AWAKENED ROOTS: A Residential On How Nature Inspires Creative Practice

Contact: Henry McGrath (Email)


“An exciting and ground-breaking company with a holistic world vision”Patrick Campbell – Senior Lecturer in Drama at MMU, Co-Director of the Third Theatre Network

‘Awakened Roots’ in a two-day residential workshop in the heart of the Forest of Dean, led by The Eden’s Cave Company and hosted by The ASHA Centre.

We are calling on performers and cross-disciplinary artists of all forms to join us for an exploration into our relationship with the natural world and how it can inform and inspire our creative work.

• How do we deepen our connection within the natural world?

• What can it reveal through us?

• What material and information awakens in us that creates the seed for inspiration for our creative work?

‘Awakened Roots’ follows The Eden’s Cave Company’ three-year performance project ‘Forests’. For the first time, participants will have the opportunity to work with members of the company at their base in the Forest of Dean, where participants will explore some of the questions and practices that have shaped the company’s work.

Over the course of the weekend we will spend time workshopping in the surrounding forests, exploring modes of seeing, listening and witnessing to develop deeper states of perception that will become the foundation for creative practice. Participants will research how nature inspires and informs their own creativity through set forms, games and rituals to unlock their expressive flow. We will also look at the developing physical practice of Eden’s Cave, ‘Earth Movement’, which researches dynamic somatic forms of interacting with nature. 

Participants will be able to:

• Develop skills in physical theatre

• Contact improvisation and reactive techniques to sharpen the performer’s body

• Have space and time to develop their own creative materials and forms

The work is designed to enable individual excavation, creating an atmosphere of personal research while nurturing the findings of the group. The work is open to artists and performance practitioners of any kind and, while physically demanding, is designed to be accessible to all. 

We will be living together at The ASHA Centre and cooking, eating and looking after the domestic space together will be part of the work.

The goal of The Eden’s Cave Company is to create a thriving community of artists, in spaces dedicated to the investigation of artistic, embodied and spiritual practice to rediscover the essential nature of tribe, the roots of performance, and the devotion to training. It runs workshops across the country, but its main program now takes place in the Forest of Dean, offering participants enclosed and focussed residencies where they can develop craft, invigorate practice and live and work as a community.

Arrival for 6pm on Friday 17th for a shared supper. Departure by 5pm on Sunday 19th.

The fee covers the cost of accomodation and food but we will be cooking and cleaning together.

The ASHA Centre is in a rural location but is half an hour from Gloucester, and is reached easily by car and taxi. For those coming by public transport we can discuss travel arrangements to put you in touch with others who are also travelling.


£120 including board and food * EARLY BIRD PRICE if booked before 17th March

£140 including board and food * If booked after 17th March


Feedback from previous participants:

“Magical, spontaneous, tender, deep, joyful, insightful… More please!’ – Holly Stoppit – performance skills teacher, theatre director and dramatherapist

“Every performer should do this. Beautiful work, excellent with strong facilitation”- Igne Barkauskaite – actress and physical theatre workshop facilitator

“Deeply nourishing and useful, expertly dancing between personal and collective practice and enquiry”- Workshop Particpant

“A safe environment to connect in a deep, honest way and to meet, face and move beyond our edges.”- Workshop Participant

The Eden’s Cave Company was established in 2017 with the intention of creating powerful, imaginative and moving theatre experiences. It bridges connections between theatre, community and the natural world. Eden’s Cave is a laboratory theatre, developing a strong community philosophy which incorporates a European model of developing work over extended periods to create rich, layered and high-quality work.

Its projects seek to contribute to the development of British heritage, to advance new perceptions of how we relate to the natural world, develops opportunities for local communities and empowers the life and work of actors and artists, in an organised encounter of cultural exchange. In association with the ASHA Centre (, The Eden’s Cave Company runs courses, events and performances to enrich communities nationally and locally in the Forest of Dean. 

The ASHA Centre is a peace and education centre in the Forest of Dean. It delivers transformative, holistic education designed to bring about lasting inner, social and environmental change.

To book your place, contact: [email protected]

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