April 20-22: The Hero’s Journey. With Will Gethin and Alan Heeks at Hazel Hill Wood.
This weekend is a chance to go through the stages of the Hero’s Journey, the archetypal process of transformation as described by mythologist Joseph Campbell. You will have the support of a group of men sharing the journey, experienced guides, and the magic of this 70-acre conservation woodland.
Is there a next step in life calling you? Or a desire to explore? This weekend is a chance to move through the stages of the Hero’s Journey, the mythical transformation process described by Joseph Campbell in the ‘Special World’ of this 70-acre woodland. Supported by the fellowship of a group of men and experienced guides, you can journey towards your chosen new horizon, facing your fears and learning from them, opening to new inspiration and direction, and integrating all this with the realities of everyday life and work.
This journey of inner and outer discovery is relevant for men of all ages looking to grow or evolve in some aspect of their life – be it a personal quest or crisis, creative project, or community or work-related endeavour. We’ll also explore and reinvent the role of the modern “hero” and what it means to be a man, in these more collective and gender-equal times.
Complete with sharing circles around the campfire, ritual space, and time for silent reflection in the woods, this is a rare opportunity to connect deeply with yourself, others and nature. It’s a chance to find a fresh sense of purpose, to feel revived, resourced and enlivened, ready to move forward with your chosen dream or goal.
Hazel Hill Wood has been a powerful venue for many men’s groups since 1997, offering safety, nourishment and wisdom. This magical 70-acre conservation wood has simple, hand-made off-grid buildings, and special outdoor spaces, see more at www.hazelhill.org.uk/
Will Gethin: as a holistic explorer and travel writer, Will has explored many edge-of-the-world frontiers on a quest for enlivened living. In 2012, he founded comms & events agency Conscious Frontiers to give voice to organisations and people engaged in creating a better world. He is also a qualified meditation teacher. More info: www.willgethin.com; email@example.com
Alan Heeks: Alan is a natural happiness writer, group leader and social entrepreneur with a passion for wellbeing, resilience and learning from nature. He has been involved in men’s groups as a guide and member for over 20 years, and has led numerous workshops and retreats at Hazel Hill. His second book is Out of the Woods: A Guide to Life for Men Beyond 50. See more at www.alanheeks.com; www.naturalhappiness.net
Bring inspiration and creative juice to your life and work.
June 22-24 at Hazel Hill Wood.
with Alan Heeks and Cordelia Jilani Prescott
Do you want to renew your creativity, and your connection with the bigger picture? It can be a great way to recover our resilience, and develop our sense of how we’d like our life to be, when everyday pressures have left us feeling depleted and uninspired.
Supported by the magic and vitality of a beautiful wood in mid-summer, this weekend will offer various ways to explore these themes:
- Relaxing into this magical 70-acre wood at midsummer as a source of inspiration and renewal.
- Trying some new approaches to spark creativity, such as learning from ecosystems, and reframing the story.
- Sharing movement and song as a way to connect with inspiration and the joys of life.
- Celebrating the Celtic festival of Summer Solstice: growing into full summer, aligning ourselves with this season of expansiveness.
- Drawing on Thomas Berry’s teachings about the power of positive dreams in practical change.
- Exploring the idea that creation is an ongoing process in our world, and each of us has a part to play in it.
- Using our challenges as a guide to further growth, in personal and work situations.
Alan and Cordelia have led many personal and spiritual development groups, weaving together a range of approaches. Alan has been exploring natural resilience and honouring the Celtic festivals at Hazel Hill for over 20 years. See more at www.naturalhappiness.net. Cordelia is a gifted musician and group leader with a deep affinity for ecology and inspiration from nature.
Hazel Hill is a conservation woodland and retreat centre, 7 miles from Salisbury. It has simple, yet beautifully crafted off-grid wooden buildings with lovely indoor and outdoor group spaces, basic accommodation in bedrooms and sleeping lofts (or camping), good hot showers and compost loos. See more at www.hazelhill.org.uk.
Cost including food and accommodation: £180, concessions £140. Some private bedrooms available at a small premium. Timing: Fri 7pm-Sun 4pm.