What Do I Mean by Creativity?

What Do I Mean by Creativity?
Proprioceptive Writing Retreat

Ginny-KeeganRetreat 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.

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Painting the Wild Coast of Ireland Workshop Retreat

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

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


Lining Our Thoughts: A Poetry Writing Workshop

Lining Our Thoughts - A Poetry Writing Workshop
A Week-long Residential Workshop Retreat

Leanne osullivanRetreat Leader:  Leanne O’Sullivan (more information)
Arrival:  Saturday, 11th July 2015
Departure:  Saturday 17th July 2015

“This workshop is for those who would like to begin to write poetry or those who would like to develop poems they have already started.  The main aim of my workshops is to encourage writers through discussion, exercise based and free writing, while also allowing them to take risks in a supportive environment.  Each session will focus on a different topic, such as imagery, perspective, storytelling, rhythm and form.  Everything a writer needs is inside of themselves, and it’s my goal to help them refine the effectiveness of how they communicate their subject matter.  Morning sessions will include a reading of poems by established writers (which will be supplied) with discussion of what makes these poems effective, writing exercises and also excursions to some sites in Beara that have given inspiration to my own writing.  In the afternoons I will be available for one-to-one sessions and this will also be free time during which participants can enjoy the creative peace of the retreat and do some writing.

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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. 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), the Elements, and we work with guided and silent meditations and practices drawn from the Sufi Alchemical Retreat tradition, and from other major world spiritual traditions.”

Singing Over the Bones

Singing Over the Bones
A Five Day Residential Workshop Retreat

Sharon-BlackieRetreat Leader:  Sharon Blackie (more information)
Arrival:  Sunday, 11th October 2015
Departure:  Friday 16th October 2015

A new ‘Singing Over the Bones’ creative retreat for women writers and artists will take place on the beautiful wild Beara Peninsula in the south-west of Ireland. Beara is the home of the Cailleach Bheara, and is steeped in myth and story. We’ll be staying at the Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat near the gorgeous coastal village of Eyeries. (Anam Cara is a wonderful place, and even has a sauna and a hot tub.) there’s a magazine feature on it here.)

During ‘Singing Over the Bones’ retreats, we explore the ways in which we can bring into our writing and other creative work that uniquely female sense of wildness that so often remains unawakened or suppressed. We do this primarily by working with wild myth and archetype and by mapping and storying our connections with the natural world. The approach is grounded and embodied; it is rooted in sensory experience, as well as in the poetics, dreamings and storying of the land and its inhabitants. It is about re-enchantment, for sure – but it is also about  quickening.

We aim to create a warm, supportive but creatively challenging and transformative atmosphere in which we spend time indoors and outdoors, exploring a unique combination of practices — writing, storytelling, creative imagination as well as crafting and artwork techniques — to deepen our connectedness, catalyse our own personal metamorphoses, and enrichen our creative practice.  There is free time for private creative work, walking, and relaxation, and the evenings after dinner are devoted to conversation, readings and to myth- and storytelling by the fire.

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