*this retreat is now fully booked - get in touch to join the waiting list*
FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER (2PM) - SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER (2PM) 2019
Residential venue near Bangor in Wales (3h 20m train from London)
Harrowing and exhilarating. That’s how we’d describe the past few months, since our last retreat for change makers in September 2018.
We’ve been hammered by devastating headlines from every side. “Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970.” “We have 12 years left to limit climate change catastrophe - and global emissions continue to rise.” “Millions struggling for survival after Cyclone Idai.” So many heart-wrenching blows. It’s hard to take it all in.
At the same time, we see exciting signs of change and feel ever closer to a positive tipping point. “Energy analysts forecast the end of coal.“ “Renewables will be cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020.” “1.5 million students rise up to join the school climate strike.” “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unveils radical Green New Deal.” “Extinction Rebellion arrests surpass 1,000 on eighth day of protests.”
Living within these two realities can be deeply overwhelming and disorientating. And we can become so busy doing, that we forget to stop, breathe, regather our energies, and ask ourselves how we want to rise up to meet this extraordinary moment in time. That’s why we and Jonathon Porritt are offering this retreat for change makers in a magical Welsh valley this September. Together we will unwind, reflect, connect and revive. We’re offering the retreat at cost (£200 below the usual price) as our way of supporting the movement.
what will we be doing?
Led by the Change in Nature team (Andy Raingold and Chloe Revill), with the support of Jonathon Porritt, this programme draws on their 65+ years of combined experience in driving environmental, economic and social change. We combine a carefully curated set of deep discussions, workshops and personal reflection time, all in a pristine natural setting that will help you to truly unwind. There will be ancient oak trees, wide open skies, rushing mountain rivers, fireside discussions and lots of laughter – supporting you to reconnect with purpose and see this extraordinary moment in history through fresh eyes.
Feedback from our programmes for change makers in 2019:
100% felt more connected to their peers
100% felt more connected to their sense of purpose
100% felt a greater sense of general wellbeing
94% felt the experience helped them to access fresh perspectives and insights
94% felt less stressed and more connected to the natural world
88% felt more inspired and creative
where is IT TAKING PLACE?
Cae Mabon Eco-Retreat Centre in Snowdonia, Wales. This has been described as ‘jaw-droppingly’ beautiful, a ‘fairy-tale village’, ‘a verdant retreat from the crazy world’ and, according to Professor Tom Woolley, the ‘number one natural building project in the UK’. At its heart is a thatched Celtic Roundhouse surrounded by a family of seven elegant dwellings made from straw bales, cedar logs, cob, stone, thatch, turf, timber and hempcrete. Together they accommodate up to 30 people. A renovated barn contains a fully equipped kitchen and a large dining room. There is a composting loo, washroom, thatched shower hut and luxurious hot tub. It is set in an ancient oak forest by a rushing mountain river.
GUEST FACILITATOR: JONATHON PORRITT
Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development who has been described as "Britain's most influential green thinker". He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90); co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83) and Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission. His books include The World We Made (Phaidon 2013) and Capitalism As If The World Matters (Earthscan, revised 2007). He has long been interested in the spiritual dimensions of the green movement.
change in nature facilitators
Chloe and Andy are two senior sustainability professionals, who after many years of working to influence policy in Westminster, went on personal journeys in nature to renew their sense of purpose and drive. Having experienced first hand the power of wild time, they set up Change in Nature to support other professionals to reflect, reconnect and reenergise.
Revive brings together their expertise as sustainability professionals and experience of facilitating transformative change processes.
Chloe is an international climate change diplomat and public policy strategist, who has worked closely with Government Ministers and senior negotiators from a wide range of developed and developing countries.
Andy is a seasoned sustainability campaigner, who was Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group for seven years, working in the corridors of power with CEOs, Government Ministers and thought leaders to drive UK and EU policy change.
Both have extensive experience as workshop facilitators. For more information on their professional backgrounds click here.
Exclusive use of a wild and remote site in Snowdonia National Park with cosy, covered spaces // 2 nights of accommodation in beautifully designed, naturally made dwellings // Facilitated discussions, workshops and experiential practices led by the Change in Nature team // Freshly prepared, healthy and delicious vegetarian meals // Optional meditation and movement practices // Night-time stories around the fire // Bottomless supplies of tea, coffee and tasty treats // A very special foraged feast // 2 day digital detox // Comprehensive insurance // Outdoor first aiders on site // A wood-fired outdoor hot tub by a rushing mountain river!
We’re offering this retreat at cost (£200 below the usual price) as our way of supporting the movement. If you would like to support the facilitation team, there will be an opportunity to donate at the end of the retreat (but no expectation - your presence is the most important thing). We also can help to co-ordinate shared taxis from Bangor station and lift shares from popular cities (such as Bristol, Stroud and London).