Wild belonging...


Driving south from Bristol to Devon the concrete was slowly replaced by curling, rolling roads and countryside. When I arrived I found that the days of Wild Belonging were to centre in a quirky campsite next to a stream, nestled between two huge hills.

Led by Peter Gill the retreat focused on individual paired and collective contemplations. To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect, however, very quickly Invisible doors were flung open through which our small group entered. There, patiently waiting for our attention, nature lay at our fingertips. And like that we were given occasion to notice, acknowledge and connect with it: magnificent and minuscule; transient and intoxicating… Read More...

Our body is nature


For a long time, I thought of nature as just a nice place to be in, and it felt good to be in the forest or by the sea, but I didn’t pay much more attention than that. Now though, after immersing myself in many ways of reconnecting with the natural world - I sense there is a whole lot more to our relationship with nature that connects with the practice of Focusing.

We talk of listening to the body in Focusing, but what is the body? Read More...

Rewilding the soul

In ecology and conservation, there's a lot of talk about rewilding. It has become a buzzword even. For good reason, our dwindling diversity in our countryside and on our planet more widely is causing widespread disruption and breakdown, so the call for rewilding is more than just a fad. In some ways our long term survival even depends on it.

It's true to say that what happens outside of us is a reflection of what happens inside. That how we treat the outer world reflects in part, how we treat ourselves. So what does our domesticated and over controlled outer landscape say about our inner world? Or you could ask; what have we done to our own psyches and souls within this outer system of control and dominance? What aspects of us have we kept out of our wild psyches to keep comfortable and just get on with life. What line have we drawn that says this is allowed and this is not allowed? Read More...

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