I would like to say a big thank you to Katye and Tom… A wonderful day embracing nature and strengthening my belief that nature is precious and a real healer for the human spirit. So good to meet kindred spirits!
– Irene, Kinship@Home 2021
Tom planned a route through the wonders of the old and expansive Epping Forest. [Frameworks] of listening, climbing and attentiveness accompanied the weekend. This allowed a space to leave the city behind and immerse yourself within the surroundings of nature. When you enter that place everything seems to quieten, and the senses settle back to their simplest state. This place was hard to leave, but heading back to the city, you feel more awake, open and calm. … [Tom] created a space where all kinds of people could move, listen, play, and experience together. It was an incredible weekend that I wish had lasted a lot longer…
– Alexander (Epping Forest, 2018)
I’d never attended anything like this before. I had an interest in what I guess you’d call “mindfulness” but had only really explored this via apps and online. I also have no background in movement, so did come to the weekend with some trepidation.
I was immediately put at ease by Tom, who led the weekend with a rare openness, inclusiveness and kindness. The group was also a nice size and consisted of a lovely bunch of people.
The time spent in the woods was my favourite part – which brought us into nature in new and ultimately quite moving ways.
I’d definitely take part in something like this again and I encourage anyone who’s feeling a bit unsure about whether it’s for them to give it a go, I did – and loved it!
– Jamie (Epping Forest, September 2018)
Tom’s gentle and natural approach created an atmosphere that felt effortlessly relaxed. There was enough structure to make it an experience but plenty of time to just slow down to the rhythms of communal living and explore the beautiful location with some like minds.
…the studio work was […] easy to adapt to one’s own body and abilities, and the work out on Dartmoor with its ponies, skylarks, cows, rabbits, and insects of all kinds was very memorable. Thanks Tom, Katye and Hilary for a gorgeous week (and many unusual foraged salads!)
Oh and the group naps. I liked those. I always want a nap after lunch.
Kinship is for anyone who wants to explore through their bodies what a greater sense of connection and attention to the land, the creatures in it and to each other might feel like.