Writing our Way to Winter Solstice

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Thu 02Dec
Thu 16Dec
Virtual Event

Hello Darkness My Old Friend: An Online Writing Workshop

Facilitator: Mary Reynolds Thompson

Event time: Thu 2nd Dec 2021 at 6:00pm - Thu 16th Dec 2021 at 7:30pm

The poet Wendell Berry writes that if we go into the dark, we will find that it “blooms and sings.”

Darkness is alive, vibrant, and necessary. As we approach the Winter Solstice, this three-part writing workshop explores the meaning and power of darkness in our lives. Through inquiry and imagination, poetry and prose, we will celebrate the long hours of darkness as essential to regeneration, renewal and self-reflection.

Winter Solstice is a time to gather, to celebrate, and honour this special time of year with community and ritual. Please join us!

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


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At a glance

Write both prose and poetry that explore your relationship with darkness

Celebrate the mystery and fecundity of darkness in community

Receive writing prompts to engage with between classes

You will gain

A deeper understanding of the fertile ground of darkness

Connection with others and a celebration of seasonal ritual

Powerful prompts and questions to unearth new inspiration


Time: 6.00 pm-7.30 pm GMT – to convert to any other time zones please click here.

Thursday, December 2 –  Session 1: Loving the Dark Hours

Thursday, December 9 – Session 2: Entering the Creative Unknown

Thursday, December 16 –  Session 3: Emerging into the Light

Opening each session with a different poem, we will explore the mystery, magic, terror and promise of darkness. We will examine our relationship to darkness in a world addicted to light—both literal and spiritual. We’ll experience the connections between creativity and darkness—and how we can emerge from the darkness revitalised and reborn.

From the moment we first gather, we’ll begin to create a more intimate connection to darkness and the gifts that it offers us. This will support your path of transformation at a time when darkness is not only a seasonal reality but a metaphor for the times we are going through.

Each session will offer several writing prompts. You will also have the opportunity to share with like-minded souls in smaller breakout groups

Let’s come together and greet darkness (and each other) as an old friend.

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Practical Information

Bring your journal and pens.

The course will be held in real time with the tutors via the Zoom platform. Attendance at all three sessions is required.

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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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