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Wild and Sacred Mary Reynolds Hawkwood
Thu 10Sep
Thu 24Sep

A Nature Poetry Writing Workshop

Facilitator: Mary Reynolds Thompson

We read a poem and something stirs inside of us. We walk outdoors and are similarly inspired.  A glint of sunlight, the fiery spin of a copper leaf, and life leaps up in us. In this series of three workshops, poetry making and nature converge to lift our spirits, awaken our creativity, and point us toward what is wild and sacred within both us and the world. Writes the poet Jane Hirshfield, “One breath taken completely; one poem, fully written, fully read–in such a moment, anything can happen.” All levels welcome. No prior experience necessary.

* Please note that this is an online course, delivered via Zoom.

Event time: Thu 10th Sep 2020 at 5:00pm - Thu 24th Sep 2020 at 6:30pm

Please note, the title of this workshop comes from a chapter heading from Thomas Berry’s “The Great Work.” 

At a glance

  • Spend time writing and sharing your poetry
  • Learn from the great nature poets
  • Experiment with form, meter, rhyme, imagery, voice

You will gain:

  • Ways to give voice to deep inner experiences
  • Encouragement and jumping off points for your own poem making
  • A sense of joy and wonder in writing


Time Zones: 5.00pm-6.30pm BST; 12.00pm-1.30pm EST; 9.00am-10.30am PST.

Thursdays 10, 17, 24 Sep.


The Wild and the Sacred is for those who want to free their poetic voices to write in fresh and surprising ways about the natural world.  Focusing on both craft and process—the tools of poetry writing and the ways in which we best position ourselves to express our experiences—this course is designed for all levels of writers, including those new to poem-making.
From the moment we first gather, we will put pen to page as we begin to explore what makes a poem sing—rhythm, form, imagery, line breaks, repetition, and more. We will see how writing “Wild and Sacred” poetry can form the heart of a spiritual practice, so that each poem is also a prayer, an invocation, a call to live in deeper alignment with the spirit of nature.
During these sessions there will be time to write in your journal alone. We will also come together in smaller groups to share our writing and speak to our experiences. This is a powerful way to learn from each other as we witness how poem-making shapes our language and imaginations.
This has been a long, strange few months. As we gather together to read the words of some of the great nature poets, we will follow the breadcrumbs they put down for us deeper and deeper into the forest of our own creativity––a place where we can finally feel free and breathe.

We are pleased to offer the opportunity for those in financial hardship to receive a ticket to our course with a partial scholarship covering 50% of the standard rate. We are taking the applications first come, first served. (Applications are now closed)

Price Options

£85 Standard
£95 Support Hawkwood


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Practical Information

Please bring your journal and pens.

The course will be held in real time with the tutors via the Zoom platform. Sign up to this platform is free. You will need a laptop, computer, tablet or a smartphone – with an in-built camera and microphone – and a reliable internet connection. We will provide more information and joining instructions in advance of the first session. Attendance at all three sessions is required.

Sales end 10th Sep, 12noon.

The course is the same for both prices; please choose the level you can afford. Know that each booking you make is financially supporting our charity and facilitators and tutors, most of which have had to cancel all of their upcoming work. Thank you!

Mary Reynolds Thompson

Mary Reynolds Thompson is an international teacher, facilitator of poetry and journal therapy, and core faculty for the Therapeutic Writing Institute in Colorado. She is author several books, including the award-winning Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness. She has successfully run many online courses and is experienced in holding the space.

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“Mary's teaching is truly inspirational. Her courses are well rounded, well prepared, innovative and magical.”

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“The Earth and your own soul require you to live magnificently and fiercely; it is time for a new story.”

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