The Nature Effect

Creative Nature Retreats

Through our Nature Retreats we offer supported time out in Nature simply to be still and listen, away from the complexities of everyday life. This may take the form of a one day mindfulness retreat in a community garden, or a longer retreat in a wilder part of the world.

We invite you to consider what seeds you want to plant in your life, what you want to nurture or prune in order to gain the yield you need or desire. Through time spent alone in Nature, supported by experienced facilitators, and time spent in simple shared activity and conversation with others, our aim is to support resilient growth, enabling you to uncover core purpose and greater awareness about what is needed.

Nature Retreats and Vision Quests

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The Nature Effect works with associates and others to offer opportunities for solo time immersed in Nature.  Find out more in the article 

Earth's Daughters

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Catch the last of the summer sun. Time to be, connect, restore, take risks, play, weave, tell stories, watch the fire, lie in a field.  Hosted by Rookery Farm in Somerset. We are very happy to promote our first Intergeneratal Event for women. Building on our Women and Earth Retreats and our Wolf Clan girls group, this event is open to all women.

"I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life? (from Mary Oliver's poem ' A Summer's Day'

  (Mary Oliver) 

Women and Earth Retreats

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We have offered two Women and Earth Retreats by the magnificent waterfall of Pistyll Rhaeadr in North West Wales. Both were profound, creative, wild and wonderful; the transformation often subtle. The words of one participant (quoting a Martha Postlethwaite poem) express this beautifully:

"After the retreat I feel that something has shifted in my life – nothing that one could see with a naked eye, I suppose, nothing outwardly ‘grandiose’. But I myself feel that I have at least glimpsed “the song that is my life”. I do not know yet what shape it will take or where it will lead, I just have the taste/memory of it in my mind. For that I do thank ALL of you who helped the retreat to happen”. Zane

Wild Mindfulness

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Associate Ally Stott reports on her retreat:
The spring 2013 Wild Mindfulness retreat took place in and around east Oxford. By way of mindfulness meditation practices, the day was an experiential exploration of our embodiment, of being here in the world at this time of change, challenge and opportunity. The roots of mindfulness practice are over 2,500 years old and historically were practised as much outside as indoors. The Wild Mindfulness retreat provided the opportunity to dissolve some of the perceived boundaries between ‘inner’ and ‘outer’, ‘self ’ and ‘other’; and to pay attention to our experience as this happened.

Part of the motivation for offering this retreat in my local area was that often in our busy lives it is the local, the familiar, that we have the least conscious relationship with. This can include people, places and our own self. To really know a place though paying deep attention, to know its changing nature as something not separate from ourselves, expands our identity and strengthens our participation with the life of the place. What we feel connected to, we care about.

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