Mindfulness in Nature: Rewilding Your Life
Spring: April 26, Summer: July 11, Autumn: Sept 12
Cost: £95 per day, £265 for all 3 days
Venue: ancient coppiced woodland on a family-run working farm: peaceful and beautiful Dernwood Farm Nr Heathfield, Sussex, TN21 0PN
De-stress, re-charge and resource yourself in beautiful woodland surroundings
These days are for connecting to yourself, others and the natural world, through mindfulness and nature connection practices. We’ll focus on sensory awareness, embodied experience and quiet reflection.
The content of the days will vary as the cycle of the seasons changes. Ruby will draw on her wealth of experience to offer you a rich and grounded experience through various activities. You’ll learn simple practices to take home for developing self care and well-being in your life.
These days are for you if you love being in nature, want to deepen your connection to the natural world, or feel a pull towards being in nature and re-wilding your life.
Human rewilding: to return to a more natural or wild state; undoing domestication. To sense and understand our belonging in the wider ecosystem.
If you are among the tens of millions of people who spend most of their days indoors, embedded in the ‘man-made’ world, it’s to be expected that your concept of life will be largely human-centered. When you begin weaving more of nature into your everyday existence, however, your sense of life may open up to encompass the much richer, more complex, more communal and more timeless universe that you’re actually part of. C. Cook, ‘Awakening to Nature’
There’s a wealth of research that shows how these kinds of activities improve our health and well-being: they reduce stress and anxiety, lower cortisol levels, reduce blood pressure, lower heart rate, boost our immune systems, improve empathy and stimulate creative thinking. This in turn can open us up to reflecting on our place in the wider ecosystem.
We’ll have a kettle on the fire for hot drinks all day, and homemade healthy treats. Come and be nourished by a whole day outdoors with the camp fire, under the mighty oaks and hornbeams with birdsong in the tree canopy.
Ruby has been practising meditation since 1989 (Theravada tradition), including long periods of solo practice close to nature. She has been an artist/maker and a lover of nature since she was knee-high. Ruby is qualified in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts, is a trained teacher with 30 years experience and is DBS checked. Her work is also informed by Jon Young’s 8 Shields teachings. She has been a qigong practitioner since 2001 with Master Zhixing Wang (in 2014 was given permission from him to teach). Ruby is currently a student of ‘Soulmaking Dharma’ with Catherine McGee.
Make a weekend of it by staying on for Wild Basketry the following day: In July Grass Baskets is scheduled for the following day. In September Rush Foraging Baskets is scheduled for the following day.
Accommodation: camping is available at the farm venue and full details about this will be sent to you when you book on the course. The farm also has glamping options- cosy bell tents and cabins with wood-burners. Please note that the cost of staying at the farm isn’t included in the cost of the course.
See you in the woods!