OF THE EARTH ~
March, 2016: Schumacher College, Devon, UK. Taught
by Jonathan and Zara, in English. Price, including all meals and accommodation:
and practical info, contact: http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/courses/short-courses/earth-stories
Many people feel
a deep love for nature, and a deep passion for creating a better world.
But how often do we take time to talk to nature itself about what it
wants, and needs? And how can it support and inspire us to find our
In this changing
time of how we live on Earth, we need to listen to both human stories
and the voices of nature. What do plants, trees, rivers, sky, stones
and the wind have to tell us? What do they want us to hear? In the animistic
worldview, everything on this planet is alive, every being and element
has a soul and a spirit, and if we take time to slow down and connect,
it is not hard to have a deeper relationship with what is around us.
As we take time to communicate, we naturally move towards communion
and feeling at one with the world.
On this workshop
we will introduce simple ways to open to nature and hear what it has
to tell us. In the space of the week, we will go on medicine walks,
practice deep listening, write and tell stories, use a talking piece,
and sit together in circle.
The power of story
can help us bring the love we have for nature into connection with others.
Stories are a magical and ancient way of passing on information and
deep life teachings. Through story, we begin to have a heartfelt relationship
to information, which makes it easier to digest and remember. It helps
information come alive. If we learn to listen to nature, we can share
its stories with other humans, and make natures own needs part
of the equation. Through the simple act of telling stories, we can create
strong long-lasting bonds between humans and our world.
This is not a
shamanic course as such, but a course inspired by animism and a spiritual
connection to Nature. It is not a course teaching storytelling techniques
or writing skills. It is a course about coming into connection, about
listening and sharing, and how to receive stories in a simple, powerful
and surprising way.
It is about learning
to be in a place where we find the stories that move us both
within our hearts and out into action. It is about exploring innovative
and creative ways that writing and storytelling can help us listen to
the world, and share that message with others.
is open to anyone interested in developing a deeper relationship with
both nature and humans. No previous experience is needed. It will begin
with a Spring Equinox ceremony and include a daytrip to an ancient stone
circle on Dartmoor. For more info: http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/courses/short-courses/earth-stories