Rewilding with Claire Dunn
For the first time, more than half of the world’s population live in cities. For the vast majority of human history our environment has been predominantly natural, but now it is urban and increasingly virtual. It seems we are disconnecting from nature and losing a fundamental source of our wellbeing. Our connection to nature is an essential element of our humanity and so as we spend more and more of our lives interacting with technology, we must ask what nature means, why we need it, and how reclaiming our place in the natural world might help us be more fully human.
Connecting with nature requires more than simply getting a little fresh air or an armchair understanding. There may be personal and daunting barriers to overcome, mindsets to rethink, and relationships to include. This workshop will introduce ‘core routines of nature connection’ – practices that fast track connection – even in the city.
Expect a hands-on experience, weaving together the latest in nature connection science and theory, alongside traditional skills such as fire-by-friction, bird language, sensory awakening, and natural fibre string making.
10.00 Welcome & Introduction
10.10 Intensive begins
17.00 Intensive ends
'If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.'
— Rainer Maria Rilke
ABOUT CLAIRE DUNN
Claire Dunn is a writer, educator, journalist and barefoot explorer. Claire worked for many years as an environmental campaigner with organisations such as The Wilderness Society, before turning her attention to the human-nature connection, studying Deep Ecology with Joanna Macy, eco-psychology, and wilderness survival skills.
In 2010, Claire embarked on a year of bush living, completing the ‘Guunuwa Independent Wilderness Studies Program’. Her recent book My Year Without Matches: Escaping the the City in Search of the Wild is a memoir of that journey.
Claire is a passionate advocate for ‘rewilding’ our inner and outer landscapes, and facilitates nature-based reconnection retreats and contemporary wilderness rites of passage.
ABOUT SPECIAL EVENTS
Leading writers, economists, historians, philosophers, psychologists, artists and other thinkers offer provocation, inspiration and consolation in the form of advice for living better. Speakers for this strand have been invited by The School of Life to present their own material. Session formats will vary depending on the subject.