‘The earth does not belong to us; we belong to the earth.’ Chief Seattle
THE LAND’S WILD MAGIC: poetry, place & story 2017
(was ‘Poetry, Place & Pilgrimage’)
Monday 5th (from 4pm) to Sunday 11th June (after breakfast)
Residential retreat at Boswedden House, Cape Cornwall
En suite shared-room accommodation
Fee 2017 £550
Fee includes: 6 nights’ accommodation in a shared en suite room,
all (plentiful) breakfasts,
packed lunch (as we’re out on field trips each day),
and the first night’s dinner.
PLEASE NOTE that this doesn’t cover 5 evening meals, which will be taken mainly in local pubs.
After a highly successful course in June 2016, I’ve decided to build on this by including more of the land’s enchantment through the stories associated with this edge-place, and its many ancient, sacred and/or megalithic and coastal sites.
The far west of Cornwall, the little triangle between Penzance, St Ives and Land’s End, is one of those thin-veil places, an ‘edge-land’. This area has one of the densest concentrations of megalithic sites in Europe, and its atmosphere is magical and palpable. (My family from as far back as we know comes from there, and I’m so delighted to be offering retreats in West Cornwall again.)
Together we’ll explore on foot the local ancient stone circles, holed stones, hilltop carns, significant sites, holy wells, coastpath and coves (Boswedden House is very close to the sea), and their stories, after starting each day with some quiet writing and the inspiration of some poetry or prose in relation to place. We might see seals and dolphins; we’ll visit the Mermaid of Zennor.
This 5-day 6-night retreat week works with writing as a tool to explore and express our experiences. Our core focus is creativity, inspiration and poetic presence, bringing ourselves home to the whole experience. Through walking the poetry and the story of place, we’ll experienced a renewed and deepening sense of relationship and reconnection with the earth, her other-than-human inhabitants, and the elements. In 2016, several participants said they had felt transformed and even healed by this work.
We’ll walk each day in shared silence, but there will also be guided writing exercises and discussion of our own and others’ writing.
There is a labyrinth in the grounds of Boswedden House, and also a pool and sauna available at certain times.
If you are someone with a passion for poetry and story (you don’t need to be an experienced writer), for the outdoors, and for exploring our inner life, then I’d be delighted if you’d join us.
You need to be fit enough to walk up to 4 miles or so at a time; and you need to be comfortable with silence.
You will need waterproofs, walking boots and probably wellies; sunscreen too; a water bottle. And – of course – writing materials.
NB you will need to attend the whole retreat
All my groups are warm, friendly and inspirational. You can see feedback on them here.
BOOKINGS: This group is kept small. To guarantee you a place, I need £200 with your booking, with the balance of £350 due by the end of April.
Please email me through this website.
The small print
Please note that all rooms are shared; 2 or 3 beds, single-gender.
* NB: I am committed to paying the venue even if you cancel, so please be aware that refunds are only available up until the end of April, and then only if I fill your place. After that, no refunds are possible. You might want to consider travel insurance. Your booking is taken as an acceptance of this condition.
Clearly, if I have to cancel for any reason your payment will be refunded in full.
Some of the feedback from 2016 (people who attended had a very diverse range of experience & expectations, & joined us from three continents & several countries):
‘I so loved this retreat’
‘Bless you, Roselle, such a wonderful time – a real anti-climax being home… I’ll move heaven and earth to come again next year’
‘Thank you for helping me find my core’
‘What an inspirational few days exploring West Penwith –wells, standing stones, fertility wheels and wonderful poetry. Thank you ever so much’
‘Dear Roselle – you have been such an inspiration to me – I wouldn’t have ever hoped to have such an organic and wonderful introduction to writing poetry’
‘Thanks, dear Roselle, for having us experience this space under your expert guidance’
‘This is what flying feels like / this buffeting of wings –
thank you for guiding the journey, Roselle’
‘[I] have found [my] heart’
and some responded in poetry, which I won’t quote here to respect their creative privacy.