THE POET IN NATURE
Following the Romantic poets and the Haiku masters of Japan, we will take pens and paper out into nature and (being eyes and ears for each other) bring it to writing. How observation and imagination meet will be a central question.
MAKING SENSE OF OUR SENSES
Drawing inspiration from William Blake and Rudolf Steiner (who spoke of 12 senses) we will take our various windows to the world as a source for writing.
HOW TO BE A POET
We will begin with the question: ‘What is poetry made of’?’ and, through guided tasks in writing, explore the use of Image, sound and rhythm in our language. This will open us to further questions concerning the source of poetry and what is can serve.
Through playful exercises in writing and moving we will tiptoe into the realm of fairy tale, nursery rhymes, circle-games, riddles, etc., which, revisited, can enrich our adult lives and those of the children we live and work with.
GIVING VOICE TO THE ANIMALS
Starting with simple anecdotes, we will move towards a deeper meeting with the essential qualities of the animals and see what poems and fables arise.
MEETING THE MUSES
Lost your inspiration? Let the nine Muses, guardians of Story, Poetry and Drama shake your quill and kindle your alphabet.
STANDING BY WORDS
Since ancient times it has been felt that words have the power to heal and to bless. But in our time, says the poet Wendell Berry, word and world fall apart from each other. Only by standing in our words can healing be brought into our communities and relationships.
THE FOUR ELEMENTS
How Earth, Water, Air and Fire can lend their qualities to our language, movement and perception of nature.
WRITTEN WORD, SPOKEN WORD
What we write we will speak, what we speak will inform our further writing.
WORKING WITH IMAGINATION
To recognize the inwardness of outer things, to find an objective language for what lives inside us - this is the two-fold work of the Imagination, and Creative Writing is a very immediate way to develop this essential faculty. Work with the elemental qualities of Earth, Water, Air and Fire will enhance our appreciation of the language that nature speaks.