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/ˈkʌnɨvɪn/ [KUH-NEV-IN]

Welsh (n.) A place or time when we instinctively feel familiarity, belonging and connection.

Cynefin is a 3-day journey of self discovery. An active pause in your every day life and an opportunity to explore the wild landscape both within your being and here in the wild fringes of Snowdonia.


Key Information
Date: 13th-16th July 2023
Time: 2pm Thursday to 2pm Sunday
Location: Residential experience at the Nomad Base Camp, Henbant Permaculture Farm
Cost: Standard £450, Payment plans and bursary places available (upon application)
For Participants of 21 and over.



What is Cynefin?

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Cynefin has been created to help you reconnect with nature, with yourself and with others.  By doing so, you will gain greater insight into life, and your place within it.  You will be welcomed, nourished, challenged, and held.  Cynefin is held entirely outdoors, sheltered only by tree foliage and canvas.


  We approach spending time outdoors from a mindful point of view, and offer you the opportunity to embark on an adventure as you leave behind the busy world you live and work in, close up your electronic devices, and open your ears and minds to other sounds.

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When was the last time you heard the chirp and squeak of the birds and insects, the creak and rustle of the trees, or the ancient words and messages of a fireside story?  Explore all of these offerings from nature and myth and see what resonates within you.

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What to expect?

On Cynefin you will be well fed in your belly, nourished in your soul, warmed by the campfire,  kissed by the fine Welsh mist, and in the midst good company. 

We don’t like to talk too much about the fine details of Cynefin; we like to keep it a bit of a secret. By doing this, we welcome you to step into uncertainty, and to approach your time with us with a whole heart and with wide eyes as you learn new ways to think and be, learn old forgotten traditions and skills, and learn what you are capable of.

Cynefin is  held safely and beautifully by the Nomad team.

Whilst you are with us, you’ll have time and space to put put energy into your dreams and aspirations, decompress and delve into your thoughts and beliefs, and emerge ready to make positive change in your life.


Challenges lies before you on this journey.  Between mountains, simple shelters, firelight and the stars, you will live beautifully, but very simply for a few days; free from distractions so that you can delve deeper into your own process.

Short Film about Cynefin

Back in May 2019 a group of people took part in Cynefin.  We were also lucky enough to have a small film team come along and record their experience.  They captured in real time all the small details and interactions that make Nomad such a unique retreat.  Enjoy the film with sound if you can!

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Ready for Cynefin?

Cynefin could be classed as many things: a bushcraft experience, a walking trip, a personal development programme, a mindfulness exercise, a forest bathing workshop, a glamping experience - It is all this and much more! 


The unique Nomad approach means that you’ll eat from bowlfulls of food cooked on an open fire, you will undertake meaningful and enriching activities, you will have your every need catered for and won’t have to think about equipment, accommodation or resources. Cynefin blends all of this richness into a truly unique experience.

If you’re ready for a break from your everyday life, and ready to be looked after and cared for while you dive deep into experience, then you’re ready for Cynefin. 

If this is something you are interested in, and are keen to know more please don't hesitate to get in touch - we'd love to talk with you.

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