Weekend details

All weekends will include times in a small peer group, suggested activities for time on the land in the spacious breaks, songs, poems and stories, ways to embody the direction of the weekend and its ‘Acorn’ role in your life, family and work, and guided movement pieces to keep us connected and sane whilst online together.

Weekend timings –
Friday: 19.00-21.00* UK/Ireland
Saturday: 10.00-13.30 (with breaks) then 19.00-21.00 UK/Ireland
Sunday: 10.00-13.30
 (with breaks) UK/Ireland

We will be offering adaptions for other timezones, as needed, please let us know if this is you.
*On the first weekend in March (the East) we will also have an additional afternoon session to help us all land together 16.00-18.00

Here is what we intend to focus on for each weekend in experiential, theoretical, grounded and practical ways ~

East Weekend

March 19th-21st~ Spring Equinox

This first weekend is about orienting ourselves to the course. This moment of the year, or the wheel as it is called in 8 Shields mapping, is about connecting to beginnings.

Just as the sun rises in the East quadrant each day, we connect to the sunrise in the land and us – it is about starting things well. In the morning we say hello to each other, and that’s what we do during this weekend, creating safety and a full welcome to ourselves and others.

Each weekend explores a different aspect of fostering peace among people, and the ‘peacebuilding’ tool we explore in the East is good communication.

Guest Facilitator – Victoria Mew

South East Weekend

April 30th-May 2nd ~ Beltane

As the energy of Spring flows to its fullest, with the full dawn chorus and leaves and plants sprouting up all around, the quality of vitality comes forward, reminding us what it is like to be an active eight year old child in the cycle of life.

This weekend is about connecting with our bodies and senses, getting the energy flowing, and removing any blocks so that we can step into our passions and excitement. The peacebuilding tool we explore is about removing any barriers to connection.

Guest Facilitator – Chris Holland

South Weekend

June 11th-13th ~ Near the Summer Solstice

Midday midsummer is a place of intensity, commitment and focus.

This weekend is about tracking your inner fire and energy to keep it burning bright, as well as how to notice and avoid becoming overfocused which can sometimes be associated with this direction.

Peacebuilding tools: creating group agreements and holding accountability. 

Guest Facilitator – Amy Downing

South West Summer Landtime

During August, the relaxed holiday time of year, you are invited to have a supported solo time in nature. At this time of year, the birds have quietened down, the plants are drooping and the slower pace of life allows for increased connection and thereby more empathy to emerge.

You can choose to do either a dawn to dusk wander, or a 24 hour overnight solo somewhere near your home. We will help you prepare for your landtime, and support you to have your story caught afterwards.

Peacebuilding tool: supporting internal peace in the body.

West Weekend

September 24th-26th ~ Autumn Equinox

During this weekend we connect with the autumn harvest as the nights start to draw in, reflecting on our experience and learnings from the solo landtime.

We also explore how the West relates to gathering together at the end of the day and season to share stories, food, music and appreciation for each other, supporting and being truly helpful for the thriving of community.

We revisit the peacebuilding tools of good communication.

Guest Facilitator – Root Cuthbertson

North West Weekend

November 5th-7th ~ near Samhain/Halloween

As the dark times of the year come on, we reflect on the past and imagine the future.

Stories of healing, shadow work, lineage stories, grief tending and what it means to be a good ancestor are key to this weekend, as the darkness helps us to feel more fully alive in ourselves.

The peacebuilding focus is on deeper personal healing and grief tending.

Guest Facilitator – Rebecca Card

North Weekend

Winter Solstice ~ Either December 17th-19th or January 7th-9th (we will decide as a group what works best for us all!)

In this direction, the North of the year, at the time of midwinter stillness and short days, we gather to reflect on the bigger picture, the flow of the weekends, the story of the year, and our visions for the year to come.

This shield and time of the year are associated with compassion, elderhood and community leadership.

Peacebuilding – Creating and holding group unity and consensus.

Guest Facilitator – Rebecca Card

North East Weekend

February 4th-6th ~ Imbolc

As the land reawakens in fits and starts from the cold and dark of winter, and as the course closes, we explore endings and beginnings.

This last weekend is a time of celebration, honouring, forward planning, ceremony and gratitude.

The peacebuilding tool is about fostering a quiet mind.

Guest Facilitator – Rebecca Card

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