To go into the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark.
Go without sight,
and find that the dark too,
blooms and sings,
and is travelled by dark feet and dark wings.

Wendell Berry


Romancing the Dark - for Women

Date: Saturday 23rd Sept

This workshop will begin at the precious threshold when light takes its leave of the day, and continue into the full darkness of nightfall.

There will also be an opportunity to bivvy out for the whole night by the fire.

The location will be within 10 miles of Brighton, and we will set up lift-sharing for those who don’t have a car.

Cost: £25

 

I like the darkness

In my experience there is an enchantment that reveals itself only in the dark hours, and as a woman I have made quite the journey into a relationship with nature in the dark, often solo. I’ve also had the opportunity to discover what unfolds when I take communities out into the night and we collectively lean into that enchantment.

During this experiential workshop we will immerse ourselves in our wild surroundings and explore how to open up to, and invite a reciprocal relationship with the more-than-human world with the aim of developing a sense of belonging and to breathe life into connections with the ways our ancestors communed on this land.


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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.