Our world is pretty complicated right now. Trudging through the quagmire of negativity is often demoralising so at Wild & Well, we want to provide a platform for people who are inspiring us – through their ideas, their actions and their unique way of looking at the world. Here are some of our favourites…
Hear the fascinating and inspiring stories of people who reconnected with the wild to find healing and peace including January Man who hiked as a response to bereavement, Katie Maggs who swam to beat acute anxiety and Jake Tyler AKA Black Dog Walks who walked the length of England following a mental health crisis. We’ll explore why nature is so good for us and the magic of reciprocity when we give back to nature too.
Our culture is obsessed with the idea of success. In an increasingly risk averse society, have we lost sight of the importance of failure and the idea of jumping in feet first, with potential failure nipping at our toes? A host of panelists will share their experiences and advice on how to thrive in all ways while you build your own project.
This interactive talk will explore the bigger picture of where we are in the Universe and this amazing planet that we’re a part of. Living Alive will be offering a guided ‘solar system walk’ – an immersive experience of the cosmic perspective which will help you to grasp a sense of scale and a fresh appreciation for this ‘pale blue dot’ we call home.
We have traversed the globe to bring you a special selection of thought provoking documentaries and awe inspiring films. Expect tales of wonder from the universe around us and inspiring stories about people who are breaking down barriers to change the world. With an enormous 15m screen, WonderFest will be a truly immersive experience suitable for all ages.
We all long for a kinder, just, peaceful and flourishing world. The wonderful Mac Macartney explores the way of the peaceful warrior and spiritual activist, looking at how we can find the courage to contribute to a better world and the journey we can all take towards profound resilience.
In today’s world of positive psychology, the body beautiful and hipster idols, it’s easy to align happiness with having the right thoughts, the right feelings and the right outlook all the time. In this panel we explore the idea of a never-ending quest for ‘happiness’ as potentially unhealthy and demoralising. Is happiness a state, or is it a way of being with whatever arises..?
Street Wisdom is a powerful, three hour guided experience that will use the streets of Bristol as an invisible university. Learn how to access the urban environment and find fresh answers to personal or work-related questions using the idea that every moment is extraordinary and every street full of inspiration.
This talk will focus on the risk we are taking as a society by depriving ourselves of a regular nature connection. Chris Salisbury will draw on 20 years experience brokering this connection and share some inspiring examples. We will raise the issue of ‘re-wilding’ as an urgent task for the land of Britain and more importantly perhaps, how we need to re-wild ourselves as part of this process.
Newsflash! We’re all going to die! We will all lose our loved ones. We will all have to grieve our own lives and the lives of others. This is one of the only guarantees of human life, and yet it is one topic we so often run away from. In this panel we will tackle taboos around death and look at how we can be present with the idea of death being ‘just another experience’.
Jamie Catto will be helping us to have ‘The Best Sex Ever!’ at Wild & Well this October! Founding member of Faithless – and the man who Noam Chomsky once described as ‘a positive force in the world’ – Jamie’s workshop will help us to build deeper and more nourishing connections in our relationships.
What if you could only eat animals you killed yourself? This is what Louise Gray did for her award-winning book The Ethical Carnivore. Louise learned to stalk deer, catch trout, shoot pigeon, deer and rabbit and even found herself sourcing roadkill and cooking a squirrel stir fry! In this fascinating talk, Louise will get to the heart of modern anxieties about where our meat comes from, asking an important question for our time – is it possible to be an ethical carnivore?