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Being in Awe: Deep wonder, natural respite and sensory delight - Andy Raingold Sat 27 Oct - Sun 28 Oct

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Being in Awe

Deep wonder, natural respite and sensory delight

When was the last time you had an awe-inspiring experience that made you say “WOW!”?

This weekend is for anyone looking to reconnect to that sense of wonder when we are in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world and what it is to be human.  The power of awe has been shown to help transcend the feeling that you are at the centre of everything and develop a greater connection with the wonder of life.   

The weekend is made up of two workshops (either of which can be attended on their own) and is set in the awe-inspiring grounds of Hawkwood College – gathering at a heated roundhouse and around an open fire pit.

Day 1. Deep Nature Dive. A sensory exploration of deep time which combines science, imagination, meditation, movement and nature connection. As part of this workshop, experience the 4.6 billion years since the formation of our home to the present day in 46 minutes with each minute representing 100 million years. 

Day 2. Mindfulness in Nature. Deepening awareness of your nature in nature with deep listening to ourselves, others and the natural world. It will include meditation, qigong (integrating physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention), solo reflection time, sensory awareness and group sharing.

“This has proven the power of connection to nature, to the elements and to each other.”

“My body has been shaken awake and I am full of love and gratitude for this community and this wonderful, beautiful world.”

“You created an atmosphere of connection and wonder. I will take home the patience, stillness and curiosity that you’ve rekindled in me.”

Andy Raingold

Andy is founder of Change in Nature (www.changeinnature.org). He hosts nature awareness, leadership, sustainability and mindfulness retreats and workshops, to bring about transformative change. He has trained extensively in these areas with Cambridge University, Schumacher College, The Living Leader Programme and Sussex Wildlife Trust. He works with professionals, businesses, charities, colleges, private clients and children. He also offers his skills internationally, and in 2017 ran a 2 month programme with indigenous communities in Namibia and a 2 week retreat for a "nomadic classroom" in the wilds of Sweden. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, working with CEOs, Government Ministers and thought leaders to drive action for a more sustainable world.

Saturday 27 –  Sunday 28 October. 

£80 - Non-residential. Bring and share lunch. 10am-5pm each day. No evening session.

£100 – Camping overnight 

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"Hawkwood has all the ingredients we look for when running events and meetings –their ethical approach, from the fantastic food they serve to the way they manage their land, works perfectly for us. It’s a relaxed environment which is conducive to creative thinking and open dialogue, and the staff are so helpful."

Helen Browning, CEO at Soil Association