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Becoming Mythic

Facilitators: Lien De Coster and Simon Hodges
Location:  Drenthe, the Netherlands
In oral nature-connected cultures, myth used to be an indispensable part of daily life serving as a way to remind us of our identity, to make meaning of our surroundings, and to pass on vital knowledge. This weekend invites you to listen deeply to myth and land so can you can harvest some of the stories it holds and connect to your personal mythology.
When: November 15-17
Exchange: 275 euro (excl sleeping)
Find out more here, or email:

Introduction to Animal Communication

Facilitator: Jacqueline Buckingham
Location: Clophill Centre, Bedfordshire
Interspecies Communication is a skill we are all born with; this weekend workshop will help you rediscover your natural intuition and abilities to communicate with other species.  You will be introduced to the principles and techniques of interspecies communication, understand how animals express themselves and how to send messages effectively.  Animal communication creates a bridge of understanding between the human and non-human world, and it also brings us into deeper relationship with ourselves and our place in the natural order of things.  This workshop will help you develop closer and deeper relationships with your animal companions and the natural world.
When: 22-24 November 2019; 
Exchange:  £195 (£165 early bird), includes refreshments, manual and certificate of attendance; 
Find out more here and email to book on


Money and Soul – a nature based intensive

Facilitators: Corinna Schwemer – wilderness guide, economist, clown, poet
Sara McFarland – wildness guide, bodyworker, storyteller
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Money is powerful. It guides us straight away towards our longing for abundance, or towards hidden fears around scarcity and poverty. Towards our judgments around being rich or poor. During this weekend we will shine some light on this shimmering shadowy creature. Which individual myth around money are we following – Cinderella or King Midas? What means giving and taking to us? What do we value? And towards which hidden treasure allures us our wild soul if we are bold enough to follow? This intensive is deeply rooted in the work of 8shields, in soulcraft and in the transformative power of clowning.
The language will be german, but we are both bilingual and glad to support in translation. If you are interested to run this intensive in your organization or community, please contact Corinna.
When: May 9th-10th
Exchange: € 270 – € 550 sliding scale
Find out more here or email: 

Nature Culture Regeneration – An Introduction Weekend to the 8 Shields and the Art of Mentoring

Facilitators: Peter Cow, Rebecca Card and a full acorn
Location: Moretonhampstead, Devon, UK
An experiential weekend for adults, introducing the wisdom of the 8 Shields through nature connection and culture creation, inspired by practices observed in healthy, earth-based cultures around the world.
 Through embodying many regenerative, nature-based connective practices, participants will journey through the 8 Shields cycle and explore the wild world around us, and ‘the village’ of our temporary tribe. We will re-member how we can live in Wholeness with ourselves, the communities we are part of, and the global community of all species. There may be a children’s programme alongside the adults.
When: 15th-17th May 
Exchange:  Adults – £190-£230-£260 self assessed scale
Find out more here or email:

Midsummer wilderness solo
Facilitators: Lien De Coster and Katrien Deboutte
Location: Nohedes, Catalan Pyrenees, France
A wilderness solo is a contemporary translation of the ancient ritual of the vision quest, which was held in all corners of the world. Originally it was a rite of passage from youth to adulthood. Youngsters left their community on a search for vision for this life, their gift to their people. Today we miss this kind of ritual reflection time, which brings lots of people on a path which is not theirs. A wilderness solo retreat can help you to get (more) clarity about what is essential to you. 
When: June 20th to June 28th 
Exchange: 800 euro (there is a 500 euro budget spot available)
Find out more here, or email:

