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'Writing the Bright Moment' prose, poetry & nature writing - with Roselle Angwin

Dates: Sat 1 – Sat 8 Sep 2018

Cost: £275 (course) + 580€ (accommodation and meals)

A week to quicken the heart, fire the imagination, enliven the senses and re-tune our sense of connectedness to the rest of the natural world. Through lively discussion, shared silence, slow walking, time outdoors, mindfulness exercises and creative prompts we’ll find new ways of being in and writing from each moment – effortlessly.

Expect a friendly group, a deepening of your sense of connectedness, a great deal of sometimes surprising writing (prose & poetry), a slowing down, some play, a lot of laughter, and an opening of your imagination and your heart. 

This retreat will focus on developing our writing at the same time as deepening our sense of relationship to the world around us.
In addition to creative and reflective writing on various topics we’ll also be thinking and talking about so-called ’nature writing’ and our place in the web of life. We’ll explore all this through stimulating writing tasks and gentle prompts, as well as through shared words and readings, and time to simply be in the natural world (including, if you’d like, time to immerse yourself in the waterfall pool!).

Each afternoon there will be an optional reading-back session.

"It isn’t easy to put into words what a haven of peace, quietude and relaxation Gardoussel is. Having never attended a creative writing course before this was a revelation for me and I wrote more in a week with Roselle than I have in my life so far. Her techniques, encouragement and critiques set my creative juices flowing and gave me tools to continue my writing when I get home." (Kerryn Alt)

"Roselle’s deep and thoughtful humanity, her affinity with nature, her skilled handling of material and participants, her inspirational writing and readings created a deeply healing and creative space". (Chloe Balcomb)

"The week was marvellous and truly inspirational, in so many different ways. The exercises in poetry writing fired up my neurons and this improved my prose writing as well. Highlights were the delicious, healthy food, the atmospheric fire pit in the evening, the fun, laughter and the sharing of poetry and prose." (Anja de Jager)

Access to a printer (bring a UBS key) can be arranged and we have a wifi point.

As with our other weeks, massages are available from our on-site therapist, Frances. Walking maps can be provided, hammocks abound, and we’ll show you to the firewood pile in case you'd like to light the outdoor firepit in the evenings.

As part of the informal atmosphere at Gardoussel, guests are asked to participate in tidying up after meals, on a rota basis. This is generally considered to be a plus rather than a chore - as it helps the group to get to know one another better.

Arrival is from 4pm on the first day, departure is after breakfast on the final day.


Course cost is £275
Accommodation (twin room), meals & wine is 580€ (single room supplements 150€)


UK poet and author Roselle Angwin is a much-loved tutor with a 27-year track record who leads the Fire in the Head creative and reflective writing programme, and The Wild Ways ecosoul project, a path of reconnection with self, other, story and land. She’s passionate about wild places and the natural world, as well as the creative imagination. She’s tutored for many establishments from Oxford University to Arvon, The Poetry Society and The Poetry School to the National Trust and Natural England.

Well-published in fiction, poetry and non-fiction, she has been described as ‘a poet of the bright moment whose own sources of creative inspiration are her native Westcountry, Brittany, the Scottish islands, and a highly individual blend of Celtic myth and metaphysics, psychology, shamanic and Buddhist thinking’.  Her work has won many awards, including Arts Council England support, and her courses have been featured in The Guardian.

Roselle read Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic with mediaeval French at Cambridge, with a focus on Celtic language and mythology. Later, she trained in Transpersonal Psychology and holds a counselling qualification.

For more info visit www.fire-in-the-head.co.uk or http://thewildways.co.uk or Roselle's blog



Although we are not set up for camping (we have no bespoke camping facilities for example), as an exception we are offering a 'wild camping' option on this retreat only. Pitch your own tent anywhere on our land (45 acres of meadow and woodland) - taking your chances as most of it is not 100% flat - or on a flat grassy terrace we will clear for the purpose - and share rustic bathroom facilities (bath with shower head, wash basin: but the water's hot!) with our resident cook and massage therapist Frances who lives in a yurt. For the loo, you'll need to walk down to the main building to use the 'public' Gardoussel toilet - or pee in the woods, the choice is yours. This option costs 450€ / week (accommodation & meals).

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