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THRESHOLDS & The Inward Flame 2018
this wild and precious life

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Revision your life

NB THRESHOLDS HAS BEEN CANCELLED
as I have decided to take late January till end of March to focus on my latest book, which is very slow, and currently on the (dammit) 5th draft. There will I hope be an alternative to Thresholds, below, as a download, backlog of work permitting.

Sunday 28th January 2018
Birdwood House (upstairs), 44 High Street, Totnes, Devon
10am – 4pm
MORE SOON RE ALTERNATIVE
Tea, coffee, herbal teas will be provided. You can bring packed lunch for yourself, or visit one of various local pubs and cafés

Thresholds is an annual day course. At this renewing time of Imbolc – snowdrops, lambs & the re-emergence of the spring goddess – we take time to reflect on our last year and on what we would like to invite in to the forthcoming year; to notice the gap between how we would like to live and how we actually live, and to consider how we might address this. Here’s the blurb:
Using writing as a tool, here’s an opportunity for you to look at your last year: its joys and losses, the things that worked, the things you’d like to change, what you need to let go of. I shall be prompting you to question the balance in your inner and outer lives; how much you nurture the different aspects of being: work, relaxation, friends, family, solo time; and attention given to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
What kind of year would you like to create for yourself in 2018?
This all happens all in the safe support of a warm and friendly group.
In addition, we’ll be focusing on the significance of this time of year in the old Celtic calendar: Imbolc, or Candlemas, as the earth cracks open for a new cycle to begin.

I’ve been leading this course now for more than 20 years, and recommend early booking – some people repeat it year after year!

TO BOOK: see CONTACT FORM at bottom of page

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MINDFULNESS WALK AT GREENWAY

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Wednesday 28 February 2018
11am – 1pm

In the beautiful woodland gardens of National Trust Greenway Devon. I had the privilege of being writer-in-residence at Greenway at the end of 2017. I love the place: its woodland garden tumbling down to the Dart, and in addition to offering lots of writing-related events I wrote a lot there. My final essay can be read here. Come and walk among the trees; visit Kwan Yin in her tranquil pool; listen to the birds beginning to call spring; feast your eyes on the camellia blossoms. We’ll walk slowly, in silence, and I’ll offer your prompts for writing. Oh yes, bring a notebook!

Booking essential, via Greenway

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ALL OUR RELATIONS & TONGUES IN TREES
an outdoor writing workshop

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DATE: Sunday May 6th 2018
TIME: 10am – 4pm
VENUE: tba; Dartmoor or South Devon
FEE: £45
Refreshments provided; bring veggie lunch to share
BOOKINGS (required in advance, with fee) direct to Roselle:
TO BOOK: see CONTACT FORM at bottom of page

Spring, it is said, walks towards us at 2mph. Come and meet spring and the new growth of Eostre, time of the Mother Goddess with all the fertility and fecundity of this time of year. Climb into the skin of hazel, gorse, celandine, apple tree, pebble, hare, magpie, wild garlic, new bluebell, returning swallow. Give them a voice. The trees are in full leaf now, and they will collaborate with much of the day’s content. Learn the tree-lore of the Old Ways. Come and look with wilder eyes, listen with the ears of a poet, loosen the grip of personness. Come and refind your deep connection with ‘our other relations’, and write.

This is about exploration, so you don’t need any expertise in story-writing or poetry – just a willingness to bring an open heart – and a notebook.
PLEASE BRING WATERPROOFS AND STURDY BOOTS, and SOMETHING TO SIT ON.

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PRESENCE: haibun, haiku, and the natural world

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Sunday June 24th 2018
11am–4pm
£40
Higher Beenleigh, Nr Totnes, South Devon
Refreshments provided; please bring veggie lunch to share, and something to it on outdoors (if at all wet bring sturdy boots and waterproofs)
BOOKINGS: see CONTACT FORM at bottom of page

In this midsummer solstice outdoor workshop, in the spirit of Zen-influenced writing, we’ll bring a quality of attention to each passing moment and attempt to capture it in words, using two forms very much associated with Zen mindfulness practice.

The Zen approach to poetry engages a deep engagement with the natural world and a pleasure in capturing it through a pared-down sensory appreciation.

There’s no need to be familiar with these forms or with Zen – come and experiment, at this turning point of the year, indoors and out (weather permitting).

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SOUL MEDICINE
The Time of Late Harvest

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Dartmoor OR Nr Totnes, Devon, dates 2018 tba
10am – 4pm
£45

At this time of the earth’s abundance of fruits and colour, we can learn much from aligning our lives to be in harmony with the turning season.
What have you harvested in your life from this year? What has to be given away? As well as being a treat for the senses, this one-day largely-outdoor retreat is nourishment for our inner lives, stocking up ready for the dreaming of autumn.
Come and be present with yourself, each other, and the stories of the animals, birds, plants and trees of this little lush corner of Devon as we deepen and write towards the slowing of the year.

Please bring a seasonal veggie dish to share.
Tea & coffee etc will be provided.
BOOKINGS AS BELOW

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STORYMAKING
NOVELISTS’ BOOTCAMP

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venue & dates 2018 tba; probably a March start, & you’ll need to sign up for two lots of two-day workshops
8 places only

Would you like to make a leap forward in your fiction writing?
Are you partway through writing a novel? About to begin? Finished first draft? Stuck?
If you’d like a top-up of inspiration, technique and general expertise from this very experienced writer and tutor in a small group with time for individual feedback, this weekend might be for you.

The days will focus on core theme, central questions, the arc of the plot, brief synopses, opening and closing pages, keeping the story going, viewpoint, and the demands of character and dialogue.

The course is based on my book above, which itself grew from a series of workshops for novelists I’ve been leading since the 1990s (featured in The Guardian in 1998). This now generally takes the shape of an online course, for which the feedback is excellent. Many of my students are now published.

TO BOOK: see CONTACT FORM at bottom of page

AS THIS IS A SMALL & FOCUSED GROUP, EARLY BOOKING WITH FULL FEE IS ESSENTIAL

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Please note that these workshops usually incorporate many ways of writing: reflective, therapeutic, writing for inner-world exploration and mindfulness, and eco-awareness, as well as for creative expression.
This is not the case, clearly, for workshops such as the Novelists’ Bootcamp

HOW TO BOOK: contact me here below, and please read the small print

I will give you the necessary info and pencil you in if you want to join us. As the groups are small, to guarantee you a place I then need the full fee immediately.

AND THE SMALL PRINT:
Please note that this is non-refundable if you cancel within a month of the workshop; if you cancel more than a month before I will refund half of your fee. If for any reason I cancel the workshop then of course your full fee is refunded.