What's it about?
It’s about remembering how to belong - moving from disconnection to a soulful conversation with the other than human world and your inner wildness.
It's about remembering a way of being in nature, both outside on the land and within your nature.
It's about coming home and realising that you've never been alone.
Have you have ever longed to know what you are for? Or yearned to live the life you vision for yourself but feel too scared ? Wonder what deeper purpose you have? Felt creatively blocked and emotionally numb , with a sense that there's something missing in your life?
Then this nature connection practice is for you.
Much "therapy" and counselling focuses on managing the problems we have with living – anxiety, depression, stress, self-criticism, addictions, emptiness, difficulties in relationships , lack of self-esteem and so on. What this work offers is not a focus on problems, but guidance to remember your innate sense of wholeness . When we feel rooted and purposeful, these "problems" - which very often are coping strategies that are serving us in some way - are no longer needed.
We have evolved for millions of years to be in relation to the other-than-human world and it's only in the last 150 -200 years that we have lived in a way so cut off from nature. This lifelong separation from nature creates a fragmentation of who we are, causing us imbalance and emotional distress . Like a pot-bound oak tree, our resilience is lessened and the part we play in the green web of life is smaller than it would be if we were fully rooted in the deep soil of our belonging.
This is an invitation to be outside , to play in the woods and engage in practices of mindfulness, deep imagination, and creativity; to grow your connection to the wholeness within you and feel your belonging to the "family of things" on Earth.
From that rootedness to yourself and your place in the web of life, you can feel fully alive, offering the gifts you were born with in service to Earth and all who live here . . .
"You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things."
Wild Geese - Mary Oliver