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Head, Hands, Heart: Connecting to Nature with Whole Body Learning

Dartmoor
Key Info: 
  • Explore whole-body learning
  • Understanding your own head, heart hands relationship
  • An opportunity for reflection

With Faze Ali, Ruairi Edwards, Stephan Harding, Ty Lynne and Ella Sparks

Fee: 
£ 295.00
Course fees include a two-night stay in simple yet private accommodation with shared bathroom and all vegetarian meals. Fee also includes any field trips, materials as well as all teaching sessions.
The programme will run from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.

This is an opportunity to step out of your normal routine and explore what it means to truly connect with nature and to learn with body as well as your mind.  Nature can be our greatest teacher yet unless we embrace her with our head, hands and heart we cannot truly learn. 

In this gentle weekend we will explore how it is possible to have a whole body connection to your environment. Optional activities will include gong meditation using vibrational sound and frequency to create a deep sense of peace and well-being, gentle yoga and guided relaxation to nourish and nurture before bedtime.  You can also join a guided walk on Dartmoor in one of Britain’s most ancient and dramatic landscapes, and join in with hands on working in the Schumacher gardens.  There will also be the chance to take part in a singing session; our voices can be a powerful tool for expressing emotion and yet many of us fear using them. 

This is an introduction for those who are curious about what lies within them and exploring in a supportive and balanced environment.

*The Booking Deadline gives us an accurate idea of course participant numbers at approximately 6 weeks before the course is due to run, at which point we confirm the course, add additional time for people to book on or cancel the course. We encourage people to register early for courses as places are limited.
 

With Faze Ali, Ruairi Edwards, Stephan Harding, Ty Lynne and Ella Sparks

Faze Ali

Over the last 4 years, Faisal has developed a close connection with Schumacher College, having been a short course participant, a volunteer, a postgraduate student, a member of staff and facilitator, which has given him a unique perspective on college life and nurtured an intimate bond with the college. His academic studies have included Neuroscience, Digital Media, Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology, permaculture, Ecological Design Thinking. He has also spent the last year immersed in the Myth & Ecology MA programme, as a course facilitator.

Faisal regularly holds Gong Meditation sessions, focused on wellbeing through relaxation using sound. He creates and holds a space for people to drop into deep states of relaxation, often without quite profound effects. He is also trained in the energetic healing modality of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and makes and works with labyrinths – sacred spaces used for contemplation and relaxation. In addition, Faze has been co-designing and running Fermentation workshops as part of the Craft Revolution at Dartington for 2 years, teaching the art and culture of fermentation. He also works with a local Devon-based social enterprise called The Woodland Presents which is working to revitalise British Woodland Culture.

Of his many varied interests, Faisal is particularly interested in the two-way relationship between individual wellbeing and collective wellbeing; the space and tension between poles, and the creativity that can and does come out of that space; and what living with a holistic worldview actually means and might look like. He is looking forward to welcoming people to the magical place that is Schumacher college, and accompanying them on their immersive journey here.

Ruairi Edwards

Ruairi Edwards

Ruairi is a nationally sought-after conductor, pianist and vocal coach whose approach to music – and to singing especially – is to empower and uplift people into discovering within themselves and others a deep source of joy and connection.

Originally coming from a prestigious academic background in Economics, Ruairi established a career as a professional musician aged 21, and quickly developed a national reputation within the choral music world. Having rapidly gained apprenticeships with several of the UK’s leading choral conductors – including David Lawrence, Dan Ludford-Thomas and Paul McGrath – Ruairi became sought-after for his ability to work with a huge range of different groups, from children’s choirs to choral societies, gospel choirs to business organisations.

Originally based in the Midlands, he has held lasting positions with some of the country’s most prestigious choral and music organisations such as Ex Cathedra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, National Children’s Choir of Great Britain and Glyndebourne Youth Opera.

