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Soulful Connection with Trees (June 2021)

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Key Info: 
  • Identify common tree species using a range of techniques
  • Learn about different tree species' place in myth, legend and folklore
  • Learn how to interpret tree ‘body language’, how the shape of a tree can tell you its life story

With Kara Moses & Robin Bowman

£ 360.00
Course fees include all meals and accommodation, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Friday to Sunday afternoon, and includes two nights private accommodation and all vegetarian meals from supper on the
day of your arrival through until the lunchtime before your departure. We recommend attending this course as a fully residential participant however you may choose to book as a non-residential participant. Please contact for more details.

Trees have always held a special place in human culture as sources of not only food, fuel and practical use but creative inspiration, mythic symbolism and spiritual significance. Have you ever wondered if trees can communicate, and how? Or how they grow, and what their shape tells us about their lives? Or how to identify different species without even looking at the leaves, and what their presence might tell us about the soil, water or other living beings in the surrounding landscape? Or perhaps even what it feels like to be a tree.

Over this weekend we'll connect deeply with trees in diverse ways, from learning to identify species and understanding basic tree biology to intimate sensory experience and deep soulful connection. We'll learn about their uses and services, myths and folklore associated with them and cultivate a whole new appreciation for our wooded friends.

This weekend course uniquely blends practical field ecology and deep nature connection. Together we'll learn to:

  • Identify common tree species using a range of techniques
  • Learn about different tree species' place in myth, legend and folklore
  • Learn how to interpret tree ‘body language’, how the shape of a tree can tell you its life story
  • Understand basic tree biology – how they grow, live and communicate with each other
  • Step into the secret world of trees
  • Connect with trees using dynamic multi-sensory awareness techniques for heightened awareness and deep connection with nature
  • Tune into the subtle energies of trees for spiritual healing • Develop nature observation techniques to build into your daily life

What others said about this course

I'm leaving here with deep gratitude and unlimited potential. I came for a "Soulful Connection to  Trees " and I got that and so much more. An incredible and amazing experience . The deep teaching I got from the trees was that only when we slow down and stop can we connect. And connect we did

Until this course I didn't realise how connected we could be with trees and how aware of us they are. I now have a new found shared connection and relationship with trees. This is not a course, this is an opening

*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.

Students on a course session

Image from a course session. Photo: Robin Bowman

With Kara Moses & Robin Bowman
Kara Moses

Kara Moses

Kara Moses is a facilitator of rewilding and socio-ecological regeneration. She is passionate about the transformation of self and society to become more deeply connected to nature as an essential part of rewilding, alongside widescale ecological restoration. She lives a wild life in a remote off-grid barn in the foothills of the Cambrian mountains, tracking, exploring, hunting and foraging for food and medicine, and crafting with wild materials, with a particular love of traditional tanning of animal skins.

As an educator, she co-holds the Radical Nature Connection strand of work at the Ecodharma/Ulex education centres in the Catalan Pyrenees.  She is Vice Chair of the 350-acre Cambrian Wildwood project, which is restoring ancient wildwood and other wild habitats and creating opportunities for immersion in wild nature. She also lectures on nature connection, rewilding and woodland management on Masters degrees at the Centre for Alternative Technology.

As well as running courses, her passion for the wild finds expression in writing, activism and field ecology. In the winter she takes a break from people and restores ancient woodlands (and herself!).

Robin Bowman

Woodsman , tracker, falconer and bird language expert, Robin has 18 years’ experience of running nature connection , wilderness skills and bushcraft programs and courses. As the co-founder of The Old Way program Robin offers a deep dive into human rewilding, exploring the hunter- gatherer lifeways in 21st century Devon. Within this program Robin also runs expeditions to the Kalahari desert in Africa to work with and support the remote San Ju/Hoansi Bushman communities.

He has taught at Schumacher for 7 years on various programs with themes around tracking, nature connection, beyond development, trees as well as on the Call of the Wild program.

When he’s not tracking cheetahs in Africa, he may be mentoring teenagers whilst running the Hunger Games themed camps he founded with WildWise or working with prisoners and people in addiction recovery with the charity Write to Freedom. He has also been an integral part of the Art of Mentoring and 8 Shields movement in the UK, You’re as likely though to find him behind a chainsaw or with a pair of binoculars in hand as rewilding and ecological restoration is his other passion. Robin manages The Moor Barton Rewilding project on Dartmoor; a 62 acre site of developing wood pasture, wetlands and mature woodland where the land and people have been rewilding for over a decade.

In his spare time (ha ha ha) he lives in the heart of Dartmoor on a smallholding with his family foraging, fishing and doing the school run!

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Applications are viewed on a case-by-case basis and we are unable to enter into discussions on any decisions. We generally have many more applications for bursaries than we have funding available. We can only offer one bursary per person per year and priority is given to those who have not attended the college or received a bursary before. To help us support as many people as possible, please only apply if you would be unable to attend the course without a bursary.

How to apply for a bursary

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Six weeks before the course is due to start all bursary applications will be considered and responded to.  If successful you will be required to accept our Bursary Terms and Conditions.

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  1. What does a bursary mean to you?
  2. How will your attendance on this course benefit the wider community?
  3. If your financial situation justifies you applying for a bursary, how much are you able to contribute towards attending this course?

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