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

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

animal archetypes, horse medicine & spirit of place workshops

It's happened. I can't tell you how excited I am to have finally moved forward, a little, with horse collaborations. And – on Exmoor. This is a continuation of my ecosoul : the ecological imagination programme. I'd love to know some of you might join me!

The intention behind all this work is to bring together felt experience of the natural world with our imagination and some psychological exploration to re-vision our relationships with self, other (including the other-than-human), and the wild – as well as to produce new and inspiring pieces of writing (no previous skills needed in any of this). Think of it as creative ecotherapy-plus - the 'plus' being shifting our centre-of-attention from the needs of humans to the needs of other species and the planet.

The Wild Ways on Exmoor


I’m excited to announce that my ecosoul programme continues with three new outdoor workshops. We’ll be using the wonderful high Exmoor land, with its glimpses of the sea, belonging to Cait Collins not far from Dunster in Somerset.

ANIMAL ARCHETYPES, Friday 26 June, 7pm-9pm

Writing workshop exploring our relationship with animals through their symbolic significance in our psyches.

HORSE MEDICINE, Saturday 27 June, 10am-5pm

Horses have shared my life always, as they have Cait’s. I know how profoundly uplifting, inspiring and healing it can be to spend time with them, and to learn their ways. Cait and I both feel that humans need urgently to re-vision our relationship to these animals who have accompanied us through so many millennia, and done so much for us.
Cait’s two very beautiful horses, Rowan and Brigit, are enlisted in her coaching and therapy work. We will have the privilege in the morning of some hands-on work one-to-one or more probably two-at-a-time with Cait herself, and one of the horses, and in the afternoon I’ll take our experience further through exploration and writing. (No previous experience needed.) You can read more of Cait’s work here:
and you can see my blog about my experience with Rowan, above, here.

SPIRIT OF PLACE, Sunday 28 June, 10am-4pm

Immediately adjacent to Cait’s land is an Iron Age camp. As in so many of these prehistoric places, there is a tranquility and atmosphere of containment that’s palpable, even though the Iron Age camps were generally defensive structures. And it’s in a beautiful spot. This writing workshop explores our relationship to place, the ways in which land touches us as we touch it, and how we may be changed by the experience.

Each of these workshops is self-contained, but attending all three will offer, we think, a deep rich memorable experience. If you decide to attend all three there are several good places to eat in nearby Dunster, and we can suggest local B&Bs.
Camping on site may be possible.

Friday evening alone: £18.
Saturday all day: £65. Sunday all day: £50. PRICE FOR ALL THREE: £115; £100 if booked before April 30.
Places are limited

What you’ll need
Outdoor clothing (close to the solstice the weather can be very unsettled, so lots of warm layers, waterproofs, sturdy boots or wellies, oh and just in case, some sunscreen/sunhat. There is a field shelter but we are working outside) Picnic lunch if attending the full days (we hope to have the means to offer hot/cold drinks) Drinking water A notebook and pen
Something dry to sit on
(even a carrier bag will do)

Directions will be given on booking.

See more here:

Oh and incidentally remember I'm happy to tailor-make courses if you have a location and a possible audience.

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