Why not escape to a magical place in the heart of beautiful Dorset. In glorious countryside right by the sea.
Somewhere you can completely relax and experience a foraging adventure with a difference.
Dorset is rooted, earthy. A place of wonder. A place where you can step out of time. Slow down. Nurture yourself.
A place that offers nourishment and healing not only for your body and mind, but for your heart and soul.
Our time together will be very special.
It will be an adventure along the Green Path.
A journey of discovery and reconnection to plants, self and soil.
A deep exploration into what it means to be in right relationship with the natural world.
In a culture of hustle-and-bustle, it’s important to stop occasionally and retreat for a while.
To find peaceful sanctuary.
Return to self, and RESTORE VITAL CONNECTION to the natural world.
Not as a way to avoid life, but in order to nourish and heal yourself. Allowing you to return home deeply refreshed and replenished.
The Ancient Art of Foraging
Wild food is the ultimate in ‘local’ and ‘seasonal’ produce, and historically has always been a source of food for country people.
Foraging re-awakens your senses so you gain a greater appreciation of Land, and your place in the natural cycles and rhythms of life.
When you leave, you will know these plants at a very intimate level. Beyond simple book learning, or botany.
As we sink deeper into ourselves and this special place, I will introduce you to the plethora of wild edible plants that will make up our meals.
What exactly we end up eating will be the result of what plants we find.
At this time of year, you are assured of many wild ingredients to choose from.
I will not only show you how to identify wild edible plants. You will also discover the different plant stories. Their nutritional values. Their folklore. Their mystery and history.
Foraging is a Living Art and one that is best done in the company of others. We will gather together. Make food together. Eat together, in simple celebration.
The Art of Sensory Attention
You will also be taught simple, body-centred contemplative practices that enable you to “get out of your head & come to your senses”.
You could see this as akin to the Buddhist practice of mindfulness, although it is very much rooted in the Western contemplative tradition.
I use these practices daily, to deepen my relationship and restore vital connection to the Natural World. I was first introduced to them nearly 30 years ago.
The Art of Sauntering
Sauntering is an almost forgotten practice that helps you transition from the sensory overload and seriousness of everyday life, towards a state of mind and body that becomes receptive to ‘deep foraging‘ and ‘nature connection‘.
I have witnessed many times that once people are shown how to pay attention, their relationship with Nature and the rest of the non-human world deepens. Often in extraordinarily profound ways.
Plants are a gateway to experience the world with new eyes.
Contemplative plant and nature focused practices help you to re-member yourself, and reconnect you back to Gaia; the living earth.
By slowing down you will step into Wild Time, where the modern world is put aside, as you slip back to a way of being that was common place to our ancient foraging ancestors.
No magical incantations or shamanic journeying required.
The Journey Begins
The ‘Reconnect to Plants’ retreat is being held at a wonderful contemplative community, in an outstanding area of natural beauty.
Dorset at its finest. With the heavenly landscape. The sea on our doorstep. A wild diversity of plants and habitats. The pink and orange sunrises and sunsets.
With good food and in good fellowship, we will gather for three days of exploration.
After breakfast, each day you will be shown how to gather and prepare plants as food.
Each afternoon, after a lazy lunch, you will learn a gentle ‘sensory attention practice’.
A simple way that will allow you to “Wake Up To Plants”, to experience deeply your relationship to them.
This is a return to working with wild plants, like we did in bygone days.
A wonderful blend of traditional knowledge and how it can be practically applied in the context of modern daily living.
There are no qualifications. No exams. No botany knowledge or PhD required to come along.
All that is required is a love of plants and nature.
When, Where & How Much?
Monday, 14th to Thursday 17th May 2018
- Time: 4pm (Monday) to 2.30pm (Thursday)
- Location: Burton Bradstock, Nr Bridport, Dorset (exact location revealed after booking)
- Meals, Drinks & Snacks: Included
- Accommodation: Included (You have your own room. However there are 2 double beds available for couples)
- Availability: SOLD OUT
- Early-bird price: £295 (until 1st March 2018), then £345
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About Robin Harford
Robin Harford is an ethnobotanist, contemplative, professional forager and wild food educator. He has been teaching people about their local edible landscape since 2008.
His foraging courses were voted #1 by BBC Countryfile in 2017.
Robin travels extensively documenting and recording the traditional and local uses of wild food plants in indigenous cultures, and more recently his work has taken him to Africa, India, SE Asia and Europe.
He is a co-director of Plants & Healers International, a non-profit that connects people, plants and healers around the world.