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Devon, Natural Wisdom - Summer - with Ian Watson & Clare Tanner

  • Dartington Hall Dartington Devon (map)

Natural Wisdom

A Practical and Spiritual Journey Home

with Ian Watson & Clare Tanner

The magic and power of nature is that it can stop our busy mind in its tracks and bring us into the stillness and beauty of the moment.
— Clare Tanner

What is the Natural Wisdom Programme?

A gentle journey of discovery across the four seasons, exploring the principles that underpin our lives and pointing us back to our true nature as human beings.

Some participants join us for the whole year, others are welcome to attend one or more individual retreats, space permitting.

Our summer retreat is on June 27th - 28th, and you can book a place below if you would like to join us.

We will connect more deeply to our natural essence and explore our innate capacity to live peaceful, creative and fulfilled lives.

Understanding our interdependence with the whole of nature and our unique way of experiencing life as human beings, enables us to more easily navigate the ups and downs of life. The positive impact of taking the time to understand this more deeply results in an ease and balance in life that arises effortlessly as we rest more comfortably in our true nature - a feeling of being at home.

I’ve experienced a truly wondrous year and know my life will never be the same. Our last two days were special and really brought home the inter-connectedness of all things.
— Trudy Corsellis, Natural Wisdom Participant 2018

Who is it for?

This programme is open to everyone and will be of particular value and interest to those who are curious about exploring nature, psychology and spirituality in a practical way that enables you to:

• Increase your creativity & connect with your life's passion

• Resolve relationship difficulties effortlessly

• Relax and enjoy your life now, not in some imaginary future

• Release yourself from negative conditioning, old wounds and painful memories

• Quit struggling, striving, trying too hard & doing too much (have you noticed how unhelpful they are?)

• Increase efficiency & productivity - achieve more with less effort

• Let go of any destructive habits and behavioural patterns

• Breathe easier and eliminate stress by understanding how it gets created on the inside

Wow what a journey it has been. A wonderful experience with an ever deepening awareness and connection to nature and to you all.

Being steeped in nature and the Wisdom that brings is just the best tonic ever. Thank you so much Clare and Ian for having the insight to make this happen.
— Donna, Natural Wisdom Participant 2018

What will we learn?

On each of the four 2-day gatherings, we will do as nature does……

Nature reminds us that life is good and has a magical way of evaporating our busy thoughts. It opens us up to the joy of being alive and a gratitude for all that it offers us in our experience of life and living.

The seasons reflect different aspects of our humanness and provide a rich seam of inspiration for our personal journey of exploration. We will use the cycles and seasons of nature as a framework to guide our time together and inspire a deeper connection to our own true nature.


In our summer retreat we will be in the season of blue skies, exuberant colours and clear waters (hopefully!), where nature is in full bloom. For us gardeners it is a time to stand back and enjoy the fruits of our labour, alongside the ongoing watering and nurturing to keep the plants healthy and vibrant.

We will take time to connect with our true nature, in nature, and to take inspiration from the bountiful display surrounding us.

When plants are ready to bloom, they bloom - they don't hold back, saying 'we're not ready'! Nor do they make any unnecessary effort to come to fruition. When you're attuned to the rhythm of nature, life itself supplies the energy needed and takes care of the outcome.

We'll take time to acknowledge our gains, however small or large they may be, and to recognize the power of appreciation and gratitude for what we have been blessed to receive.

What a great experience it has been for me to be around you all as we seasonally dipped in and out of Dartington. What a space we created in which to reflect and reveal our collective wisdom. How wonderful to experience the space within to witness our insights and to feel the presence of such love.
— Michael Brown, Natural Wisdom Participant 2018
Thank you to Clare and Ian and all the group for this last year of Natural Wisdom. Such richness, wisdom, acceptance and support for being human.
— Gail Minter, Natural Wisdom Participant 2018

We are nature. Being clear that there is an ebb and flow annually, seasonally and in every moment creates a certainty that we can navigate the undulations of life and harness its natural rhythms to support us to live, love and create our most fulfilling lives.

It is this wisdom, the wisdom of nature and our innate capacity to live a connected, creative and rich experience of life that this group programme will explore and celebrate.

Where and When?

Our time together will be spent in the beautiful setting of Dartington Hall in Devon with lots of opportunity to explore the beauty of nature on the grounds of the estate.

Wholesome, locally-grown organic food is available at the Dartington Hall eateries. We will also have the joy of experiencing the beautiful gardens and estate which will bring us closer to the nature of life and how this creates inspiration for our personal journey and hopes for the programme.

Summer Retreat Dates 2019

June 27th - 28th

Fees: The cost of attendance is £350

Email Ian to request our bank details if you would prefer to pay via bank transfer

Refreshments, food and accommodation are available on site at Dartington Hall - click here for details. Please note these are not included in the course fee.

We have a shared love of nature and a passion for guiding people back to their innate wisdom, creativity and well-being.

Through collaboration and combining our interests and talents, this new programme has emerged organically as the perfect vehicle for us to co-create something together that we know will be deeply nourishing and transformational for both the participants and ourselves.

We look forward to welcoming you onto the programme.
— Ian Watson & Clare Tanner

Enquiries please contact Ian Watson or Clare Tanner