Writing to connect with Autumn's myths & mystery
Facilitator: Helen Moore
Over this weekend together, we’ll open to wildness, decay and compost within and without, as we explore the beautiful land of Hawkwood.
In developing our response to place and the nature here, we’ll delve into ancient and indigenous mysteries and myths. As we attune our powers of observation, what might we learn as we sit in unspoilt woodland? What may the fruiting bodies of fungus reveal? And which voices long to be communicated? How would it be to sit in darkness around an outdoor fire to commune, as our ancestors might have done? How might we embody and express our awareness?
Event time: Fri 29th Oct 2021 at 4:00pm - Sun 31st Oct 2021 at 4:00pm
At a glance
- Guided writing and Nature connection exercises outdoors
- Inspiration from other writers
- Free time to develop new writing styles, including poetry or prose
- An opportunity to share your work and receive constructive feedback from an award-winning eco-poet/writer
What you will gain
- Embrace some nourishing time away from everyday responsibilities to develop/refresh your writing skills
- Build confidence in your ability to explore, observe and respond to the natural world
- Develop a deep ecological sensibility and 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 Nature
Guided Writing – Writing The Wild Season
Hawkwood dwells on a large, sustainably managed 42-acre estate at the heart of Stroud’s Five Valleys, adjoining the Cotswold Hills. Beautiful views, extensive gardens, a natural spring, labyrinth, woodland, pasture and walled garden provide ample opportunities to experience the natural world as autumn nudges into winter.
In developing our response to place, we will read writers from around the world and from different eras who are similarly inspired. We will explore what it is to co-create with others. This could include the wild beings we might encounter on our guided forays outdoors, and our ancestors stretching back into evolutionary time. With skilled guidance from Helen, we will attune our observations of the microcosmic, such as the organisms that work decay through winter’s nourishing darkness, and of the macrocosmic – the elemental forces that have shaped this place. All these experiences will provide material to develop our own unique wild voice in writing, whether in poetry or prose. Together we will also prune and craft our words to help them sing from the page.
This course is tailored for all levels of creative writing skill and experience, poetry or prose.
Residential Single: £335
For your writing adventures outdoors, please bring all that you might need to be comfortable, such as waterproof clothing, walking boots, warm layers, hat, a water bottle, daypack and your own sit mat/portable chair.
Registration Friday 4.00 pm with tea. Course starts with supper at 6.30pm; course ends with afternoon tea on Sunday at 4.00pm.
Please note that all prices are per person.
Helen Moore is an ecopoet, socially engaged artist and Nature educator based in Somerset. She’s published three ecopoetry collections, Hedge Fund, And Other Living Margins (Shearsman Books, 2012), ECOZOA (Permanent Publications, 2015), and The Mother Country (Awen Publications, 2019). Having led outdoor and creative writing groups for over a decade, Helen now mentors students internationally through her unique programme, Wild Ways to Writing. 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 to develop an artistic response to river pollution in South Dorset.
Listen to Helen Moore's poetry here https://soundcloud.com/user-561958272/sets/findhorn-bay-waves-of-flow
“Thank you so much for a truly wonderful workshop... folks were left inspired, enthused and wanting Moore! ….the most worthwhile and creatively engaging event since we re-launched.” -
“Helen gently leads, inspires and provides space for all. I left feeling nourished, positive and optimistic to face the future, not just as a writer, but as a person.” -
“Helen was a wonderful facilitator. She was calm, attentive and listened to everyone and considered the needs and individual requirements of all participants. ” -