Come and build a relationship with your ‘inner wilds’, the vital, overlooked stepping stone to enabling the ‘outer wilds’ to survive and thrive.
For those who work in environmental organisations, and/or those who would like to access creativity and health.
We will be both playful and serious, using body-based work, arts, writing and nature, to explore our relationship to the inner and outer ‘wilds’. Re-wilding ourselves, for our own flourishing, and that of the planet.
Price: £120 for the two days (there is a discounted price of £210 total if you also book for the ‘Re-Wild Your Words’ course on 11th and 12th May)
-A held space for individuals to bring into awareness, process, and safely express the plethora of feelings around our relationship to nature and the inner wilds (helplessness, guilt, anger, grief, hope, joy, love...)
-Techniques to re-connect to the nourishment and guidance of the ‘inner wilds’ to support us in everyday activities, creative, and environmental work
-Speaking and creative writing techniques to enable staff of environmental organisations to have contactful, impactful, engaging and persuasive conversations with funders and the public.
These are some of the questions you’ll hear answered on this two-day course:
Given it’s an indisputable scientific fact that we are, biologically, mammals, how come the words ‘you’re an animal’ are, (except perhaps in a sexual context (!), an insult of the worst kind?
What is the fundamental misunderstanding about our animal nature that is stopping us surviving and thriving?
How can we take advantage of the innate guidance inside of ourselves? How can we learn to spot the messages that are so under our noses that we fail to see them?
Why is ‘letting it all out’ not the same as being truly wild? And why should we be wary of it?
What is the important distinction between instinct and intuition?
What are the dangers of confusing creativity and spontaneity?
In what ways is ‘re-wilding’ a misunderstood concept?
What’s the Achilles heel affecting all our dialogues about climate change? How can we save the planet?
The only pre-requisite for this workshop is the experience of being a human being.
10am- 5pm. Handouts are included in the price of the workshop. Tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.
Booking must be made in advance. To book, contact Beccy, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put the name of the workshop(s) you wish to attend in the subject heading of the email.
Bridget Holding is a writer, university tutor and lecturer (University of Exeter, Open University), and arts and body-based psychotherapist (MA in the therapeutic uses of the arts). Articles about her, or by her have appeared in The Telegraph Newspaper, Writing Magazine, The Psychotherapist, and Saga Magazine. She’s a former associate lecturer for The Open University, and has been a tutor of creative writing for The University of Exeter since 2008. She’s based in the French Pyrenees.
Her passion is for exploding the myths that keep us repressing those parts of ourselves that we consider ‘wild’ and ‘animal’, and prevent us, and the planet, from not only surviving, but thriving. She presents a specific, evidenced route to healthy, happy functioning via building a relationship with the animal that is an integral part of each of us.
She offers examples of ‘wild functioning’ from her times working in psychiatric hospital settings, in the film industry, with wordsmiths through her company ‘Wild Words’, and the ‘weirder’ stuff she’s done, like living on beaches in a small tent for prolonged periods of time. She references psychology, arts and body-based practices, neuroscience and literature.
“We’re always guided and always doing it right – that’s rebalancing, revitalising, liberating, and empowering”
London School of Economics and Political Science
“She spiced an important but intellectual subject with humour and humanity. I was captivated”
Sarah, Bristol UK