Land-based Solo Quest with Rebecca Card on Dartmoor

Facilitators: Rebecca Card and guest co-guide
Often called Vision Quest, this ancient 4 day ceremony with the land and with yourself offers opportunities to see what wants to be revealed and what is waiting for you in the rich and deep journey called Life.
Are you at a point in your life where you feel like change needs to occur but you’re not sure what that is? Do you feel that you need to receive guidance from the other-than-human realm in order to uncover your souls purpose to take back as a gift to your people? Is there something you need to let go of in order for the next step in your life to happen?
This can be an opportunity to mark a moment of transition in your life, for finding something that is hidden so that you can live more authentically, or to simply be with yourself and the other-than-human in a held, safe and potent way.
You will receive support from 2 experienced guides around self generated ceremony as well as any practical advice you need.
Please note that an application process is necessary before making a booking and payment.
When: July 6 – 15
Exchange: TBC
Find out more here or

Swedish wilderness solo
Facilitators: Lien De Coster and Miki Dedijer
Location: Orrevik, Swedish West Coast
A wilderness solo is a contemporary translation of the ancient ritual of the vision quest, which was held in all corners of the world. Originally it was a rite of passage from youth to adulthood. Youngsters left their community on a search for vision for this life, their gift to their people. Today we miss this kind of ritual reflection time, which brings lots of people on a path which is not theirs. A wilderness solo retreat can help you to get (more) clarity about what is essential to you. 
When: July 20th-29th 
Exchange: Coming up soon
Find out more here, or email:


Bringing it Home

Facilitators: Peter Cow, Rebecca Card and 4 guest facilitators
Location: Dartmoor, Devon
An in-depth, yearlong journey to bring 8 Shields wisdom and practices into your family, work and communities. Are you seeking inspiration and support to land this more in your own life? Led and designed by experienced facilitators, this rich journey home will help 8 Shields practices and wisdom take deep root in you and your life, bringing connection and cultural healing to you and your people. We will share 5 inspirational weekends through the year (including an overnight solo vigil), supported by an elder at the weekends, and personal mentoring and peer-mentoring in between. 
Video of previous year      Participant testimoniais
Payment plans are available if needed.
When: April 2020 through to January 2021:
April 10-12th, June 26-28th, September 4-6th, October 16-18th, January 15-17th 2021
Exchange: £1,600 – £2,100 (self-assessed sliding scale)  
Find out more here or contact 

The Old Way

Facilitators: Emily Fawcett, Robin Bowman, Charlie Loram, Linda Lemieux, Sam Kouzarides, Jessie Watson Brown, Louis Liebenberg and guest speakers
Location:  Devon and the Kalahari
The Old Way Yearcourse 2020 is now open for bookings!! Our yearlong journey into rediscovering our ancestral blueprint is well under way this year: we’ve lived simply in the woods, at the river, on the abundant devon coast and have recently experienced nomadic living on Dartmoor, deepening into the necessary skills and coming together as a tribe to explore what it means to be indigenous to our place.  In November we’ll be out on our epic journey to the Kalahari where we’ll learn hunter-gatherer ways alongside the Ju/Hoansi San bushmen.  Apply now to join us in this extraordinary opportunity in April 2020!
When:  April 15th to 19th; May 20th to 24th; July 2nd to 6th; Sept 16th to 20th; Oct 21st to Nov 3rd; Dec 4th to 6th
Exchange:  Full cost £4500; Earlybirds £3900 (September 1st) £4200 (December 1st); UK only £2500. Bursaries available on successful application
Find out more here or email: 07956 148282


Ecotherapy with Rebecca Card

In person or by phone/Skype, you will be held in a sacred and safe space to receive guidance for self generated ceremony as a movement towards claiming Wholeness.
This work includes Transitional Rites, Earth-based Ceremonies, Deep Nature Connection, 8 Shields mentoring, Grief Tending, Way of Council & Embodiment Practices.
Find out more here or email:

Cultural Emergence courses in the UK and online

Discover a toolkit for creating cultures of personal leadership, collective intelligence and planetary care. Join experienced author, facilitator and designer, Looby Macnamara, who has co-created the Cultural Emergence toolkit with Jon Young and other visionaries. There are several in person courses at the beautiful Applewood Permaculture Centre in Herefordshire.
ACE – Activating Cultural Emergence 12-14th June 2020
CEED – Cultural Emergence Effective Design course 11-16th May 2020 with Andy Goldring
PEACE – Peace, Empowerment And Cultural Emergence course 3rd -9th August 2020 (with Chris Johnstone)
Year long Cultural Emergence Facilitator’s Training July 2020-2021
There is also a free/pay as you wish online Cultural Emergence taster course.
Find out more about the courses here or email: 

