The Way of the Body - A Personal and Collective Journey Emerging from an Embodied Perspective.
Retreat Dates: May 13th to 18th 2019
Join us for six days living and exploring together as a community. Bathing in hot springs, savoring distant Corsican sunsets in Tuscany, a place and peoples truly versed in indulging the senses. The perfect location for this programme, hosted by two dedicated wilderness guides, Adrian Kowal and Natasha Lythgoe, and always nature.
What is embodiment and why does it matter?
Living in a culture that rewards high alert, problem solving states of mind, destinations, getting ahead and getting high, has profound consequences for us, for our relationships and for the planet. We have become profoundly distracted and addicted, and often purposefully numb out just to get through the day. To be embodied suggests to ‘be at home within ourselves’, to be present and alive to our felt experience, both to the ‘hearts’ and the ‘guts’ of us. This way of being brings us fully alive enabling us to connect with our deeper most authentic voice and navigate from a place of centredness.
Within this way of working there are qualities that express our values such as relationship, connection, relaxed embodiment, authenticity, presence, purpose and balance.
You will come away with an experiential understanding of the following:
– How to regulate and encourage healthy parasympathetic nervous system responses
– Asking and hearing what your body is calling for
– Refining our ability for deep listening
– Skillfully working with our emotional body
Some of the activities will include:
– Play-fighting as an active relaxed awareness practice
– Embodied voice and voice as medicine
– Boundary practices as a path to staying in our integrity
– Befriending and valuing down-time. The value of resting, resourcing and resilience.
At the heart of the programme lies an invitation to the ‘solo’ – a 24 hour solitary immersion into deep nature. A practice inspired by the traditional Vision Quest and practiced for centuries by our ancestors and peoples throughout time. When we are disembodied, we lose contact with our bodies and when we lose contact with our bodies we lose contact with our soulfulness. Some people might choose a vipassana retreat and others plant medicine. The ‘solo immersion’ here offers a different path that also leads to new ways of perceiving and connecting to our soul stories.
Full Price £695 including guiding, food and local transportation from Grosseto. Early Bird Price is £595. Bursaries £495*
*We are able to offer two reduced price bursary places on this retreat. To apply, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a short description of who you are and why you would like to come and be part of the journey.
BookingTo book please register your details and follow the booking instruction please go to: http://wayofnature.co.uk/programmes. If you have any questions please contact me and I'll be happy to help.
Adrian Kowal is a wilderness guide, adventurer and grower of movements. Through his long and deep interest in wellbeing and inquiry, he blends together practices for more balanced living, contemplative tools for self-knowledge and an intimate playful way of experiencing our inner and outer landscapes.
Adrian is co-founder of way of Nature UK and has been catalyzed by his guide training with John P. Milton and draws on his exposure to hundreds of wellbeing practioners through his wellbeing centre – Evolve in a multitude of healing and thriving modalities. He has been leading Men’s Groups for many years and is passionate about creating safe containers in the groups that he leads to enable a more intimate level of sharing.
What really gets Adrian juiced up is exploring remote rivers, introducing the joys of wild camping to others, ‘up-side-down’ fires and time alone in the wilderness..
Natasha is a wilderness guide, facilitator and mentor dedicated to soulful generative change. Weaving together themes of empowerment and life transitions, reconnection to Nature, mythic journeys and the wisdom of our indigenous cultures, she supports others to find and express their meaning and purpose, and live their most authentic lives.
Natasha’s work is richly informed by the work of Joseph Campbell, mythic contexts and the body. She has trained with the West Country School of Myth, tended to shadow through her time at River of Soul, began her wilderness guide training at Schumacher College and continued with School of Lost Borders, Animas Valley Institute and Annie Bloom.
Natasha has been guiding groups and individuals in arts/mindfulness since 2004 and designing and delivering natured based initiatory experiences since 2013.
Natasha is a member of the Wilderness Guides Council, a Buddhist nun, an accredited mindfulness teacher, has a PGCE and a Masters in Fine Arts and is training this year with Stephen Gilligan in generative therapies. An authentic, playful guide with a courageous open heart she has an affinity with the rocks and whales.
"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.