A Mentoring Journey into Deeper Nature Connection
Facilitator: Helen Moore
Event time: Mon 15th Nov 2021 at 4:30pm - Mon 20th Dec 2021 at 6:00pm
Wild nature writing offers a unique creative writing journey into deeper Nature connection. Assisting participants to develop a ‘co-creative writing practice’ inspired by the natural world and our ‘wild self’. Helen offers guidelines and themed assignments to inspire your outdoor writing adventures, followed by online feedback. Our journey is an opportunity to enhance authentic self-expression, and nourish resilience & wellbeing in the face of collective planetary crises.
At A Glance
- This course includes themed writing and Nature connection assignments for you to undertake in your own time outdoors, along with short extracts from other writers to inspire you
- Wild writing themes include: Creative edge / threshold / boundary; Seed / bud / leaf; Song of the Earth; Tree-time; Becoming humanimal; Home/body
- You will also have the opportunity to share your writing and receive constructive feedback
- All levels of experience welcome, as well as writers of prose and poetry
Participants Will Gain
- Embrace some nourishing time away from everyday responsibilities to develop/refresh your writing skills
- Build confidence in your ability to explore and observe the natural world, to embody a deep ecological sensibility and to find the language and imagery to express it
- Take away a creative writing practice that will continue to open you to dialogue and encounters with the other-than-human
Why Wild Nature Writing?
Would you like to develop a co-creative ‘wild writing’ practice inspired by deeper connection with the natural world and your ‘wild self’?
Exploring ‘wild nature writing’ is about creating space in our lives for deepening our connection with the natural world, taking time away from our daily responsibilities, and where possible entering wildish spaces, even those we may find in urban environments. It’s about bringing writing tools and the things that support our basic needs, as well as our intention to open to what Life wants to show us today.
What may attuning to bud and leaf burst reveal?
Which untamed voices long to be communicated?
How might we express our awareness of Earth as our wider body?
Co-creation is about us working together, with me drawing on a 15-year practice as an ecopoet, socially engaged artist and Nature educator to inform the mentoring process. And it’s about working with Nature, the community of other-than-human beings who live alongside us; and with Life, with whatever sense we may have of the Earth and of the Universe. Opening ourselves to let Life be expressed through us.
Our shared commitment over 6 weeks
I’ll offer you themed extracts and prompts for your outdoor explorations, which I hope will inspire you to write poetry and prose.
Themes include: Creative edge / threshold / boundary; Seed / bud / leaf; Song of the Earth; Tree-time; Becoming humanimal; Home/body.
You’ll then receive constructive reflections on your writing, through email and online in our group.
Our initial session will be a chance to connect, explore ‘wild writing’ guidelines and engage through some creative exercises. I’ll then set your first assignment, to which you’ll give 2-3 hours over the subsequent week, plus time to polish it before emailing it to me. We’ll then have a group follow-up session, where we’ll feedback to each other, before I set the next assignment.
Time & Dates
Running on Mondays at 16:30-18:00, beginning 15th November – 20th December
Audio link to Helen’s poem ‘Findhorn Bay, Waves of Flow & Flight’, created and performed as part of the Findhorn Bay Arts Festival 2018
Helen Moore is an award-winning ecopoet, socially engaged artist, and Nature educator. She has published three ecopoetry collections, Hedge Fund, And Other Living Margins (Shearsman Books, 2012), ECOZOA (Permanent Publications, 2015), acclaimed as ‘a milestone in the journey of ecopoetics’, and The Mother Country (Awen Publications, 2019) exploring aspects of British colonial history. Helen runs writing groups and offers online mentoring, working with students internationally. In 2020 her work was nominated for the Forward and Pushcart Prizes and received grants from the Royal Literary Fund and Arts Council England. She’s currently collaborating with Cape Farewell in Dorset on RiverRun, a project exploring river pollution in Dorset.Visit Tutor's Website