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Re-Wilding – Our Deep Connection to Nature


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Monday, 4 December, 2017 to Friday, 8 December, 2017
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With Stephan Harding and Jon Young

Non-Residential Places Only, please use voucher code "NONRESREWILD150" upon checkout and £150.00 will be deducted from the residential fee.

At A Glance

  • Restore your connection to the wild
  • Experience the process of Deep Nature Connection
  • Enrich your relationship to nature in a lasting way

About This Course

Our prevailing worldview, based on many generations of ancestral trauma, has resulted in an epidemic of separation. This separation has had widespread repercussions on our body, mind, spirit and the social and natural world. The challenge for us now is to restore our connection, to ourselves, to each other and to nature, the wild. The restoration of this connection is critical to the continuance of life itself.

The connection to nature in a deep and meaningful way has proved elusive despite the recognition that it is vitally important for our human well-being. Simply spending time outside is not enough to create a deep and meaningful connection with the natural world around us – we need to find ways that work for us that go beyond many of the educational, recreational and wellness-focussed approaches that are becoming more available.

In this week-long course we look at the ways of connecting to nature that can inform modern lives, times and needs?  Among traditional peoples, we have heard so many amazing, stand-your-hair-on-end stories about communication with nature. Indigenous healers and trackers continually demonstrate remarkable intuitive abilities for healing or for solving mysteries in the natural world.  Likewise, we have witnessed that ‘modern’ people who develop a similarly deep connection with nature, end up committing their lives to conservation, sustainability and caring for others.

In today’s fast-paced digital world, we have lost touch with our innate sense of occupying our nervous system in a fully connected way.  Join Stephan Harding and Jon Young as we explore the relationship between people and nature, with first-hand accounts of the most exhilarating and compelling examples of connection with the other-than-human world.  Human beings are, and have always been, hardwired for connection. Join us to explore, experience, and celebrate the process of Deep Nature Connection, to restore and habilitate the natural instincts of modern people to care and act in interdependent ways.


Dr Stephan Harding FLS

Stephan coordinates the MSc Holistic Science, and will teach on the Economics for Transition programme. Stephan 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, and his scientific cast of mind 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 has been involved in ecological research, expedition and teaching in Zimbabwe, Peru, Venezuela and Costa Rica. Stephan became a founder member of Schumacher College in 1990. The College’s first teacher was James Lovelock, with whom Stephan has maintained a long-lasting friendship and scientific collaboration that culminated in their joint appointment as chair holders of the Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo. Stephan lives on the College campus with his wife Julia Ponsonby and their son Oscar, and is the author of Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia published in 2006

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.

Non-Residential Places Only, please use voucher code "NONRESREWILD150" upon checkout and £150.00 will be deducted from the residential fee.

£ 795.00
NOTE: 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 four nights private accommodation from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure.