We move together in the forest, sharpen our perception and get in touch with our surroundings. At times we become very still to listen, observe and feel. At other moments, we get into rapid or concentrated movement during wilderness education games, or sometimes we go into deep thickets.
In this way we can feel alert and alive and experience the forest, its inhabitants and ourselves from new perspectives. In talking circles we come together in the group and exchange our experiences.
The course does not require any previous experience and is suitable for anyone who is looking for more contact with nature in a community.
Time in nature has been shown to have multiple positive effects on people (Louv 2005: Last Child in the Woods), including relaxing, strengthening the immune system, and cardiovascular system (Clifford 2018: Your Guide to Forest Bathing). The effect of relaxation can be enhanced by consciously spending time in nature. Course content and methodology are drawn from wilderness education (Young, Haas, Mc Gawn 2014: Coyote Guide) and forest bathing (Clifford 2018: Your Guide to Forest Bathing). Specific course content includes: Core routines of nature connection, mindfulness, meditation, breathing exercises, movement games, sneaking, camouflage and hiding, bird language, animal tracks, using wild plants, experiencing trees.
Workshops - wilderness games, survival and animal tracks
Being outside in the winter is the most challenging season. That's exactly why we want to look at how to cope in the cold weather and what we can use from nature. You'll sample the sparse plant foods that are available. You build an emergency shelter only with means from nature, in which you could survive the night at moderate winter temperatures even without a sleeping bag. You deal with orientation and your natural compass.
We explore which animal tracks we can find. We sharpen our perception for the different signs they leave behind. To do this, we sometimes go into deeper thickets. Since the animals usually stay hidden during the day, their tracks and signs give us an insight into their living environment without disturbing them. Through different, partly sportive, games and exercises we learn more about the behavior of animals.
The attitude in the workshop "Survival" is not survival in the sense of a hard fight for survival of humans against nature. Instead, we assume that we are a part of nature and strive to live in harmony with it.
Meeting point Workshops: Wilderness games and survival S-Bahn station Nikolassee, exit "Spanische Allee, Strandbad Wannsee" / animal tracks S-Bahn station Wuhlheide.
Meeting point Nature Connection Course: Schmetterlingsplatz (parking lot at the entrance to Grunewald, near S-Bahn Grunewald, 14193 Berlin).
Please bring extra warm clothes, as we are sometimes quiet in one place for a long time. A pad to lie down on (e.g. sleeping mat/seat cushion) and, if necessary, a thermos flask with tea are recommended. The course will basically take place in any weather, except in case of storm or heavy rain.