Seeking peace and happiness? SPIRITUAL COUNSELLING with Reverend Andrea C. Smith, Interfaith Minister

I offer counselling with a non-dual, integral orientation :
Mentor – Art of Questioning to guide beyond your edges
Bridge – from ego to Essence
Catalyst – for a shift in Awareness
Mirror – unfurl your defences in the safety of deep acceptance
Reminder – of The Presence that our eyes cannot see
Soul Friend – championing your essential Truth
Anchor – grounding your journey of radical homecoming
I have mothered two daughters to adulthood. Ex-Steiner Kindergarten Teacher (London Waldorf Early Years Training 2002), Member of Anthroposophical Society of GB, ex-Forest School Camps Youth Worker (BELA 2003), Survival skills/Wilderness Spirit Philosophy (Tom Brown Jnr 2004), Deep Nature Connection/8 Shields Cultural Repair (Jon Young 2004) & Earth Activist Training (Starhawk 2011). I hold a PDC (Landmatters 2011) & Permaculture Training of Teachers Certificate (Designed Visions 2012). I am a Flower Essence Therapy Practitioner (Energy & Essence 2006), Usui Reiki II (Barbara McGregor 2000) and Shamanic healing (Trackways 2003). My specialities are Elderhood & Griefwalking (Stephen Jenkinson 2016), Haudenosaunee Peacemaking (Jon Young, Paul Raphael 2009) and Anishnaabe Mino-Bimaadiziwin – The Way of a Good Life (Paul Raphael & JoAnn Gascon ongoing).
You’re very welcome!
Find out more here or contact – 

Nature Mentor wanted in New Zealand
Kia ora and Hi from Aotearoa New Zealand, we are seeking a nature mentor volunteer to come out to the NZ Summer (Jan 10 – March 10th) who knows the art of mentoring, 8 shields and lives and breathes it in their daily lives.
We are a new business – and need mentors to add to this new journey. We can offer you a small stipend each day you work but you would be expected to find your own accommodation/ food (although we can help you find this with our wonderful community). Our last year’s intern, wwoofed in the community for the entire 3months and had a grand time.
If you are interested, do let us know. Or if you know anyone who might be interested, do pass this onto your networks.
With aroha (love) and gratitude, Katie 🙂
Find out more and contact info here

New Bird Tracks and Signs chart by Dan Puplett

I’m both grateful and excited to announce the launch of my new FSC Guide to British Bird Tracks and Signs. Many happy hours went into studying the clues birds leave behind and drawing the track illustrations dot by dot.
I have loved the FSC guides for many years and at just 4 quid I hope you’ll find this one a useful addition to your naturalist library! You can order yours at the FSC link below
Huge thanks to my awesome tracking community worldwide. A number of people gave valuable assistance along the way, including John Rhyder, Rene Nauta and David Wege. Gratitude to my tracking mentors, buddies and students, as well as to our non-human neighbours who continue to teach and inspire me. This guide is dedicated to all those who love paying close attention to, and caring for, the wild world.
FSC Guides website      Dan’s website

intentional Nature Connected Community vision in North Hampshire

We are a family of five with four acres of land overlooking the Test Valley in North Hampshire and we are looking to establish a small intentional, nature-connected community following an 8 Shields and/or permaculture approach.
 We are looking for an individual, individuals or a family to live on and help look after the land, live in a connected way and work with us to develop our vision. This could be on a short or longer term basis. We are at an early stage and anyone joining us would have the opportunity to influence our vision and plan.
 If you are interested in getting involved or would like to know more please contact Will and Milla at


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