GreenSpirit Spring Walking Retreat
Wild Woods and Walking the Shropshire Way
Tuesday 18th April – Friday 21st April 2017
Bridges Youth Hostel, Ratlinghope, Shropshire, SY5 0SP
The GreenSpirit Walking Retreat will be from the dinner on Tuesday April 18th to early afternoon, after a shared lunch, on Friday 21st April.
We shall stay at Bridges Youth Hostel, Ratlinghope, Shropshire, SY5 0SP where accommodation will be dormitory style (4,6,8 and 10 beds). YHA Bridges is a former village school set within the wonderfully wild landscape of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. YHA Bridges is a lovely base for walkers and cyclists and includes a cosy lounge with an open fire.
We will explore a variety of delightful woodlands, following old paths through rugged country in the Shropshire Hills. Near Wenlock Edge in the Welsh Marches we will do two full days walking on Wednesday and Thursday and a half day on Friday morning. In the evenings we will gather for creative activities, reflections and some home grown entertainment.
The Shropshire Way passes right by the hostel. The distinctive quartzite hills of Stiperstones and the Snailbeach mines are just to the west. The Bog visitor centre is housed in one of the last remaining buildings of a lost lead mining village. East of the hostel is the heathland plateau of Long Mynd with its picturesque valleys.
Around and about there is a green jumble of wooded valleys, flower-rich meadows, ancient woodland and centuries-old hedgerows.
Some of our walking will be in silence making it easier to be aware of our bodies and the sensations, smells, sights and sounds of nature.
On the way there or back you might like to visit local market towns - Bishops Castle, Church Stretton and Ludlow; they all have their share of book, bicycle and coffee shops.
The cost for the 3 nights in shared accommodation and all food is £150. Please send a cheque payable to 'GreenSpirit' to Hilary Norton, 33 Park Road, Stratford, London. E15 3QP with your name, postal address, email address, phone number and any dietary requirements.
Or book online here: https://greespirit.charitycheckout.co.uk/springwr2017 (please put any dietary requirements in the "I would like to leave the charity a message" box)
For more information contact Hilary Norton hapn(at)greenspirit.org.uk or tel: 020 8470 3365. Deadline: make sure you book by 10th April.
GreenSpirit Annual Gathering
Learning from Nature
13th - 15th October 2017
At Holland House, Main Street, Cropthorne, Pershore, WR10 3NB
Main speaker: Nicola Peel.
Nicola Peel has been working for most of her adult life on finding solutions. Since 2000 she has been working in the Ecuadorean Amazon. She travelled from the headwaters in Ecuador down the Amazon River to Brazil researching the effects of the oil industry on the environment and indigenous people who live there. Looking for solutions to help the people she met, she co-founded The Amazon Mycorenewal Project (using fungi to clean up contaminated sites), built rainwater systems for families drinking contaminated water and she has also initiated the clean-up of villages using eco-bricks (empty plastic bottles filled with rubbish). Nicola built the first ecological restaurant in the Amazon (built from 3,200 eco-bricks) and the first place to serve local coffee. Find out more at: www.nicolapeel.com
At our Annual Gathering “Working with Nature” Nicola will tell us aboutsome of the many incredible projects that she has worked on in the Amazon. She will explain how we can learn from nature to produce solutions to help both people and the environment through biomimicry. The intention is that this will re-invigorate us to find more ways of living in harmony with the Earth and help us to develop solutions for some of the problems that face the planet now.
As well as a talk, Nicola will facilitate a Workshop deepening our engagement with the elements (Earth, Water, Air and Fire) through movement and meditation and challenge us to learn from the elements and identify with them in practical ways. We will be able to give our individual responses and hopefully we will each come away with more ways in which we can make a significant difference in the world.
All food during the weekend will be vegetarian.
The weekend will start at the evening meal on the Friday and will end after lunch on the Sunday. During the weekend we will also have a chance to connect with each other and the natural world with music, small groups, creative activities, meditations, some walking, ritual, the AGM and making our own entertainment on the Saturday evening.
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