The Nomad Mission: "To Lead a meaningful adventure and create an environment to explore skills, craftsmanship and native ancient culture whilst reflecting on personal challenges and aspirations in the form of a nomadic learning experience in the beautiful landscape of Snowdonia."
Regain clarity of mind by putting all technology to one side
Modern life is... complicated sometimes. Made even more so by the technology and devices that were designed to help us become more efficient, more creative and more connected. On our journey retreats at Nomad we leave all of that behind us, armed with a ladle, a few sticks and a roll of canvas we can live in a simple and nourishing way without the beeps and buzzing of our tech.
Contemplate your life's vision and purpose and become clear about what really matters to you
Picasso once said: "The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away". At Nomad we agree with him! Living life on purpose is so crucial to living a happy life. During the program we contemplate what our purpose might be. We also set time aside to simply be alone in nature, and let the layers of everyday life fall away to leave behind what is most important. Maybe your gift and your purpose will reveal itself...
Learn strategies to help move beyond your fears
We are all familiar with the term 'being in our comfort zone'. We are all possibly too comfortable within that zone and never test the boundaries! During the Nomad program you get the opportunity to face some common fears through some fun and exciting challenges. You can take these as far as you want and know that the experienced Nomad crew will keep you safe at all times.
Learn about the origins of fire and develop a greater appreciation for its impact in our lives
Fire is part of our lives though we don't always see or appreciate it. We journey back to the dark days before fire and remember how it must have felt to experience the warmth of a flame for the first time. By exploring friction fire and other methods of 'welcoming' fire, we connect with it on a different level and give a big nod to the other elements in our lives.
Rhiannon grew up between the sea and the gentle hills of South West England, and she loves people.
Rhiannon is an experienced facilitator and brings to Nomad years of experience working with groups, a love of cold water and of clambering up mountains.
Having spent much of the last ten years living and working in different places, Rhiannon has developed her skills through peacework, conflict resolution and teaching. She has worked in the UK and further ashore with the Quakers, Embercombe, the Brathay Trust, Ardrouy Education Centre, Felin Uchaf, and within education.
During your Nomad, she’ll be busy helping to build a cohesive, warm and supportive space, so each person can get the most from their journey. She’ll be with you for a quiet chat by the fireside, cheering you on when you face challenges, and holding a safe space for you, should you reach some of your edges.
Tom has been working in the outdoors since 2010 but playing in the outdoors since he was a young boy. Inspired by the mountains in the Lake District he began mountaineering and climbing in his teens.
He flippin' loves an adventure!
A few years at Bangor University showed him that his heart lay firmly in the mountains and not in the libraries and laboratories where he should have been studying!
Nomad is the product of this passion for being outside and sharing the wonders of nature. With an passion in helping people fulfill their potential and a fascination with ancient traditions and story, it truly is a potent blend!
Tom brings together the best parts of formal outdoor education and slaps a liberal coating of alternative and holistic charm on top. During your Nomad he will be guiding you through every aspect of the journey, physically as we meander through the mountains, and mentally as we journey within. Tom's passion and commitment is what makes Nomad so powerful.
Rich Griffiths Hughes
Rich first got involved with the outdoors in his early 20’s, after a trainee year at a centre in Cornwall, followed with completing a degree in Sport & Exercise Science and Outdoor Activities at the University of Leeds.
He then moved back to his native North Wales and worked for over 6 years as an Outdoor Activity Development Officer, all the while spending any spare moment climbing, hillwalking, kayaking and canoeing, gaining numerous National Governing Body awards along the way. Rich now works full time for his own company, Môn Active. They provide outdoor activities, coach education and first aid training.
Rich has a wealth of outdoor safety qualifications and first aid knowledge under his belt and as a result is a comforting character to have around! He is truly the Swiss army knife of the team!
During the Nomad journey Rich will be keeping a keen eye on everyone as we navigate through the challenges and the landscape. He also has the gift of knowing something about everything and is the source of much fireside conversation!