12 young people will join 2 experienced wilderness guides for an unforgettable 5 night expedition into the Lake District, above Coniston Water. As a group we will base ourselves at a remote campsite next to the lake, and together we will spend the week living together in the wild, cooking over the fire, swimming in the pristine lake, hiking through stunning mountains and taking part in a 24-hour ‘nature solo’.
This programme is the perfect antidote to the pressures of modern teenage life, and is a chance to grow in confidence, make new friends, develop useful life skills and enhance your physical and emotional health.
Activities will include creating land art, gentle scrambling, nature games, mindfulness training, check-in circles, journaling, telling stories and connection to nature practices. We explore a whole range of topics during the programme, including individual purpose, compassion, empathy, and sustainable leadership.
An invigorating balance of a real sense of adventure and basic survival skills mixed with personal enquiry will lay a foundation for the young people to prepare well for their ‘nature solo’. Interactive games that support our process will be played to create a sense of playfulness, bonding and pure fun.
At the heart of the programme is the ‘nature solo’ – an opportunity for each participant to camp alone in the wild for 24 hours. Inspired by the traditional Rites of Passage quest that many indigenous cultures have as a ritual to cross over the threshold into young adulthood, each participant will pick a spot in nature, typically 36 feet in diameter, and spend an overnight in solitude, normally without shelter and without food. This emptying out of modern distractions creates a valuable space for reflection and to simple ‘be’. Afterwards the group return to camp to share their stories, and support each other to begin to incorporate their experiences into life after the programme.