Projects

FOUR WAYS

We are currently preparing for the launch of our forthcoming publication ‘Four Ways’ – a series of active and transformative techniques designed to enhance our relationship with place, helping us regain and rediscover our lost ritual landscapes and skyscapes.

The ‘Four Ways’ are designed to test our thinking as we reconnect and walk within the landscape, for thinking and doing are inseparable, and combine across both the activity and setting, where thought becomes embodied and enacted. [1] By thinking and feeling differently, through a shift in conscious intent, an activity such as mindful walking can become hugely empowering, for feeling is a mode of active, perceptual engagement, a way of quite literally being ‘in touch’ with the world. [2]

Our approach helps us create an empowering and more resonant connection with the genius loci, the spirit of place. These practical tools have helped us harness and heighten that sense of awe that modern day life can all too easily numb.

We have harvested the best practical aspects from mindful walking and forest bathing, and when combined with the sharpest learning from todays neuroscience and latest multi-disciplinary research we introduce a new ‘grammar for the mind’, transformative neural connections that can act as cognitive anchors and conduits, helping us navigate our way.

The ‘Four Ways’ cover:

1. FORM & FEELING – Liminality of the landscape. Location, seasonal cycles and topography. The character and topography of place and its influences.

2. OBSERVE TO ORIENTATE – Solar observation, orientation, bearing and alignment. Solstitial risings and settings amidst seasonal change. The cardinal points and the celestial pole.

3. UNDERSTAND THE UNIVERSE – Celestial movements, skylore and mythology. The planets, the constellations, heliacal risings and the milky way. The celestial myths of the ancients.

4. RESEARCH & RECORDS – Historical evidence. Animal, tree and plant lore. Archaeological records and data. Flora and fauna.

‘Four Ways’ will be published in 2022.

[1] Lave, J (1988). [2] Ingold, T (2000).


We are also currently mapping a series of walks amongst the arcane landscape of Suffolk, which we hope to publish on through our journal posts in 2022. We will be beating the cosmic bounds and uncovering the hidden stories beneath our feet, reimagining the past and reconnecting with the lay of the land. These walks will add a layer of direct experience to our written research and encourage those that want to get off the page to get out in the field and feel grounded in our heritage. We’ll keep you posted on progress and keep your eyes peeled for some planned walking events too. In the meantime, take a look at local walking expert and Arcane Landscape collaborator Griff Chamberlain’s excellent ‘The Lost Features of the Leiston Landscape’ over in the Journal.