THE WILD WAYS on Exmoor
2017/2018: NB this is an occasional workshop. I’ll post dates here when I next plan to lead one.
‘Thanks for a fab weekend! I had the best time ever. It did me the power of good. [My partner] said he hasn’t seen me so relaxed in weeks. Wish we could do it all again tomorrow!! …the most special time; Rowan [the horse, above] is amazing.’ (Participant on Horse Medicine, June 2015)
The intention behind all the WILD WAYS work is to bring together felt experience of the natural world with our imagination and some psychological exploration to re-vision our relationships with self, other (including and especially the other-than-human), and the wild – as well as to stimulate the imagination. Expect to produce new and inspiring pieces of writing (no previous skills needed in any of this). Think of it as ecotherapy plus – the ‘plus’ being a reciprocity: shifting our centre-of-attention from the needs solely of humans to the needs of other species and the planet as well.
The WILD WAYS ecosoul programme continued last year with the inclusion of the HORSE MEDICINE weekend. This was a huge success, and we’ll once again be working on the wonderful high Exmoor land, with its glimpses of the sea, belonging to Cait Collins not far from Dunster, and with her beautiful horses (Rowan, above, is one).
The aim is to reinvigorate our sense of connectedness to other beings, our soul-life and the land through creative exploration.
The weekend, which is non-residential, unfolds through ideas and writing in relation to animal archetypes, and an exploration of the way in which animals in general and horses in particular are or have been part of our individual and collective lives and the gifts they’ve brought us, through to hands-on experience with Cait’s horses – this is often a profoundly healing experience. We’ll continue the exploration of horse spirit medicine on the Sunday morning.
Horses have shared my life always, as they have Cait’s. I know how profoundly uplifting, inspiring and healing it can be to spend time with them, and to learn their ways. Cait and I both feel that humans need urgently to re-vision our relationship to these animals who have accompanied us through so many millennia, and done so much for us.
Cait’s two very beautiful horses, Rowan and Brigit, are enlisted in her coaching and therapy work. We will have the privilege on the Saturday of some hands-on work one-to-one or more probably two-at-a-time with Cait herself, and one of the horses.
(No previous experience needed.)
EARLY BOOKINGS NEEDED AS I SHALL BE WORKING WITH A SMALL GROUP ONLY
Cait and I are both qualified counsellors, and both influenced by Buddhist thinking (mine is tempered with the Western Mystery Tradition and shamanic practice, plus archetypal psychology). You can read more of Cait’s work here: http://www.naturalmindmagic.com/horse-facilitated-coaching.htm
There are several good places to eat in nearby Dunster, and below you can source local B&Bs (you’ll need to copy and paste the links). Camping on-site may be possible.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Outdoor clothing (close to the solstice the weather can be very unsettled, so lots of warm layers, waterproofs, sturdy boots or wellies), oh and just in case, some sunscreen/sunhat. There is a field shelter but we are mainly working outside.
Veggie lunch to share for the Saturday (we hope to have the means to offer hot/cold drinks, and will probably eat informally together in Dunster on Saturday evening, and if you wish on Sunday lunchtime after 1pm. (On Friday, you’ll need to have eaten.)
A notebook and pen
Folding chair/something dry to sit on (even a carrier bag will do)
PLEASE CONTACT ME, ROSELLE, FOR MORE INFORMATION & BOOKING.
Directions will be given on booking; you’ll need to arrive half an hour before the start time.