course calendar

home and the heart

2018 DATES (more tba)

THRESHOLDS FOR IMBOLC (CANDLEMAS)
I led this as a group day retreat for many years. It’s now available as a solo day retreat download.

Mindfulness walk Wednesday 28th Feb, 11am – 1pm
In the beautiful woodland gardens of National Trust Greenway, Devon. Book via Greenway

A Trick of the Light – poems from Iona Isle of Iona, Monday April 9th, 5pm
launch of my new poetry book, in the Iona Community Shop.
If you find yourself in the Hebrides at this time, please join us!

Poetry reading Exeter Phoenix, Thursday 26th April, 7.30pm
with me and Rose Cook, UNCUT poets.

Wild Mindfulness, Wild Writing Sunday May 6th, Nr Totnes, South Devon, 2–5pm
Building on the success of the half-day event I led above for the National Trust, I ‘m offering this afternoon as an (occasional) outdoor workshop in Devon. It’s an opportunity to slow down, and to restore and deepen your sense of relatedness to your inner life and to the rest of the natural world. My own practice of mindfulness, rooted in the Zen tradition, goes back more than 40 years, and underpins many of my courses. This time, it’s overt. You don’t need to be experienced in either mindfulness or writing.
Other sessions will happen on Dartmoor, in woodland, and perhaps on the River Dart.

PRESENCE: haibun, haiku, and the natural world
Sunday June 24th, near Totnes
Midsummer indoor and outdoor day workshop for the summer solstice in the Devon countryside.

Tongues in Trees
Sunday July 8th, Dartmoor,
details tba

Sacred Waters collaboration, Sunday 14th October, on or near Dartmoor with my ‘Wellkeepers’ approach and Sam Wernham of River Dart Wild Church’s ‘sacred waters living springs’. Half-day outdoor event. More soon.

(STORYMAKING: Novelists’ Bootcamp dates & venue tba (small group only): synopses, beginnings & endings, core theme, plot progression, narrative arc, creating scenes, character & dialogue.)

WEEKLONG RESIDENTIALS

ISLANDS OF THE HEART, ISLE OF IONA
1 Saturday 7th – Saturday 14th April
(1 place available; ‘core group’ Iona returners only with priority given by number of years’ attendance. Mainly poetry, mainly experienced/published writers) 2019 half-full

2 Tuesday 17th April – Tuesday 24th April 2018: ‘more group’ returners & newcomers both welcome (These groups are capped at 14 now. 2018 is full with a waiting list. This group is more divergent in participants’ writing interests and experience, with more of a mix of poetry and prose. Some bookings are already in place for 2019.)

THE LAND’S WILD MAGIC, West Cornwall (was Poetry, Place & Pilgrimage)
Monday 4th – Sunday 10th June
At Boswedden House on the coast, visiting the many megalithic sites and holy wells of West Cornwall, my homeland. We spend much of the time walking and writing outdoors. This is the fourth year; it seems to have been very inspiring for participants. FULL; waiting list available

WRITING THE BRIGHT MOMENT, France
Place, longing & belonging
Saturday 1 – Saturday 8 September
Creative & reflective writing, mostly outdoors in the Cévennes mountains
EARLYBIRD BOOKING: 10% discount on total cost before May 31st
Letting our longing lead us in this week to quicken the heart, fire the imagination and enliven the senses. In addition to creative and reflective writing on various topics we’ll also be thinking, talking about and creating so-called ’nature writing’ and our place in the web of life. This retreat will focus on developing our writing at the same time as deepening our sense of relationship to the world around us. Expect: lively discussion; sensitive guidance; much laughter; a lot of sometimes-surprising writing. Fabulous food; very inspiring venue; hammocks; waterfall pool; massages available on site.

THE WELLKEEPERS: myth, poetry, deep soul & the state of the world
Monday 5th – Sunday 11th November, Boswedden House, West Cornwall
Sacred Feminine & Sacred Masculine
A WILD WAYS week
This course aims to restore the lost feminine to ‘upper world’ consciousness and create conversations between men and women, and our own inner pairs of opposites. It has a particular focus on revisioning our relationship to the rest of the natural world.
Rooted in deep ecology, psychospirituality and mythopoetics (especially in the idea of the quest, the Grail cycle, and the journey to wholeness, as in my 1993 book Riding the Dragon – myth & the inner journey), it centres on the symbolic significance of holy wells.

If you’re interested I recommend you visit the sister site, www.thewildways.co.uk to have a sense of the wider and deeper reaches of my work

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I usually have one or two places for mentoring, or distance learning courses.

2019 DATES:

Islands of the Heart, Iona (19th year!)
‘Core’ group (‘old hands’ only; provisional dates Saturday 30th March – Saturday 6th April) filling fast.
‘More’ group (newcomers welcomed; provisional dates Tuesday, 9th April – Tuesday 16th) some bookings in place.

The Land’s Wild Magic, Cornwall (dates tba, June)

The Bardic Art of Poetry, Donegal, Eire, (11th–18th October tbc)

See also thewildways.co.uk. Bear in mind that all courses are holistic in nature, and there is a great deal of overlap. Apart from the Novelists’ Bootcamp, which is specifically and entirely focused on writing, the courses all include other aspects of being: our inner/soul life and our relationship to the outer world, especially the rest of nature, are inherent parts.

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