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Unplugged

Faze Ali, Matti Spence, Ty Lynne and Joana Formosinho

Fee: 
£ 295.00
Course fees include basic accommodation, all meals, 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 the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure.

Faze Ali, Matti Spence, Ty Lynne and Joana Formosinho

Shake off the outside world, retreat into the simplicity of nature and make time and space to re-energize and reconnect with your inner voice on this unique weekend.

At a Glance

• Take part in Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing
• Enjoy a peaceful walk across Dartmoor
• Experience gong meditation and yoga sessions


About This Course

How do we shake off the effects of our mechanized, systemised fast-past world? How do we strip away the burdens of daily life to re-discover our true selves? The Unplugged weekend offers the chance to relax in the peaceful surroundings of the historic Dartington estate and immerse yourself in calm of the natural world. 

Throughout the weekend you will have the opportunity to: take part in Shinrin Yoku, the life-enhancing Japanese therapy of forest bathing, go on a guided walk across the unique wilderness of Dartmoor and listen to the vibration of your body as you experience the unique sensation of gong meditation. In addition you will have the chance to relax with poetry, music and yoga or you can simply explore the rivers, forests and deer park around the estate and wander the famous listed gardens.

Please note, the Dartmoor walk is subject to weather conditions

Faze Ali, Matti Spence, Ty Lynne and Joana Formosinho

Matti Spence

Matti Spence is a poet and performer based in Totnes - his work is focused on the act of listening; on becoming a vessel for recieving and sharing the mysterious beauty of everyday life. Matti is a Spiritual Ecology Fellow of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace and has a strong grounding in Zen Buddhism, which inspires his simple approach to creativity. Key to his practice is the notion art-as-offering; of the artist/poet being in-service through the acts of composition and performance.

Faze Ali

Over the last 4 years, Faisal has developed a close connection with Schumacher College, having been a short course participant, a volunteer, a postgraduate student, a member of staff and facilitator, which has given him a unique perspective on college life and nurtured an intimate bond with the college. His academic studies have included Neuroscience, Digital Media, Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology, permaculture, Ecological Design Thinking. He has also spent the last year immersed in the Myth & Ecology MA programme, as a course facilitator.

Faisal regularly holds Gong Meditation sessions, focused on wellbeing through relaxation using sound. He creates and holds a space for people to drop into deep states of relaxation, often without quite profound effects. He is also trained in the energetic healing modality of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and makes and works with labyrinths – sacred spaces used for contemplation and relaxation. In addition, Faze has been co-designing and running Fermentation workshops as part of the Craft Revolution at Dartington for 2 years, teaching the art and culture of fermentation. He also works with a local Devon-based social enterprise called The Woodland Presents which is working to revitalise British Woodland Culture.

Of his many varied interests, Faisal is particularly interested in the two-way relationship between individual wellbeing and collective wellbeing; the space and tension between poles, and the creativity that can and does come out of that space; and what living with a holistic worldview actually means and might look like. He is looking forward to welcoming people to the magical place that is Schumacher college, and accompanying them on their immersive journey here.

Joana Formosinho

Joana is a zoologist with a passion for knowledge that is both relational and rigorous, and does not objectify living subjects. As a research student at the University of Cambridge, she spent time with baboons in the Namibian semi-desert. Tracking a troop from dawn til dusk, day after day, she aimed to understand how their behaviour evolved in relation to landscape over evolutionary time.

Joana's career has included applied animal behaviour research at the Universities of British Columbia and Bristol, as well as work as a writer for animal welfare organisation Compassion in World Farming.  She has also developed science training courses for the business sector. In 2013/14, Joana arrived at Schumacher College as a student on the Holistic Science MSc, specialising in Goethean Science. Joana is an associate lecturer on the forthcoming 2018 MSc Holistic Science programme and she facilitates wildfulness workshops helping people develop their personal relationship with the natural world.

 

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