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I’m privileged to work with lovely people in stunning locations: by the sea, in the mountains, on the moors and in the forests of Britain and France. If you need a dose of creativity, warmth, imagination, inspiration and general soulwork, much of it outdoors, with possible transformation thrown in, in wildish places with their other-than-human inhabitants, come and join me.
Currently, in addition to my own writing, I’m concentrating on weeklong retreats, although there will be occasional one-day workshops available. Most of the longer retreats incorporate some walking; some with the idea of pilgrimage ‘built in’. They usually include poetry, myth and story in one form or another, and an awareness of the 8 turning points of the old Celtic year.
My increasing focus is on mending our relationships with our inner lives, with others, and especially with the other-than-human – a profoundly urgent need.
Here are the deep ecology/ecosoul dates. There is much overlap with my holistic writing courses, and writing is an important component, but you do not need to be an experienced writer. Any in brackets are more specifically writing, for which see fire-in-the-head.co.uk.
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NEW FOR 2019 but beginning at the full moon of the winter solstice 2018 is my Tongues in Trees online yearlong course. There are two options: self-study, or work with me. I’m so excited about this course.
You might join me to drop deep into a renewal of creativity on what is now offered as a solo day retreat at or near Imbolc, the first cracking-open of the earth in the northern hemisphere towards spring in my re-visioned annual Thresholds course in late January/early February.
On Tuesday March 26th 2019 at National Trust Greenway I’m leading a half-day Camellia Haiku-writing workshop.
Then later in March, & in April, I offer two weeklong holistic writing retreats on the Isle of Iona: Islands of the Heart.
In May, I’m offering the first of three afternoon sessions for the turning seasons that draw together walking, immersion in nature, and reading and writing poetry and prose passages. See here for the spring Poetry in Nature.
June 8th: I, along with the previous and the succeeding writers-in-residence, am appearing at the first ever Greenway Literary Festival (our date is 8th June, morning). Greenway was the summer home of Agatha Christie, and I was privileged to be writer-in-residence last winter.
Tongues in Trees: for my local Moor Poets I’m leading an outdoor all-day workshop in ‘nature poetry plus’ in beautiful woodland on the edge of Dartmoor. It’ll happen on Sunday June 23rd.
Also in June there’s The Land’s Wild Magic retreat in the far west of Cornwall, on the coast and among the many megalithic sites. NEXT ONE 2020
July: summer Poetry in Nature.
September: the 3rd of the Islands of the Heart weeklong retreats on the Isle of Iona.
October: autumn Poetry in Nature.
There are two weeklong poetry retreats; The Well of Poetry takes place in the wonderful wild Cévennes mountains in southern France in October. For the first, Going to the Well, the land and nature/eco-writing is very much part of the week and will suit novices as well as experienced writers. (The second, Drawing from the Well, is offered for serious poets.)
If this attracts you, do please read be in touch via the Contact form.