Deep Ecology: Samhain

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Sat 31Oct

Into the Darkness

Facilitator: Jenni Horsfall & Mark Graham

Using experiential practices, ritual, and myth Jennifer and Mark will show how the principles of deep ecology underpin and inform our personal journey and how this relates to the seasonal cycle.

Understanding human consciousness as a component of the ecological process, we will seek to inspire a creative response to the energy of the coming winter.  Participants will have an opportunity to explore the connection between nature, human nature, and the quest for authenticity and meaning in their lives.

Event time: Sat 31st Oct 2020 at 10:00am - Sat 31st Oct 2020 at 4:00pm

At a glance

  • The principles of Deep Ecology and Eco-psychology – nature, human nature and the interconnectedness of life
  • Personal and collective myths and the role of human consciousness in the ecological process

Participants will gain

  • Explore the potential of ritual as a creative tool for personal and collective growth
  • Deepen their connection and sense of belonging to the web of life

When we transcend the myth of separation and embrace our role within the ecological system, we enrich our human experience and contribute to a more sustainable future.

In this workshop, we will explore the symbiotic processes operating within the local environment.  We will consider the living and non-living components of the ecosystem and the flow of energy between and within it. We will acknowledge the cyclic nature of the life, and the phase of withdrawal that manifests in autumn.  Using a range of practices, including solo time in nature we will connect with the spirit of the season, freeing ourselves to move forward inspired and replenished.

Participants can attend one or more of the four workshops, each is self-contained and reflects the unique qualities of the season.  Alternatively, participants may wish to see the four workshops as representing a journey they wish to undertake through the most significant turning points in the year.

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£40 Day course


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Practical Information

As this workshop will be held outdoors, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. You may wish to bring something to sit on e.g. sheepskin, rug etc. Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

Registration from 9.30am-10.00am at Reception.

£20 of the course fee is a none refundable deposit. Please see the FAQ for our full cancellation policy.

Jennifer Horsfall

Jennifer Horsfall is a Gestalt psychotherapist, life coach, and trainer with over 20 years' experience of working therapeutically with adults. She has worked extensively in the NHS and Higher Education providing training, supervision, and consultancy in mental health and resilience.

Jennifer has a particular interest in Ecopsychology and is an experienced facilitator of ‘the work that reconnects’, an empowerment approach developed by Joanna Macy. She brings a dynamic, warm, and creative approach to her facilitation.

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Mark Graham

Mark Graham is an ecologist and author with many years' experience of working in conservation and habitat management. He has regularly appeared on local and national radio and television promoting a wide range of environmental issues.

Mark has a particular interest in the interface between people and place, and our physical, psychological and spiritual relationship with nature. He is a recognised national expert in the field of green burial and facilitates seasonal festivals and rites of passage.


“A profound experience. .. I didn’t quite know what to expect but what I got out of it was quite special.”

“Having tried a whole heap of meditation and calming techniques over the years I think I may have found, possibly for the first time, something which might actually work.”