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The Power of Ritual And The Poetry of Surrender

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Key Info: 
  • Experience a vigil (solo fast in nature) as a core practice among preindustrial cultures
  • Develop and honing ritual practices
  • Explore the role of divination as a way of communicating
  • Invoke profound connections between nature and the primal ‘nature’

With Colin Campbell, Lucy Hinton, Andrew McAulay and Wewo Kotakoy

Fee: 
£ 1 495.00
Course fees include all vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Monday of the first week to Friday afternoon the last week, and includes private accommodation from the first lunchtime you
arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure.

Hiraeth: a Welsh concept of longing for home, which can be loosely translated as 'nostalgia', or, more commonly, 'homesickness'. Many Welsh people claim 'hiraeth' is a word which cannot be translated, meaning more than solely "missing something" or "missing home."

Over the last five years, the Bones of Ritual short course has explored some of the core principals of ritual practice as a way of restoring our intimacy and our fluency of relationship with the ecology of nature and the cosmos.  

The course has evolved naturally and this year we are excited to invite you to join us in a new and fertile collaboration, working with new complimentary teachers, and bringing together two areas of practice; nature vigil, and breathwork techniques for opening relational interaction. 

"...It seems that we are in the midst of a huge crisis of belonging. When the outer cultural shelters are in ruins, we need to explore and reawaken the depths of belonging in the human mind and soul; perhaps, the recognition of the depth of our hunger to belong may gradually assist us in awakening new and unexpected possibilities of community and friendship.” 
― 
John O'Donohue, Eternal Echoes

While modern civilisation may be rich in conveniences and inventions, we modern folks are generally rather out of practice with 'other ways of knowing' that constitutes some of the shared language that sews us back into accord with the greater fabric of existence, and thus out of contact with aspects of our greater selves.  Within our work, we have been humbled to experience and witness the paradox of simple renunciation and surrender (for example through the ancient core practice of 'radical presence' through nature vigil) leading to the gaining of profound nourishment and wisdom.  Our hope and intent is that work of this nature may continue to contribute to the regeneration of people, and the 'other-than-human' kin who speak a language that is both strange and achingly familiar.

"When you don’t know what to say you cry out, and those cries are the beginning of poetry..." -  Roger Housden

We aim to support the interweaving of a number of strands that together constitute far more than the sum of their parts:  

• Vigil (solo fast in nature) as a core practice among preindustrial cultures.

• Breath and breathing techniques* as a way of opening relational perviousness and accessing transpersonal states of interaction.

• Breath, chanting, and the precinct of soul.   

• Invoking profound connection between nature and the primal ‘nature’ of the psyche both individual and collective.

• Exploring the role of divination as a way of communicating with the ‘other than human’ and revealing that which lies just out of everyday sight.

• Developing and honing ritual practice and tools as a method for invoking connection.

• Immersive exploration of cognitive systems characteristic of pre-industrial collective cultures.

• Poetry as invocation and as a way of being: Languaging the sacred and the ineffable. Beauty and the soul.  

Join Colin Campbell, Lucy Hinton, Andrew McAulay and Wewo Kotakoy for a two-week process of deep ritual. If you are unable to make the full process it is also an option to join for just the first week, though it is preferable to come for the full two-week duration as this will give full opportunity for deep emersion and integration of the material covered.  Last year's feedback included a call to extend the course from one week to two! 

All four facilitators have experienced potent near-death forays into the borderlands of mortality, and returned to tell the tale.  All of us share an intimate relationship with the terrains and motifs of initiation, and with the oft-unseen currents of beauty that offer meaning and value to our actions in the world.

Please note that we get participants to sign a form agreeing that they have understood the contraindications for breathwork and consulted a doctor, if necessary:

*Please Note: Breathwork is not recommended for people with a history of aneurisms,  cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure, vision problems, osteoporosis, or any recent physical injuries or surgeries. It is also not recommended for people who experience severe psychiatric symptoms or seizures or who take heavy medication.

*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 Colin Campbell, Lucy Hinton, Andrew McAulay and Wewo Kotakoy
Colin Campbell

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.

Lucy-Hinton

Lucy Hinton

Lucy Hinton is a wilderness quest guide, earth educator, sustainability consultant, creative activist, lover of soul.  A natural communicator, Lucy is amongst other things a bridge-maker, and applies her skills in various contexts.  Lucy has a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, taught earth education from a young age, co-pioneered creative projects for social change and has traveled and worked widely, from Death Valley to Honduras, Sumatra to Outer Mongolia.  Over time she gravitated toward the place where the needs of the world converge with the needs of the Self.  This trajectory led to training and apprenticeship in the field known as contemporary wilderness rites of passage, largely in the system taught by the School of Lost Borders, and Lucy has been co-guiding in this capacity for almost ten years, continuing to learn from fellow humans, books, rocks, creatures, stories & stars.  Significant & prolonged trials of illness & physical disability have also offered their own lessons in patience, initiatory terrain and appreciation of the simple things.  She has a deep love of both people and land.

Andrew McAulay

Andrew McAulay

Andrew McAulay was born and raised in Hong Kong, where he chairs the Boards of KFBG  and Partnerships for Community Development. He is passionate about nature, has written two books of poetry and has been teaching meditation since 2004. He began exploring breathwork as part of a journey of healing from cancer and graduated from the Breath of Bliss Level 2 facilitator training in Nov 2017.

Wewo Kotokay

Wewo Kotokay is an elder from the Lani tribe in the highlands of New Guinea, the largest island in Melanesia and one of the most bio-culturally diverse places on Earth. He is from the last generation of his people to receive traditional initiation and was identified from birth for the traditional role of Messenger -- sharing the message of his tribe with outsiders and reporting back what he has seen. Wewo's people still live to a large extent the way their ancestors have for thousands of years.

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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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