I joined this journey with the intention of increasing my confidence to go camping and hiking on my own, as my previous experience of ‘getting into the wilds’ in the UK has mostly been only day trips away from the city, and I’ve definitely been bit nervous about the idea of sleeping out alone. I hoped to get more of a sense of connection with some of the wild landscapes of this country I live in, and as a consequence be braver and bolder to go exploring.
What came out of the three days was so much more than I could have imagined. Henriette guides with warmth and humour balancing friendliness with professionalism and a relaxed air that puts everyone immediately at ease; we were a bunch of strangers who quickly established connection supported by the silence and the simple mindfulness activities which provided structure and heightened our openness and attentiveness. Henriette provides everything that a newcomer might need to fully immerse in the experience, and I was surprised how quickly I left the city-world behind me and became fully present in a surprising intimacy with the natural world. It was a depth of home-coming I really wasn’t expecting, one that shifted my perspective profoundly to being in a deeper relationship with this land called Home. It sparked my creative imagination too! Plenty of silence. Plenty of laughs. New friends made. Highly recommend.
Lindsay, 43, Ulex Project, European Partnership Development / Educator / Project Manager
Wandering Wild is a truly magical experience! If you are looking to deeply reconnect with your natural self and the natural rhythms of life, I can’t recommend Wandering Wild highly enough.Spending three days walking through the wild landscape, carrying all our provisions, camping out wild and drinking from streams felt so nourishing, strengthening and relaxing. As the journey progressed I felt more and more at home as we were bathed by the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of nature’s splendour. Wandering Wild is nothing like any other outdoor experience I have had before. In fact I would hesitate to call it an experience as really it felt like a homecoming of sorts.
Henriette guides the group beautifully both with different contemplations and the way she supports each member of the group with getting used to being in the wild and setting up camp. Rather than being a typical nature guide naming things, Henriette guided us to listen and let nature speak for itself. Being in nature this way I felt so much love, respect and gratitude for the support that the natural world gives us. And how little we really need. The simplicity of walking on the earth, breathing in fresh air, drinking pure water, making fire and being with fellow wanderers was completely enlivening. I feel like I have been given a key to the not so secret garden! Thank you nature, thank you Henriette and friends!
Alice, Oxford, Carer/Bodyworker
"Although I know the moor quite well, this walk started in territory I had not explored before and it was truly beautiful from the outset. Henriette had planned an outstanding journey which took in both the sublime lines and colours of the deep moor as well as far reaching views, rocky tors, meandering waterways and a particularly outstanding stone row and circle. To arrive there as the sun set and the moon rose was to be taken into a sense of timelessness and ceremony.
Walking in silence allowed the profound silence of the moor to penetrate me, and the exercises offered by Henriette both fostered a deeper connection to the land as well as speaking to the possibilities for insight and even an altogether different way of knowing that being in the wild can offer.
Henriette was clearly capable and skilled and her planning meticulous. Having spent so much time in the wild, she embodied the way that it's possible to drop into the silence and majesty of our surroundings. I felt very taken care of by her attention to detail, and her holding of the journey helped to establish a sense of safety and connection. I would recommend this to anybody who not just wants to experience the wildness and beauty of Dartmoor but who wants to be deeply touched by it, perhaps in unexpected ways. "
Rachel, Project Developer, Devon. Aged 41.
Wandering wild is a magical endeavour into the heart of the Dartmoor landscape. Expect to drop all your mental baggage, and find yourself meditatively breathing in the healing power of the immense landscape. You’ll be provided for with pretty much everything, from wonderful guidance, delicious food, heart warming company round camp fires, water from Dartmoor’s spring clean streams, as well as the essential equipment needed! You couldn’t have a better, more supportive, and thoughtful mentor than Henriette, who holds the group so well, as well as provides the most delicious food.
Henry, 24, support worker, southend-on-sea
Henriette allowed us to flow with our own experience and to connect genuinely to the land, I felt at home, the landscape and nature felt like being held and had a warmth, despite the cold at night.The space and silence meant I could meet myself over and over. hearing with my own living awareness, touching with my own living curiosity and feeling with my open heart.This was a time of remembering of the beauty of our own place here - as visitors and creators in a space alive with itself. My true nature seen in the beauty and nature all around.I felt the grace of life and the power of nature, a remembrance of the gift and poetry of this time we have here.Thank you so so much!
Mark, 39, mindfulness teacher, kirtan leader, London
'I cannot express enough what a heart opening experience my 3 days spent wandering wild in Dartmoor has been. Time spent with a group of truly lovely human beings and led by Henriette, her love and care for Planet Earth is so clear and authentic. I loved very much how I was left space to be with my own personal experience during our walks, allowing me to feel so deeply a connection with Mother Earth, Henriette was there to gently guide us along the way holding a really pure space. Thank you so much Henriette and the group of beautiful humans I spent my time with for an incredible journey.'
Elli, 22, barista at vegetarian cafe, London.