Nature Retreat: Nurture, Sustenance and Overcoming Harsh Self-Criticism
Sat 18th and Sun 19th November
If we will have the wisdom to survive,
To stand like slow-growing trees
On a ruined place, renewing, enriching it…
Then a long time after we are dead
The lives our lives prepare will live
Here, their houses strongly placed
Upon the valley sides, fields and gardens
Rich in the windows.
(Wendell Berry, “A Vision”)
Most of us desire to be happy and at peace, to be stress free and clear headed. We wonder how to best care for ourselves in the midst of our busy lives, how to respond to our responsibility to care for the earth, how to be a good parent, how to nurture our relationships.
These central questions will form the basis of these two days spent in the tranquil peace-filed and wild surroundings of North Sligo.
On Saturday we will spend some time celebrating the lives of people who have nurtured and nourished us and may no longer be physically with us. There will be time to give thanks to our environment for its protection and care, time to reflect on our generative qualities and consider how we can give to our relationships, and to the more than human world.
On Sunday we will move to a different venue and explore ways in which we adults live our lives using strategies to survive which belong to our own days of childhood. These include the need to belong, to be safe, to be free from conflict, to fit in to the expectations of others. Understanding ourselves, and discovering healthy ways of belonging, overcoming harsh self-criticism will be at the heart of this day.
Both days will include input, group sharing and time alone to experience ways of cultivating a more compassionate and genuine care of self, others, our relationships and this beautiful temporary home known as earth.
In the event of adverse weather conditions, we will move to a warm welcoming indoor venue. Please dress in several layers and bring waterproof jacket and trousers if possible, and bring a notebook, pen, lunch and a hot drink.
Date: Sat 18th November 10am-5pm, Sunday 19th November 9am-4pm
Cost: 70 euro per day or 120 euro for the two days ( If possible please do both days for maximum benefit and group trust.)
To secure a place, please send a deposit of 30 euro to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinful, Co Sligo before Monday 13th November.
For further information, please ring 0863663276 or email [email protected].