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WILD : Connect Your Heart. ReWild Your Soul.
Thu 6 April 2017, 18:00 – 22:00 BST
Join us for an evening celebration of the Wild! With a Talk, Yoga Workshop, Earth Ritual and Wild Vegan Banquet by Petersham Nurseries, our first WILD session will explore our connection with nature as a way to tap into the innate wisdom and wildness within our hearts. The event will be framed within the wider context of Ecological ReWilding.
Hosted in a beautiful old school in Shoreditch with large windows wooden floors, exposed brick walls and a vaulted ceiling, the evening will begin with a wholesome Yoga class led by Earth Goddess LEILA SADEGHEE. In a moving meditation we will connect to the present moment, opening our bodies and lifting our hearts before coming to a moment of stillness. Leila will then lead a sacred Earth ritual before RACHEL CORBY shares her knowledge of ancient wisdom and ecological reality in her talk 'Rewilding the Soul’.
We will then sit for a delicious vegan banquet dinner prepared by world-renowned Petersham Nurseries. Petersham's ethos champions respect for the produce they work with and will create a menu inspired by what is growing in the garden, the season and their connection to the environment. Our Wild Food Feast will be set at tables decorated with candles, lanterns, wild leaves and foraged flowers, and strewn with fresh salads, locally sourced vegetables and grains. All food will be vegan, local and organic wherever possible.
Dinner will end by 10pm, when you are welcome to head home or stay chatting with newfound connections and friends.
1800 Doors open
1815 ReWilding the Spirit, Yoga Workshop with Leila Sadeghee
1915 Earth Ritual by Leila
1930 ReWilding the Soul, Talk by Rachel Corby
2015 Q&A with Rachel
2025 Room changeover for dinner
2035 Wild Banquet: PETERSHAM NURSERIES
2200 Event Ends
Rewilding the Soul
Humankind have drifted further and further from their rightful place amongst the living ecology of Gaia. Somehow we have cast ourselves adrift and now feel apart from nature instead of being a part of nature.
As we look at our Earth and notice that our landscapes are depleted and fragile, a rewilding movement has formed. Species have been reintroduced in certain areas in an attempt to re-enliven the landscape and bring back resilience and natural balance.
We are no different from those lacklustre environments. We too are missing something vital that our modern lifestyles have stripped from us, leaving us depleted, and searching, knowing that there is something more. Reconnection to ones wild core, rewilding your soul, reinforces that deeper connection with the more-than-human world. In rekindling our own inner wild we heal not just ourselves but the wider environment.
SPEAKER & TEACHER BIOS
Leila started her adult life in the bosom of the London art world in the 90’s. Moving to London at barely 19, she followed her passion to work with contemporary artists with characteristic strong intention, immersed herself in the international art scene while she was getting her degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art. By 1998 she was working with several cutting edge galleries when she woke up one morning and realised, out of the blue, that she needed to radically change her life.
So began her life of meditation, yoga, and the healing arts. Since that pivotal moment she has studied Buddhism in India, lived in community Omega Institute where she studied with Pema Chodron, been the protege of visionary body therapist Yamuna Zake, undertaken deep training as an energy healer, and been a student and teacher of Tantric yoga and yoga asana. She has been a practicing healer and teacher for nearly 20 years, and she underpins her continual evolution with daily practice, regular, continual study of world spiritual traditions, monthly facilitation of creative rituals, and mentorship with luminous teachers such as Sianna Sherman and Tara Judelle.
Leila is a practical mystic. She is a truly creative soul and a gifted healer who has a keen sense of life as a transformational process of empowerment. Her years of experience with the body lend her a bio-mechanical savvy that keeps it real, efficacious, and relatable. She knows what it means to break down and to break through, so she is a skilled and supportive guide for people who want to use the practices of yoga and healing to create renewal at every level of life. Leila has worked with people from all walks of life and all ages. Her work is supporting people in awakening to the mystery of who they truly are so they can live a life of joy, freedom, and dedication to their own highest calling. She is the co-creator of The Practices Freedom and Wellbeing Immersion, a course to ignite spiritual self care through daily practice, yoga asana, healing foods, and profound self love. She leads magical retreats, workshops, and annual yoga teacher training in London and around the world. www.leilasadeghee.com
The rift between humankind and wider nature needs to be healed. Not only for the wellbeing of each individual one of us, but Gaia as a whole.
Rachel Corby draws from a wealth of experience and training to give people the tools they need for self-healing, and the healing of our relationship with the rest of Gaia. Her work is guided by the belief that ‘ReWilding’ – getting back in touch with our raw, wild, nature – is key to all healing, whether on a personal or planetary level.
Studying Geography at University, Rachel learnt about the interconnection of the Earth's systems and marveled at its stunning landscapes and the ways they were formed. She then travelled widely, spending many years training in ways to repair both our degraded physical environment, and later, our human bodies and spirits. She has found that rekindling the spiritual connection with plants, with wider nature, has the most profound effect on us bereft, lonely humans and is a powerful instigator of change.
Rachel’s teachers have included Patrick Whitefield, tribal medicine men in the Americas & Africa, Eliot Cowan, Nathanial Hughes and metis from both Cherokee & Mohawk decent. She has also completed a full Sacred Plant Medicine apprenticeship with Stephen Harrod Buhner.
She has been leading shamanic plant journey groups and running workshops encouraging the development of relationships with plant spirits since 2006. As the years have passed she has added retreats and now even apprenticeship to her offerings.
Rachel is the author of three books: The Medicine Garden, 20 Amazing Plants and their Practical Uses, and most recently Rewild Yourself: Becoming Nature. She is a contributor in Pip Waller's The Domestic Alchemist, and Deep Green Living, edited by Marian McCain. For four years she wrote a weekly column about her wild allotment and had her writing published in various magazines, including Permaculture Magazine, Home Farmer, Caduceus, Barefoot Diaries and Frontier in The Netherlands.
Over the last few years Rachel has been interviewed on BBC Radio as ‘Gloucestershire's Medicine Woman’, appearing each season to talk about the medicine the hedgerows are currently offering.
Head chef, Damian Clisby, previously head chef at HIX Soho and Cotswold House works alongside Lucy Boyd, gardener, food writer and cook, who has worked at the Nurseries for most of the last decade. Lucy's exceptional produce knowledge, culinary background and lifelong affection for Italian flavours, combine perfectly with Damian's technical skills and shared passion for ingredient-led cooking. Together they create an evolving menu inspired by what is growing in the garden, the changing seasons, and our connection to the environment.
Petersham sourcing ethos revolves around respect of the produce they work with, appreciating its exceptional quality and taste. In turn the small farmers and artisan producers who grow or produce these ingredients benefit from their support – a virtuous circle best espoused by the international Slow Food movement.