"The unexpected action of deep listening can create a space of transformation capable of shattering complacency and despair." - Thich Nhat Hanh
Me reading a poem at last weekend's East Bay Return to Earth 🌏 Meetup. We explored the theme of Radical Listening and practiced deep listening to
Nature, Ourselves, and Others.
Radical means going to the root, the essence, the fundamental nature of something. We have the ability to listen not only with our ears, but with our heart and gut. It is active empathy, whether that is for a friend, an enemy, the many voices within ourselves, or an aspect of nature. Among the prerequisites are curiosity, silence, slowing down, non-reactivity, non-judgment, and letting go of ego, agenda, and striving.
For a host of reasons, perhaps the most difficult of these sometimes is listening to our authentic selves. Nature provides a context in which--and an ally with whom--our authentic voices can be heard more clearly.
Had a fantastic week as an invited trainer for EWES (European Wilderness Education School) in the Spanish Pyrenees. Ten highly motivated trainees were pushed to their limits during this survival module. We were very fortunate to spend the second part of the week with a expert bear tracker. Since we saw no bears you have to enjoy this image of semi-wild horses drinking from the river. #haglofs#wildernessguide#guiding#outinthewild#outinthewilderness#wildernesstraining
For those of you who don't know, for the last 5 months, I've been working as a wilderness therapy field instructor for @blueridgewilderness. It has been my favorite work I've ever done, but I admit, it got difficult balancing out my life and I got burnt out. So I put in my two weeks notice. Not too long after, though, an opportunity opened up to stay within the company with a more flexible and lighter schedule. As of a week or so ago, I am now their official content creator. And friends, it is so stinkin' cool because I love what we do here and it's amazing I get to capture it and share it with others and the world. I don't care if you support my work, but go show some love and support for @blueridgewilderness and everything they do! This time-lapse is just a glimpse of what lunch looks like out in the woods with the students and staff.
I understand that some of you are like... what is wilderness therapy?! What is a field instructor?! What the heck are they doing in that time lapse video?! I can answer those questions :) Just comment or DM me!
Shot and edited by me via @gopro
Song: "Pieces" by Andrew Belle
Meals are so much more enjoyable when they are prepared together and shared together. This is a time-lapse of a lunch cycle done in G3. The lunch cycle consists of students starting and maintaining a fire, preparing ingredients, cooking over the fire, eating together while in a G-circle that ends with a chant, and cleaning to prepare for the next activity.
Hey friends, @kelley.le here 😊 I've recently started as a content creator with Blue Ridge to capture and share the unique experiences the people here have. As a former field staff, who has been in the depths and valleys with these students and fellow staff, it is incredibly exciting to share this with all of you! I will be sharing much, much more as time goes on. So I hope you enjoy and get a glimpse of what the heart and community of Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness looks like!
Shot and edited by: @kelley.le via @gopro
Song: "Pieces" by Andrew Belle