Friendship- with self, with others and with the landscape- is the barometer of a full and well lived life.

In our modern world – isolation is a sickness.

We can have a thousand Facebook friends, and no real friend.

We can have no time – working one, two or three jobs, running families, businesses.

Friendship – as necessary as oxygen – is often the first relationship we let fall by the wayside when the business of life’s dramas take us over.

 We suffocate but don’t know why…

To experience a life rich in friendship indicates a life where the self, family, work and play are all given the care and attention they need to thrive. 

Each of us recognise this inherently; when our attitude to the world becomes unfriendly; when we feel that we have few people, things, or places to turn to when we need support or help; when life becomes too busy to prioritise friendship, we experience this as a deep emptiness that lies only just below the surface. 

And then there is our constant I’m not good enough, self-loathing – a prominent feature of our modern life.

The constant comparing ourselves to others, and finding ourselves coming up short.

In truth, we can’t find good friendship until we learn to be good friends to ourselves.

And how do we do that?

By seeking out things to befriend.

Can we befriend the grass, the trees, the sky?

Can we befriend the animals upon which we rely (while thinking they rely on us)?

Can we learn to befriend our bodies, where our hearts reside?

If we can do this, then we have a chance for learning to befriend our minds. 

Together, we will explore friendship as a muscle to develop, a practice & a choice.

Friendship is a two-part online workshop exploring our relationship and friendship to ourselves self and the world around us.

Through writing, nature based enquiry, understandings of energy, mind and body, we will explore the ways and means to rekindle the spirit of friendship and what that means individually, in community and for the landscape we are a part of.

Here's how we're going to roll...

The workshop is held over 2 x 2 hour sessions, 24 hours apart.

Our first session will be on Friday, 14th July at 8:00 pm GMT+1, where we will have in depth discussions on vitality and how to weave these understandings into our everyday life. 

As part of the session, you will be emailed a workbook with prompts and practical enquiries for you to consider over the 24 period until we meet again.

The second session will be on Saturday, 15th July at 8:00 pm GMT+1, where we will reflect on your discoveries, and have time for open discussion and contemplation.

The Nuts & Bolts


Friday, 15th July at 8:00 pm GMT +1 & Saturday, 16th July at 8:00 pm GMT +1.

The sessions last for 2 hours each and are 24 hours apart.


This workshop is held online via Zoom. We appreciate that with busy lives and people spread all over the globe that you may not be able to make the sessions live.

All sessions will be recorded and sent to participants shortly after we have wrapped up.

You will also have access to a private podcast feed exclusive to Friendship Workshop participants.


The workshop is being co-taught by us, Jane Pike and Rupert Isaacson. We have bottled up our combined decades of experience to provide you with a unique experience and perspective on the topic of vitality, friendship and wellbeing.

This session is the second part of a three session series of workshops we are holding over the course of the year.

The series includes:

VITALITY {Relationship To Body, Mind, Emotion} : Held in March, 2023- Instant access to the recording

FRIENDSHIP: {Relationship to self the natural world and others} 15 & 16th July 2023

ROBUSTNESS: {Relationship to the wider world} November 2023 {Exact date TBA}

Access to the Friendship Workshop is $150 USD

Access to the three session series pass is $399 USD {You will be sent the recording for the Vitality Sessions as well as live passes to the upcoming sessions in July & November}

Your pass to the Friendship Workshop includes:

✔️ Full access to both two hour live sessions, as well as the opportunity for interactive discussion and Q&A (you are welcome to send your questions in advance if you can’t make it live)

✔️ Lifetime access to the recordings

✔️ Access to Friendship Workshop private podcast feed

✔️ Workbook and resources

Who we are...

Jane Pike

Jane’s work explores how it is we access and bring forward our innate vitality, through our relationship to ourselves, each other and the natural world. She draws constant inspiration from the creative arts and poetry, her relationships with the animals in her life, and the many allies she finds on her daily walks and rides through the forest on her farm.

She currently calls the South Island of New Zealand/ Aotearoa home, finding solace and support from raw beauty of the landscape that surrounds her.

Jane has travelled extensively, including working as an aid worker throughout the middle east and Indian subcontinent in her 20’s, and combines her personal experiences in the world with her creative interests and expertise in movement, biomechanics and the nervous system to create experiences that are moving, enriching and transformational. 

Rupert Isaacson

A journalist for the British and American press from the early 1990s (Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Independent on Sunday, Esquire, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveller – among others), he has also published several guidebooks to Africa and India, and he is the author of three non-fictional memoirs: The Healing Land (a New York Times Notable Book), which tells the story of his family in Africa, and of his own time spent living with the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert; The Horse Boy (a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller), which tells the story of his journey across Mongolia on horseback with his autistic son Rowan; and The Long Ride Home, which tells of the three subsequent healing journeys he and his son made to Africa, Australia and the Navajo Reservation, as well as his discovery of how horses can help autism and special needs in general.

Rupert also runs the Horse Boy Foundation which offers services to autism families, and helps direct several satellite centers offering similar services in North America and Europe.

In partnership with Iliane Lorenz he also teaches Horse Boy Method, Movement Method (a homeschool technique aimed at autism, ADD and ADHD families among others), and other kinetic learning techniques, along with Helios Harmony, a way of introducing riders to the higher levels of equitation .

A successful documentary filmmaker – The Horse Boy and Endangerous – and write and conceiver of reality TV shows (The Quest – which aired on ABC in 2014 & 2021 – was his original concept and he helped produce the show), and in addition his mainstream Hollywood projects include The Horse Boy feature film and The Goth Lords.

A career in human rights runs parallel to all this. In 2004 he founded the Indigenous Land Rights Fund, which helps hunting and gathering tribes gain legal title to their ancestral land and which helped the Bushmen of Botswana win the largest land claim in African history in 2006 – as a result of which he is now banned from Botswana (!).

Finally there is his first love – horses both cross country riding, and classical dressage (he works closely with the Valenca Family in Portugal and studies with Christian Bachinger of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna). A small time breeder of Lusitano horses, Rupert relaxes by reading historical novels, planting trees and drinking beer, especially IPAs. He quite likes wine too. And food.