Many Faiths, One Earth: DIFFY’s day out on Dartmoor

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“Despite having been religious my whole life, I have never actually asked myself the question ‘where do I feel closest to God?’, yet throughout the course of the “Many faiths, one world” day at Hillyfield on Dartmoor, I feel that question was definitely answered.”

Sunday 29th March, reporting from the The Hillyfield, Dartmoor.

A day spent in the beautiful surroundings of an ancient Dartmoor woodland, DIFFY members feedback on the multitude of workshops which explored the connections between sustainability and spirituality.

Explore the post below to see the numerous activities us lot got up to and what we thought!

* Enchanted woodland walk with Doug King Smith (www.thehillyfield.co.uk)

* Sacred Sustainability workshop with Hal Gilmore

* Experiential Nature Connection workshop  with Chris Holland (http://www.wholeland.org.uk/

* Nature, Faith and Spirit Storytelling with Bev Smerdon

* Pagan Spirituality and  Ritual of the Land with Viannah Rain

* Dowsing and Earth Energy Workshop with Sean Ferris

“The event was an amazing experience that explored the relationship between spirituality and the Earth.”

“I loved going through the wild wood, appreciating the land we settle on…”

“It gave me insight into the ways I could choose to perceive the reality around me, and how such beliefs would influence theological thinking and behaviour. The grasp of these concepts gives rise to a greater acceptance of such cultures and a true understanding of their values.”

“The moments for observation were very valuable to me. At first glance, the wood seemed a chaos of sprawling organisms all struggling to get what they want, but upon closer inspection, this characteristic chaos began to take deeper meaning…”

“Throughout the day I was reminded to think not only of the perception I have of the earth, but looking at how others use it and get involved with it.”

“Performing these rites allows us to have better understanding of others’ practice, and not make negative prejudices.”

“I realised that we share many fundamental values and we ought to focus on these connections rather than what makes us different.”

“It made me realise more the links between different faiths with the worshipping of the earth and natural wonders common in all religions to varying extents.”

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