ABOUT THIS COURSE
Explore life, death, and writing on this forest-centred creative course.
This five-day residential course is suitable for both new and experienced writers, and aims to help you find techniques to thoroughly immerse yourself in your subject, and create authentic and personal writing.
We will spend half of the week in the forest and the other half writing and learning in medieval rooms at Dartington Trust. You will be introduced to international writers – from ancient Irish and wilderness poets, to contemporary nature and environmental writers. You will learn techniques for writing as well as practical guidance on tuning in and quietening the mind when sitting in the forest.
Dusk and dawn have always been magical times of day and night, when the usual reliability of our daytime vision is brought into question. The forest is the most ancient of places, within which our evolution as a species is entirely entangled.
We will be sharing our written work as a wider attempt at learning through empathy: how the door of grief can be a bridge between humans and the wider world.
“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” – John Muir
ON THIS COURSE YOU WILL:
– Learn techniques and skills to facilitate a connection with nature.
– Use raw materials to begin the process of writing about your experiences out in the woods.
– Sit with our trees at dawn and dusk, while in between these times sharing stories and poetry.
– Take part in writing exercises as well as gaining inspiration and fresh perspectives from online guest speakers.