course calendar

home and the heart

LATE WINTER 2018/2019
I usually have one or two places for mentoring, or distance learning courses.


Tongues in Trees, Began at the winter solstice 2018 (The Wild Ways)

Thresholds for Imbolc, relevant to late January/early February (1-2)

Still to be arranged: half-day mindfulness walks at Greenway, Devon, for the National Trust

SPRING: Hebrides

Islands of the Heart, Iona (19th year!) LATE MARCH/APRIL
1 ‘Core’ group (‘old hands’ only; dates Saturday 30th March – Saturday 6th April) filling fast
2 ‘More’ group (newcomers welcomed); Tuesday, 9th April – Tuesday 16th ONE PLACE NEWLY AVAILABLE
3  ‘Plus’ group, September: see below

Camellia haiku-writing workshop, Greenway National Trust, Tuesday 26th March, 3-5pm
Spring Poetry in Nature half-day workshop
, May 5th, tba

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.

SUMMER: Cornwall
The Land’s Wild Magic, Cornwall,
writing & walking among Cornwall’s ancient sites (next course June 2020)

SUMMER: Dartmoor
Tongues in Trees,
Outdoor poetry workshop (day) for Moor Poets, 23rd June, Druid Wellwood, Nr Ashburton, Devon

Summer Poetry in Nature half-day workshop July 7th, tba

: Hebrides
Islands of the Heart, Iona

3 NEW ‘Plus’ group Iona ISLANDS OF THE HEART retreat (returners & newcomers):
Saturday September 21st  – Saturday September 28th 2019 bookings being taken now

Autumn Poetry in Nature half-day workshop October 6th tba

AUTUMN: France
Two weeklong POETRY RETREATS, Cévennes, France
: OCTOBER 12th–19th, 19th–26th (limited numbers; expressions of interest invited; discount if attending both weeks). The courses are:

1, ‘GOING TO THE WELL: the vital art of poetry’ 12th–19th October 2019

2, ‘DRAWING FROM THE WELL: shaping a poetry collection’ 19th–26th October 2019 


See also Bear in mind that all courses are holistic in nature, and there is a great deal of overlap between the content of this site and The Wild Ways.

Apart from the Drawing from the Well poetry editing week in France, 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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