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.
FIRE IN THE HEAD & THE WILD WAYS CALENDAR 2016
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
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 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.'