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Nature Connection: Practice, Place and Purpose

With Jon Young

£ 695.00
Course fees include all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions.
The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon, and includes four nights private accommodation and all vegetarian meals from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. This course is expected to be based in the elegant surrounds of the Elmhirst Centre at Dartington Hall.

With Jon Young, Phil Greenwood and special guest Colin Campbell

In this week we will bring together the indigenous traditions of South Africa and the British Isles to look at the connection between humans and the more-than-human world.

We will explore what we can learn from these two cosmologies and bodies of practice to inform our own individual’ nature-connection’. How might we improve this connection, what benefits might it bring to our lives and the world around us, and what might it mean for humans on a cultural and global level?

We will explore how, when we expand our senses and awareness to become part of our landscape, our environment and have a sense of place in this world, we can unlock hidden potential (our genius), and our gifts from the indigenous part of our souls can surge out into our communities.

This week will involve:

- deep nature connection, dealing with the affliction of separation sickness through the lens of ancestral trauma;
- understanding  the past, so that we can co-create our futures by living fully in the present moment;
- sharing deep listening techniques to understand what are our' Original Instructions';
- becoming native, being indigenous, by finding our inner and outer connection with knowing the land and place; and
- learning to thrive rather than survive through connection and cultural regeneration practices.

This is a one week course run as part of our postgraduate programme in Ecology and Spirituality. All are welcome to join us alongside a number of longer term students.

It will take place in the elegant surrounds of the Elmhirst Centre of Dartington Hall.


Jon Young

For over 30 years, Jon Young has been a leader in the field of village building, nature-based education, Permaculture and cultural mentoring, implementing vital advancements in the understanding and benefits of effective nature- and people-connection modeling. Jon is a deep nature connection mentor, wildlife tracker, peacemaker, author, workshop leader, village builder, consultant, inspiring public speaker and storyteller. He has appeared as an expert in numerous documentaries concerning nature and ecology and travels to teach widely throughout North America, Europe, Australia and southern Africa. He has authored and co-authored several seminal works on deep nature connection and connection mentoring, including What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World (2013), and Coyote's Guide to Connecting to Nature (2007) among other titles in print and media. As a founder of the 8 Shields Institute, Jon Young has established best-practices process for cultural modelling and nature connection mentoring. He is actively promoting village building globally as a nature-based model of cultural regeneration for the benefit of current and future generations.

Phil Greenwood

Over the last 16 years Phil has been immersed in practicing, studying and teaching the core routines of nature connection through the lineage of Grandfather Stalking Wolf, Tom Brown junior, Jon Young and Thomas Schorr-kon, alongside these empowered male mentors, he has received deep earth and self-insights through the medium of shamanic exploration and practice with the aid of two of his favourite anchors, Dawn Russell and Lorraine Grayston, whom have helped lift him out of the depths of disconnection and into a place of connected empowerment. Joining them in council and support has been Elder Leo Rutherford, who helped him learn how to dance the dream awake and sing heartily like the morning Blackbird. Of course behind this is the connection to the Earth, our Mother and all our relations, it is all of this, plus many others, and many learning’s that have brought myself to a new place, a place of Emergence.

It is with gratitude to all this that i can now offer others an opportunity to unfold their most beautiful hearts, to bring forward others gifts and to share in the creation of new emerging culture. With good anchors we can delve deeper, swim farther and pull out of ourselves a beautiful world our hearts know is possible (paraphrasing Charles Eisenstein). With Vision, resilience, hard work and tenacity I have founded and shaped the ethics and values that Sacred Earth Community Benefit Society is today. My current passion is as Managing Director of Sacred Earth CIC, bringing forth advanced connection through the mediums of education, agriculture, conservation and eco-therapy. I am also in my second year mentoring with Jon Young and 8 Shields Institute (USA based) with the Village Builders training, and have attended various Art of Mentorings since 2009. I co-manage and am Head Steward for our 40 acre land project in East Sussex with our team from Sacred Earth ( and co-deliver various education programmes based with deep nature connection throughout Sussex.

Before all this, I have wandered and back packed much of the world, served as a soldier in the Royal Marine Commandos, trained in outdoor adventure activities in both UK and Canada, trained in Horticulture, Arboriculture and Biodynamic Agriculture, the thread of nature connection being within all of this, but even as a young child, my Granny Ivy’s love of nature and sharing of that set the foundations for what has been a life-long passion for all that is wild, all that is free, all that is part of nature. I am deeply honoured to be able to express that love to others today; especially the upcoming generations and too support others to light their own fires of connection to all those relationships.

Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell grew up in rural southeastern Botswana, the son of a renowned anthropologist and a creative healing mother. He is currently a practitioner of traditional African medicine, based in Cape Town, South Africa and the UK. He receives clients from all over the world, and facilitates international group processes relating to natural law, transformation, healing & personal power, sacred sites, and cross-cultural cosmology.

His work bridges major world cities with ancestral homelands and forgotten wilderness, taking him from the Amazon Basin to Los Angeles, the sacred sites of Venda to the urban grit of Johannesburg, and remote Ethiopia to the City of London. Colin co-founded and co-runs a training school in Botswana for traditional doctors and sangomas with his brother Niall Campbell. He is also a lifelong artist and musician, his style once again bridging the traditional with the contemporary, the timeless with the timely, and the sounds of the sacred with the lyricism of electric rocking funk.

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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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