Anam Cara Writers Retreats Workshop Schedule for 2014 and 2015

Great new addition to the 2015 Workshop Retreat Schedule!

Loosening the Bonds - A Silent, Guided, Elements Retreat
his retreat is designed to help loosen the bonds of our attachment to the "false self," going beyond and inward to awaken to the freedom and beauty of our real Self, and the wellspring of our creativity. More info...

What Do I Mean by Creativity? with Ginny Keegan
Poets, artists, writers and non-writers alike, anyone interested in creativity, psychology, and the life of the spirit will find this work encouraging, clarifying and stimulating.
We write together each morning; afternoons are for our own private work, poetry, painting (beginning to paint), starting that writing project. More info...

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Master Class in Poetry

Master Class in Poetry
A Week-long Residential Workshop Retreat

BernardRetreat Leader:  Bernard O'Donoghue (more information)
Arrival:  Saturday, 11th October 2014
Departure:  Saturday 18th October 2014

"I grew up in rural North Cork, in a place famous for traditional music and for poetry in Irish from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These things led to deep-rooted interests in linguistic things, and especially literature, both written and oral. I went to school in Manchester (my mother's place of origin) when I was 16, and my obsessions from then on were Latin, English literature and music (including classical music at the Halle). I have lived in Oxford since 1965, and my main inspirations have been medieval literature: Chaucer and Dante and above all, the shorter poems in Old and Middle English. The Anglo-Saxon elegies are my model for the perfectly formed lyric poem." 

For many years, Bernard has spent time on and been inspired by the Beara Peninsula.  His Master Class will focus on using such places and time as subject matter and/or inspiration as he guides participating poets in enhancing their poetic gifts.

What Do I Mean by Creativity?

What Do I Mean by Creativity?
Proprioceptive Writing Retreat

ginny1Retreat Leader:  Ginny Keegan (more information)
Arrival:  April 18, 2015
Departure:  April 24, 2015

Poets, artists, writers and non-writers alike, anyone interested in creativity, psychology, and the life of the spirit will find this work encouraging, clarifying and stimulating.  We write together each morning; afternoons are for our own private work, poetry, painting (beginning to paint), starting that writing project.
Evenings are for sharing as we gather round the turf fire.   

Proprioceptive Writing (PW) is not formal writing, nor stream-of-consciousness writing but a regular, disciplined practice that can deepen attention and free us to think, write, and speak with strength and clarity. We write together to music and candlelight in 25-minute sessions taking the emphasis off writing, and focusing on the experience of inner hearing.

Read more: What Do I Mean by Creativity?

Painting the Wild Coast of Ireland Workshop Retreat

Painting the Wild Coast of Ireland Workshop Retreat
One-week residential workshop retreat

evelyn watercolourRetreat Leader:  Evelyn Dunphy (more information)
Arrival:  Saturday, 30 May 2015
Departure:  Saturday 6th June 2015

 

Loosening the Bonds - A Silent Guided Elements Retreat

Loosening the Bonds - A Silent, Guided, Elements Retreat
A Week-long Residential Workshop Retreat

kim on strandRetreat Leader:  Kim Richardson
Arrival:  Saturday, 15th August 2015
Departure:  Saturday 22nd August 2015

 

"This retreat is designed to help loosen the bonds of our attachment to the "false self," going beyond and inward to awaken to the freedom and beauty of our real Self, and the wellspring of our creativity. To help in this process of Self-awakening, we work with silence (we keep silence, as a group, during the five days and nights of the main retreat), with the ancient concept of the Elements, and with guided and silent meditations and practices (visualizations, mantra recitation, and walking practices)." 

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