2021 calendar & general info

New book published in June 2021; launch event July 1st

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 the above page. Scroll down for the Calendar.

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. (PLEASE NOTE THAT UNTIL WINTER 2021 there will be no other workshops and courses or mentoring etc available.)

I’ve created two new online courses; the first is Poetry, Nature & Mindfulness (three weeklong sessions to date, with great feedback, and people repeating it; the next one is still to be scheduled for winter 2021). There will be a ‘Part 2’, which will explore the prose poem and nature memoir in the same vein.

New 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 in winter 2021.

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). See here for more audio files.

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

Monday May 10th – Friday May 14th
Further dates in 2021 tba

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 2022 for the whole of 2023. NB I’m taking a break during 2022.

Any questions: Contact me here.