Delve into the Forest
Reconnecting to nature
reclaiming the wild soul
restoring the natural world
'The night forest has wrapped us in a promise that we are remembered there and always shall be. Inside the forest the memory of our deeper home is strong enough to carry us through to the dawn' ~ Caroline Hillyer
Our senses evolved in the forests and it is here that they thrive, we are not supposed to live inside four walls and as a consequence we can be left feeling empty and unsatisfied. Our bodies evolved to withstand short bursts of reactive stress (running from predators) and needed long periods of responsive recovery. Our modern way of living violates this natural cycle and leaves us with a baseline of perpetual stress.
Nature is a natural antidote to our unnatural lives and has been scientifically proven to reduce the levels of cortisol and adrenaline in our bodies, especially when combined with the restorative and relaxation inducing practices of yoga and yoga nidra. Regular time in nature combined with a nourishing yoga practice and yoga nidra can overtime bring our baseline back to a more natural, balanced state.
As we delve into the forest we remember the importance of our relationship with nature and the perceived gap between us and the rest of the natural world is dissolved.
Nature and humans are by definition not separate entities; we are part of nature as much as the trees in the forest and the creatures that inhabit them. We are a species of animal like any other, made of the same compounds as the earth, the wind, the moon and the stars and if we are to reclaim a full life, the life we were intended to live, we must know this interconnectedness to be true. We must feel it so deeply that we are driven to call it from the treetops, mountains sides, riverbanks and oceans. The more of us that hear this call, the more of us there are to protect, proliferate and restore the natural world to her rightful and abundant glory, in turn restoring our natural, cyclical and fulfilling lives.
When we hear the call it stirs a primal response in us that can't be unfelt and we become warriors for rhythm and restoration on behalf of the forest and womankind; deeply aware of how inextricably linked our wellbeing is to that of nature.
The Forest aspect of our practice is about reconnecting to nature, rediscovering the simplicity and sensorial satiation that can be found here and remembering our wildness.
Practices & Methods
In the forest and on our nature retreats we explore many ways of connecting back to nature, such as:
Yoga and Nature Retreats ~ Immersing ourselves in nature and her cycles to reaffirm our connection with the inner and outer rhythms that guide and inform our very being
Wild Yoga and Yoga Nidra ~ taking our practices into nature to reclaim our wildness through play, primal movement, mindfulness in nature and deep rest.
Rewilding practices ~ Earthing, tree climbing, play, pack bonding, forest bathing an more. Taking time to remember our animal nature and allow our senses to be completely captivated by the natural world
Natural Navigation ~ Remembering the ancient wisdom of using our senses to interpret natural signs and signals and find our way
Forest School ~ We often invite guest speakers to come and share nature and wildlife information and practices in the forest
Wild Awake in the Forest ~ gathering in the forest to raise funds or awareness for environmental causes such as our yearly gathering in the Forest for Earth Day