2021 calendar & general info
SCROLL DOWN FOR CALENDAR and for 2021 events. You can see testimonials for many of the courses here
NEXT EVENT IS THE BOOK LAUNCH VIA ZOOM for A SPELL IN THE FOREST – TONGUES IN TREES on Thursday July 1st at 7pm. This is a free event but you need to book – details here soon. (Donations invited to the Save the Oaks campaign.) James Murray-White, of the Save the Oaks campaign, is co-ordinating this. The book is available from 25th June from all the usual outlets.
‘Trees occupy a place of enormous significance, not only in our planet’s web of life but also in our psyche. A Spell in the Forest – Tongues in Trees is part love-song, part poetic guidebook, and part exploration of thirteen native sacred British tree species. Tongues in Trees is a multi-layered contribution to the current awareness of the importance and significance of trees and the resurgence of interest in their place on our planet and in our hearts.’
COVID19 2020/21: things have, of course, changed. All my events – residential courses, poetry readings, walking day retreats – were cancelled for the whole of 2020 and the first half of 2021. However, my Isle of Iona ‘Islands of the Heart’ retreats, 20 years’ old now, will happen in autumn 2021, and while the second week is full, the first has one place still available. Dates for 2022 are now posted on that page.
In a year that goes to plan, I’m privileged to work with lovely people in stunning locations: by the sea on the Isle of Iona and West Cornwall, on the moors and in the mountains and 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, all in wildish places with their other-than-human inhabitants, come and join me – online, or in person as soon as we can.
Currently, in 2021, I’m focusing on my own writing. There will be a sequel to my Tree book. I’m partway through a book on plant-based lifestyles.
I’m currently creating new online courses; the first was Poetry, Nature & Mindfulness (great feedback, with people repeating it; the next one is still to be scheduled for summer 2021). There will be a ‘Part 2’, which will explore the prose poem and nature memoir in the same vein.
New for this year is Poetry, imagination & the Ensouled Life. The pilot happened in May, partly delivered by Zoom, and I also had great feedback for this one from the very lovely group I worked with. Another opportunity to work with me in this way will happen later in the summer.
Also I have a SoundCloud page and have uploaded more poetry, often embedded in a podcast to do with place (the Isle of Iona, or Dartmoor).
You can listen to an interview by Dr Lania Kinght on my relationship to place and writing here.
On this link, you can listen to a discussion on trees on The Wheel podcast. I am the guest for this ‘spoke’, #46.
Still in the audio line, a dear friend has managed to convert a cassette tape I made, with specially composed music, in 1994, after my book Riding the Dragon emerged. This contains an introduction to the creative visualisation/active imagination process rooted in Jung’s work, and two visualisations. One is called ‘Sanctuary’ and the other is ‘Journey to the Healing Spring’. Both these were very popular as cassettes, and feedback is that they’re relaxing, deeply healing and restorative, and inspiring. This will be available to buy from me soon.
If you’d like to hear of new events, books & courses, contact me with your email address and I’ll add you to my list. The newsletter happens four or five times a year, and I promise I’ll never sell your name or allow it to be used for other purposes.
WRITING THE BRIGHT MOMENT: poetry, nature & mindfulness
Monday 4th January – Friday 9th inclusive, 2021
Monday 1st March – Friday 5th inclusive
Further dates in 2021 tba
POETRY, IMAGINATION & THE ENSOULED LIFE
Monday May 10th – Friday May 14th
Further dates in 2021 tba
IONA – ISLANDS OF THE HEART 2021
This year will see two courses, the ‘More’ group and the ‘Core’ group, in September & October (Covid permitting). Bookings being taken for 2022 – places mainly available on the 3rd group.
TONGUES IN TREES yearlong online course: next one begins at the winter solstice 2021 for the whole of 2022.
Any questions: Contact me here.