We’re in the business of aliveness.
Living Alive works with individuals, groups and organisations to create accessible and meaningful opportunities to help people explore a wider sense of perspective, rekindle a connection with nature and cultivate more meaning in everyday life.
We’ve found that bringing together these elements often creates the conditions for an increased feeling of aliveness; that expansive feeling of wellbeing, flow and wonder, when you feel absorbed in the present moment, awake and connected to yourself, others and the world around you.
Whether attending one of our talks or workshops, or taking part in an experience or expedition – Living Alive offers a unique, vibrant and purpose-driven approach. We believe that an increased sense of aliveness can be a power for good in the world, and is needed now more than ever, for the benefit of both people and planet.
Awe and Wonder
What does it mean to be human?
And what is it that we’re a part of?
Caught up in the rush of our modern world there often isn’t much space left for reflecting on the ‘bigger picture’. We believe that taking the time to look at both our life and work from a wider perspective can have a profound effect on the choices we make.
Gazing up at the night sky into the vastness of the Universe, exploring ancient landscapes carved by wind, water and ice over millions of years, getting immersed in the intricate details of a mountain wildflower; can all be thought-provoking reminders of the 13.7 billion year journey that has brought us to this present moment.
Transcending by boundaries, belief and circumstance; our uniquely human capacity for awe and wonder allows us marvel at the mystery of this extraordinary Universe and helps remind us of our place and purpose as humans on planet Earth.
When was the last time you sat around a campfire? Or slept under the stars?
For almost the entirety of human history, we’ve had a direct relationship to the natural world; these days, spending more time indoors, in cities and online, we’re becoming rapidly disconnected from who we are and where we come from. Sometimes we need to switch off the wifi, head outside and get some perspective.
John Muir said “going into the mountains is going home” and we think he was right. Living Alive combines this sense of adventure; hiking, swimming in rivers, making fires, stargazing and wild camping, with opportunities for personal, reflective ‘solo’ time in nature – something we’ve found to be a potent mix.
In addition to the many well documented positive effects on our wellbeing, spending quality time in the natural world, and being reminded of our interdependence with it, can be a humbling and transformative experience.
How do we make everyday life more meaningful?
In an age where we have access to endless options for entertainment, convenience and consumption; it’s easy to forget the simple, and often more meaningful ways to engage with the world. It’s no surprise that there’s an emerging movement away from a focus on stuff and status, towards valuing experiences, craft and wellbeing.
Living Alive prioritises the magic of simple, thoughtful living, without compromising on comfort, quality and attention to detail. Carefully chosen accommodation. Authentic local relationships. Seasonal produce from the market. Slowing the pace, engaging all of the senses. Switching off screens and having real conversations. Evenings spent around the campfire sharing stories and eating homemade delicious food.
It’s often simple things like these that help us to connect with ourselves, each other and the world around us in a more meaningful way.