I had learned that you only have to walk in a big wide-open place without open fences and the fences in your mind will begin to come down.
Wild Nature is…
Wild Nature is...
— a collaboration between wilderness enthusiasts, nature mentors, and outdoor skills educators Shane Furlong of Wild Places and Marc Barker of NatureConnect. It has been brought to life and inspired by Shane and Marc’s own nature connection journeys, and the trainings, teachings and experiences they have gathered along the way. Emboldened and motivated by the richness and vitality this journey has brought to their lives, they are excited to open the door to others to step into this journey through WildNature.
It is an invitation to Re-Wild, an invitation to remember our wild selves and a dare to be fully alive. An opportunity to step out of the time-bound day to day of responsibilities and immerse within the timelessness and richness of the flows and cycles of the natural world through ancestral crafts, naturalist knowledge, nature connection practices and time spent building relationship with the landscape and each other.
We want to reawaken the rich connection to place that is our birthright, one that includes the plant and animal communities and to send you back out into the world, seeing through new eyes, with a deeper awareness of the natural world.
What to expect
What you can expect
— You can expect time together outside, building connection to yourself, others and the natural world through crafting and practical skills, games, embodied experience, sensory awareness, story and song, reflection and journeying.
Spend time sitting by the fire under the stars, wandering and stalking through herb-rich meadows and ancient woodlands, wild-crafting and making, deepening your awareness and journeying through the landscape. For details of specific offerings see our 2019 offering Coastal Craft and Foraging.
Our weekends will be a mix of skills transfer through clear instructional teaching,artful and playful facilitation for concept exploration and integration and simple and inviting ceremony to share gratitude for the Earth.
Why this is needed
Why this is needed
ReWilding is an idea whose time has come.The old ways are new again and not before time. At a landscape scale allowing our ecosystems to regenerate and finding ways to lightly tend land has the potential to heal our planet and climate. At a community and individual scale restoring and exploring old ways of being and immersing ourselves in the natural world has the potential to heal the wounded parts of ourselves.
For most of our human history we have been in intimate daily contact with the natural world. Our bodys and beings have evolved in a daily dance with weather patterns, the movement of the birds and animals, the daily cycles of dark and light and the annual cycles of seasons. We have sourced our food,water,medicines, fibres and materials for shelter from our local bioregions. The distance we have put between ourselves and natural cycles and self-imposed restrictions we have adopted on our movement, expression and connection are affecting our health at a societal scale.
The good news is that the maps for re-engagement and our natural joy for life live within us and can be accessed with simple practices like walking barefoot, washing our face in the morning dew, relearning old skills and deepened and integrated through repeated practice and sharing our experiences with each other.
2019 Wild Coastal Immersive
August 23rd - August 25th 2019
Join Nature Connection Facilitators and Bushcraft Teachers Marc Barker and Shane Furlong for this wild Coastal Immersive.
Set up Camp with us on the edge of an ancient Hazel woodland and immerse yourself in a world of craft and foraging for two nights and three days this summer along the Wexford coastline. Where water meets Earth and the land meets the sea can be found some of the richest habitats on the planet. Walk the edge between two elemental worlds and discover the wild upwelling within you.
Guest Instructor — Darach Ó Murchú of Elements Outdoor Training & Adventures
Coastal Foraging Expert Primitive Skills Enthusiast
Arriving with the cloak of civilization draped around your shoulders, you will be gently caught by the meadows, hazel groves and gentle wild magnificence of Badgershill. As the you settle into the weekend and we begin to explore and discover how and why this place is, as the birds and the mammals and trees and the herbs begin to shed their cloaks of anonymity and you re-discover the joy of finding and making from your locality, you will discover new creatures,connections and skills and, with them, new areas of yourself that have lay dormant. We hope you will leave refreshed, wilder in your mind and heart and step back out into a richer inner and outer landscape.
How We Will Spend Our Time
Saturday evening will be have an open village feel, with the opportunity to take time out at camp, continue crafting for those who want to, explore firecraft around camp, wander and explore the land nearby or visit the homes of the badgers who give this place it’s name.
— We may emerge blinking from the shelter of the woods into the open air and elemental presence of the Ocean, make our way to the South coast around Kilmore Quay and spend the day foraging for seaweed and wild coastal edibles, returning to camp for a wild feast;or
— We will bring the sea to us with a fish skin tanning workshop on the wooden deck of the cabins at Badgershill, skinning, scraping, hanging and preparing skins that can be turned into simple bags or other small projects.
FoodA hot meal will be provided on the the night of arrival to nourish you after your journey.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Sat and Sun.
You should bring food for Sat evening and you will be welcome to cook around the communal campfire. You should also bring any snacks you might need to keep your energy up during the day and something to tide yourself over for the onward journey on Sunday.
CostCabin Package (2 spaces) €267.50 euro includes course cabin accommodation and food*
Wild Camping Package €214 includes wild camping space, food* and all materials as specified
Early Bird Package €192.60 includes wild camping space and food* and all materials as specified