Into the Darkness
Facilitator: Jenni Horsfall & Mark Graham
Using experiential practices, ritual, and myth Mark and Jennifer will show how the principles of deep ecology can be aligned to our personal journey of growth and self discovery.
Understanding human consciousness as a component of the ecological process, we will seek to inspire a creative response to the energy of the seasonal cycle. 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 30th Oct 2021 at 10:00am - Sat 30th Oct 2021 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 series of workshops, aligned with the four Celtic fire festivals, 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 within and between them. We will acknowledge the cyclic nature of life and the phase of growth represented by each festival. Using a range of practices, including solo time in nature, we will seek to connect with the energy of the season. Exploring how the seasonal cycle reflects our own journey and enables us to move forwards inspired and replenished.
In this workshop, we will seek to align ourselves with the energy of Samhain – a time of decomposition and transformation. All around us we witness the death of the old year. The leaves are falling, the days are growing darker and the seeds are beginning their journey of incubation. Using the power of co-created ritual we will strengthen and affirm our commitment to personal growth and planetary wellbeing.
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.
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 9.30 am-10.00 am at Hawkwood Reception.
Jennifer is a Gestalt psychotherapist, life coach, and trainer with over 20 years experience. She has worked extensively in the NHS and higher education delivering training, providing therapeutic interventions, and developing wellbeing services. Jennifer is an experienced facilitator of Eco-psychology workshops, inspired by the work of Joanna Macy and Earth based traditions.Visit Tutor's Website
Mark 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.
“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.”
"Thank you to you both. I had a lovely day. Well thought out, I learnt a lot and felt I really benefited from being in nature, sharing rituals and stories and being with a nurturing group." - Fay