PLEASE NOTE: In the autumn of 2022 I will once again be offering the online weeks described below.
I’m excited to say that I have created some new online courses to add to those that already exist (see the top bar, and also here). This is partly to celebrate the fact that last year, 2021, I had been leading workshops for 30 years.
All my courses involve some reading and writing, most commonly poetry, most often in the service of animal mundi. NB you do not need to be ‘an experienced writer’ – we work with co-exploration of the cosmos, our place in it, our relationship to humans and the more-than-human, and share ideas through writing.
There seems to be a thirst for the creative & inner work combined with engagement with the rest of the natural world that I offer in Writing the Bright Moment: Poetry, Nature & Mindfulness. (You can hear a podcast in which I talk about mindfulness here.) This solo but supported online retreat week has had excellent feedback. I hope in winter 2022 to follow this with a prose alternative.
I’m delighted also to be offering another online week, Poetry, Imagination & the Ensouled Life. (The first week I offered in May 2021 again garnered excellent feedback.)
This week is to do with the therapeutic and inspirational qualities of the process of reading and writing poetry, and has as a central focus our relationship with the more-than-human and the rest of the natural world. Both these courses involve time outdoors; both are intensive.
(On May 13th 2021 I wrote: we’re nearing the end of this first week. This lovely group has written a lot of new and exciting work, and our discussions have been inspiring and profound. Feedback has once again been excellent. It might be important to say that how we live is as central to this work as how we write, as is common on my workshops and retreats.)
Autumn 2022 sees the launch of an online prose week. Encounters with Kin: the new nature memoir. I’ve been promising this, for prose writers, for ages, and am excited to be designing a new week. More details later in the summer.
Soon I hope to offer others that take me back to my roots in deep ecology, soulwork and transpersonal psychology. One is a resurrection of the Myth as Metaphor workshops I led from 1991 onwards, and out of which grew my first commissioned book, Riding the Dragon – myth & the inner journey. Another will be announced nearer the time.
At the winter solstice in 2018 I launched the first yearlong online Tongues in Trees course – an exciting and rewarding project, and part of the inspiration for my Tree book, of course. Feedback has been excellent for this too.
I have various new audio projects (this link is more comprehensive again), and you can hear some of my poetry podcasts here. There’s a video interview with me talking about our relationship to place and the other-than-human here on YouTube. The launch of my new book is available to watch here.
Soon, I will be offering for sale once again two creative visualisations (based on Jung’s active imagination technique) that I created, with specially-composed music, as cassette tapes in 1994. A good friend has managed to convert these to MP3s and CDs. Feedback has always been that they are profoundly relaxing, restorative and healing.