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

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

TALK: consciousness, relationship & the ecological imagination

Here in Totnes – where else – we are lucky enough to enjoy a monthly Consciousness Café event, under the direction of Prof. Max Velmans, Chair of Consciousness Studies at Goldsmiths, London.

There have been a large number of inspiring and renowned international speakers at this event. I feel honoured, delighted and just very slightly awestruck to be the invitee this month. Here's the blurb that Max has put out; and if any of you are close enough to make it, I would be delighted!

'Consciousness Cafe this month will be introduced by Roselle Angwin speaking on "Ecosoul: the ecological imagination". Roselle is a very experienced writer, teacher and workshop leader – see details below.'

Totnes Consciousness Café

The Barrel House, 59 High St., Totnes

26th June, 7:30 for 8:00 to 10:00 pm (then informal)

Roselle Angwin on ‘Ecosoul: the ecological imagination’

Chaired by Prof Max Velmans

According to Roselle, we know that we live in an interconnected universe. Science demonstrates this just as clearly as various spiritual traditions always have. If this is so, then we could say that everything is relationship. This, arguably, is what gives our life meaning.

And yet many of us feel disconnected – from ourselves, from each other, and from other species and the planet, with disastrous consequences. This, Roselle argues, is a result partly of entrenched dualistic thinking and partly a lack of conscious attention to the continuous exchange between inner and outer worlds.

Given this, we urgently need to re-vision our relationship with all the other beings who share our planet. Writer Lindsay Clarke has said: ‘Without imagination, compassion and empathy are not possible.’ Roselle believes that the creative imagination, and experiential engagement outdoors, is key to the transformation needed—and in this talk she will present some of the ideas that underpin her work as a writer and workshop facilitator.


Roselle studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic at Cambridge and followed this with a training in Transpersonal Psychology. A student of wisdom traditions for more than forty years, she works as a freelance poet, non-fiction author and novelist. Equally important to her are workshops she leads in creative, reflective and psychospiritual writing, and ecosoul work. These frequently take place outdoors in environments such as Dartmoor, the Hebrides and the Cévennes Mountains, and use writing, poetry, story, myth and tools from transpersonal psychology and visionquest, often with transformative effect. 

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Format: Roughly 30 minutes introduction followed by round table and open discussions and breaks for refreshments.

Entry: £4 at door

Booking: Contact Wendy at wendystt997[at]gmail[dot]com

Prof Max Velmans
Dept of Psychology
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross, London SE14 6NW


  1. Wow, dear Roselle, congratulation!!! Couldn't think of a better speaker than you for this event and topic:)!
    Love B xx

  2. It's far too far for me to come, Rosanne, but I wish you all the best for this wonderful-sounding event.

  3. B, thank you for your always-generous responses, to this and other posts (and more). xx

    Robert - thank you for the kindness.

  4. Wonderful for you, Roselle. We're both very tempted to come – if only it weren't so far! Feeble excuse, so you never know, we may be there, and if not, lucky people who do.
    Love from both,
    Miriam xx

  5. Miriam, it is FAR too far for you to come for an evening! But thank you for the thought! xx


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