courses + events

Roots of Resilience: The Power of Nature Connection

31st Oct to 10th Nov 2018

Resilience is all about connection: Deeper connection with our self, deeper connections with each other, and deeper connection with nature.

Today we face immense challenges – social, ecological and political. We can be daunted by the scale and extent of the problems. We can feel overwhelmed and undermined. Where can we find the resilience and strength needed to meet them?

Deeper nature connection can be a source of nourishment, empowerment, and wisdom. It can help us to live fully present in our times. As the Shambala Mind Training Verses say: “Remember that you are the inheritor of the strengths of thousands of generations of life.” This course will help us to remember – to regain the power and nourishment that comes from recollecting who we are and what we are part of.

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Deeper Resources for Action

17th November to 1st December 2018

A two week training in meditation skills to empower social engagement.The mind and heart offer a wellspring of powerful resource, if we know how to draw on them. Through well-developed meditation practice we can learn to access those resources to empower our action and collaborations.

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Creative Tools for Social Change

17th to 24th November 2018

How can we draw on the power of the heart, the fire of the imagination, and the dynamism of the body to empower social change through our creativity?

This week long event will bring together a group of richly talented facilitators and practitioners to share and explore creative tools that can be used in a variety of social change settings. It will take a cross/multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on theatre, story, image, dance, and music – and apply these to community empowerment, campaign development, and direct action. it will take place at our new Ulex Project centre.

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Winter Retreat

22nd Dec 2018 to 5th Jan 2019

Join us for two weeks in our secluded forest meditation space in the mountains for the midwinter. Plenty of meditation, silence, and firewood to keep us warm!

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Earth in Mind

5th to 13th May 2019

We live in a time where the marriage of outer engagement and inner understanding is an essential feature of the movement toward an enlivening and equitable human presence on this earth. This retreat is an opportunity to explore this through slowing down and settling into a rhythm and quality of presence that supports us in remembering what is important, what nourishes us, what allows us to more freely bring ourselves to life.

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Meeting The Wild

1st to 15th June 2019

This is a two week retreat with an emphasis on meditatively inhabiting the wild landscape which surrounds the Ecodharma Centre. It is part of our Nature Based Practice and Learning series. It brings meditation and mindfulness into relationship with wilderness immersion. It culminates with a 3 day solo period in the wild.

Our deepest nature is untameable. Yet, spending so much time living in a world constructed in service of a humanity, this can be hard to remember. So step out of the narrow dusty world for a while and meet the wild. Immersing ourselves in direct contact with wild nature, and deepening that connection through meditation, mindfulness, and reflection, can heal the wounds of alienation that are so present in our times. This helps us to re-connect with deeper aspects of ourselves and the world we inhabit – in a way that is enriching, empowering and transformative.

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Earth Initiation

22nd June to 3rd July 2019

Today it can be difficult to ‘know’ our belonging in our bones. The cultures associated with the industrial growth society often lead us away from intimacy with the more-than-human world, yet it waits for us. This initiatory journey is an invitation to remember what we deeply belong to, what we have always belonged to.

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