From the 2nd to the 4th August 2019 our most recent Graduates took to the forest for their survival weekend.
This activity takes place after Graduation because by then the young men are under no illusions that it’s time to dig deep!
Everyone that follows ORIGIN will know that this retreat is known for ‘2 tarpaulins and a ball of string‘. In other words, don’t be looking for any 5* hotel treatment! This is all about the basics – fruit, water and a sleeping bag… and we done!
From Friday to Sunday a Forest Retreat weekend replaces the digital devises. The panoramic view and the 360 surround sound is experienced in the real.
These weekends always require the Facilitators to think on their feet. Under our cultural frame of reference, you have to slow down to a chill and be prepared to move with events. Truth is, it’s best not to plan too much at all because the forest is the classroom and the programme will emerge…
As with all our retreats, everyone comes away with something – maybe with what we were meant to learn. Whether it be to put up a structure in the dark, fasting on fruit and water, to build a fire from a spark, to listen to the sounds of the forest or just to learn to sit still. There’s something in the forest for everyone.
Then on the day of our return, just before leaving we reflect… on our thoughts before, during and on leaving the forest. How willing were we to attend? What were our ideas about comfort and discomfort? How was the digital detox? Let’s talk about our thoughts that block us from having the experience.
And of course… we Give Thanks to the forest, to the elements, the Facilitators and for the time together to listen, to hear and to feel.
Once again the forest facilitated, aligned and harmonised our urban warriors simply by reminding us that grass glistens with moisture in the morning, fire glows intense, trees stretch to the sky, stars beam at night… that we are nature and that nature is life.
Discussing where we were in our lives, where we are now and where we’re going is sacred time together. The thing that we may have resisted is probably the thing that we most need. Ahh! and there it is.
Then we go again… because training never ends
…and we out!