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Tracking the Sacred: Natural Mystery Inside and Out

Man looking to the forest
Key Info: 
  • Learn practical ways of interpreting the signs left by wild animals in their daily lives
  • Interpret the language of birds to understand what is happening in a landscape
  • Learn tools for exploring and interpreting your inner landscape and how it relates to nature
  • Practise together in a supportive community to cultivate a deeper, more sacred connection with the natural world

With Robin Bowman and Kara Moses

£ 595.00
Course fees includes a four-night stay in private accommodation with shared bathroom from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. Price also includes all vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and tea
ching sessions. If you would like to take this course as a non-residential participant, please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 1803 847237.

Join us and dive into natural wonder and mystery, tracking inner and outer landscapes, blurring their boundaries as we merge into the interconnected whole.

Mixing practical techniques for interpreting the natural world with nature-based spiritual practises, this course is about connecting with the sacred within creation.  It is about developing a deep connection and understanding of the natural world and ourselves.

Together we'll learn how to read animal tracks and signs and understand the complex, secret language of birds.  All these are doorways into a hidden world of drama and mystery, leading us into a deeper communion with the natural world. These techniques cultivate a deep nature connection and empathy with the more-than-human world, awakening ancestral instincts, rooting us in the earth.

As we track the outer landscape, we will also track our inner landscapes using dynamic multi-sensory nature awareness techniques, meditation and self-enquiry. We see how they are deeply intertwined and unveil the mysteries that lie within our deeper selves. Holding vigil and ritual we will honour the Earth and the landscape that lies beyond the physical as well as our place within it.

It is here, beyond the physical realm, that we can touch the divine. Coupled together, these powerful inner and outer connection practices allow a deep communion with the divine within ourselves and creation. When we bring ourselves into remembrance, we understand ourselves as part of the Earth as a sacred whole.

Come on this course if you want to:
•         Learn practical ways of interpreting the signs left by wild animals in their daily lives
•         Learn how to interpret the language of birds to understand what is happening in a landscape
•         Learn tools for exploring and interpreting your inner landscape and how it relates to nature
•         Practise together in a supportive community to cultivate a deeper, more sacred connection with the natural world

Activities include:
•         Interpreting tracks and signs of wild animals
•         Trailing – following a trail to find the animal
•         Stealth and stalking
•         Interpreting bird language
•         Other methods of interpreting the landscape
•         Deep nature connection practices
•         Meditation and self-enquiry
•         Vigil and ritual
•         Group sharing and community living
•         Solo time in nature


With Robin Bowman and Kara Moses
Robin Bowman

Robin Bowman

Robin Bowman has run nature connection, wilderness skills, tracking and bird language events and camps with a variety of organisations, charities and schools for 16 years. Many moons ago he was also one of the founding members of Landmatters Permaculture Community, living close to the earth in a bender he made out of hazel for 6 years. For a decade he periodically went wandering on his own in the North American wilderness for a month at a time, living off the land and avoiding bears. His latest venture is setting up The Old Way; a year long journey into the hunter-gatherer life-way which he is facilitating along with Bruce Parry, Jon Young, the San bushmen and many others in Devon and the Kalahari. As well as being an integral part of the Art of Mentoring and 8 Shields movement in the UK, Robin currently runs Hunger Games themed camps for teenagers through WildWise; he also teaches on their Call of the Wild ’program. For the charity Write to Freedom, he works with young prisoners and recovering adult addicts. He also manages Barton Rewilding Project, a 42-acre woodland which he manages as a venue for organisations to run camps, to rewild people and for the land to rewild itself and increase biodiversity. In his 'spare time' (ha ha ha) he lives with his young family in the middle of Dartmoor running a smallholding. Robin shares his skills, knowledge and experience with stories, games, passion and humour.

Kara Moses

Kara Moses

Kara Moses is a facilitator of rewilding – landscapes, people, and society. She runs experiential, educational courses in deep nature connection, spiritual ecology and skills for social change, combining all three wherever possible.
She is particularly interested in practical applications of nature connection and has worked with many groups to bring the natural world back into human society: activism and social change, architecture and the built environment, creative arts, well-being and emotional resilience, spirituality, sustainability, and climate change adaptation.

Kara teaches and facilitates on short courses and Masters programs at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Schumacher College, St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace and independently. Her passion for the natural world also finds expression in political activism, and she has spent much of the last few years taking direct action against the fossil fuel industry with Reclaim the Power and Plane Stupid. As a freelance writer and editor she contributes regularly to Resurgence and Ecologist magazine and is Environment Editor for Red Pepper magazine.
Being as passionate about working with the land as well as people, Kara is a woodland manager at CAT and trustee of the Wales Wild Land Foundation, which is currently focused on rewilding land in west Wales where she is based. She lives off-grid in a draughty barn in the middle of a core wilderness area, surrounded by temperate rainforest, open moorland and feral ponies.
Kara is an Associate Fellow of St Ethelburga’s, and an alumni of their Spiritual Ecology programme. Her spiritual practise is inspired by Buddhism, nature-based indigenous shamanism and Sufism.

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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.

A place can not be guaranteed unless we receive your deposit or payment on your chosen course. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please do this before making your course application.

Short Course Bursaries create an opportunity for an individual to experience the powerful transformative learning by joining a course that assists the participant to inspire their wider community and benefits from the participant’s own unique contribution. It is our hope that our bursaries support a wide cross section of participation on our short course programme. The number of bursaries available is limited, competition is strong and funding is not always available for every short course. Please be aware that most bursaries are in the region of 10% – 20% of the course fee so please be prepared to raise funding from other sources.  A bursary award is not intended to cover travel or incidental expenses.

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

NB: Please do not pay your deposit for the course yet. Any applications received where a deposit has been paid will be rejected and the deposit refunded.

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.

Please answer the following:

  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?

Please be prepared to supply an appropriate reference in support of your application.

More about our growing areas and philosophy

We follow ecological cycles as much as possible. Much of the food is grown in the five and half acre agroforestry field – in a system of alley cropping and in the developing forest garden. The field also has fruit trees and bushes; young nut trees; a flock of pasture fed poultry; two wild life ponds, a craft and pollinator garden and a hazel and willow coppice.

Other areas include two herb gardens; four polytunnels; a perennial no dig vegetable garden and several fruit areas. We compost our garden and kitchen waste for use on site, and use green manures for fertility building.

Our students find their time engaging with food growing, and all it entails, a truly transformative time.   Our gardens are as much about nurturing people as plants, and hundreds of students have found the contact with the land and soil to be a rich learning journey.

Integral to the College’s international learning community, you will get to know students, staff and volunteers through daily meetings and shared activities. There is also a diverse programme of events and evening talks, offered by college residents, visiting teachers and local experts.

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