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EVENTS 2017

APRIL NIGHTWALK
EOSTRE: SNAKES DRAGONS & EGGS. CHILDREN'S WOODLAND NATURE DAY
MEN'S GATHERING IN THE WOODS
MAY NIGHTWALK
CONTACT IMPROVISATION : SHARING THE TERRAIN
5 RHYTHMS : DANCING IN THE WOODS
GATHERING OF MEN
HEART SONG IN THE WOODS
LANDING IN THE WOODS
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April Nightwalk


APRIL NIGHTWALK
with Tim Sanderson

7:30pm - 10:30pm Friday 7th April 2017
Gather round a blazing fire as the veil of night is drawn and then take a guided walk through the woods by moonlight,
witnessing the enchanting wonders of the sylvian night.

Led by artist, poet and woodsman Tim Sanderson.

Return to the fire for tea and an opportunity to share our experiences.

£8 per person, dress for all weathers, warm and waterproof, sturdy footwear, no torches please.

Meet at The Shed, Little Wood Lane, Swanton Novers, Norfolk. NR24 2RE
(Full directions provided on booking)

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW:
Email Tim Sanderson
contact@the-clearing.co.uk









Eostre


EOSTRE: SNAKES DRAGONS & EGGS. CHILDREN'S WOODLAND NATURE DAY
with Sue Bayliss and Red K Elders

10:00am - 15:00pm Saturday 8th April 2017
Celebrating Eostre and the Spring as a time of renewal.
A day for children aged 6 - 12 to connect with nature.

Spring is a time of awakening and new life. Eostre was the Anglo Saxon goddess
of the dawn and was associated with hares and eggs, symbols of fertility.
Snakes and dragons are associated with the Spring Equinox.

Our plan for the day is to:

Call in the five directions, Air in the East, Fire in the South, Water in the
West, Earth in the North and Spirit at the Centre. Centre ourselves with
breathing deeply and coming home to our bodies.

Discover all the signs of spring growth in the woods around us and choose one
flower or tree or plant to draw. Discuss what is awakening in you, dreams,
ideas, friendships. And what you might want to let go of as the winter departs.

Discuss the significance of the snake that sheds its skin and represents
regeneration. Find a snake like stick and paint it to look like a snake.

After lunch and some play time, the children will enjoy a restful visualisation
of becoming a seed growing to open to the sun as a plant with shoots.

Egg painting. Eggs are associated with Easter and come from the pagan roots.
We will paint hard boiled eggs to take home.
After some play time with a new version of tag, we will study dragons, find out
about different kinds and hear a dragon story from a book by Ursula La Guin.
The dragon is associated with the Goddess and with the Spring Equinox. The
children will make up their own dragon story in which the dragon has
something important to tell them. They may act one of them out.

Home time with the drawings of flower, snake stick and egg to take home.

Cost: £20 additional siblings £5

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW:
Email Red K Elders
contact@the-clearing.co.uk
Maximum 20 children.
This will likely be very popular, as it is in the Easter holidays.
BOOK NOW to guarantee your place!

Children can be left for the day. Adults are also welcome to enjoy the woodland,
staying discreetly close by if needs be.

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ABOUT THE GROUP LEADERS:

Sue Bayliss is a trained teacher and holistic therapist. She has done a training in Mindfulness for Educators
with Thich Nhat Hanh and is passionate about running days for children to connect with nature.
She recently had an article published on the Green Parent magazine website about a day she led in
Salhouse with home educated children. She has also run a day at the Magical Free Spirit School run by Hannah Hardy.
Her two grand children help her to inhabit the world of young children and she regularly looks after them
and takes them on trips into the countryside to experience the natural world.
She is keen to enable children to have spiritual experiences and learn to honour the Earth and all her living beings.
Ritual and ceremony are helpful to mark the ceremonies associated with the turning of the the year.
An interest in Celtic mythology and practices and a variety of shamanic trainings give her plenty of ideas
to lead the children in celebrating the different times of the year.

