from BARDO

The stars are in our belly; the Milky Way our umbilicus.

Is it a consolation that the stuff of which we’re made

is star-stuff too?

– That wherever you go you can never fully disappear –

dispersal only: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen.

Tree, rain, coal, glow-worm, horse, gnat, rock.

Roselle Angwin

Friday, 8 January 2016

fire in the head & the wild ways: calendar 2016

They say, don't they, that work can sometimes save you. This seems to be true; especially if, like me, you love what you do.

So I've been updating my websites with the various retreats I'm leading this year; I feel a deep excitement and also a quiet satisfaction with how things are evolving in the work I do. Increasingly, I'm offering courses that involve deep ecology: collaboration with the land, other species and outdoor work in conjunction with the imagination and the realm of soul – all these stories. What a joy, to be doing the work I was born to do.

And what a delight, too, to work in places as inspiring as the Hebrides, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Cornwall, Brittany and the southern French mountains.

There is much that I could say (and frequently do), but for the moment I'll let the links below speak for themselves, and hope to see various of you lovely and creative people on one or another of them this year.

And if you're a woman writer – preferably one who still uses a hard-copy diary and who hasn't yet bought one for 2016 – I'm pleased to tell you that I am the 'guest' for this year's MsLexia Writers' Diary: I wrote the long introductory essay, and the material for each month's prompt.


If you’d like to hear of new events, books & writing tips, contact me with your email address and I’ll add you to my list. The newsletter happens three or four times a year, and I promise I’ll never sell your name or allow it to be used for other purposes.

Imbolc: the inward flame, January 29–31, Devon PLACES STILL AVAILABLE

Thresholds: Saturday 30 January, Devon (self-contained part of above retreat) PLACES STILL AVAILABLE

Soul Medicine: Held in the palm of the land: Sunday 13 March, a retreat day in north Cornwall, listening to the land and to soul, writing BOOKING NOW

Stories of the Earth March 20–24 Dartington, Devon I am delighted to be offering a day workshop on Dartmoor for this short course at Schumacher College offered by shamanic practitioners Jonathan Horwitz and Zara Waldeback. Bookings through Schumacher; see link

Islands of the Heart 1, early April, Isle of Iona (1 PLACE AVAILABLE for a ‘returner’)

Islands of the Heart 2, late April, Isle of Iona (FULL)

Poetry, Place & Pilgrimage on the coast, among the many megalithic sites and at the holy wells of West Cornwall, 9–14 June BOOKING NOW

Horse Medicine, Exmoor, 24, 25, 26 June non-residential

Writing the Bright Moment, Saturday 27 August – Saturday 3 September France  (although our medium of exploration & expression is creative, reflective & eco-writing, place, land & the waterfall pool are very much part of the week)

Seize the Week: Saturday 3 September – Saturday 10 September, France untutored WRITING week to focus on your novel, that poetry collection, writing from nature, or any writing project in the company of other writers, and with individual tutorials and a daily group feedback session available from this very experienced writer and tutor

Tongues in Trees/Tales from the Forest: Brittany, October tba. This will be a weeklong version of the day workshop you can read about here, in an old enchanted forest, and will incorporate various other expressive arts. I’m very excited about this. More anon.

Soul Medicine: tba


I thought it might be useful to post a summary of who I am and where I'm coming from in relation to my workshops and retreats. This is the info on the Schumacher College page:

'Roselle Angwin is a Westcountry poet, novelist, creative essayist and painter and has written widely on creative, reflective and therapeutic writing, and ecopsychology. She’s been leading holistic workshops, courses and retreats for 25 years. Increasingly they happen outdoors on Dartmoor and Exmoor, in Cornwall and the Hebrides in the UK, and Brittany and the Cévennes mountains in France. She has also co-led wilderness and vision quest rites of passage on Dartmoor. 
'She has a deep love for and lifelong knowledge of the natural world, and combines this with the Celtic shamanic and bardic tradition, Zen mindfulness and her training in transpersonal psychology. All of these practices feed into her ‘ecosoul’ courses, along with walking, myth, story and poetry. 

'Roselle has a reputation for three things in particular: encouraging the kind of deep seeing that a poet’s eye brings to the land and other species; inspiring a passionate re-visioning of our relationship to the other-than-human; and catalysing creative exploration through the expressive arts, commonly writing. She is the author of 10 books, including "Writing the Bright Moment" and "River Suite", a long Dartmoor poem.'

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