offers programmes in
natural environments, using the development of multi
sensory awareness and creativity as foundations for education and personal
growth. It offers
experiences that raise the value of experiencing wild places as
a multi-dimensional intelligence that can change
lives, educate at all levels, heal and inspire.
Science observes and records
nature's behaviour and quantifies her complexity, her
intricacy and her diversity; artists
respond to the beauty of her seasons and moods with every kind of
expression, but spiritual
traditions revere her and seek her advice and
guidance. At a time of the Great Turning (Joanna Macy), the environmental
revolution and the critical relationship between human life and
the survival of the planet, we are realizing that we and
nature are one... and that whatever we do to her we do to ourselves.
So now we need to restore our connection to her through integrated
learning and direct experience. It is time to respond to her as
wise teacher and healer instead of objective phenomenon. Children
do this in their natural trust of her but many adults don't feel
her wisdom. Wild Intelligence courses aim to help redress
the loss of that ability.
Jonathan Middlemiss is a professional workshop
facilitator and artist. He creates workshops in different media from clay work and painting to land art and movement, and
offers them to a wide range of abilities.
several years of not making pottery and working on outdoor projects, I
developed courses of physical meditation offering creative sensory
exercises in the natural environment. Through movement, and spontaneous
interactions, participants are led to the edge of perception by
stimulating the senses without analysis or judgement. It encourages the conscious choice
to engage with ‘not knowing’ and being able to let go of associations.
Whenever we release the need to contextualize, the senses start to expand,
their intensity grows, they bring a new aliveness and from a person-centred
viewpoint of nature we start to merge into unknowingness. This is an
indescribable place, because it is everyone’s own perception of it, their
journey, their engagement and their openness that creates it. The experience draws people into a state of wonder and awe, and it is always
Courses and workshops take place in
environments. Nature's potency is
everywhere, but venues are chosen where it can best be felt within
the local area. Some are short experiences of two hours, half or full days. Some
are longer. They are suitable for all
ages and abilities.