empowered activism

deepening connections to drive positive change



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To be an activist is, at its most elementary, to be active, to be alive, to seek to use our lives to give life.
— Alastair McIntosh


This course seeks to foster deeper connections with ourselves, community and nature as a source of inspiration, nourishment and potency. By combining the inner path of self-development with the outer path of action, it aims to strengthen our capacity and motivation to act for our world and deepen our personal resilience and resourcefulness.

For those seeking to drive positive change, we can often feel overwhelmed and undermined. This course provides a space to honour our fears and frustrations with a like minded community in a way that empowers our activism. Drawing on Joanna Macy's Work that Reconnects, mindfulness, deep ecology, systems thinking and nature connection practices, it explores deepening our sense of gratitude, honouring our feelings, seeing with different perspectives and going forth with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

The course takes a broad view of "activism" to refer to bringing about change in the way relationships are structured. It is therefore relevant for anyone who seeks to drive change in the world and aims to:

  • Provide tools and techniques to help you refresh, renew and reconnect.
  • Explore and manage your emotional responses to the challenges that you face, such as fears, frustrations, despair and cynicism.
  • Provide support and guidance from a like minded community.
  • Widen your sense of perspective to a more conscious sense of creating change in an increasingly interconnected world.
  • Explore leadership inspired by nature and open yourself up to deep learning, fresh thinking and new perspectives.
  • Identify and drawn upon sources of nourishment that help you realise your potential to drive change.

Cost: £150. 

For more info, contact Hawkwood College (Call: 01453 759034 or Email: info@hawkwoodcollege.co.uk)

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andy raingold

Andy is a coach, speaker and facilitator. He hosts nature awareness, leadership, sustainability and mindfulness retreats and workshops, to bring about transformative change. He has trained extensively in these areas with Cambridge University, Schumacher College, The Living Leader Programme and Sussex Wildlife Trust. He works with professionals, businesses, charities, colleges, private clients and children. He also offers his skills internationally, and in 2017 ran a 2 month programme with indigenous communities in Namibia and a 2 week retreat for a "nomadic classroom" in the wilds of Sweden. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group, working with CEOs, Government Ministers and thought leaders to drive action for a more sustainable world.


hawkwood college

This retreat is a collaboration with Hawkwood College,  an educational charity based in Stroud which brings together people and organisations in support of creative endeavour, a flourishing society and a sustainable environment.

Address: Painswick Old Road. Stroud. Glos. GL6 7QW

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter
— Martin Luther King
The web of life both cradles us and calls us to weave it further.
— Joanna Macy