Autumn Equinox Community Celebration

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Adults £25-£50 (sliding scale), children £5

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About the course

On this day we will gather together at the Autumn Equinox to celebrate the land and the bounty of the years harvest.
Wandering together we will learn about tree and plant lore as we gather wild berries and nuts, celebrating the gifts they provide through song and story. Bringing together home grown vegetables from the Spring Rise garden with the wild food we have foraged, we will cook stew on the fire as we craft.

There will be time for joy and dancing and simple ceremony to honour this special time of year and the generosity of the land.

This day offers the opportunity to remember your natural state of being in relationship with nature and to celebrate the gifts of autumn.  We will use established nature connection practices to awaken your senses and restore wellbeing, and offer some skills that you can take with you to practice in your daily life.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • This course is suitable for adults and accompanied children, both beginners level and those with more experience in nature connection.

The course will cover

  • Seasonal celebration and traditions of our land
  • Foraging and plant lore
  • Nature based well being practices
  • Nature inspired song and story, craft and food for all the family 
  • Create an opportunity to engage in simple ceremony together
  • Connecting more with local community

Course Fees

  • Standard fee: £35
  • Supporters fee: £50
  • Supported fee: £25

About the tutors

Anna Richardson: Anna has been a nature mentor and trained forest school leader for over 20 years, working with children of all ages and mentoring adults in plant lore, foraging, nature connection and bushcraft. The 8 Shields deeply informs Anna’s work and approach.  She is passionate about connecting to nature through creativity and reverence for life and is also a forest school trainer through Circle of Life Rediscovery and has co-authored two books : Learning with Nature and The Children’s Forest and am the founder of the Children’s Forest.

Erica Shorter: Erica has been learning and playing in nature as a Forest School Leader and Nature Connection Mentor for over 10 years. She is happiest wandering barefoot in the forest and brings a flavour of deep nature connection into her work with children and adults. She is informed and inspired by the 8 Shields and is passionate about creating spaces for people to deeply connected with nature and their inner landscapes.

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