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

For me, in these lockdown isolated pandemic times, Kinship was a first return to people.  To the simplicity of sharing and being. We walked and sat … and swam … it was a big and little exploration. I got lost and the kin waited for me, they came to find me. We led each other with full trust. We ran into the sea and rolled in the sand. We shared chips. We shared dreams and laughs. It was a gentle, memorable togetherness with each other and the landscape. 

– Fionnuala, Abercych 2021
Participant Gemma's thoughts on Kinship Workshop
(image description: a woman in a blue waterproof jacket stands with her back facing the camera in an area of long grass, with a heather covered hill in the background. To the right of the standing woman is another figure lying with eyes closed almost hidden in the grass. In the right side of the image is the quote from Hebden Bridge workshop participant Gemma saying “The satisfaction as well as the overwhelm of detailed information, from my body in relation to other body, other being, still ripples through me. My presence there, in that place, with you all, with the land and all it offers still resonates within my bones, as I try to ‘do’ again. So necessary to simply’ be’ in order to move into ‘do’. Taking this forward, towards, through, with and into…”)

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)

Participant Joe's thoughts on Kinship Workshop
(image description: two workshop participants stand side by side talking with each other, with vivid green tree foliage in the background. Above the participants is a quote from Epping Forest 2018 workshop participant Joe, saying “For me Kinship was a lovingly held contemplative time of stillness and movement amongst the trees. From inside my body moving outward into the colours of Epping Forest, I felt encouraged to explore continuation and connection with a circle of new friends”.)

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)

Participant Kerstin's thoughts on Kinship Workshop
(image description: a sloping horizon of green grass and a white skyline behind. On the brow of the grassy hill is a scattering of rocks emerging from the grass and a group of wild horses: 3 white/ grey females with their foals and a darker male. In the white sky shows a quote from Dartmoor 2018 workshop participant Kerstin saying “For me KINSHIP was/ is about finding and allowing softness and expansion within oneself and a given place, but also as a state of mind, allowing receptivity to unfold and through that being able to receive the other”.)

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.

– Maisie (Dartmoor, May 2018)

Participant Patricia's thoughts on Kinship Workshop
(image description: a bright blue sky fills the picture, at the bottom of the image is a rocky outcrop with a figure lying with eyes closed in the sun. She wears a blue jumper and a green wide-brimmed sun hat. Hanging in the blue sky is a quote from Dartmoor 2018 workshop participant Patricia, saying: “[Kinship] left me more open to experience, without expectation… it gave me the permission to feel the mind-quietening effects of the land and connection to other species using movement and mindful play as its foundation. KINSHIP was for me a no fuss experience of mindfulness, encouraging body awareness and giving me permission to disengage with my mind and drop into my body and discover the rich relationships which exists within me and all around..”.)