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Rewilding Spirituality: a spiritual exploration of our connection to the natural world
*Weekend retreat 21-23rd April 2017 nr Machynlleth, Wales*

Our lifestyles and social structures today are often alienated from the natural world, severely degrading the ecosystems on which we depend, and our own mental, physical and spiritual health. So the recent surge in interest in 'rewilding' is both welcome and timely, offering restored health to the natural world and a much-needed positive environmentalism – something to hope for rather than something to fight against.

In its broadest sense, rewilding can be interpreted as not only restoration of ecosystems and natural processes but also human society and ourselves. A rewilding of the self, of the heart and soul, is a re-enchantment with the natural world, a re-awakening of our senses and intuition, a dissolving of the false boundaries between our atomised selves and the natural systems which we are part of. It is a restoration of meaningful connections with nature, our selves and each other as a connected, living, breathing system. It is a reawakening of our sacred relationship with the natural world, an ancient reverence that has been lost and forgotten.

Through meditation, reflection, discussion, ritual, experiential activities and play, together we will live simply as a community and explore what a spiritual connection with the earth means for each of us and how we can bring this into our daily lives. Drawing on Buddhist, indigenous and nature connection wisdom and practices, this retreat is for people of any or no particular spiritual tradition who want to bring the Earth more explicitly into their practise, as well as those without any formal practise who wish to explore nature-based spirituality.

Read more on the theme: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/2988677/rewilding_spirituality.html

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WHERE: Situated just outside the market town of Machynlleth in west Wales, Cefn Coch Farm sits in a stunning wild valley. Crystal clear waters flow through pockets of lush ancient temperate rainforest where – thanks to various rewilding programs – pine martens roam, breeding salmon leap up waterfalls and rare ospreys soar overhead.

The retreat will be led by Kara Moses and supported by Louise Hoskins.



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PRACTICAL INFO:

COST
£85 / £115 / £130 depending on income – please give what you can. Giving more will enable someone on a lower income to participate. All food and accommodation costs covered. Bursary places may be available if numbers allow - get in touch if finances are preventing you from coming.

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Book through Eventbrite and please complete this quick Google form. https://docs.google.com/a/karamoses.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzZFdcLo26JGvpr009XQSrkTyGCusRX8hlB0taEchIz0Lbxg/viewform
A £20 deposit is required to secure a place.

TRANSPORT:
We’d strongly encourage you to travel in an as environmentally conscious way as possible. If you’re driving or catching a taxi from the station please consider lift sharing – we’ll circulate email addresses beforehand so you can arrange this. Please let us know if you’d prefer us not to share your email address.

Train: The nearest train station is Machynlleth, which can be reached by a direct train from Birmingham in just over 2 hours. Free transport can be provided from the station with advance warning – please arrive in time for a 16.45 pick up (ie the train departing Birmingham at 14.25). A taxi from the station shouldn't cost more than £10 - call Peter's Taxis (01654 749065 / 07969997039 / peters.taxicabs@gmail.com). We will finish by 15.00 On Sunday, in time for people to catch the 16.05 train (arrives Birmingham 18.27) and can arrange transport/taxis back to the station.

Driving: Full address Cefn Coch Farm, Glaspwll, Machynlleth, SY20 8UA. Parking is limited, please let us know if you plan to drive so we can make sure there is enough space. Access is via a bumpy farm track which is very steep at the bottom - take care if driving a low-slung or heavily laden car. Look out for the 'cottages' sign.

FOOD
Nourishing vegetarian food and refreshments will be provided, from dinner on Friday until lunch on Sunday. You may want to bring snacks or any special dietary supplements (please only bring meat if needed for medical reasons). Please let us know of any dietary requirements asap so we can cater for them.

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS
We will be staying in shared rooms in the cosy holiday cottages of Cefn Coch Farm. Sleeping space is limited – let us know if you wouldn't mind sharing a king size bed! Please bring a sleeping bag.

For more information please contact mail@karamoses.com

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