Workshops

Day-long retreats and workshops

A challenging world calls for different ways of working with change and leadership. Our day-long programmes, consisting of practices from our core principles, support a range of needs in invigorating ways. Where possible, we try to work with groups outside. Sometimes we start indoors then head to local parks – even a gentle walk, together with our processes, can make a huge difference.

We run a couple of basic day-long experiences that can also be adapted to different needs:

Presencing and Awareness Workshop

For thousands of years, people from many traditions have gone into the wild to find peace, wisdom and guidance. In today’s world it is harder to find this time, but Nature is still there waiting for us, ready to help us on our journeys.

In Japan, there is a practice called ‘Forest Bathing’. This involves going into the Forest with special intention – to relax, to let go, and to open up to the goodness Nature offers. It has been shown that time in Nature reduces stress hormones, increases white blood cell counts and increases creativity. These are just some of the things Nature can help us do.

Through this programme, the idea is to go more deeply into these principles. Working with relaxation and presence, and with the help of some interesting models for reflection, you will be invited to explore natural cycles of change in your life and work.

– An opening into relaxation and presence

–  An introduction to Qi Gong practices to support awareness and flow

– Mindfulness practices

– An exploration of the cycles of change through ancient wisdom models

– A mini solo alone (AllOne) to support reflection

– Space to consider how to thread new forms of balance into life.

Cycles of Change Workshop 

An exploration of how we sense and work with change. Here we work with three core Way of Nature principles: Presence, Relaxation and Energy. These are at the heart of developing awareness, staying grounded and developing capacity to sense and adapt to change more skilfully.

From here, we will work with fascinating ideas from indigenous medicine wheels and the Taoist elements: Fire, Earth, Stone/Metal, Water and Wood. Always enlightening – and always about working with heart as much as head – these help us explore how any ‘form’ has different forces and forms of energy around it. These contrasting forces exist in us and in everything around us. Understanding these forces can help us to us to shape and work with change more profoundly.

“All forms are constantly changing. All forms are connected. All forms constantly fall and rise from Source.”

Not least, in this programme we make space for some brief periods of time alone (AllOne) ‘solos’ outdoors. This can be a gift we hardly ever give ourselves – time completely alone to ourselves.

At the end of the experience we will reflect on how to take insights and practices drawn from the day back into everyday life.

Held lightly and playfully, this is an inspiring and heart-warming experience to help many aspects of work and life.

An opening into relaxation and presence

– An introduction to Qi Gong practices to support awareness and flow

– Mindfulness practices

– An exploration of the cycles of change through ancient wisdom models

– A mini solo alone (AllOne) to support reflection

– Space to consider how to thread new forms of balance into life

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