WILDER WOMYN WRITING. 5 DAYS IN MAY. EARTH WAYS, ISLE OF SKYE, SCOTLAND
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With Skye-Writing, the accommodations are sparse, the food is organic vegetarian home grown, the weather is unpredictable. But the location is stunning.
There is nowhere as dramatic as the Isle of Skye, off the north west coast of Scotland. She is the misty isle where myth was born. She is still the last bastion of dragons, faerie flags and free wild earth in all her gloriousness.
Ludwig Appeltans invites us, the Skye-Writers, to his home, which happens to be an isthmus of outstanding natural beauty. It is a permaculture centre, a wild garden, a place of immense spiritual energy. Each day you will help Ludwig love the land. He will show you ways to connect, love and heal through nature.
Flickr Photos of Rubha Phoil
Orla Broderick will teach you how to listen for the stories stored in your soul, to free-write the stuff of dreams and madnesses, to decorate pages in heartsongs. Orla will lead workshops every morning and afternoon, first delving into your reaction to the land, then showing you your own raw wonderful writerly voice, with ways to use it.
Day 1. Arrive on the Isle of Skye. Meet Ludwig at 2pm for a tour of Earth Ways. Dinner will be by the fire outside. First workshop on earthing, grounding, being still in the silence, opening the imagination to all the stories held in your soul. Star gazing, night swimming, dolphin watching, seal singing, otter stalking and immersion in silence
Day 2. Morning meditation. Learn to free-write the stuff of your dreams Breakfast is followed by time with Ludwig. Lunch will be a mix of foods grown mainly on the Rubha Phoil. Afternoon workshop on the passions we have for the places we love. We will read Sorley, Hadfield and Greig. Fossil hunting. Fishing. Boat trips.
Day 3. Morning meditation followed by free write. Breakfast. Time with Ludwig and the land. Lunch of goodness straight from the permaculture garden. Workshop on developing inner personalities, making them real, making them larger than life, applying voice, nuance. How to dance and sing with all your characters. Dinner by the fire on the beach.
Day 4. Morning meditation followed by free write. Breakfast. Time loving and tending the earth. Lunch of fresh healthful veggies. Sex and drama workshop, writing good sex, how to hear your own words. You will read your poems and prose to the otters and the winds, wondering how to improve your pieces.
Day 5. Morning meditation and free write. Breakfast. Free time. Last workshop – listening to the earth, writing all you hear, see, feel, imagine. Lunch. Sit out on a wild beach, in unpolluted, untamed coast and see if the mist will bring a legend your way.
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