BACK TO THe WILD
Based at Hellens Manor, Herefordshire, Back to the Wild CIC was created to help young people nurture and reclaim their relationship with the natural world.
In the 21st century, we face the results of our profound disconnect with nature. The climate crisis, habitat loss, and wildlife emergency, are forceful warning signs that humans are both losing and failing in their relationship with nature. There are those however who are waking up to the crucial knowledge of our continuing reliance on nature for health, well-being, and survival, and to our role and responsibility as a part of nature ourselves. The instinct for partnership with the natural world was once an essential part of human wisdom and needs to become so again.
We believe that a relationship with our environment must develop in a myriad of ways and not just with left-brain linear thinking and learning skills. Our essential task is to re-engage with the natural world on all levels, employing our senses, our emotional and communicative skills, and our capacity for wonder! With compassion and gratitude we can develop the awareness necessary to genuinely understand what is around us, and so engage creatively and symbiotically with what is our only biosphere.
Hellens offers a fantastic context for this with its ancient 58 acre Hallwood, wild flower meadows, and the surrounding farmland where young people can build skills, knowledge, respect and understanding with experienced professional enthusiasts supporting them.
Back to the Wild exists to:
- Aid personal development for young people.
- Facilitate better understanding of nature and our part in it.
- Enhance positive mental and physical health through outdoor experiences
- Share and learn new fundamental life-skills
- Promote equality, cooperation, collaboration and harmony
- Celebrate ancient and traditional rural skills and knowledge
- Improve humanity’s relationship to the planet and Promote sustainable living
A little history
On return he began working with schools in London offering residential B2W Projects at Hellens to further young people’s understanding of the world and to inspire a greater confidence to live in the world sustainably, as part of nature not separate from it. Over the past 12 years, the Back to the Wild project has flourished and grown. Since 2016 we have received a 25% proportion of profits from the Hellens Garden Festival, which has enabled us to offer more projects each year to local groups.
The B2W Team is comprised of Kat Terry, Tim Gunner, Katrina Preston and Kieran Terry. In October 2018, we became a Community Interest Company (11653150) which will allow us to gently grow the project as we seek further funding.
If you would like to find out more about what we offer or if you know a group who would benefit from a Back to the Wild project please get in touch Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
B2W CIC Founding Patron: Adam Munthe. With gratitude for the support of the PMMCT