‘Empty yourself of everything.
Let the mind rest at peace…
…returning to the source is stillness,
which is the way of nature.’
– Tao Te Ching

At Way of Nature we host extraordinary experiences in nature to help people find space, purpose and direction. Our programmes are based on the age-old practice of going into nature alone, to slow, to observe, and to take profound insights back to life. Simple as it sounds, it is a powerful process that has helped many people throughout time. Today, as we face unprecedented social and ecological challenges, we think this kind of experience is more important than ever before.

‘Way of Nature journeys are expeditions
into three kinds of nature…
Outer nature, inner nature…
and the nature of how life flows.’

A Nature Quest involves going into nature with the aim of slowing down, noticing, and cultivating a different set of qualities related to how life flows. These qualities include awareness, connection, resilience, flow and care. They are qualities that we soon forget about in the busyness of everyday life, but they seem so necessary in the hectic pace of modern life. By cultivating these qualities in ourselves, our communities and systems, we believe we can support healthier, longer-lasting and regenerative lives.

‘People across time have gone
into nature to seek guidance.
Today we need this kind of
wisdom more than ever before.’

At the heart of all of our work is a process we call a Nature Quest. Through a Nature Quest we help people to be alone in a special place in nature, for anything from a few hours to a few days. It is an exercise in letting go of everyday habits and patterns in order to let something new emerge. To help prepare, we work with a set of tools and techniques drawn from different ancient traditions. And in this space – alone in the wild – all kinds of valuable realisation and sensation might emerge. After each Nature Quest, we take time to help each person integrate the experience back at home. It is an honest, real, beautiful and memorable process that we host with great respect and care.

‘This work is about awakening our capacity
for space, connection and wide-open
wonder and awareness…
in a way that is good for the whole.’

Way of Nature UK was founded in 2014, to host Nature Quests and to help people reconnect with Nature. After five years of doing this, loving every moment, we made a decision in 2019 to focus our work on helping positive, sustainable and regenerative change. This means that from 2020 our programmes will be more tailored to supporting people who are reconnecting, caring for and regenerating nature and the systems we are part of. You can see our original letter of intent here.

‘In the end, it is about community –
connecting all people and beings
as a web of life. This shift might be
the best story of our generation.’

  • People

    Way of Nature is hosted and led by people with a deep passion for this work and for the wellbeing of people and our planet. Each of us has trained and worked with elders and teachers from a number of traditions, and has spent many years exploring how to ‘bridge’ this work in meaningful ways. Around this, we hold a connection to the original founder of Way of Nature in the USA – John P. Milton. John has been an inspirational figure in ecological and spiritual fields for many decades and we continue to build and expand on the work that he started over sixty years ago.

  • Adrian Kowal
    Adrian deeply appreciates the importance of spending time out in nature. Since being a boy, he would camp for up to three weeks at a time and ever since, he’s had a passion for finding wild waters to swim in. That’s where he became hooked on all things nature-connected. He adores showing people the awe-inspiring qualities of spending time across forests and mountains in Europe and beyond. Adrian himself pines for a healthy mix between adventure (doing)  and slowing down (being), both of which he brings into the retreats and expeditions that he runs. Adrian deeply enjoys supporting the balance in people’s personal holistic well-being, working with men’s groups, on relationships and also guiding adventures and expeditions.
    When not out in the wilds Adrian is the co-founder of Evolve—a centre of yoga and well-being in central London. He also works on a host of other businesses and projects that involve being of service, supporting the emergence of a better world for our grandchildren’s grandchildren and having a great deal of fun and connection along the way.
    A few of his other projects here:
    – An alternative school in Tuscany – Poggio D’Oro
    – A Nature Powered Pension Scheme growing timber
  • Andres Roberts

    Andres is a guide, educator and leadership advisor working towards new forms of human progress, with nature. He has been guiding Nature Quests for ten years and transformative learning experiences for 18 years. More recently Andres founded The Bio-Leadership Project – a project that aims to redefine human leadership by working with nature. Today he works with many groups and inspiring organisations including Patagonia, The World Benchmarking Organisation, THNK and the Amani Institue. He has studied with respected wisdom teachers and elders from across the world and holds and MSc in Sustainable and Responsible Business.

  • John P Milton

    John is the founder of Way of Nature. He is a revered elder of the environmental movement. The first environmentalist on White House staff and a pioneering leader of large scale environmental protection, John’s mission is to help society to live in harmony with nature and draw strength from it. He is a master of a number of nature based spiritual traditions from around the world.


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