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Stories of the Earth - Listening, Creating, Connecting

Wild and Magical Stories
£ 795.00
Course fees include simple accommodation, all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Sunday to Thursday afternoon, and includes four nights private accommodation and all vegetarian meals from the fi
rst lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. We ask you to arrive between 11:30 - 1 on the first day of your course so that the group can begin the experience by dining together.

With Jonathan Horwitz and Zara Waldeback

This course will run from Sunday - Thursday to celebrate the Spring Equinox. 

Please note: Only Non-Accommodation Places are available for this course. (Save £150.00 off accommodation price of £795)
If you would like to book a non-accommodation place on Stories Of The Earth: Please use voucher code: Non-Accom-SOE when booking. Booking will close at 3pm Friday, 18 March.

Arrival between 11:30 - 1:00 Sunday, Departure after lunch (1:00) on Thursday

The course will begin on the day of the Spring Equinox, and during the first evening we will celebrate this turning point of the year together. It is a time of balance, with day and night as equals, and new life about to begin. By opening ourselves to the rhythms of nature, we welcome this springtime energy to inspire our work and ask that creation in Nature combine with the the creation of Story. 

The week also includes a day-trip with Roselle Angwin to a megalithic site on Dartmoor, where there are Bronze Age monuments and a stone circle. Roselle knows this area very well and will deeply immerse the group in an experience of, and imaginings about,  the land and this place, its flora and fauna, its past and continuing lives. Writing will be a major tool in finding a way to let ourselves remember our place in the web. The day will also give a felt experience of being outdoors away from obvious agriculture and ‘home comforts', and invite experience, observation and imagination to come together to expand the human perspective.

In the animistic worldview, everything on this planet is alive, every being and element has a soul and a spirit, and if we take time to slow down and connect, it is not hard to have a deeper relationship with what is around us. As we take time to communicate, we naturally move towards communion and feeling at one with the world.

On this workshop we will introduce simple ways to open to nature and hear what it has to tell us. In the space of the week, we will go on medicine walks, practice deep listening, write and tell stories, use a talking piece, and sit together in circle.

The power of story can help us bring the love we have for nature into connection with others. Stories are a magical and ancient way of passing on information and deep life teachings. Through story, we begin to have a heartfelt relationship to information, which makes it easier to digest and remember. It helps information come alive.

If we learn to listen to nature, we can share its stories with other humans, and make nature’s own needs part of the equation. Through the simple act of telling stories, we can create strong long-lasting bonds between humans and our world.

This course is open to anyone interested in developing a deeper relationship with both nature and humans. No previous experience is needed. It is not a course teaching storytelling techniques or writing skills. It is a course about coming into connection, about listening and sharing, and how to receive stories in a simple, powerful and surprising way.

It is a about learning to be in a place where we find the stories that move us – both within our hearts and out into action. It is about exploring innovative and creative ways that writing and storytelling can help us listen to the world, and share that message with others.


Jonathan Horwitz

Jonathan Horwitz has been working with shamanism since 1972. From 1984 to 1993 he worked as a teacher and field researcher at the Foundation for Shamanic Studies with Michael Harner. In 1986, he founded the Scandinavian Center for Shamanic Studies ( together with Annette Høst and has been teaching internationally ever since. Jonathan sees shamanism as a spiritual path and his main focus today is shamanic healing, spiritual ecology and shamanic community work, and how these three aspects can work together for the future of the Earth. He has a master's degree in anthropology, contributes regularly to Sacred Hoop magazine and is European Editor of Journal of Contemporary Shamanism. This will be his fifth time teaching at Schumacher College.


Zara Waldebäck

Zara Waldebäck has been working with stories and writing for 20 years, mainly as a screenwriter, script coach and university lecturer. She has collaborated with psychologists to explore story in healing and therapeutic contexts, developed techniques for spontaneous storytelling, and researched links between shamanism and story. She has practised shamanism for 10 years, co-teaching workshops with Jonathan since 2010. Zara has run courses on shamanism and creativity for writers, presented papers on the shamanic journey as story, and written two books on screenwriting - "Writing for the Screen" (2008) and "The Creative Screenwriter" (2012).

Together, Jonathan and Zara run the spiritual retreat center Åsbacka ( in the woods of southern Sweden, where they hold courses and offer shamanic healing, guidance and spiritual mentoring. They teach all over Europe, including England, Ireland, Scandinavia, Italy, Hungary and Russia. The heart of their practice is shamanism as a spiritual path, finding healing in all they do, and working with the Spirits in a way that invites power, presence, joy and responsibility.


Roselle Angwin

Roselle Angwin is a Westcountry poet, novelist, creative essayist and painter and has written widely on creative, reflective and therapeutic writing, and ecopsychology. She’s been leading holistic workshops, courses and retreats for 25 years. Increasingly they happen outdoors on Dartmoor and Exmoor, in Cornwall and the Hebrides in the UK, and Brittany and the Cévennes mountains in France. She has also co-led wilderness and vision quest rites of passage on Dartmoor. 


She has a deep love for and lifelong knowledge of the natural world, and combines this with the Celtic shamanic and bardic tradition, Zen mindfulness and her training in transpersonal psychology. All of these practices feed into her ‘ecosoul’ courses, along with walking, myth, story and poetry. Roselle has a reputation for three things in particular: encouraging the kind of deep seeing that a poet’s eye brings to the land and other species; inspiring a passionate re-visioning of our relationship to the other-than-human; and catalysing creative exploration through the expressive arts, commonly writing. She is the author of 10 books, including "Writing the Bright Moment" and "River Suite", a long Dartmoor poem. 



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Residential accommodation for "Changing the Frame"  is at Higher Close, a 20 minute walk from Schumacher College. All meals will be provided at the college.

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We follow ecological cycles as much as possible. Much of the food is grown in the five and half acre agroforestry field – in a system of alley cropping and in the developing forest garden. The field also has fruit trees and bushes; young nut trees; a flock of pasture fed poultry; two wild life ponds, a craft and pollinator garden and a hazel and willow coppice.

Other areas include two herb gardens; four polytunnels; a perennial no dig vegetable garden and several fruit areas. We compost our garden and kitchen waste for use on site, and use green manures for fertility building.

Our students find their time engaging with food growing, and all it entails, a truly transformative time.   Our gardens are as much about nurturing people as plants, and hundreds of students have found the contact with the land and soil to be a rich learning journey.

Integral to the College’s international learning community, you will get to know students, staff and volunteers through daily meetings and shared activities. There is also a diverse programme of events and evening talks, offered by college residents, visiting teachers and local experts.

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