Why Give to us?

Young adults are in a transitional phase, stepping away from family into the world.  Many feel anxious and ill-equipped and the world can seem like a hostile place, with anxiety around job scarcity, the economic and environmental crisis. These worries have led to a mental health epidemic in this age group.  Anxiety about change makes it hard to be flexible, respond creatively and adapt to changing circumstances. A sense of futility can lead to depression.

IPPR research shows, in 2015/16, over 15,000 first-year UK students reported a mental health problem, compared to approximately 3,000 in 2006. There has been a 210% increase in university dropouts due to mental health problems from 2009/10 to 2014/15.  Student suicides have increased by 79% from 2007 (75) to 2015 (134). In the same IPPR report, 94% of higher education institutions report an increase in demand for counselling services, with some having one in four students in counselling or waiting to be seen.

Anxiety and depression are often treated with quick-fix medication, rather than alternative therapies.  Meditation, creative activities and therapies are becoming more widespread in society, but there need to be more opportunities for young adults to access them as they embark into adult life.  They need to find out about alternative approaches to self-care.

There are a plethora of options as young adults enter a period of huge transition and transformation.  They need to feel empowered and confident to make decisions which will set the course of their future. Mental health issues caused by stress related to social media, body-image, unhealthy eating and over-emphasis on external and material ways of defining success all contribute to an ungrounded arrival into adult life. Many young adults are suffering from existential issues such as alienation, disempowerment, lack of a sense of meaning, and rootlessness, with no satisfying sense of where they come from or who their people are.

To counterbalance the huge amount of time spent on screen, young adults need opportunities to re-connect with their body, inner-selves, others and nature.  They need to learn to honour their bodies and minds, manage feelings of anger and sadness as well as happiness and joy, believe in their convictions, and live with integrity resisting succumbing to peer pressure.

Informal surveys of psychology students at the University of Greenwich suggest that around 30% describe that they are ‘exploring spirituality beyond religion’, and the majority of this group also stated that they were looking for additional support and guidance in this area.

We have virtually no initiation into adulthood processes in the UK, so young people often try to ‘self-initiate’ – influenced by media and social media, based on expectation and pressure, by experimenting with clothing, makeup, drugs and sex.  Rites of Passage rituals will help them through the symbolic crossing of a threshold, empowering them to confidently make choices and exert agency in the world. Wider Horizons will enable young adults to feel a sense of connectedness to something larger than themselves and facilitate the self-actualisation of participants’ gifts and capacities to contribute to society by reinstating the initiation function of offering them the guidance and support they need at this transformational time in their lives.

 

Funding

Wider Horizons is being funded by the Scientific and Medical Network, whose aim is to explore and expand the frontiers of science, medicine and spirituality https://explore.scimednet.org/ This makes the price of the ticket half the price of the actual cost per person of creating the event. The Scientific and Medical Network are also offering attendees a year’s free membership with the Scientific and Medical Network (https://explore.scimednet.org/).

Wider Horizons has received a kind donation from The Alef Trust, Global Leaders in consciousness, spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology, running online MScs, PhDs, open learning courses and a Sacred Science Circle https://www.aleftrust.org/

Photographs have been kindly donated by Jethro Tanner and Adrian Fisk

All the contributors are offering their services at greatly reduced rates or for free as a donation to support the aims of Wider Horizons, to inspire young adults as they step into adult life.

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Helpers Welcomed!

We still have some spaces for helpers for food prep and site service.  This can involve taking up slots or helping with seed camp on Thursday or clean up on Sunday or Monday.  Helpers must be 26 years and older. You will be able to attend some of the workshops and activities, but others are held for the young adults participants only.  Please contact us if you would like to attend as a helper.  Places are limited.

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Wider Horizons 2019

September 13 @ 10:00 am – September 15 @ 5:00 pm

Testimonials

“The immense physical beauty and harmony of the place called for recognition as much as did the talk of spiritual, intuitive realities in our discussions. It was like living in the midst of a fulfilment of a very great and ancient promise, and really showed how the form grows out of the spirit in all things.”

“Lastly, and most importantly, it has enabled a clarity to come to my purpose `this time’ – the field of healing, to which the call came when I was a very young child. That that should come three weeks before the beginning of Clinical Studies is of immense significance to me.”

“I have never known anything like the atmosphere at Wider Horizons, I mean, the people there were so friendly and I was extremely surprised when I went up to a stranger and just started to talk about things from the heart, and the person listened and then followed suit. In the big wide world, if you want Peace you have to be alone, but there Peace and harmony are not words.”

I often found myself sitting in a discussion in an odd-shaped room, with an incredible rush of inspiration. On other occasions I painted, danced and cried. With the course being held in the countryside at a Steiner College, and the blessing of fine weather, the memory of the week indelibly etched.n the big wide world, if you want Peace you have to be alone, but there Peace and harmony are not words.”

For me, the Wider Horizons week was an enjoyable experience – meeting people with a common interest, taking part in stimulating discussions and exploring new and exciting ideas of expression in sculpture, painting and eurythmy. I often find myself referring back to the week as a starting point for changes that have taken place in many areas of my life.t words.”

It was so good to meet such a group of people of my own age group who could not be dismissed as crackpots or a lunatic fringe. So often if one has spiritual ideals there is a feeling of isolation in the materialistic and ignorant world in which we live and the Wider Horizons week was a powerful affirmation of my own heartfelt convictions.

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