" Power without love is reckless and abusive

and love without power is sentimental and anaemic…"

Martin Luther King


Peace, Power, Love and Wildness

Retreat Dates: 14th - 20th May and 1st - 9th September 2018

Peace, Power, Love & Wildness is a programme dedicated to working with all of the powers and possibilities of life in our times. The programme – a journey combing retreats to extraordinary places, real-life projects and online seminars, will help us explore a balance of power and love; yin and yang and peace and wildness in 21st Century life.

Our journey will begin by venturing on retreat in Scotland, where we will immerse ourselves in these wild surroundings exploring both inner and outer landscapes through the tradition of a nature quest. Opening to, and inviting a reciprocal relationship with the more-than-human world. Our September retreat will be located in Northern Spain

This programme spans a six month period and includes two retreats. It will be shared with invited guests and deepened through action-research projects, group work and online seminars.

Full Price £2200. Early Bird discount - before 31st January £1800. Bursaries £1200.

Two bursary places are available for this programme. To apply, please email us at info@wayofnature.co.uk with a short description of who you are and why you would like to come and be part of the journey.

 

You might say that we live at a time of disruptive transition, experiencing the cultural and environmental tensions of life in the 21st Century.

This programme seeks to explore both self and other, the personal and the universal. Through examining the relationships between peace and wildness, love and power we will practice Right Relationship to self, each other and beyond. We will navigate both inner and outer landscapes with the intention of bringing awareness to how we might walk through this world, generatively impacting upon it from a place of greater balance. What the Buddhist tradition calls ‘The Middle Way’ and the Taoists call ‘Yin and Yang’.

Peace Wildness Love and Power. Seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world. They give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.

a word or two about wildness

In the work we offer ‘encounters with the wild’ refers to both an inner and outer wilderness. Sometimes we talk about nature as being something ‘out there’ and we fail to see that we, too, are forces of nature.

In the mysterious depths of the wilderness we have the opportunity to open to something we call -The Big Listen. Listening to what has purchase on our hearts and the stories that live underneath whatever work we do in the world.

Through meeting these unknown and unchartered territories, and listening deeply, we have the opportunity to answer the call to wholeness.

Carl Jung once said, ‘I’d rather be whole than good’ - to be fully whole we must integrate all that drives us unconsciously, disperses our energies and limits our self-views. And we must reclaim all that we have abandoned and turned our backs on.

It’s important to note that whether mythical, physical or psychological, the wilderness is not inherently chaotic though our fears may perceive it as such. In this work we choose to explore the boundaries of our comfort. It is here that we may develop an understanding of creative disturbance. At certain times in our lives stepping out of our, sometimes limiting comfort zones will be a necessity. An embodied practice of peace (stability/stillness/steadiness) will anchor us in those moments when we may tremble through unchartered 'chaotic' waters and will enable the voyage to become a creative and generative process.

Many thanks to Zhang Huan, Simen Johan and Simona Kossak for the use of their images.

Andres

Andres is a guide, facilitator, and advisor dedicated to new kinds of progress, fit for a positive future for all. His work combines renewed ideas about leadership and change, reconnection to Nature, and the wisdom of ancient cultures to help more positive and more systemic change happen.

Andres has gone deep into his own journey reconnecting with Nature and traditional wisdom. Bringing 15 years of experience in learning and change, he has studied with amazing teachers and elders from across the world, making these lessons more accessible for the modern world.

Andres is co-founder of Way of Nature UK and founding partner of The Bio-Leadership Project, a project that helps people address 21st Century challenges by working more closely in partnership with Nature.

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Natasha Lythgoe is a professionally trained teacher, a Post Graduate Fine Artist and a Mindfulness teacher. She has taught in prisons, the NHS and has co-led many retreats. Natasha has been guiding groups and individuals in arts/mindfulness since 2004, and in the great outdoors since 2013.

She has a passion for workshops that explore deepening relationships and authenticity – with our selves and each other in response to the landscape: transforming our understanding of community and the places where we live (sometimes resulting in radically shifting how we choose to walk through this world, whether that is to live and work quietly in small arenas or very publicly on grand stages). She loves to do this outdoors through experiencing play, engaging the deep imagination, mindfulness and embodiment practices.

Underpinning this diversity is a strong thread influenced by a care for deep ecology, community and a desire to live a meaningful and connected life.


  • "Re-wilding the Artist's Way" has been fundamentally the most soul nourishing thing I have ever done for myself. It has led me on a journey of self-discovery, self-appreciation and courage. I long for being in the wilderness like never before, and notice the peace and feeling of being alive that it brings me. Natasha is patient, encouraging and very human in the way she leads this course and I am forever grateful to her.
  • It's great to have quality teaching which is accessible and close to home. Natasha is obviously a gifted facilitator. She ran the session creatively with a varied tempo which held my attention and seemed to draw from a wide range of teachings. In just a few hours, I feel re-inspired with my own practice and wanting more of this kind of thing.
  • Thank you for a wonderful evening. The part with the trees in the darkness was amazing! It which gave me a much needed nature boost, and a new relationship - with tree. Natasha was knowledgeable, but also relaxed, caring and playful. She held the space and the group with a good mix of strength and flexibility. I have learnt to appreciate Stanmer Park (my local wild space) in a new and deeper way. The feeling and new awareness from this event will stay with me. Thank you
  • Natasha's incredible skills in transformative learning, using a gentle-and-yet-strong approach are so rare, I feel very lucky to have experienced this.
  • It's completely different to anything I have ever done - and I can't believe it. Nature, I feel is an integral place to creativity and with so much busyness around and everywhere, it is amazing and vital to restore myself through being out and exploring creativity outdoors in the wild.
  • There's a peace and openness that you get from studying outdoors that I haven't experienced before. Thanks Natasha
  • I know that participating in this course is me being in exactly the right place at the right time
  • Natasha is amazing at what she does. She manages to combine fun with all kinds of ways of seeing into you and getting you to keep your feet on the ground, your head in the clouds, and follow your dreams.
  • Thanks for this evening. Even though it was freezing cold, it was a magical evening.
  • Natasha brings a light touch and embodied wisdom to the serious work of transformation.
  • Thanks for EVERYTHING. You've been a truly inspiring, loving, and supportive mentor.  Don't ever stop doing what you do so well.
  • Natasha is an absolute mistress of holding space. She holds space really really well. She’s very intuitive in the sense of not having a rigid structure for what we are going to do but just feels what everybody needs in the groups session and comes up with the most perfect exercises just when they are needed.
  • About the course - ABSOLUTELY BLOODY NECESSARY
  • Natasha's course is a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with our creative selves and our natural surroundings at the same time.  Being outside gave the space, for self-expansion needed, to be able to reconnect with my creativity.