Embracing the Inevitable: A weekend in the woods exploring Ageing, Death and Renewal

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Schedule & Booking

  • Date: 19/04/2024
  • Teacher: Adrian Kowal
  • Price: £295.00

Friday 19th April 7pm till Sunday 21st April 2pm

Location:
The woodland is located a little east of Haywards Heath in West Sussex. It is possible to take a taxi from Haywards Heath station.

Its closest postcode is RH17 7NP – the Sloop Inn, Sloop Lane. The entrance to the wood is very near the Sloop Inn pub.


Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations cause problems: if participants drop out less than 6 weeks ahead of the event, the place cannot usually not be filled as people on the waiting list have normally made other plans. Therefore, no refunds can be offered for cancellations after February 28th, unless the place is successfully filled, in which case there will be a full refund.

Book Workshop

Tick tock... I remember the feeling of having all the time in the world. But I don’t seem to feel that way any more.

Creak… I remember when I could put my body through anything, and now there are things that I can’t let myself do anymore. Soon my son will be able to beat me in an arm wrestle – how did he get so big?

I’m young in my head, and I increasingly catch myself thinking back to younger times past, but I daren’t admit how reluctant and afraid I am to look ahead to older times coming. If I won’t look ahead to it; I certainly can’t ever expect to look forward to it… can I?

“I want to know if you are willing to live, day by day, with the consequence of love and the bitter unwanted passion of your sure defeat.” (David Whyte, Self Portrait)

It feels like I’m at a crossroads, and I might be facing the wrong way for my own good. I am not at all at peace with the fact of my inevitable death.

“I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you.” (T S Eliot, East Coker)

This programme is an open space to explore our own relationship to ageing, to challenge our preconceived ideas about dying, to explore purpose as it relates to growing older. And through these collective enquiries we may come away from the weekend feeling nourished together with a sense of embracing the next seasons that life holds for us.

Over the few days there will be both structured practices to support different ways of knowing and relating to the ageing process as well as emergent unstructured time around the fire and in the woods to share our worries and fears in a safe, non-judgemental container.

Some of the activities will include:

• Nature immersion games and rituals

• Woodcraft and firecraft

• Embodiment practices, voice dialogue and parts work

• Exploring ageing through the creative lens of poetry and storytelling

• Helpful journal prompts to activate a new way of relating to our own ageing experience

• A ‘death-cafe’ - an open discussion of death where there is no agenda, objectives or themes

Location:

The woodland is located a little east of Haywards Heath in West Sussex. It is possible to take a taxi from Haywards Heath station.

Its closest postcode is RH17 7NP – the Sloop Inn, Sloop Lane. The entrance to the wood is very near the Sloop Inn pub.

This programme will be led in Chris' private woodland near Forest Row. Participants are invited to camp for the duration of the event. The price includes guiding and all food but does not include local transfers from the train station. There are a limited amount of tents to borrow however you are required to bring your own sleeping mat and sleeping bag.

Further logistics:

To book please pay the fee first. Once paid you will be sent a medical questionnaire and detailed instructions about how to arrive at the location together with a packing list.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations cause problems: if participants drop out less than 6 weeks ahead of the event, the place cannot usually not be filled as people on the waiting list have normally made other plans. Therefore, no refunds can be offered for cancellations after February 28th, unless the place is successfully filled, in which case there will be a full refund.

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Adrian Kowal

Adrian is passionate about the wellbeing of the whole. He is a social entrepreneur and community builder. Adrian himself pines for a healthy mix between adventure (doing) and slowing down (being), both of which he brings into the retreats and expeditions that he runs. Adrian deeply enjoys supporting the balance in people’s personal holistic well-being, working with men’s groups and also guiding adventures and expeditions.

Adrian lives off-grid in southern Tuscany, Italy, where he is growing an intentional community. He is the co-founder of Way of Nature UK and is impassioned by the alchemical reaction of combining deep relaxation processes with Rites of Passage nature connection practices. He has trained and assisted in facilitating programmes with John P. Milton, and has been leading wilderness programmes for 12 years. Adrian is also a co-founder of The Visionaries, an organisation that creates nurturing school communities that support young people into healthy adulthood. Adrian is the CEO of The Life Centre, a centre for growth and wellbeing in London, and has deep knowledge of both urban and nature-based wellness practices.

He works on a host of other businesses and projects that involve being of service, supporting the emergence of a better world for our grandchildren’s grandchildren and having a great deal of fun and connection along the way.

www.wayofnature.co.uk

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Chris Packe

At the heart of Chris’s work is a desire to provide moments and experiences where people can see what is on the other side of everyday environments, where the urgent can trump the important, and the noisy the soft; where it can be difficult to imagine much different to the status quo.

He operates in a 10 acre piece of ancient woodland in Sussex, UK, where he’s free to do whatever he wants. He’s a Mountain Leader, so he can freely frolick in the hills too. He’s a bushcraft and archery instructor. He performs sketch comedy. He has an active imagination in using these tools.

He is skilful at guiding people away from their usual surroundings and into the woods and hills, where different perspectives and realisations can be uncovered, and the bruised senses start stretching out their tendrils again. This contains an inherent challenge, which is why he also makes room for playfulness and fun.

Chris leans perhaps toward the unstructured and the irreverent, as matters of the soul tend to need to be approached sideways.

He runs immersive outdoor events and programmes: for teenagers, fathers & kids, groups of adults and school groups. Some are well established and some are designed as tailored one-offs.

www.chrispacke.com