Explore humanity in nature through nature experiences, conversation & creativity
Life is the wild bond that we share with other living beings. The Wild Bond aims to develop a relationship with other living beings, inspire the protection of wild nature and celebrate life. It’s not hard to imagine why.
Wild nature has profound effects on people. It's quiet, not in the sense of an absence of sound, but instead the absence of the noise of modern life: the constant surge of sensory input and to-do lists demanding directed attention or the complications typical of spaces where people have lost harmony. Nature invites you to experience a sense of peace in simply being - if you've ever watched the sunset fade away to reveal a sky full of stars, you'll know what I mean. It stirs something far beyond words.
Your senses are more alert. You breathe in the rich scents of the earth. You hear the wind dance through the grass and the sound of river over rock. When you sit among wild flowers you, too, are rooted in the earth. You find remarkable patterns and colours that you’ve never noticed before. When you slow down and lean in, that patch of grass becomes a jungle. You notice that some plants have hair and what it feels like to run your fingers along the bark of ancient trees. You drink clean mountain water. Chance encounters with wild creatures bring spontaneous joy. You are connected to all these living beings since life began, billions of years ago - isn't that incredible? Sometimes all you can do is sit and stare, other times the sheer wonder of what you see makes you exclaim and laugh out loud.
This heightened awareness in nature can make you more aware of elements within yourself; what’s locked inside comes out as the outside comes in. It becomes easier to reflect on the complexities of life. There's more space, literally and figuratively, to unwind and reset. You're inspired. New ideas bubble to the surface. Nature increases creativity and happiness while reducing stress, the incidence of diseases, recovery time and violent behaviour (Why we need wild, National Geographic, January 2016).
As you go deeper into nature, you learn how to engage respectfully with its forces. You let go of the idea that you need to be comfortable all the time. You learn to leave what is unnecessary and become more grateful for what is. Wisdom is woven in the wild.