RE-ENCHANTING THE LAND
ONE WILD SONG AT A TIME
“Every part of nature shimmers with its own unique song.”1
Come and wander awhile in harmony with the wild songs of nature.
Listen for what calls to your heart and bring this back to be woven, like a spell, into a songline to re-enchant the land.
WHAT HAPPENS ON A WILDSONG WALK?
We begin with some simple explorations that re-connect us with nature and the presence of the more than human world. Each of us seeks for something to bring back to the group: it could be a word or sentence, a colour, sound, feeling or realisation, or a being such as a stone or leaf that called to us. It could even be a deep silence, if this is what we found.
We then gather these skeins together to weave a songline. We end with a ceremony in which we return what we found to the land, with gratitude for the re-wilding of our hearts and with hope for the re-enchanting of the land.
“To enchant” means both to make magic and to sing out. So let these spells ring far and wide; speak their words and seek their art, let the wild world into your eyes, your voice, your heart.”2
WALK YOUR WAY
Wildsong Walks are gentle, easy and slow. They are short in distance and accessible to most levels of fitness.
You are encouraged to take part in the activities at your own pace and in your own way. Everyone chooses how much or how little they want to contribute to the songline; no one is made to sing or asked to do anything that would make them feel uncomfortable. Everyone’s part, no matter how big or small, is equally cherished.
Wildsong Walks will resume in Spring 2022.
I hope to walk awhile with you then.
1 Emma Restall Orr in The Bardic Handbook by Kevan Manwaring, 2006
2Robert MacFarlane in The Lost Words, 2017