passage
deep in the wilderness of Tuscany.

Modern Vision Quest

Wild Tuscany, Italy – 18th to 24th September 2017

An epic week-long programme in the mountains in Tuscany, with four nights spent alone in the wild.

We think that this deep immersion in Nature is one of the greatest gifts a person can give themselves.

The seven day journey, set in one of the most beautiful places in Europe, will use all aspects of the Way of Nature process to help you go on a profound journey into your own inner and outer Nature.

The process is based on traditional Vision Quests – ritual journeys into wilderness, stripping back from the human world to be open and raw with Nature. Here, we will guide and help you prepare with ancient practices to take on your Modern Vision Quest.  The quest will be an opportunity to practice presence, relaxation and authentic connection to Nature and your true self.

We don’t take this process lightly, and at the same time host it with lightness and care. A deep ‘solo’ like this is a powerful experience and it is sure to stay with you for a long time. It can genuinely change your perspective on life.

What to expect

The programme consists of two days of preparation as a group. This involves arriving and taking time to know the land, and a process working with different Way of Nature activities to support presence, awareness, relaxation and grounding. We do so while also enjoying the wonder of this area – taking long hikes, enjoying camp fires, good conversation and delicious local food.

The ‘Vision Quest’ will consist of 4 days alone in a small circle alone in the wild. You will choose where this will be, with the intention of staying  in the circle for 4 days, opening up to the deep insights that Nature brings us.

This process is very much inspired by ancient Vision Quests and rites of passage. We do so honouring the many Earth traditions around the world, while making it accessible and practical for modern living.

Travel

This retreat takes place in the foothills of a dormant volcano in rustic southern Tuscany. The nearest airport is Pisa. The programme begins Monday evening and we close Sunday afternoon. For more information on logistics please contact us for a Welcome Pack.

Price

£795 price includes all guiding, meals and local transfers. Early Bird price of £645 is available for bookings up to 28th February 2017.

Bursaries available at £545*

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

Booking

To book please email info@wayofnature.co.uk and we will send you an information pack and registration forms.

Winter Quest:
The Power of Possible
A unique adventure and collaboration
in Iceland with adventurer, Dave Cornthwaite
and the Yes Tribe.

Winter Quest: The Power of Possible

Iceland, 6th November to 12th November 2017

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

– John Updike

Winter Quest: the power of possible is a programme in Iceland, dedicated to the power of making things possible. The programme will be hosted by our own Andres Roberts in collaboration with adventurer, author and founder of the Yes Tribe, Dave Cornthwaite.

Winter is traditionally a time for wisdom: for stopping and taking stock, for getting ready for the light to come back. This momentous expedition is going to take Winter as an opportunity to stoke up the fire of life. It will be a journey into the mastery of creating and making opportunities, exploring balance, purpose, perspective, and an attitude that will propel you into an even more impactful, mindful life.

This is your opportunity to access the superpowers you know you have.

What to Expect

SayYesMore and the Way of Nature make a pretty awesome combination. Here, Andres and Dave will guide a journey consisting of micro-adventures, mini-workshops, soulful conversations, big fires, delicious hot meals, lessons into moving and communicating like a finely tuned pack, and a special winter ‘solo’ in the wild.

Travel 

Winter Quest will take place from the 30th January to the 5th February. The programme begins in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik on the evening of Monday 30th January, and ends on the afternoon of Sunday 5th February. We will spend 5 nights on the coast of eastern Iceland based in a cosy waterside research cabin, soaking up the raw beauty of Iceland’s winter and enjoying the magical Northern Lights.

Price

£1750.00 – Prices include all food except for one night ‘on the town’ in a sleepy Icelandic village (!) midweek, coordination, accommodation including board in Reykjavik for the first night of the programme, internal flights within Iceland, certain specialist items of gear and full programme facilitation.

Booking

We have just ten places on this unique adventure. If you would like to join us please complete the form on this site.

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.

 

Testimonials
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

Blogs

On the Edge of a Cliff‘: A beautiful blog by Ed Gillespie, co-founder of sustainability communications agency, Futerra.

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