The Practice of the Wild offers the possibility of living more fully, of realising our potential as human animals in connection with the world around us. This leads to an experience of self which is far more sensory, embodied, intuitive and creative than many of us typically experience.
This is not about rejecting mental activity, rationalism, intellectual life or verbal communication but about balancing and moderating them with other qualities. It is about becoming more truly human and widening our repertoire of ways of being and ways of engaging with the world.
How to recover our sense of ourselves as nature and how to repair the ways we interact with our environment is not obvious or easy. For a long time our western culture has been damaged. We have lived as though the world is an object to be used and abused. As the consequences of this way of life become more apparent, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless. We live in an increasingly troubled and troubling world with many losses.
Many experience this as a double bind – if we admit the reality of the world how can we carry on? Yet if we deny the reality of the world we deny ourselves the greatest possible sense of being and belonging.
Ruth’s intention is to explore an inclusive way of being that speaks from our belonging rather than our ‘othering’ of the world and other people. In restoring our ‘wild’ selves we are supported by the land, the wildlife and other animals. Horses can be especially helpful in this process because they tend to respond only to our deepest self rather than what we think or say about ourselves.