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Faze Ali, Matti Spence, Ty Lynne and Joana Formosinho

£ 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

Purveyor of good vibrations through the medium of Gong, Faze has been inducing deep states of relaxation and bringing people into hypnagogic states since the turn of the decade.

The Gong has been a faithful companion to Faze's ongoing exploration of all areas of wellbeing, providing a highly accessible means to bringing about relaxed states and providing a space for people to escape and connect with something else, with non-ordinary states of consciousness. The Gong provides a tension releasing, body tingling, heart vibrating, cell regenerating, peace inducing, sonic tonic to bring about states of blissful calm. It transcends boundaries.

Alongside playing the Gong and using sound as a tool for relaxation and healing, Faze has studied Neuroscience, Digital Media, Consciousness Studies & Transpersonal Psychology, permaculture, Ecological Design Thinking, is an EFT practitioner, and takes a hyper-holistic view of life, finding threads to connect seemingly disparate snf disconnected ideas, with a particular interest in the two-way relationship between individual health and wellbeing and collective health and wellbeing.

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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