A space for conversations in a time of global disruption
Time: November 30, 2012 at 6pm to December 2, 2012 at 5pm
Location: Blytheswood Hostel
City/Town: Steps Bridges, Dartmoor
Website or Map: https://www.google.com/maps?f…
Phone: 01364 653723
Event Type: writing, and, mythmaking, retreat
Organized By: Paul Kingsnorth
Latest Activity: Oct 16, 2012
A weekend writing and mythmaking retreat in the wilds of Dartmoor
Whilst promising the Earth, civilisation divorces us from it. But the stories our civilisation tells about itself are now unravelling. The intensity of that unravelling propels us into even greater disconnection from the wild.
The Dark Mountain Project and the Westcountry School of Myth and Story are collaborating for this unique writing, myth-making and wilderness workshop in the winter of 2012. It will pose a simple question: can we stand outside the wires and lights of modern living and, however briefly, re-forge a visceral engagement with the intelligence of the wild? Can we look at the human story, as it were, from outside?
Over a weekend spent in remote cabins, around fires and on the moors, we will explore what it means to un-civilise our writing and our selves. We will seek the place beyond the solitary intellect, where rather than dreaming we get dreamt. We will look to the creation of stories, poems, narratives and worldviews that are startling in their freshness, by walking beyond the usual dustbowls of the civilised world. Weather patterns, badger trails, and deep pools of water will serve as teachers. Bring your dancing shoes. And waterproofs.
The course is led by Martin Shaw, Director of the Westcountry School of Myth and Story (schoolofmyth.com), and Paul Kingsnorth, Director of the Dark Mountain Project. The weekend will combine writing workshops and exercises with moorland walks and fireside explorations. It will be active, outdoors and full of surprises. There will be no wifi connection or urban comforts.
The cost for the weekend is £200, including meals and board. Numbers are limited to 20. No experience necessary – just enthusiasm. To reserve a place, contact us via the phone number above, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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