Soulful Connection with Trees

From identifying species to intimate sensory experience
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22 – 24 April 2022 / 16 – 18 September 2022


Kara Moses & Robin Bowman


Schumacher College, Dartington Trust, South Devon


£360.00 (or £150 deposit, with outstanding balance payable when course is confirmed). Short Course bursaries are available – find out more here.
Course fees include all meals and accommodation, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Friday to Sunday afternoon, and includes two nights private accommodation and all vegetarian meals from supper on the day of your arrival through until the lunchtime before your departure. We recommend attending this course as a fully residential participant however you may choose to book as a non-residential participant. Please contact for more details.


11 March 2022 (for April 2022 course)
5 August 2022 (for September 2022 course)

About this course

Trees have always held a special place in human culture as sources of not only food, fuel and practical use but creative inspiration, mythic symbolism and spiritual significance. Have you ever wondered if trees can communicate, and how? Or how they grow, and what their shape tells us about their lives? Or how to identify different species without even looking at the leaves, and what their presence might tell us about the soil, water or other living beings in the surrounding landscape? Or perhaps even what it feels like to be a tree.

Over this weekend we’ll connect deeply with trees in diverse ways, from learning to identify species and understanding basic tree biology to intimate sensory experience and deep soulful connection. We’ll learn about their uses and services, myths and folklore associated with them and cultivate a whole new appreciation for our wooded friends.

This weekend course uniquely blends practical field ecology and deep nature connection. Together we’ll learn to:

  • Identify common tree species using a range of techniques
  • Learn about different tree species’ place in myth, legend and folklore
  • Learn how to interpret tree ‘body language’, how the shape of a tree can tell you its life story
  • Understand basic tree biology – how they grow, live and communicate with each other
  • Step into the secret world of trees
  • Connect with trees using dynamic multi-sensory awareness techniques for heightened awareness and deep connection with nature
  • Tune into the subtle energies of trees for spiritual healing • Develop nature observation techniques to build into your daily life

*Please note, Kara will be accompanied by her small dog.*

What others said about this course

I’m leaving here with deep gratitude and unlimited potential. I came for a “Soulful Connection to  Trees ” and I got that and so much more. An incredible and amazing experience . The deep teaching I got from the trees was that only when we slow down and stop can we connect. And connect we did

Until this course I didn’t realise how connected we could be with trees and how aware of us they are. I now have a new found shared connection and relationship with trees. This is not a course, this is an opening

Image from a course session. Photo: Robin Bowman

Image from a course session. Photo: Robin Bowman


Kara Moses

Kara Moses

Kara Moses is a facilitator of rewilding and socio-ecological regeneration. She is passionate about the transformation of self and society to become more deeply connected to nature as an essential part of rewilding, alongside widescale ecological restoration. She lives a wild life in a remote off-grid barn in the foothills of the Cambrian mountains, tracking, exploring, hunting and foraging for food and medicine, and crafting with wild materials, with a particular love of traditional tanning of animal skins.

As an educator, she co-holds the Radical Nature Connection strand of work at the Ecodharma/Ulex education centres in the Catalan Pyrenees. She is Vice Chair of the 350-acre Cambrian Wildwood project, which is restoring ancient wildwood and other wild habitats and creating opportunities for immersion in wild nature. She also lectures on nature connection, rewilding and woodland management on Masters degrees at the Centre for Alternative Technology.

Robin Bowman

Woodsman, tracker, falconer and bird language expert, Robin has 18 years’ experience of running nature connection , wilderness skills and bushcraft programs and courses. As the co-founder of The Old Way program Robin offers a deep dive into human rewilding, exploring the hunter- gatherer lifeways in 21st century Devon. Within this program Robin also runs expeditions to the Kalahari desert in Africa to work with and support the remote San Ju/Hoansi Bushman communities.

He has taught at Schumacher for 7 years on various programs with themes around tracking, nature connection, beyond development, trees as well as on the Call of the Wild program. When he’s not tracking cheetahs in Africa, he may be mentoring teenagers whilst running the Hunger Games themed camps he founded with WildWise or working with prisoners and people in addiction recovery with the charity Write to Freedom.

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*Courses are confirmed or cancelled based on the number of bookings approximately 6 weeks before the course start date. If the minimum number of bookings is achieved we confirm the course and sales continue. Courses are cancelled if uptake is below the minimum needed to run the course. Your deposit secures your place so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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Friday 22nd April

Friday 16th September

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