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Languages of Nature, Languages of Art

Start Date: 10/06/2023
End Date: 17/06/2023
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Reconnect with nature through this seven-day movement-sound exploration workshop, guided by expert teacher Rebecca R Burrill.


About Languages of Nature, Languages of Art®

Languages of Nature, Languages of Art® explores an understanding of the role of movement and sound in evolution, human development, language, art-making, and human relationship-kinship with nature.

Our first perception to develop in utero is movement sound: movement is sound and sound is movement. This gestural foundation of human meaning-making is the basis for explorations in non-verbal communication, aesthetic intelligence, creative process, and the art of movement improvisation.



Reconnecting with nature

We can often feel that we have lost our relationship with Nature and the primary language we once had in common, a language that is aesthetic-artistic in nature.

This seven-day movement-sound based workshop will help you to deeply reconnect with this primary language and get back in touch with Nature.

We will reconnect with ourselves, one-another, the wonder and presence of Nature through explorations of movement-sound as language through dance, poetry, and art-making. Through these experiences we will create community rituals and ceremonial practices, in celebration of our kinship bond with the natural world, and in renewal of our commitment to a Nature-centred value system.


Who this workshop is for

Those who are drawn to experience deep body-heart-mind processes to rekindle your human kinship with Nature.

This workshop is open to all aged 18+ and requires no previous arts and movement/ dance experience.


What you will be helped to experience

This workshop aims to help you with and experience the following:

  • Reunite with deep aesthetic ways of knowing, communicating, and making meaning and relationships that have been largely invalidated in modern life.
  • Experience a deep transformation in human-with-human and human-with-Nature encounters that are spiritually grounded and centred.
  • Mutual group support in Nature-centred insight and vision in working to transform dominant, conventional, human-centred values and policies in daily life, such as in Education, Science, Psychology, Art, Economy.
  • Mutual group support in the organic, transformative practices of celebration and ceremony through the primary languaging of human-Nature kinship and love: a healing and spiritual reunion.
  • Other unforeseen creative and transformational outcomes for individuals and group.


Your Experience

  • A six-day workshop consisting of group-led activities by Rebecca R Burrill
  • A peaceful seven-night stay at Cluny Hill, situated in the historical town of Forres in north-east Scotland and perfectly placed for visiting the stunning Moray Coast
  • Three nutritious, balanced meals per day
  • Access to Cluny Hill’s beautiful gardens and local walking trails
  • Free bus rides between Cluny and the Findhorn Ecovillage
  • Free wifi and library access
  • Unlimited coffee, tea, and refreshments
  • Free onsite parking

Choose between standard and boutique rooms. All rooms have access to free WiFi. Learn more about Cluny Hill, its location, and directions.

The prices stated below are for the duration of the programme.

Standard Single Room @ Cluny Hill: £1465
Standard Shared Room @ Cluny Hill: £1325 / person
Boutique Single Room @ Cluny Hill: £1555


Check in: Saturday 10th June
Check out: Saturday 17th June

Please enquire about a non-residential option if you have your own accommodation. Call our bookings team +44 (0) 1309 691 653 or contact us with any questions.

We provide you with the essentials, so you won’t really need very much once at Cluny Hill, but we do recommend bringing:

  • Toiletries/ Electrical appliances (Hairdryer etc.)
  • Loose / comfortable clothing
  • Warm clothes (outside of summer time)
  • Shoes for walking in the garden or the beautiful local walks

This programme takes place at Cluny Hill in Forres, with registration at 10:30am Saturday, 10th June.


Check out is 10am on Saturday, 17th June.

Cluny Hill is located on the hill above Forres in the county of Moray in north-east Scotland.

Our closest town is Forres (0.7 miles miles/1.1km), which has good bus and rail links. The nearest airports are Inverness (24 miles/38km) and Aberdeen (71 miles/114km).

We recommend taking a taxi (about a 5-minute drive from Forres train station), as there’s no direct bus route.

Alternatively it is 1.4 miles/2.2 km (about 30 minutes on foot) from the station. Head for the High Street, then up St Leonard’s Road (B9010), and then left up Edgehill Road.

If you use a wheelchair or have any other mobility difficulties please let us know when you book. Cluny Hill is a multi-storey building with access to the upper levels via a staircase only.

If you have specific requirements please contact Bookings before you book to ensure we can meet your needs. Please also include details with your booking form.

Dr. Rebecca Burrill is a fantastic facilitator and teacher. I came away from my weekend with her inspired, motivated and eager to apply the insights I had learnt during her course. She sparks the fire of the imagination while teaching approaches and tools one can employ, in guiding students of any age, in the capacity of instructor, mentor or parent.”

Herbalist, Clairvoyant, Shamanic Practitioner

Your Workshop Leader

Rebecca R Burrill

Rebecca R Burrill, Ed.D, is founder/director of the ecologically centred arts organisation Horsechestnut Winds®: Arts and Learning thru Movement. She is a dancer, artistic director, teaching artist, and movement-based child developmentalist and educator.

Her work focuses on the aesthetics of first perceptions, movement-sound, as primary language, the language of human kinship with Nature. She engages people of all ages and walks of life in the experience of these deep body-heart-mind processes, culminating in community, site-specific, ceremonial performance. Her most recent publication is Art as Ecology: A mutual Nod. http://horsechestnutwinds.com/



Start Date: 10/06/2023
End Date: 17/06/2023


Cluny Hill
Findhorn Foundation, Cluny Hill, St Leonards Rd
Forres, IV36 2RD United Kingdom
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