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The Bones of Ritual – Conversing With The Natural World 2017

Course dates: 
Monday, 18 September, 2017 to Friday, 29 September, 2017

With Colin Campbell and Lucy Hinton and guests

This two-week course will be a deep self-exploration of life questions such as who am I, what is my purpose in the world, who are my allies and how can I best serve my community. To aid in this personal and group investigation we will be using traditional techniques, ritual practices and wilderness methods from the indigenous South African traditions.

This experience will include teaching time, deep conversation and sharing, divinatory bone readings, a supported, solo vision-quest on Dartmoor, reflection and integration time in the classroom and the wild surrounds of Schumacher College, and a magical steam ritual. It will be primarily experiential, although there will be some theoretical insight into the cosmology of this tradition and how it bridges with other cultures, traditions and our own personal experiences, through rich discussion and debate.

The course will provide you with a ritual practice for observation, dynamic interaction and conversation with the natural world and its spirit keepers, for it is understood that in nature, the answers to the deepest questions of the individual and the collective can be found.

No previous experience with ritual or traditional cosmology is required for this course.

This is a short course delivered as part of the Becoming Indigenous Programme. Therefore you will be sharing this experience with a longer term study group at the College which will allow for rich interaction and cross-over into subject areas such as ‘what does it mean to be indigenous at  this moment in time’?


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 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.

£ 1 240.00
NOTE: Course fees include all vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon, and includes ten nights private accommodation from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. This course is part of Schumacher College's Becoming Indigenous Programme.