I am delighted to announce that I’m holding a workshop at Wild & Well Festival in Bristol. In keeping with the festival’s focus on physical, mental and emotional health and the outdoors the workshop will be an exploration of the potential role of Nature in addiction recovery. Come and join me! Direct link to the workshop page is here.
You can secure tickets for the whole weekend or the day as required by clicking here. There are loads of interesting talks and fun workouts to choose from, as well as wild wanderings. If music is your thing I suspect that Ayla Nereo’s closing ceremony on Sunday evening at Aston Court will be inspirational. Take a look at her highly talented and ecologically-informed performance as prayer here.
Many people in recovery cite nature as a nurturing, restorative factor in their recovery process. What is it that we’re experiencing when we feel restored by nature? What does this balming effect have to do with our addictive processes? Are our increasingly urban and technologically-oriented lives affecting our capacity to feel our place in the evolutionary order of things, and how might this impact our choices and patterns as individuals and societies?
This workshop will explore the healing potential of nature in addiction recovery. Sharing a combination of personal anecdotes, clinical theory and experience Integrative counsellor Freddy Weaver will offer insights and an embodied exercise to take us deeper into our own relationships with the natural world and ourselves. Whether working with a chemical addiction or more subtle patterns of avoidance everyone is welcome. Those interested are encouraged to bring a journal, a curiosity towards the ‘more-than-human’ world and a willingness to share their experience – or not, as they prefer (sharing is fully optional!).