Red K Elders created and ran Mighty Oaks parent and child/community group for 6 years,
mostly all outdoors, assisted by the natural elements of the glorious woodland.
She has also also led many woodland workshop days, passing on traditional skills and crafts
she learned from her mother and grandmothers to new generations.
As well as organising many local dance, movement, therapy workshops and arts and crafts events,
her monthly Heart Song event offers a beautiful held space to journey together through movement and dance,
deep listening circle and voicework.
Nourishing and supporting over 200 local familes, these activities have gifted her with a wealth of experience
in holding safe and sacred structured space for both adults and children to soften, release and grow together.

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IMAGE is 'Ostara' by Helene Nelson-Reed
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Sharing The Terrain


MEN'S GATHERING IN THE WOODS
with Tim Sanderson

9am Saturday 22nd April to 4pm Sunday 23rd April 2017
A two day gathering of men at The Clearing.

Camping, fire circle, group task, listening and speaking in circle, sitting in silent solitude,
body work, walking, drumming, feasting, poetry, story and song.

Connecting authentically with ourselves, each other and the living land.

All welcome, fathers and sons encouraged.
Minimum age 13 accompanied, 17 unaccompanied.

CAMPING
We recommend that everyone camp on site. Please bring a small tent, and all you need for a good nights sleep.
Bring plenty of layers and waterproofs, and suitable footwear for the woods in all weathers.
We will be outdoors throughout.

PRICE
£50 per person (includes camping, breakfast, 2 lunches, water, hot drinks and snacks through the day).

Please bring food to share for the Saturday evening feast,
Perhaps your favourite dish readymade, to be heated or cooked on the open fire.


BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW:
Email Tim Sanderson
contact@the-clearing.co.uk









April Nightwalk


MAY NIGHTWALK
with Tim Sanderson

8:00pm - 10:30pm Friday 12th May 2017
Gather round a blazing fire as the veil of night is drawn and then take a guided walk through the woods by moonlight,
witnessing the enchanting wonders of the sylvian night.

Led by artist, poet and woodsman Tim Sanderson.

Return to the fire for tea and an opportunity to share our experiences.

£8 per person, dress for all weathers, warm and waterproof, sturdy footwear, no torches please.

Meet at The Shed, Little Wood Lane, Swanton Novers, Norfolk. NR24 2RE
(Full directions provided on booking)

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW:
Email Tim Sanderson
contact@the-clearing.co.uk








Sharing The Terrain


SHARING THE TERRAIN
with Robert Anderson

Saturday 13th May
10:30am until 5:30pm (all are welcome to stay after and share food round the fire)


Moving outdoors provides a wonderful opportunity to open our senses and meet the natural
environment with curiosity. We will ground and centre our selves as we breathe and move with earth and flora.
Heightening our sense of touch, weight and mass we can follow impulses to take us into a dance where inner and outer landscapes meet. Alone and as a group, we will engage in a sensual and playful approach toward our environment, using our skin and senses as interfaces and spaces to meet. From here we can start to encounter each other with the same sense of listening and sensitivity. We will explore methods to harness the energies of our bodies in shared pathways of movement.

During the day we will explore some of the key principles of contact improvisation to develop a language that can be used for spontaneous movement with a partner. Exercises will examine principles for leading and following, maintaining a shifting point of contact, and getting comfortable with giving and receiving weight.
The work expands our ability to be both strong and soft, supported and supportive, receptive and responsive.
After studying some simple techniques for safe and easeful movement we will have time for exploration, improvisation and play.

What is Contact Improvisation?

Contact Improvisation is a movement-form open to all ages and bodies of all shapes and sizes. No prior experience required. Everyone is welcome and there is need to come with a partner.
Contact Improvisation is a dance of improvising and partnering based on the
physics of touch, balance, weight, momentum, flow and resistance.
It has been variously described as an art sport, a game with two winners
and a physical conversation.

Contact dances can range from the quietly meditative to the exuberantly acrobatic.
It is a dance form that fine tunes our senses and wakes up our ability to listen
and respond to what is happening in the moment.
It is a form of movement open to all bodies and enquiring minds.

