Way of Nature Summer Quest and 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 helps you prepare and venture on a personal nature ‘solo’ – a process that many people and cultures have undertaken across time, and a special way of helping to step back and reconnect with what matters in life.
A Nature Quest is a process of going into nature with special intention – of slowing, of being still, observing, reconnecting and recharging. At way of nature we think about this in the context of three ‘natures’… outer nature, inner nature, and the deeper nature of life. By going on a ‘quest’ the idea is to make a deeper quality of space and to find a healthier flow with these natures in a more nourishing way.
As Way of Nature our job is to help people prepare to have a good and supportive journey. This means helping to prepare in every way, from practical to perceptual to spiritual. To do this, we guide a series of practices to help ground and open up the senses to reconnect and rebalance. Interestingly, for us the process is about letting go as much as it is about trying to achieve anything. This balance of presence and relaxation, or yin and yang, is at the heart of everything we do.
The Summer Programme is guided by Andres Roberts, co-founder of Way of Nature UK, together with Way of Nature assistants. The programme begins with two days of activities to help prepare for the ‘solo’. This involves a combination of meditations, T’ai Chi, forest walks, highland hikes, wild swims, lessons drawn from ancient wisdom and lots of time around fires and looking at the stars. This all helps to build towards a 36 hour solo – which we really feel is one of the greatest gifts anyone could give themselves.
In old traditions, when we venture on quests we do so by preparing as a community. When we return from our quests, this same community helps us to make sense of our stories – not just for ourselves as individuals but for the community as a whole. So in our work with Nature Quests we build on this tradition. This process is very much about helping each other prepare to be alone in the wild, and then to ground it back in everyday life with help from each other. Actually, this programme also includes a call, as a group, some months after the programme has finished.
We should say, the tools and techniques we draw on through this work come from a number of traditions including Taoism, Buddhism, Indigenous traditions and Tantra. We bring this knowledge respectfully and with care, combined with a commitment to support good space and good learning, and a real love for nature and for celebrating life.
If you are a looking for a way to make space in life, or to help through a change or a sense of setting new direction, this could be a very helpful process indeed. Do get in touch and we would be happy to call or send more information.
“I would strongly urge you to get involved with Way of Nature. What they are doing is unique and, quite simply, essential.”
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.