One of the first practitioners to give their support to the Nature Connections Festival 2015, was author, writer and journalist, Jini Reddy.
Jini introduced us to a wide range and diverse group of practitioners based in the UK and this in turn enabled the festival to offer a unique and varied programme that would reach out to people from all age groups, backgrounds and interests by offering new and exciting ways to reconnect with the natural environment.
Autumn 2016 sees the release of Jini’s book Wild Times: Extraordinary Experiences Connecting with Nature in Britain.
In it she showcases inspiring, low-impact experiences across England, Scotland and Wales that anyone, from nature novices to eco-enthusiasts alike can try. Jini went on 26 ‘dates’ with nature for the book, exploring everything from barefoot walking in the Brecon Beacons to horse-whispering on Dartmoor and rewilding in the Scottish Highlands. There are more offbeat and creative experiences alongside the mainstream offerings – a full moon hike in Suffolk, a day gathering earth pigments and painting with them on the north Yorkshire coast, a wild food foray and feast (with an ethnic twist) in Leeds, a one-to-one hawk walk in Staffordshire, a solo nature quest in Wiltshire, to give a few examples. Jini also shines a light on the women and men who are eager to share their wild, wise ways with us and provides practical ‘how to do it’ info.
We’ll be giving a few copies away as prizes for our photo competitions. We’re also hoping to sell advance copies at the festival. Watch this space!