Earth Dialogue – Reconnect with Nature at Saddlescombe Farm

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This workshop will be led by writer and editor Charlotte Du Cann (responsible for the Dark Mountain Project) on Sunday February 4th from 10am – 2pm. It aims to teach people how to reconnect with nature and specifically the wild lands of the South Downs.

The workshop will be made up of discussions, a perception exercise and an opportunity to engage with this wild land, both individually and as a group. It will examine the Downs in its Spring period of beginnings and emergence, and at the same time in the challenging modern times we are living in.

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The four hour workshop will attempt to bring about an understanding of the planet as a key player in our world, and teaches participation rather than isolation. The organisers warn that some of the session will take place outside, so bring warm clothes and something you can sit on.

‘An Earth Dialogue is a way of experiencing the Earth not as ‘landscape’ or ‘the environment’ but as a meeting place of many elements, in which human beings form one particular strand. Its core act is learning how to swiftly tune into and physically connect with a place and all its inhabitants – plants, creatures, wind, stones.”It involves sharing your experience afterwards, using the tools of listening, speaking, holding space, keeping time and remembering; and finally, turning those insights into images or words and creating a collaborative ‘dreaming map’ of the day.’

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Earth Dialogue is run by a company called School of the Wild, who organise nature based classes for both individuals and teams and organisations, in the woods and natural spaces of Brighton an Sussex. The programmes School of the Wild put on merge practical and creative skills, including campfires, walks and mindful awareness in their sessions.

They aim to strengthen our connection to the natural world around us and to ourselves, and give participants some fun in the process. A large emphasis is put on removing ourselves from cities and technology and reconnecting with the wild, and with other people.

The organisation offers this advice for those attending the event:
  • Wear suitable clothing
  • Bring food to share
  • Tea and biscuits included
  • Suitable for adults aged 18+
  • Cost is £35
  • Numbers limited to 16 people max, so book early! RSVP essential as we need to know numbers, thanks.
  • It’s being held in a private location inside Saddlescombe Farm. Full directions and parking info sent on booking.
  • We encourage car sharing, please indicate when booking if you need, or can offer, a lift.

More information about School of the Wild can be found here.

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