Date(s) - 04/06/2018 - 10/06/2018
Residential retreat at Boswedden House, Cape Cornwall
En suite shared-room accommodation
£595 (payable in two parts)
What the fee includes:
- 6 nights’ accommodation in a shared en suite room
- All (plentiful) breakfasts
- Packed lunch (as we’re out on field trips each day) and the first night’s dinner
What the fee doesn’t include:
- 5 evening meals, which will be mainly in local pubs
- Participants are requested to help out with sharing cars
Roselle has offered three annual very rich and transformative and deepening retreats in this wild enchanted land, which offers so much in such a small geographical area. Her hopes are that this week will now become a regular annual retreat like her Iona and Cévennes courses.
“The earth does not belong to us; we belong to the earth.” Chief Seattle
Here in West Cornwall, the work is mainly outdoors with the stories associated with this edge-place, and its many ancient, sacred and/or megalithic and coastal sites.
The far west of Cornwall, the little triangle between Penzance, St Ives and Land’s End, is one of those thin-veil places, an ‘edge-land’. This area has one of the densest concentrations of megalithic sites in Europe, and its atmosphere is magical and palpable.
This area, West Penwith, also has some of the most ancient stone-wall-bounded small fields in the country, some probably dating back to the late Stone Age.
Together we explore on foot the local ancient holy wells, stone circles, quoits, holed stones, hilltop carns, significant sites, coastpath and coves (Boswedden House is very close to the sea), and their stories, after starting each day with some quiet writing and the inspiration of some poetry or prose in relation to place. We might see seals and dolphins; we’ll visit the Mermaid of Zennor.
This 5-day 6-night retreat week works with writing as a tool to explore and express our experiences. Our core focus is creativity, inspiration and poetic presence, bringing ourselves home to the whole experience.
A significant aspect is to do with the needs of the earth at this current time: not only how she can bring healing to us, but how we may help heal the fractures and dislocations that the human species has inflicted on her.
Through walking the poetry and the story of place, and ‘dwelling’ in the sacred sites, we experience a renewed and deepening sense of relationship and reconnection with the earth, her other-than-human inhabitants, and the sea and stones. We meet the earth and the elements on their terms rather than ours, going out in most weathers.
Participants experience simultaneously both a powerful sense of quietening, and also of profound re-energising.
We’ll walk each day in shared silence, but there will also be guided writing exercises and discussion of our own and others’ writing, as well as my input as guide from lifelong knowledge of these ancient sites and their power.
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 to be an experienced writer), 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
This group is kept small. To guarantee you a place, you will need to pay £200 with your booking. The balance of £395 is due by 31st March 2018.
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…”