seeding change

deepening connections for change makers

FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER (2PM) - SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER (2PM) 2019

Residential venue near Bangor in Wales (with opportunities for car sharing from Bristol and the South West)

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Thank you for facilitating a space where transformation could take place.

seeding change

As environmental and political challenges keep growing, it feels like there has never been a more important time for change makers to come together, hatch plans and deepen connections. This retreat is an opportunity to unwind, revive and be inspired with a like-minded community of change makers from Bristol and the South West. Provided by Change in Nature at cost price, it is a chance to create and deepen personal relationships that can help you make environmental and social change in your sphere of influence.

This retreat is also about reconnecting to a personal sense of purpose and activating hope and positivity as we navigate the current tides of negativity. Manifesting something positive is essential for our wellbeing and motivation, and can re-energise us in all areas of our lives. Yet we often feel so busy trying to stay afloat or “change the system” that many of our best and most positive ideas, however small they may seem, never see the light of day. These ideas can provide an important avenue for channelling our passion and creativity, and bringing about different models of change.

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A time to stop and think and reflect about the next steps in my transitioning organisation and my transitioning life.
— Executive Director, one of the Prince's Charities

what will you come away with?

This retreat is an opportunity to think big and connect with like minded peers without the usual limitations and formalities. By exploring, testing and evolving your ideas with a community of fellow change makers, they have the chance to grow wild and free. Many sessions will be co-created with participants, giving you an opportunity to explore any challenges or opportunities you are currently facing.

You will leave feeling nourished, grounded, inspired and invigorated – with greater clarity, energy and confidence around driving the change you would like to see in the world. You will also leave resourced and supported by a community of fellow seed growers, who will help you cultivate and nurture any emerging green shoots.

By the end of SEEDING CHANGE you will have:

  • Formed strong bonds with a like-minded community of fellow change makers

  • Explored, tested and evolved your brightest ideas for change, drawing on fresh perspectives

  • Connected with a deeper sense of purpose, giving you clear direction and drive

  • Set realistic goals for taking ideas forward and built an ongoing support network

  • Learnt to build, grow and develop a strong community around any ongoing projects

  • Been refreshed and rejuvenated by nature

  • Been inspired to create local or transformative change, resourced with new networks, capacities and insights

the impact

Feedback from our Reignite Leadership Retreat 2018

  • 100% of participants felt better resourced to meet challenges at work and/or at home

  • 89% of participants formed closed personal connections in a short period of time

  • 89% of participants felt less stressed and overwhelmed

Across all our programmes in 2018:

  • 88% of participants felt a greater sense of general wellbeing

  • 85% of participants felt more practiced at listening to others perspectives without judgement

  • 80% of participants felt more inspired and creative

Thirty enquiring minds, a dozen wise old trees, five deer meeting my stare, two crows calling on the breeze, the earth beneath our feet.
— Tom Clarke, Science Editor, Channel 4 News
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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 be inspired and enthused. .

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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.

WHY in nature?

As our world gets ever faster and more complex, we desperately need more time and space for deep, creative thinking. We are much less likely to get the clarity we need when our brains are constantly distracted and worn out. By bringing our most refreshed minds into the environment where they perform best, we allow our brightest ideas to flourish.

That’s why some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world take this approach. Warren Buffet dedicates 80% of his time to just reading and thinking. Bill Gates gives himself two whole “Think Weeks” every year. And there’s a reason he spends these weeks in a remote cabin by a lake. It’s what we all know, and science now tells us – that our minds are much more receptive and creative when we’re out in nature.

Combining the great outdoors with a like-minded community of change makers to bounce ideas off, there is no end to the potential for radical thinking and ambitious doing.  


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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.


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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.

Seeds of Change 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


what's included?

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! 


BOOK YOUR PLACE

We believe passionately in the need to come together in this way and hopefully be a catalyst for environmental and social change. Normally the price for our retreats at this venue would be £350. However, we are offering this retreat at cost price of £150. This includes two nights of accommodation in a naturally built dwelling and all food! At the end of the retreat, there will be an opportunity to make a donation to support the facilitation if you wish but there is no expectation or requirement to pay more than the £150.

Place are limited and we envisage a high demand, so book early to secure your place.

 
 
13 - 15 September 2019 (2 nights)
from 150.00
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Thank you so much for a beautifully held weekend. You gathered a really inspiring group in a perfect setting and I love that we explored such a range of ideas, sharings, processes and exercises in so short a time. I deeply appreciate all your hard work, openness and honesty.
— JOURNALIST AND EDITOR
I awoke this morning and smiled.
— Executive Director, NGO
A wonderful weekend. And a timely reminder to mix mission and purpose with a healthy dose of joy, wonder and personal connection.
— HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN, NGO
I will keep coming back to this place and community in my thoughts as a source of inspiration and humility. Thank you.
— Corporate Sustainability Manager
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