Tongues in Trees – a yearlong course

BEGINNING AT THE WINTER SOLSTICE 2019 for all of 2020: the latest offering in my WILD WAYS eco-soul work (2nd intake).

BOOKINGS OPEN NOW FOR 2020, BEGINNING AT THE WINTER SOLSTICE 2019 (limited places only).

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‘…for the past eight months I have been following a rather wonderful online course, formulated and run by the remarkable poet, author and facilitator Roselle Angwin.

‘The course is called ‘Tongues in Trees’ and invites us each month to observe a particular tree associated with the Celtic Ogham calendar. We are encouraged to relate in a creative way to the trees, through poetry, prose, folklore, land art and ritual. It is, in itself, a truly holistic introduction to each species…but I think the deeper knowledge and understanding of trees and their huge importance in the life of our planet will take me a lifetime…’ (RC)


TONGUES IN TREES
is a yearlong distance learning creative course rooted (ha!) in tree lore, tree botany, tree spirit medicine and the Celtic Tree Alphabet that first came into being at the Winter Solstice 2018, immediately before the last full moon of this solar year, when the Introduction and the first module were emailed out as PDFs. We are currently halfway through this year’s course, and feedback has been excellent.

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Lynn Baxter’s piece for a Tongues in Trees day

Over thirteen lunar months & according to one version of the Celtic Tree Alphabet, I’ll send you study materials of up to 15 pages relating to this month’s tree, its lore & mythology, tree history, botany & ecology, the Celtic tree alphabet, tree spirit medicine & more. In addition there’ll be imaginal/experiential tasks (largely but not exclusively creative & reflective writing practice, but involving outdoor work) designed to deepen & ‘fix’ your relationship to trees.

The modules include a story or poem, or both, associated with that tree or its qualities, & you will be encouraged to write your own (no previous experience needed).

Through indoor & outdoor creative practice over this year of monthly teachings you will become intimate with a number of indigenous British trees, & more deeply immersed in the true magic of the Wildwood, along with a deeper acquaintance – companionship – with our British native tree species. (My latest book, just completed, is about this.)

Please note that you will need to spend some time each month outdoors. I’m anticipating that the practice will require about 10 hours+ each month.

Each time I’ve led a tree-spirit medicine workshop people have experienced it as transformative, utterly changing the way they relate to trees. Working in this way deepens & grounds our relationship to the other-than-human, & trees themselves both botanically/ecologically & through their presence & qualities offer us much in the way of green healing: tranquility, harmony, uplift & an immune boost.

You will be able to sign up at one fee for self-study (I’m currently rethinking this for 2019/2020), at another for personal monthly responses & extra suggestions from me, designed so that we are companions in the work for a year (you will send in some of the writing generated by the tasks set). See below.

I have set up a closed online Facebook group for 2019, and will do this again. It’s for participants to share their findings & experiences. I’m aware that not everyone subscribes to (or approves of) Facebook, but it’s an excellent tool for such purposes. Although it’s not essential, I think you will find it will enhance your experience of the work, and give you a deep sense of human companionship on this yearlong journey.

UPDATE IN JUNE 2019: it’s been noticeable that people have found this whole process a much richer, wider and deeper experience if they either work one-to-one with me or join the Facebook group; better still, of course, both! If you are thinking of booking for 2020, consider this.

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Kate Compston’s piece for a Tongues in Trees day

FEES:
Introduction & 13 modules for self-study only (TBA FOR 2019/2020):
£150

Introduction & 13 modules with personal one-to-one commentary from me each month on the creative work you send in:
£650

Optional additional materials:
to be confirmed soon.

I will be working one-to-one with only a limited number of individuals. For this option, there will be extra creative & reflective writing tasks, and I will be responding to what you send in as a result (your commitment will be to send it in before the start of the next tree month).

I need the full fee for the 1st option (self-study) with your booking, or £200 deposit for the 2nd (interactive study), with the balance due in late January (instalments can be negotiated, either via post-dated cheques or a standing order, so that I don’t need to keep tabs and follow up).

* The small print: if on receipt of the Introduction and first module you decide this is not for you, I will refund your deposit minus £20 for the self-study, £30 for the interactive work.


FEEDBACK CAN BE SEEN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE

Please do register your interest in booking via the Contact form below. In the Comment section please tell me briefly why you’d like to participate in this course:

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FEEDBACK so far (entirely unsolicited):

‘…totally absorbed in it…and more every day. Quite wonderful! This year will be a joy… Thank you so very much for creating the course and making it so affordable.’

‘It’s wonderful – more than I ever expected… Thank you, Roselle. What a gift.’

‘I noticed this aim for the Tongues in Trees course – “I’m currently leading a yearlong ‘Tongues in Trees’ course with the aim of making people’s connection more conscious.” I can safely say you are certainly meeting that aim in my book.’ And the same person later: ‘I will revisit so much on this course – but it has already led me down wonderful pathways which I knew not before.’

‘I’m so loving this process.’

‘My eyes – and thoughts – are being deeply opened by following this course…it’s wonderful!’

‘I am so much more aware of the trees around me! Their, beauty, their wisdom and how full of surprises they are. This course really is a blessing. x’

On Twitter, Ali Walters says: ‘Thoroughly recommend this wonderful course. Even the unsupervised version benefits greatly from the wonderfully supportive Facebook Group and @QualiaBird*’s gentle encouragement.’ (*That’s my Twitter ‘handle’)

Another of the people who’s been working through this year’s Tongues in Trees course, Roz Cawley, has done a tree-species-count of her boundaries. You can read it on her blog, and it’s a great idea. Who are your tree-neighbours?

She’s also written these words:

‘I am also looking closely in a more informed manner right now, as for the past eight months I have been following a rather wonderful online course, formulated and run by the remarkable poet, author and facilitator Roselle Angwin.

‘The course is called ‘Tongues in Trees’ and invites us each month to observe a particular tree associated with the Celtic Ogham calendar, describing both its physical traits and characteristics and also the poetry, literature and folklore .associated with it. We are encouraged to relate in a creative way to the trees, through poetry, prose, land art and ritual. It is, in itself, a truly holistic introduction to each species…but I think the deeper knowledge and understanding of trees and their huge importance in the life of our planet will take me a lifetime…’

‘The fact that there is so much to explore and reflect on is a tribute to the enriching, inspiring and open-ended nature of this course, but I fear that I have never done enough. So I comfort myself with the thought that I that I can come back to each tree in turn again next year and read and write and walk and feel some more. What an ongoing gift from you Roselle. Thank you!… And thank you for all the material that you send to us. I so much look forward to it. I just loved your ‘Salmon of Wisdom’ piece; beautiful, poignant and uplifting.’


And from those whom I’m mentoring 1-to-1:

‘Roselle, I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying this course – it is so rewarding to be working with you again. Thank you. You have taken me back to a place where, I now realise, I have unconsciously wanted to be for some time; a place that I recognise and where I feel I belong… I would be delighted to think that [others might] have the chance of experiencing all the inspiration, motivation, help and general opening up of the senses (not to mention the fun) that working with you has brought to me over the years.’ S.O.

‘It’s always so exciting and lovely to get your response… I always feel so encouraged after reading it.  Thank you so much! I can’t believe how lucky I was to find you when I first came to [your course in] Exeter (last century).’ C.J.

‘Thank you. That is wonderfully encouraging and with some things to think about.’ G.D.

‘Many thanks to you for creating this course, and for your gentle questions and generous feedback.’ P.C.