Date(s) - 03/09/2018 - 07/09/2018
Residential retreat at Boswedden House, Cape Cornwall
En suite shared-room accommodation
£475 (early-bird £440 before July 15th)
What the fee includes:
- 4 nights’ accommodation in a shared en suite room
- All (plentiful) veggie breakfasts
- Packed lunch (as we’re out on field trips each day) and the first night’s dinner
- Teas and coffees; occasional home-made cake
What the fee doesn’t include:
- 3 evening meals, which will be mainly in local pubs
Roselle offers an annual rich, transformative and deepening walking and writing retreat each June in this wild enchanted land, which offers so much in such a small geographical area. This new September course is focused on writing aspects of your life story, and will include nature-writing.
This week is a chance to record some of the stories that make up each of our lives. We live in story as much as story lives in us. Our experiences have much to do with our sense of meaning – as does the act of writing, telling, reading or hearing story.
One important element of this course is a focus on writing from our past experiences with and in the rest of the natural world. In this beautiful setting, we’ll also have some ‘field trips’ to prompt some current writing.
The ‘new’ nature writing is one where the writer is very much present, and the popularity of books such as Robert MacFarlane’s The Old Ways and The Wild Places, Helen MacDonald’s H is for Hawk and Miriam Darlington’s Otter Country (to give three of many examples) shows a hunger for these kinds of stories.
Roselle will give you gentle prompts and ways into writing from your own life experience, especially although not exclusively in relation to animals, birds, plants and places. We’ll also: have a look at how other writers do it; hold some discussions around the subject; and make time to share some of what you write.
Expect a friendly and safe group, a deepening of your sense of connectedness and a great deal of sometimes surprising writing, some of it outdoors. Roselle’s groups seem to involve a lot of laughter, and occasionally a few tears.
There is a labyrinth here in the grounds of Boswedden House, and also a pool and sauna available at certain times.
Who is it for:
If you are someone with a passion for poetry and story (you don’t need previous experience in writing; just a willingness to attempt to capture your experiences.), for the outdoors, and for exploring our inner life, then Roselle would be delighted if you’d join.
You need to be fit enough to walk up to 4 miles or so at a time; and you need to be comfortable with silence.
You will need waterproofs, walking boots and probably wellies; sunscreen too; a water bottle. Some people bring staffs or walking poles as the ground is often uneven and slippery. And – of course – writing materials.
NB you will need to attend the whole retreat
Please email Roselle to make your booking.
Terms and Conditions:
Please note that all rooms are shared; 2 or 3 beds, single-gender
NB: Roselle is committed to paying the venue even if you cancel, so please be aware that refunds (minus £50 admin/re-advertising) are only available up until the end of April, and then only if she fills your place. After that, no refunds are possible. You might want to consider travel insurance. Your booking is taken as an acceptance of this condition.
Clearly, if Roselle has to cancel for any reason your payment will be refunded in full.
All Roselle’s groups are warm, friendly and inspirational.
Some of the feedback from previous years (people who’ve attended have had a very diverse range of experience & expectations, & have joined us from three continents & several countries):
“I so loved this retreat”
“Bless you, Roselle, such a wonderful time – a real anti-climax being home… I’ll move heaven and earth to come again next year”
“Thank you for helping me find my core”
“What an inspirational few days exploring West Penwith –wells, standing stones, fertility wheels and wonderful poetry. Thank you ever so much”
“Dear Roselle – you have been such an inspiration to me – I wouldn’t have ever hoped to have such an organic and wonderful introduction to writing poetry”
“Thanks, dear Roselle, for having us experience this space under your expert guidance”
“This is what flying feels like / this buffeting of wings – thank you for guiding the journey, Roselle”
“[I] have found [my] heart”
“As I said to you, the week exceeded my expectations. It felt very right to go, and I felt accepted, and privileged to be in such caring, supportive company with all the wealth of experience. The week was what I was looking for without knowing quite what I was looking for! I loved the connectivity and the wisdom of the group – in all of its guises – as well as touching the Land in such special ways. And it was transformative, but I don’t yet know quite how…”