This six-month programme was incredible. The two trips took us to magical wild landscapes in northern Scotland and Spain where I was able to slow down and reconnect with myself in unexpected ways. The teaching and facilitation from Natasha and Andres was so wonderfully warm and supportive, funny and kind, while still firm enough to thrust me towards a challenging and rewarding experience, gently and firmly pushing me out of comfort, and into the wild. I returned from each retreat invigorated and supported, part of a new tribe, but well equipped to integrate the things I have learned at home.
This course has been fundamentally the most soul-nourishing thing I have ever done for myself. It has led me on a journey of self-discovery, self-appreciation and courage. I long for being in the wilderness like never before, and notice the peace and feeling of being alive that it brings me. Natasha is patient, encouraging and very human in the way she leads this course and I am forever grateful to her.
I had crippling creative block for 3 years or so. I was struggling as I was working as an illustrator, but my work felt inauthentic and I ground to a halt. I did The Artists Way with brilliant and creative Natasha and thus began my recovery.
Thank you for a wonderful evening. The part with the trees in the darkness was amazing! It gave me a much needed nature boost, and a new relationship - with tree. Natasha was knowledgeable, but also relaxed, caring and playful. She held the space and the group with a good mix of strength and flexibility. I have learnt to appreciate Stanmer Park (my local wild space) in a new and deeper way. The feeling and new awareness from this event will stay with me. Thank you.
The course was a re-discovery of myself and of my primary urges. What unfolded for the duration was a deep acceptance and embrace of who I want to be and what keeps the fire inside of me alive. Many friends found me changed but could not say exactly how except for noticing a different light or radiance in me.If I look back over the last year I cannot believe how much I’ve accomplished of what I’ve always dreamed but I’ve always put aside. I cannot recommend working with Natasha highly enough.
Natasha’s incredible skills in transformative learning, using a gentle-and-yet-strong approach, are so rare.
The overriding thing is the people. To be with people who are inspirational, supportive, who become friends over this weekend - that’s the strongest emotion I take away with me. Beyond that, during this weekend I, in turns, felt like I was a child, felt like I was in a magic realm. I felt passion and shock and calmness and inspiration so that, if I look at my photographs for example between the first day and the last, it’s not like they are taken by the same person. Many thanks.
Natasha and Andres guide the programme generously and skilfully- offering both bright mindful enquiries and permissive support when needed. It’s amazing what we can learn from leaning into nature. I so valued the support and knowledge of the local area for my solo quest time. We started in truly luscious lodges (all still way off grid and just for our group) before we hiked our way further to find our solo spots, sleeping out under the stars, while our guides generously held good space for our solos. I so valued this deep time alone in the woods, it was like micro-dosing on majesty, enough deep wide beauty to imperceptibly shift reality into something sweeter. I was left stilled, softened and spacious and in awe of the possibilities of human’s relationship with place from these deep dive weeks on the programme.
It’s great to have quality teaching which is accessible and close to home. Natasha is obviously a gifted facilitator. She ran the session creatively with a varied tempo which held my attention and seemed to draw from a wide range of teachings. In just a few hours, I feel re-inspired with my own practice and wanting more of this kind of thing.
Natasha is an absolute mistress of holding space. She holds space really, really well. She’s very intuitive in the sense of not having a rigid structure for what we are going to do but just feels what everybody needs in the groups session and comes up with the most perfect exercises just when they are needed.
This course is completely different to anything I have ever done - and I can’t believe it. Nature, I feel is an integral place to creativity and with so much busyness around and everywhere, it is amazing and vital to restore myself through being out and exploring creativity outdoors in the wild.
This has been a transformation journey of a lifetime. I did not know what I to expect but I entered the process with openness and trust and I was not disappointed. I’ve formed such strong connections with the others on the course - we’ve shared the treasures of our hearts with each other and listened to each other’s stories with delight and curiosity. Natasha and Andres lead us through the journey gently yet with clarity and power, a mix that I didn’t know was possible, however it was exactly what I needed. We had the opportunity to speak with incredible guest speakers and feel inspired and transformed. I left the course with a feeling of pride, feeling humbled, inspired and connected.
Natasha’s course is a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with our creative selves and our natural surroundings at the same time. Being outside gave the space, for self-expansion needed, to be able to sift out what matters and reconnect with my creativity.
Natasha is amazing at what she does. She manages to combine fun with all kinds of ways of seeing into you and getting you to keep your feet on the ground, your head in the clouds, and follow your dreams.
Diving into this program, lovingly led and inspired by Natasha and Andres, local guides and great guest speakers, has been a deeply connecting, wild and freeing process, with threads that will keep working through me for a long time!Personally and professionally I’ve grown and found new depths – trusting the nature-based practices and our inspiring guides. I stand stronger, wilder and more connected, and am so grateful for this amazing and powerful programme.
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