Forest of Wellbeing

And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”

John Muir
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Sue takes in the forest and river below – April 25th Rewilding trip into the Tararua forest park. The 2019 programme was transformative for some, calming, and relaxing for all. The 2020 programme will see both weekend and a week day options offered. Photo – Stephen Olsen

You are invited into a circle of friendship that takes you into the ngahere (forest). A day in which your inscape can connect with the landscape, to refresh, reflect and sustain a deeper life rhythm. Recent research out of Japan shows that just three hours in the forest can calm the body and mind, enough to sustain us for a week.

If you are keen to explore and reconnect with some of the sacred, to begin to fill that ache within your soul, then you can book for one of the upcoming days to be listed or choose a day that works for you and a group.

Spring and Summer season 2020

Outcomes (What might be possible if you attend a wellbeing/rewilding day)

  • Move towards a daily life in which your inner nature includes a mindset that is characterised by – curiosity instead of fear, awareness instead of distraction, Passion instead of apathy.
  • An opportunity to find a slower more natural rhythm for life.
  • An awakening of your soul connections.
  • Gain some additional fitness and some outdoor living skills.
  • We will incorporate and learn about the Seven Leave No Trace principles.

The inner rewilding movement is gaining momentum across the globe as people from western countries in particular seek to reconnect with nature deep within, and lost ritual and traditions. There are a number of core practices found wherever rewilding groups gather. But each also has its own geographic and cultural identities.

Rewilding is not a journey back to living as hunters and gatherers. Instead it offers the opportunity to examine our cultural paradigms, to see how they affect our physical, spiritual and mental health. A chance to dissolve the barriers between ourselves and nature, to reconnect with the sacred.

For me, rewilding in Aotearoa New Zealand must have at its core the connection with whenua – the land. Being Wairarapa based, recognising and honouring Tangata whenua – Rangitāne O Wairarapa and Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, is essential. Rewilding days need to be accessible (and affordable), support each person to find their place, their rhythm, their connections with the sacred world we live in.

While this deep desire to reconnect with nature is not exclusive to pakeha or more recent arrivals in this land, it is often pakeha and the western world, seeking such connections. I as a pakeha recognise the internal call to find and know my place, to reconnect with the sacred life force in all things.