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Tracking the Sacred : Natural Mystery Inside and Out

Tracking the sacred
Key Info: 
  • Cultivate a deeper, more sacred connection with the natural world
  • Explore practices of vigil, ritual and nature-based meditation
  • 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

With Robin Bowman and Kara Moses

Fee: 
£ 595.00
The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon and includes four nights accommodation in a private room with shared bathroom and all vegetarian meals from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure.
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.

This course allows you to explore the sacred through the spirit of the natural world around you. It uniquely mixes practical field ecology techniques for interpreting the natural world with spiritual connection practices including 'kissing the earth' with walking meditation and holding vigil for the wildness around you.

This course is about connecting with the sacred within creation and developing a deep connection and understanding of the natural world and of yourself.   

Together we'll learn how to read animal tracks and signs and understand the complex, secret language of birds.  These are all doorways to a hidden world of drama and mystery, which can lead 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. 

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 allow a deep communion with the divine within ourselves and within 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
  • 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

 

*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 Robin Bowman and Kara Moses
Robin Bowman

Robin Bowman

Robin has run nature connection and wilderness skills and awareness events and camps with a variety of organisations, charities and schools for 15 years. Many moons ago he was also one of the founding members of Landmatters Permaculture Community, and lived in a bender he made out of hazel for 5 years. Nowadays 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 as well as working with young prisoners and recovering adult addicts for the charity Write to Freedom. Robin manages a large woodland called Moor Barton Rewilding Project which he manages as a venue for organisations to run camps, to rewild people and for the land to rewild itself and increase bio-diversity. 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 passion and humour.

Kara Moses

Kara Moses

Kara Moses is a facilitator of social change, nature connection and spiritual ecology, combining all three wherever possible. She is passionate about rewilding, seeing the transformation of self and society to be more deeply connected and life-affirming as an essential part of this work alongside widescale ecological restoration. Her passion for the natural world also finds expression in writing, political activism and practical ecology.

She is particularly interested in real-world applications of nature connection and works with diverse groups to bring the natural world into spheres of society including architecture, activism and social change, creative arts, personal resilience, spirituality, sustainability, and climate change adaptation.

She teaches and facilitates at various education centres including EcoDharma, St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, and the Centre for Alternative Technology, where she also manages woodlands.

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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

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.