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Listening to the Green Heartbeat – A Nature Based Retreat

Whether we live in a city or in the countryside, Nature is the ever present context of our lives – our evolutionary and our personal histories are inextricably entwined with the earth. Our response to the natural world may range from indifference through to wonder and love and sometimes to fear. Nature may be seen merely as a resource to be plundered or an object of scientific enquiry. However, when we are truly open to an encounter with Nature, it can connect us to our deepest selves as well as lift us beyond ourselves.

There is a long history within many spiritual and religious traditions of drawing on a wisdom from within Nature, whether it is seen as coming from a Higher Being or from Nature itself. This may be tapped into in a variety of ways. In more secular circles too there is a growing recognition of the value of spending time outside in Nature.

This is a facilitated retreat exploring how an enriched relationship with the natural world can benefit our sense of well-being, at a spiritual, emotional as well as physical level. The retreat will be experientially focussed with most sessions outside in the wider grounds (weather permitting). The sessions are group based but offer space and time for individual exploration.  There will be guided opportunities for you to explore what it means to encounter Nature in an intentional, contemplative way and to seek out what it may offer you. 

Morning and evening there will also be a chance to reflect on readings that express and explore our relationship to Nature. These will be drawn from a range of sources including nature writing, ecopsychology and some of the spiritual traditions.

Julie Walker is an ecologist and psychotherapist and draws on her skills and experience to share her passion for the natural world and encourage others to also value it more fully for themselves. 

Led by: Julie Walker

Please arrive 6pm on Friday. The retreat ends with lunch on Sunday.

Whether we live in a city or in the countryside, Nature is the ever present context of our lives – our evolutionary and our personal histories are inextricably entwined with the earth. Our response to the natural world may range from indifference through to wonder and love and sometimes to fear. Nature may be seen merely as a resource to be plundered or an object of scientific enquiry. However, when we are truly open to an encounter with Nature, it can connect us to our deepest selves as well as lift us beyond ourselves.

There is a long history within many spiritual and religious traditions of drawing on a wisdom from within Nature, whether it is seen as coming from a Higher Being or from Nature itself. This may be tapped into in a variety of ways. In more secular circles too there is a growing recognition of the value of spending time outside in Nature.

This is a facilitated retreat exploring how an enriched relationship with the natural world can benefit our sense of well-being, at a spiritual, emotional as well as physical level. The retreat will be experientially focussed with most sessions outside in the wider grounds (weather permitting). The sessions are group based but offer space and time for individual exploration.  There will be guided opportunities for you to explore what it means to encounter Nature in an intentional, contemplative way and to seek out what it may offer you. 

Morning and evening there will also be a chance to reflect on readings that express and explore our relationship to Nature. These will be drawn from a range of sources including nature writing, ecopsychology and some of the spiritual traditions.

Julie Walker is an ecologist and psychotherapist and draws on her skills and experience to share her passion for the natural world and encourage others to also value it more fully for themselves. 

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Special offers:

Multi-purchase: If you book three or more residential courses all at once, Ammerdown will give you 5% discount on the total fees (N.B. this 5% discount does not apply when a bursary has already been agreed)

Extend your stay: Subject to availability, you are welcome to extend your stay before or after your course. If you choose to do so, Ammerdown will give you a 5% discount on our standard ‘Private Stays’ rates: please contact the centre to arrange this.