CAMPING
A limited number of camping spaces are also available in the woods for Saturday night.
Campers must be packed and clear of the site by 12:30pm on Sunday


PRICES
£40 per person (includes water, hot drinks and snacks through the day).


Please bring food to share for lunch and evening meal.


BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW:
Email Tim Sanderson
contact@the-clearing.co.uk

For more information on Contact Improvisation contact Robert Anderson
robert@contactimprovisation.co.uk
www.contactimprovisation.co.uk/







Dancing In The Woods

DANCING IN THE WOODS
with Tim Broughton

Saturday 3rd June
1:00pm until 7pm (dancers are welcome to stay after and share food round the fire)

Dancing the Five Rhythms out in nature helps us literally come down to earth.

The Clearing, surrounded by beautiful woodland, provides a natural amphitheatre for exploring the Rhythms, and our ongoing healing with nature.

We are innately a creation of nature. Our Western way of living serves to separate us from an everyday experiencing of being-in-nature. Dancing the Rhythms is a natural pathway to reset ourselves into harmony with nature once again. We are gathering on the earth, surrounded by the natural elements, to heal the separation so that we can again experience the connectedness, the joy and the ecstasy of being-in-nature; to feel one with Life.


CAMPING
A limited number of camping spaces are also available in the woods for Saturday night.
Campers must be packed and clear of the site by 12:30pm on Sunday


PRICES
£60 per person (includes water, hot drinks and snacks through the day).
Note: bookings must be made before May 22nd


Please bring food to share for Saturday evening meal.


BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW:
Email Tim Sanderson
contact@the-clearing.co.uk

For more information on 5Rhythms dancing contact Tim Broughton:
tim@opentolife.co.uk
www.opentolife.co.uk
Tim also hosts a weekly class at Kew in London (click here)
and runs a week long retreat in Dorset, The Field of Love (click here)







Gathering of Men


GATHERING OF MEN
with Graeme Malone, Andy Wood and Tim Sanderson

9am - 4pm Saturday 10th June 2017

HOW IS IT TO BE A MAN TODAY ?

Gather for support, brotherhood, communal work in the woods.

Share food, ideas and stories.

Hear and be heard.

£20

Dress for outdoors and all weathers, bring food to share.


BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW:
Email Tim Sanderson
contact@the-clearing.co.uk









Landing in the Woods


LANDING IN THE WOODS
with Tim Sanderson and Georgie Ford

10:30 am Saturday 12th August to 3pm Sunday 13th August 2017

A weekend of connection with the land, ourselves and each other:
Through grounding, movement, meditation, drumming, dancing, feasting, singing, sound healing,
dream weaving, speaking and listening from the heart and being together.

You are invited to show up round the camp fire as you are in your rags and jewels,
Come home to the land, to yourself and to your fellow travellers.

SATURDAY
Arrive and pitch tents
Lunch
Opening circle and drumming
Grounding and movement meditation
Afternoon Tea
Solitary reflection
Sound bath
Supper
Gather round the campfire

SUNDAY
Dream weaving
Breakfast
Listening circle
Lunch
Drumming
Closing circle

Delicious, wholesome, veggie food and drinks provided throughout.
Saturday: Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Supper.
Sunday: Breakfast, Lunch.

Bring a tent and everything you need to sleep well, dress for the outdoors (all weathers), and bring a towel.

Bring a drum or something percussive. Other instruments welcome.

Camp fire
Compost loo
Wash basin
Dinning tent
Car and camper-van parking

The event takes place at a beautiful Clearing in the heart of 800 acres of woodland near Swanton Novers, North Norfolk.


Age 16+

£75per person, includes camping and all meals, snacks and drinks.
£60 concessions


To book make online payments to
Mr T J Sanderson
08-93-00
03280610
Full directions to site upon booking

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW:
Email Tim Sanderson
contact@the-clearing.co.uk

(Image: Girl with Rabbits, 1886, Frederick Stuart Church.)