RECONNECT TO THE EARTH

BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY TO A SIMPLER,
MORE INTUITIVE LIFE ALIGNED WITH NATURE

October 31st - December 22nd, 2019
(Samhain - Winter Solstice)

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Nature makes you feel alive.

It’s where you feel most at home.

You can feel it drawing you outside, but it’s hard to connect when often, you feel like you’re working against the natural ways of the world; finishing your to-do list late at night, feeling you should find time to go for a run twice a week (every week), struggling to find any energy to do the things you really want to do (or sometimes, the energy to do anything at all).

But you’ve been drawn to this page for a reason: I know you want to make a change.

I know that you’re ready, to reconnect, rewild and realign.

 
 
 

What if I told you that following the rhythm and seasons of the natural world can make you more productive, joyful, and fulfilled?

 
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I’d never been a devout follower of… well, anything really. But around five years ago, I started to feel a gnawing disconnect with my life. Every element felt like it was moving against the natural way of things, and it was only when I started to read more non-fiction, in particular the new wave of nature writing that was emerging at the time, that my perception of faith, belief and what I valued in life was transformed.

I started to ground myself in the seasons, to really try and notice the small changes in nature as the year progressed. I bought The Seasons: A Celebration of the English Year by Nick Groom, and fell down a rabbit hole: this book contained everything that I wanted to include in my life - nature, the seasons, tradition, literature, celebration, folklore, adventure - but I didn’t know where to start. So I spent the following few months devouring everything I could that sparked my curiosity. Poetry from John Clare, the concept of microadventures, the emerging idea of slow living (which at the time was virtually unheard of on the internet, and especially on Instagram).

One day my dad recommended I read Glennie Kindred’s The Earth’s Cycle of Celebration, and handed me his copy. Reading just the introduction, I realised that subconsciously I had already started to sculpt a life defined by the ebb and flow of nature. I was already feeling the impact of the Earth’s energy at different times of year, starting to alter my routine, what I was eating, the activities I enjoyed doing. And I wanted more of the same.

I spent more time reading, researching, and thinking about how everything linked together, and to begin with, my thoughts and ideas were incredibly scattered, which I suppose is natural when you’re forming a belief system. I felt very much like the odd one out, and didn’t fit neatly into any one category. But as I continued to learn and find out more, my beliefs, values, and approach to life and work evolved over the next few years, resulting in something I now call ‘Earth-based living’.

 
 

 Earth based living:

MOVING THROUGH LIFE GUIDED BY THE EBB AND FLOW OF THE SEASONS, AND THE ENERGY OF THE EARTH.

 
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What is RECONNECT TO THE EARTH?

 

A 7-week immersive study in Earth-based living, showing you how to make small changes that add up to a big transformation.
The course will begin on October 31st (Samhain) - the Celtic New Year - and close on December 22nd (Winter Solstice).

 

What can I expect from the course?

 

7 online workshops (approx. 1 hour each) that introduce the lessons & ideas for that week:

  1. Engaging with the Wheel of the Year, in particular Samhain and the Winter Solstice

  2. Creating rhythm, ritual & ceremony in the darker half of the year

  3. Connecting to the five elements of nature & how they influence us during the winter months

  4. Releasing the past year & setting ‘slow’ intentions for the reflective season ahead

  5. Tree lore, storytelling & the wisdom of plants & trees

  6. Nature study & immersion

  7. Creating your own seasonal framework to return to each year


A PDF workbook with exercises and journal prompts to fill in throughout the course; one section for each week (see themes above).


A Facebook group to connect & chat with other members of the course

 
 
 

The Benefits of Reconnecting to the Earth:

  • Feel like a member of one Earth community.

  • Manage and balance the different priorities in your life in order to focus on what really matters to you.

  • Discover a nature-based framework for planning, celebration and forming habits.

  • Utilise the best conditions for your actions and choices.

  • Align your everyday with nature and feel the grounding, calming influence of the Earth.

  • Learn how small changes add up to big transformation.

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FAQ

Is the course linked to any one religion?
No. We will cover various celebrations and approaches from religions such as Paganism and Buddhism, but this is a course rooted in the natural world, not religion.

What do I need to do the course?
An email account, a computer, a pen and some paper. A printer and some coloured pens might be helpful, though not necessary.

How much time do I need to commit?
Each weekday lesson will take around 20-30 minutes to complete. However, you can easily catch up at the weekends if you find you don’t have enough time during the week. The weekly online workshops will last around an hour, but will available for you to watch throughout the course if you can’t make it at the specified time.

What can I expect to get out of the course?
A grounding in key concepts that impact Earth-based living: slow living, the Wheel of the Year, Ayurveda, tree lore, traditional Chinese medicine, and more. The ability to apply this knowledge to your own life and make changes right away. You’ll finish the course with newly implemented seasonal and monthly rhythms, a framework to guide you through each season (including how to eat, move, and create ceremony in alignment with the natural world), plus you’ll also have a list of small but actionable steps that will help you to come back to the Earth if you find yourself becoming disconnected again in the future.

How can I connect with others during the course?
There will be a private (and optional!) Facebook group in which you can chat with other members of the course, share your experiences, and ask any questions you might have.

How much does it cost?
£75
Members of the community can access the course for half price (members: view your 50% off discount code here).

How similar is it to the community course, Slow & Seasonal?
It will cover many of the same topics, but in much more detail. Slow & Seasonal is a self-guided introduction to living life a little differently; Reconnect to the Earth is a transformative course that will guide you every step of the way on your journey to get back to nature, and is specifically designed to be taken between Samhain and the Winter Solstice.

What's your refund policy?
If you find the course is not for you, let me know within 3 days after the course opens after which time there are no refunds. 

Any other questions?
Email me (Eleanor) - contact@creativecountryside.com - and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

“Beneath the manifestation of seasonal change, there is also change in the energy of the Earth. These energy patterns affect us all whether we are conscious of them or not. By understanding the flow and direction of that energy, we can move with it, in harmony with it, as true inhabitants of our planet earth: belonging, part of, changing on all levels of our being.”

Glennie Kindred

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