Working with groups and people is Ruairi’s greatest passion. Far from sticking to conventional methods of choral conducting, Ruairi developed techniques and approaches which enabled him to work with people of hugely diverse backgrounds and in different settings. He has had enormous success in working with people and organisations who believe they “cannot sing”, and of creating ways of allowing people to access their voice – and their bodies – joyfully.

From 2012-2013, Ruairi worked alongside Gareth Malone on the BBC’s BAFTA award-winning television series The Choir. In this role, he was engaged to work within various business organisations as a vocal coach and pianist, working with people who had never sung before and creating choirs which ultimately performed on national television. With one of these organisations – Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service – his work was so successful that he was appointed permanent Music Director to the Fire Service. With this choir he went on to perform around the country and internationally, including at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

As a Vocal Tutor in Ex Cathedra’s nationally award-winning Education Team, Ruairi works up and down the country working with young people in schools, hospitals and choirs. In 2016 he went to Bangkok, Thailand, to lead massed choirs and worked with over 1000 children in a week.

Between 2011-2016 Ruairi was appointed Associate Artist at the Warwick Arts Centre, where he founded and directed an unprecedented International Music Festival, culminating in an annual event called Warwick Fused. This event ultimately featured over 250 musicians from around the world performing on stage together. This success of this festival led to its official coronation as the Lord Mayor of Coventry’s annual Charity Event.

As a student at Schumacher College between 2017-18, Ruairi has already used his music extensively with people from around the world who have come to visit. Working on several Short Courses with Jenny MacKewn and Satish Kumar, Ruairi has created choirs and performances with people who thought they could never sing, and who have reported that doing so had been one of the highlights of their experience here.

Dr Stephan Harding FLS

Stephan Harding

Stephan coordinates and lectures on MSc Holistic Science, teaching on the core models of the programme, as well as on several short courses at the College.  He was born in Venezuela in 1953, and came to England at the age of six.  Since childhood Stephan has had a deep fascination with the natural world which led him to do a degree in Zoology at the University of Durham and then a doctorate on the behavioural ecology of the muntjac deer at Oxford University.  He later returned to Venezuela where he was a field assistant for the Smithsonian Institute, studying mammalian diversity in the rainforest and in the lowland plains. He also spent two years as Visiting Professor in Wildlife Management at the National University in Costa Rica. 

In 1990 Stephan was one of the founding members of Schumacher College where he worked closely with James Lovelock, with whom he has maintained a long-lasting friendship and scientific collaboration.  They were jointly appointmed as founding chair holders of the Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo.  At Schumacher College Stephan has taught alongside many of the world’s leading ecological thinkers and activists, including Arne Naess, Fritjof Capra, Vandana Shiva, David Abram, James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis.

Ty Lynne

Ty Lynne was first introduced to yoga while living in the Thai jungle in the 1990s.  She then studied at Sivananda London and spent time at various ashrams in Thailand Nepal and India to deepen her practice.  She has completed teacher trainings with Sivananda Yoga UK (2003 200 hour) and Devon School of Yoga (2011-13 500 hour).  Ty continues to study at Sivananda London, at ongoing workshops with visiting teachers and at weekly classes. 

Ty is inspired by the vastness of the yoga path, from the physical practices that take such wonderful nourishing care of the body to the rich philosophies and teachings that underpin it all. As well as her ongoing journey with yoga, she is also inspired by the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta, Buddhism and the Dances of Universal Peace.  She lives on Dartmoor with her family and teaches nearby.

Ella Sparks

Ella became interested in horticulture and sustainable food systems whilst undertaking the Shift Bristol Practical Sustainability Course.  After a year spent woofing on different farms and working at a tree nursery in Ireland, Ella came to Schumacher in 2016 to study on the practical residency in sustainable horticulture, with a particular interest to in forest garden and agroforestry systems. After the program, she continued working in the Schumacher gardens as a horticultural intern for a further year. In autumn 2017 she has started a two year project at the college developing a fruit and nut tree nursery and developing the new forest garden area in the college’s main growing field.

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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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