The Poetic Cosmos: A Writing Retreat

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21-294 The Poetic Cosmos: A Writing Retreat
Fri 16Jul
Sun 18Jul

Creativity, Imagination & Interconnectedness: A Summer Writing Retreat

Facilitator: Drew Dellinger

This weekend writing retreat – explores the joys of poetry and creativity, awakening the playful poet and wordsmith within. Through writing, reading, and listening to poetry, participants will celebrate the sacred cosmos of language, and cultivate inspiration for the creative process.

Event time: Fri 16th Jul 2021 at 4:00pm - Sun 18th Jul 2021 at 4:00pm

At a glance

  • Poetry writing retreat for all levels
  • Focus on ecology, nature, consciousness
  • Embracing arts and activism

What participants will gain

  • Immersion into poetry writing
  • Techniques and practices to take home
  • Encouragement and positive critique
  • Opportunity to share work in a supportive group

“In a sense, the whole of life moves on the wave of a dream.” 

— Martin Luther King Jr.

The poetic imagination flows from the depths of the universe itself. Poetry and art help us experience and express the interrelatedness of person, place, and planet. Poetry can also be a call to empathy, solidarity, and social justice.

What is poetry?

Poetry is both deeply cosmological and fundamentally human. It emerges from and joins us to the galaxies and the matrix of nature. Equally, it offers a revelation of the primordial roots of language, art, orality, and literature. For over 4,500 years, poetry has existed at the confluence of sound, meaning, image, form, mystery, and rhythm. It is at the meeting point of interiority and expression, subjectivity and communion, reflection and communication, reverie and craft.

In this poetry writing retreat, we will celebrate poetry and cultivate our creativity, using writing exercises and prompts to open our imagination and follow our poetic impulse. All levels are welcome, no prior experience necessary.

Writing Retreat at Hawkwood

The beautiful natural surroundings of Hawkwood’s gardens, woodland and views will hold the space for our adventure, including time outdoors and around the fire in the evening. Experience the retreat-like atmosphere of these magical grounds – the perfect place for your summer writing retreat.

A Taste of Drew’s Word Magic

hymn to the sacred body of the universe (excerpt)
let’s meet
at the confluence
where you flow into me
and one breath
swirls between our lungs

let’s meet
at the confluence
where you flow into me
and one breath
swirls between our lungs

for one instant
to dwell in the presence of the galaxies
for one instant
to live in the truth of the heart
the poet says this entire travelling cosmos is
“the secret One slowly growing a body”

keep reading

(Excerpt of “hymn to the sacred body of the universe,” from love letter to the milky way.)

More of Drew’s Poetry here.


Residential Single £375

Residential Shared £340 (sold out)

Non-residential £275


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Practical Information

Bring writing materials and outdoor clothing and footwear.

Registration with tea, Friday 4.00 pm. The course starts with supper at 6.30 pm; the course ends with afternoon tea at 4.00 pm on Sunday.

Please note that prices are listed per person.

Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Drew Dellinger

Drew Dellinger, Ph.D., is an internationally known speaker, writer, poet, and teacher who has lectured and taught extensively across the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and many other publications, and he is author of the award-winning poetry collection, Love Letter to the Milky Way, and the upcoming book, The Ecological King: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Vision of Interconnectedness. Dellinger has lectured at numerous colleges and universities and has taught at Prescott College, Schumacher College, Naropa University–Oakland, the Sophia Center, CIIS, and John F. Kennedy University, where he was Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Social Ecology. Currently, Dellinger is Scholar in Residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. Dellinger has been called "a national treasure," by Joanna Macy, "a deep and courageous poet," by Alice Walker, and "one of the most creative, courageous, and prophetic voices of his generation," by Cornel West.

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“Drew Dellinger is a national treasure. His poems for global justice bring light to these leaden times, helping us to see and defend the beauty of our world. His spoken word performances are exquisite in their intelligence and artistry ...they ignite both our wonder and our will.” -
– Joanna Macy, author of Coming Back to Life

“Drew Dellinger is a deep and courageous poet. How lucky we are!” - Alice Walker
“There is both grandeur and intimacy in these poems of Drew Dellinger.”
– Thomas Berry, author of The Great Work and The Dream of the Earth

“These poems are alive, kinetic, wily, as in artful, witty, wonderful sonic blasts, messengers of transformation. I am grateful for this ... powerful voice among us.”
– Susan Griffin, author of Woman and Nature

“Drew encourages and galvanises writers of all levels of experience, listening carefully to original work with a poet’s ear,”
– Katie, former participant