What we do - Love the Land

Loving the animate world we're from is not part our cultural landscape currently. But becoming aware of this is vital for our well-being and the well-being of all the creatures and life about us. Close To The Offers offers inspiration and guidance through Land Guardianship ethics, writing, art and walking events.

To give you a flavour of the ideas behind Close To The Earth, you can read articles here in the online magazine Frontiers. Frontiers focuses on fresh ways of viewing existing territory and to looking out to new horizons to be explored. It is linked to the Orkney International Science Festival (OISF). There's a live talk at this years 2020 OISF called The Way Back Home. Hope you can make it
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Walking

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When we walk, we walk in the time of nature. If we can slow down, we walk with the beat of life, gently growing about us. Gently yet fiercely, as life on the hills also overcomes harsh conditions of drought or flood. Nature is a great teacher. Listening often means slowing down and using our senses, getting out of our heads and the thought reel playing over and over, which often creates stress and anxiety in our lives.

Close To The Earth offers bespoke walking days for individuals or small groups. These can be to learn basic navigation and map reading techniques to grow confidence on the hills. Simply guided so you can enjoy the outdoors. Art walks with journals to record the plants we discover.
Outdoor First Aid trained and DBS checked.

Art

Creating art based on our interaction with the natural world, creates and deepens your power to notice, care and connect. Close To the Earth offers bestoke art sessions to support this reconnection, where we 'see' with wonder and awe. Recording our experiences visually slows us down and opens up our senses to noticing with greater curiosity.
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