Check in :
"What can the body tell us about how/where we are today?"
WHAT HAVE WE BEEN LEARNING: WHAT ARE YOU TAKING AWAY WITH YOU ?
Love in the room. Brilliant new conversation. Some sessions were great and some were really challenging for me: I have a nagging itch that we have not hit some of the core issues. We are at a critical time and have a desperate need to grasp it.
Moment in time is here – how can we be more disruptive, collaborative and creative as a sector? How do we do what we do – but better? What aren’t we doing that we should be doing? What is the future that wants to emerge?
This retreat has had a massive impact on me – both personally and workwise. I have new insights, I have had great input on a shared problem and I have great ideas now for that: I now have support as an individual and in my work. I feel that together we have support for our common issues.
The word I’d use is expanding. My shoulders are expanding. The approaches used in the retreat have helped me. I feel more resilient, and have a sense of co-production with other groups. I have realized that I have become too parochial. There are agendas I'm only just touching on that I will be widening.
I have realized that there is strength in unity. However its does feel that some things have been left unsaid, like the conflict I perceive between climate and nature conservation. How can we spend more time together on these issues?
We are a group of 'firesouls'! How we can harness our collective energy more effectively?
I found it really helpful to discuss how we can better collaborate, trust each other more, etc. Useful to know how much everyone else struggles with self-care. It has been so nourishing!
Space and time in such a beautiful spot allowed for really reflective conversations. If only we could meet DEFRA here!
Power and love. How can we bring in both? How can we have more honest conversations on where we are at?
There is a gratefulness theme. It feels like it has been less of a retreat and more of a ‘charge’. I am thrilled that I might have found someone to become my new trustee. There is just so much I appreciate ….whilst we haven’t achieved everything, we’ve achieved so much!
It has been so important that we have been given permission not to have an agenda. I feel we have built resilience in ourselves. Resilience in ourselves rather then in just our organisations.
It has been place to build a platform from which we can build a charge. The paradox of knowing and not knowing, having intent but being open to not having outcomes – being in this paradox has been a joy.
I expected we would work more on clear and specific outcomes, but actually, I haven’t minded the open-endedness of it. I feel refreshed and nourished in ways I’ve never felt after an environmental event. We should do something like this every year -- this should become the norm. How can we hold and nourish each other so it becomes the norm – that is not a crazy idea; this shouldn’t be a luxury! I am going to think about something like this for my climate work.
I really appreciated talking about ‘Biodiversity of Truths’ and how we need to be open to many truths and paradoxically the one truth that we are all interconnected. I have witnessed the power of relationship, and have seen our humanness. I really appreciate all of your humanness and value the importance of inner and outer change.
I loved the moths, the lake, the cat. And I then realized people had not come into it! I am a practical person. I loved the open conversations and sometimes I did struggle with it. Thank you so much for the opportunity. It is actually ok to be in the bubble.
The open-ended discussion was really important but it can feel difficult for outcomes-orientated people. I found it really great taking a full two hours to talk with marine people about more tangible things.
It was amazing and fantastic! Having said that I have been getting angry. . . There are lots of things we have named like appreciating time to slow down and connect. This should be normal and I am angry that it's not! Why is it so hard to make time? I have had the two best nights of sleep I have had in weeks, months and maybe even this year!!
I was astonished to be invited. I was uncomfortable with tea lights and circles, but that turned out not to matter. I'm a reflective person so I can’t sum it all up right now – but maybe in a day. I found the learnings around failure really helpful; I have a colleague who has just had a major failure at work and I now feel I can be more supportive of him with what I learnt here.
I have made new friendships and renewed others, too. You are all my friends now: I have come away with a renewed confidence and widespread colleagues I can call on for support. You could work with colleagues for years and not get to know them like we have got to know people over the last two days.
The movement as a whole feels more well-rounded because of the process of working at an individual, group and whole level. My work will be more well-rounded now.
My experience has been more personal than professional. I’d like to thank those people I had intimate conversations with. I had a massive realization with the ecocycle and I have realized I am at a point of death in my work, whereas the programme I run is in 'maturity' and the organisation I work for is in a place of regeneration. I now understand why I have been having cognitive dissonance over this.
I can’t reiterate how grateful I am to be here and I feel so restored.
I loved the personal aspect. When I came here the real risk of extinction was me. I was real comfortable on the death couch. When I came I said I did not understand what I care about – it turns out I care about myself, quite a bit! Thanks to the bats and moths guides!
This was a great place to re-experience the joy of nature, to take time to think. It has been both relaxed and intense. I feel relaxed, I've had fun and good conversations. I have new connections and I hope those things can carry on.
You are all perfect. If you internalize that idea, it will transform the way you do things!
We are almost all white. How can we walk a mile in another persons shoes?
I can’t believe there is no idiot here!
I have realized I am not alone.
Constantly grappling with overwhelm and the pressure to deliver is universal to us all.
I love the idea of jomo – the joy of missing out. It's ok to not participate in things.
I was quite sad and shocked by the lack of diversity in this group when I arrived.
Can we share stories about collaboration – take the time to celebrate together?
Being blank and staring. Being vacant is part of the creativity process. This was epic!
We all need some help separating from our projects – sometimes we cling onto them. Could there be some funding mechanism to help us with transitions -- like a benevolent fund for the sector to help people when they're between jobs? I’d like to express my gratitude for being here.
Being here has helped me to have an epiphany in my work/life balance: How can we balance holding the negativity in the world whilst embracing positivity?
I’d like to recognize Jenny for the breadth and depth that she holds and what she needs to understand. The scope of her job blows my mind. I have a new respect for what Jenny is doing.
It has been a huge gift to know we have been appreciated.
I noticed Edmund talking about a sinuous river encouraging diversity. Things are not linear. There are flows in life. It is a reminder of the non-linearity of what we do. I took away some practical things like working with someone on scaling up culture for systemic change. I look forward to being part of this web.
It's been about pressing the stop button and this weekend has done that for me. I collect stories about mental health and I’d love people to get in touch with me about this.
I have been comfortable with the processes and have felt blessed to get the invite. What I do care about -- humanity. I have felt real humanness over the past few days. I take away how powerful humanity can be. How do we take latent power of humanity -- the relational, courageous humanity (that I see in all of you) and take this to the challenges of our world.
I appreciated the sleep and the space. I've expanded my bubble. I loved the conversations on the ‘edges’ like in the lunch queue and on the hill. I appreciated the honesty of people.
I am resisting checking out as I don’t want to leave! I have been discussing why I have had a headache and I think I have a ‘vulnerability hangover’. The group has been incredibly welcoming and comfortable. So much active listening. In all my years, I've never been as humbled as by this invite.
I was told this invitation was for me! Is it appropriate to send Jenny flowers? I’ve never felt so humbled. Thanks to my new buddies. I’d love to meet up if anyone is in London.
These two days have been so rich. Ella and I got so excited about what we could build together, taking the richness of this sector and combining it with the forces of the cultural sector. You are all so clever and know so much!
I feel a mixture of emotions – I went quite deep personally, which was a bit uncomfortable, but I found a sense of calm. My organisation can feel quite peripheral [to the environment sector] sometimes and I don’t feel that any more. I’m taking back joy and some practical things as well as some spiritual things. You’re all awesome. I now feel focused and courageous!
I now know your names and you are my tribe.