So here we are, 13 education adventurers on a journey together...
What are our intentions for being here, and what do we want to learn?
Here is a little snippet from each of us...
I grew up in a house, in a town, with 'outdoors' being a place to visit sporadically. I've been longing for a long time to live more directly in nature, more like our ancestors and the other animals live - moving through an intimately known landscape in a small group, in constant connection with the movements and processes of our environment. I would like to feel myself to be an integral part of this natural world.
"I'm interested in learning and learning how others learn, how they learn the best, their experience with education, I'm interested to get some inspiration for future educational explorations."
"To learn more about wild food and medicine, to harvest folk songs and practise playing the mandolin, practise meditation and sensory awareness in nature, im reading braiding sweetgrass and the secret life of plants, I also want to learn about group dynamics."
During this journey I want to explore how learning through reflection and immersion can look like. I want to learn more about group dynamics, conflict resolution and facilitation through ongoing reflection on situations that arise, and through adapting to the situations and using different Tools that feel appropriate. I also want to create healthy routines of nature Connection that I can carry with me, wherever I wander next, and I will be keeping an ongoing journal with my observations.
I am interested in exploring deeper connection with plants, both botanical and more experiential knowledge. Crafts using natural materials, mainly spoons, and generally to learn more about foraging, nature connection and bushcraft skills.
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both, And be one traveller long I stood, And looked down one as far as I could... Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less travelled by...” - Robert Frost
I'm interested in learning new skills that support me in living outdoors for a prolonged period. Navigating group dynamics in an harmonious way and practicing facilitation are also aims for me. A key area of study is around ways of knowing beyond the thinking mind - intuition in it's myriad forms. I will be creating pieces of natural sculpture as we travel so to anchor and reflect on my learnings and as a symbol of my gratitude to this land.
"Juggling, meditation, trees, symbolism and documenting."
During these two months I will be studying and practising meditation, mainly emptiness, the imaginal, metta and ways of looking. I will also be creating drawings, based on image and mythology. A large part of my learning focus will be on how to run groups well and group dynamics, I hope to use this time to both experiment, practise and reflect upon groups and the processes they go through. I will also be documenting and sharing this journey taking photos and organising blog posts.
Group dynamics, NVC and conflict resolution, living in a community and holding space, to live out of a rucksack for 2 months.
To explore and deepen my connection to nature, people and our ancestors through developing and sharing my skills in traditional ancient and wild crafts and knowledge. On this journey I will focus on basketry.
I am writing an outline for a book on happiness, which I have been researching for almost ten years, and this walk gives me the opportunity to do that in dialogue with people and to live it at the same time.
Looking at feelings and thoughts that arise during this time and learning from that through meditation. I also want to learn more about plants, group processes, tracking and nature connection.