course calendar

home and the heart

2018 DATES (more tba)

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.

Sunday July 8th, Dartmoor
This is ‘tree spirit medicine’, and it seems to transform people’s relationship with trees

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.)


1 Saturday 7th – Saturday 14th April 2018 
(2019 nearly full)

2 Tuesday 17th April – Tuesday 24th April 2018: ‘more group’ returners & newcomers both welcome (These groups are capped at 14 now. 2019 has one place left.)

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

IN HARVEST TIME writing from life & nature
West Cornwall, September 2018; West Cornwall as above; September 3rd–7th inclusive

THE WELLKEEPERS: myth, poetry, deep soul & the state of the world
Monday 5th – Sunday 11th November, Boswedden House, West Cornwall
Sacred Feminine & Sacred Masculine
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, to have a sense of the wider and deeper reaches of my work


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; dates Saturday 30th March – Saturday 6th April) filling fast.
‘More’ group (newcomers welcomed); Tuesday, 9th April – Tuesday 16th 1 place available
NEW ‘Plus’ group (returners & newcomers): Saturday September 21st  – Saturday September 28th bookings being taken now (May 2018)

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

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

See also 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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