Set in the beautiful wilderness of Snowdonia National Park, this 3-day workshop at Trigonos will combine mindfulness, creativity and storytelling for change-makers.
At a time where the daily narratives of unregulated growth and consumption drive environmental destruction and social inequality, we need to change the stories we live by to change the world.
So …what’s your story?
Dates: To be announced soon.
Location: Trigonos, Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Storytelling makes us human. It is our narratives that shape our personal and collective experiences, as well as impacting and influencing the world around us. Stories can connect and inspire. And they can divide and destroy. It is how we relate to, and shape them, that ultimately determines our individual and collective well-being – as well as our relationship to the environment we share with other species.
“Neither revolution nor reformation can ultimately change a society, rather you must tell a powerful tale, one so persuasive that it sweeps away the old myths & becomes the preferred story” – Storytelling to Myth-Making by Ivan Illich.
Through mindfulness-based approaches, group reflections and creative writing exercises in the beautiful natural surroundings of the Nantlle valley, this workshop will explore how creative and authentic storytelling can enable us to contribute to a happier, more peaceful world that is striving to be sustainable.
The programme will begin with insights into the functions and natural patterns of the human mind and an exploration of the power of its narratives over our individual and collective lives. In an open, fun and supportive setting, participants will then be guided in developing the ability to (re)connect with their own natural creativity and imagination to build and tell their own unique stories. This process of shaping and telling our own stories can not only lead to our own well-being but also has huge power to inspire action for creating a more inclusive and sustainable world.
Bethan John is a freelance environmental journalist interested in how storytelling inspires action for biodiversity conservation and social justice. For the past couple of years she has been creating and running an environmental media course based in the Amazon rainforest and recently embarked on a film expedition to report on an illegal road that’s threatening the nature and culture of one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. She’s in the throws of producing a documentary about the story. Check out Bethan’s media projects »
Claire Thompson has worked in international nature conservation for 10 years for the World Land Trust and BirdLife International. Following the publications of two books (Mindfulness and the Natural World in 2012 and The Art of Mindful Birdwatching), Claire runs ‘mindfulness in nature’ workshops and retreats with the aim of reconnecting people with themselves and the natural world. With a passion for aliveness, authenticity and the wilderness, she pursues this to fulfill her passion for creating a happier, more peaceful, and sustainable world.
To book your place, please contact: www.trigonos.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or 01286 882388