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HotHouse: Nature’s Language and the Art of Deep Listening

A nature-based leadership programme offering a framework by which to apply nature’s lessons of bird language and deep listening for regenerative mindsets and responsible businesses.

Facilitating the future now

A nature-based leadership programme offering a framework to apply nature’s lessons of bird language and deep listening for regenerative mindsets and responsible businesses.

Wherever we go our trees, gardens and skies are filled with birds and if we pay close attention to their voices and behaviour, they can teach and inform our leadership practice to lead in a more conscious way. Observing nature in this way can allow us to create more regenerative systems and cultures in our organisations that respond naturally and effectively to the ebbs and flows within natural systems.

This programme set within the stunning landscape of the Eden Project provides a remarkable setting in which to connect deeply with yourself and nature. You will be guided by two expert facilitators with over 40 years of experience in Nature Connection, Leadership and Education. The two-day retreat will include deep listening techniques, a wilderness solo, structured dialogue and reflection inspired by ancient cultural traditions and the latest research in neuroscience.

Along with the health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in nature, these practices have been adapted for our modern, busy lives, and help us slow down and tune in to the rhythms of the natural world around us.


Participants can expect to: 

  • Gain lifelong learning of the language of birds, and how this can help relate to the importance of reflection and deep listening for leadership

  • Appreciate that we are part of nature. Now more than ever we need a deep emotional and psychological shift in how we understand and relate to the natural world.

  • Gain new ideas and fresh perspectives transferable to you and your work

  • Develop the capacity to engage and listen, not just our heads but also our hearts; to use our intellect with emotional and ecological intelligence

  • Disconnect from the digital and reconnect with the present


Who is it for?

This creative leadership retreat has been carefully created for people who are or want to become leaders for change or anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding about their place in the world.

Hothouse creative leadership programme - Eden Project, Cornwall

Meet the facilitators

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Chris Holland

Chris is a leading inspiration in the field of nature connection and environmental education for families, schools and businesses. He has a natural talent for working with groups of people, telling stories, sharing bush craft skills, foraging, creating environmental art and even playing the didgeridoo! He wrote his first book, I Love my World in 2009 and has created CPD and nature connection courses online. Chris is also the founder of

Meet the facilitators

Pam Horton

Pam Horton 

With a background in environmental education and conservation, and extensive experience designing and delivering the Eden Project's experiential learning programmes, Pam has a passion for helping people learn from nature. Having worked with everyone from school children to CEOs, she loves to explore new, innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and believes that engaging the head and the heart is key to motivating people to embrace change. 

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Albert Einstein

“We can't solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

How to join us

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The dates of our next programme are 3-5 August 2022. 

The cost, £1,000+VAT for individuals*, includes:

  • Expert facilitation for the two days 
  • Accommodation, food, and materials 
  • Ongoing support and contact with facilitators

To speak to the team, call us on 01726 811975 or get in touch via our enquiry form

Practical information

*Please talk to us about a discount on our standard rate for self-employed, NHS, and charity employees.

*Please talk to us about a discount on our standard rate for self-employed, NHS, and charity employees. 

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