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"Every one of us is a memorial to long-dead stars. Every one of us was quite literally made in heaven.” – Marcus Chown, The Magic Furnace
The wild inside and out whispers, calls to you. You can feel it in your bones as close your eyes and imagine running through the wild wood amongst the trees and animals and mysterious fungi. Earth, damp, beings hidden the tangled branches, stars burning in the night sky. The wild is a place in each of us – a forgotten world where we feel free.
Perhaps you felt a sudden longing to feel the sun warm your closed, aching eyes as you turn away to write another email, or felt the need to walk through a misty forest as you fidget into your chair to sit through another PowerPoint presentation, or maybe you wished to touch the rough bark of a tree as you wearily type a report on your plastic keyboard.
It is time to listen to the call. Join the movement of folk rewilding our souls.
Join me and fellow starry-eyed learners as we embark on a year of seasonal adventures that sees us travelling through ancient forests, gazing at the burning winter stars, looking for secret nests in the hedgerow and feeling the powerful transformation of flower to seed in the summer meadow.
As we deepen our relationship with the more-than-human world we begin to awaken the wild within, exploring the meaning and wisdom of nature through seasonal themes:
- Autumn: Rooted | adventure under the ancient forest where trees and fungi talk
- Winter: Dreaming | adventure into the night sky where stars burn and stories unfold
- Spring: Nesting | adventure into the wild hedgerow where birds weave their nests
- Summer: Joy | adventure into the wildflower meadow where blooms unfold, insects hum and seeds are made
About the year of adventure
We start in Autumn nourishing our roots then move to reopen the dreaming space of Winter through the stars and storytelling. In Spring we explore the secret spaces of birds nests and how our own homes can support us and end with a Summer of creativity and joy as we watch flowers bloom in the meadows before beginning the cycle again. You can sign up for 6 or 12 months ahead of the Autumn and Spring seasonal adventures.
Each adventure builds on the last and will take you on a journey of learning and discovery through science, creativity and mindfulness through art and connection to the earth and each other through community. Guided by me, Agnes Becker, we are all equal in our learning. We support each other to make space for more moments of wonder in nature. We inspire each other with our discoveries about and creative expressions to the Earth and our place in it. We collectively deepen our sense of belonging.
What will joining the Year of Adventure will gift you?
- A seasonal we are stardust welcome box
- A guidebook of journaling questions and short creative exercises that will help you:
- discover more about the seasonal topic
- create and play through words, pictures and drawing
- A safe space and supportive community to connect and share your findings from the prompts and creative exercises with like-minded starry-eyed learners
- Inspirational posts – quotes, videos, links, Pinterest boards
- Talks and workshops with Agnes Becker and guest speakers
Who is 'Rewild Your Soul' for?
You will be welcomed with open arms if:
- You want to enrich your experience of being in nature with learning and creativity but don’t know where to start
- You want to connect with the Earth and all her living beings more deeply but never find the time or headspace to do this
- You love learning about nature from all disciplines and people but have never found a community where learning is free of judgement
- You want to learn more about the world through science but feel what you read when you look things up is too complicated and overwhelming or believe you aren’t clever enough
- You want to respond to your experience of being in nature with creative art projects but don’t know where to start or believe you are “rubbish at drawing/writing/making”
Rewild Your Soul may not be a good fit for you if:
- You want to learn technical terminology and get very specific about scientific methodology
- You want a step-by-step guide to exploring the world through science and art
- You are looking for a very directed course with a leader to take you through learning about an area of nature (I will act as more of a guide, encouraging others to share their findings and creations)
- You feel some areas of learning about the world are superior to others, e.g. science is 'better' than art