Writing is a passion for me as well as being an important element of my spiritual and personal development practise. Finding a spontaneous, creative flow of consciousness via the pen on the page (or the fingers on the keyboard) can transform, inspire, settle and bring peace. When I do this beside my herd, soaking in the beauty of nature, able to hear the sounds of the horses nearby, the process is all the more absorbing, interconnecting and integrating. Their presence while I am writing somehow facilitates flow, groundedness, creativity rooted somewhere deep and soulful.
For the first time in 2022 I will be dedicating a week in the residential calendar at my home in France, where there are two small residential 'gites', to writers who would like to benefit from this same peaceful, natural, horse-centred environment. I am calling it Writers’ Week rather than a ‘Writing Retreat’ because it will be unstructured and flexible. Those participating will define their own pace and agenda during their stay which may span the whole week or less (minimum stay is 3 nights). Individual coaching with me will be available on request (on writing or anything else), this is charged separately, and there will be an hour’s group coaching each day when we come together to share, discuss, support, celebrate as much or as little as we wish about our writing and creative process that day.
Writers’ week is a self-catering stay, and you will need to do your own shopping and cooking. For those who are without transport this can be arranged to the local market and shops to get provisions. Breakfast provisions are provided.
You can stay in either of the cottages on site, Honeysuckle Cottage has a double room and a single room and you can book one room and have it on a shared basis, or book it just for yourself. Rose Cottage has one double room, so you have this to yourself. There is no internet available in Rose Cottage, however wi-fi is available on the garden terrace should you need it. There are many peaceful corners outdoors close to the horses where you can set up to write, or of course indoors. A table or desk will be made available to you for this purpose.
My intention is to bring together a small number of writers with a shared passion for their craft and for horses, to co-create a vibrant, relaxing, supportive and productive writing experience.
If you are interested in joining Writers' Week please contact Pam directly on email@example.com
I am beyond excited to share that I will be co-facilitating Pelumbra's Lambay Island Writing Retreat in March 2022. It was something of an easy sell when Miriam Gosling of Pelumbra called to invite me to join Jonathan Gosling in leading their writers' retreat on a stunning private island off the coast of Dublin. The opportunity to work alongside Jonathan, whose work has inspired me throughout my career, would have been enough to tempt me but throw in walks in this unspoilt wilderness to watch the puffins and other seabirds and cosying down by a roaring fire with other writers to share our love for what we do, well that sounds like heaven to me. So if you are a new, experienced or aspirational writer of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, academic research or you would simply like some dedicated time to explore how putting pen to paper might change your life, then please visit Pelumbra's website for more information and how to book.
Work with us and our horses to deepen connection whether relating remotely or face to face
Communicating remotely has become the way we work and it is also often how we socialise and pursue our leisure interests. Even when the peak of the pandemic crisis appears in our rear-view mirror, the increased levels of remote working will continue in many organisations due to various reasons. Individuals speak of the freedom which being home-based brings, the convenience and the additional time available so spend with the family. Travel time and cost is spared and the roads are quieter. Yet we also talk of ‘screen fatigue’, exhaustion, feelings of isolation and low energy. Without the supercharge of social interaction our screen-based communication can leave us feeling cut off and drained. When we do meet each other in person, we are currently required to keep our distance. Yet we are a social species hardwired to work and play together. How can we support ourselves better and connect deeply with others in spite of the physical space which now separates us? Developing and sustaining the purposeful relationships we need in all aspects of our lives will require a new mindset.
In this one day workshop we will learn from our herd of horses how a practice of presence shrinks the distance which separates us and brings us not only into deeper contact with others but also with ourselves. Horses do not need to be close physically in order to connect. Often the most satisfying moments of mutual understanding which I have observed and experienced between human and horse, when heart meets heart, happen across distance. It also helps that horses do not rely on words to express themselves. They seem able to broadcast their emotions and feelings and to understand those of others, by simply being.
Developing a practice of presence was never a nicety and as we are buffeted by change and precarity, holding the moment, being still, cultivating calm and letting go of expectations and regrets, are all key to leadership which nurtures well-being and relationship. Join us and our horses, nature’s finest and wisest teachers, to find out how working experientially with them can help.
This workshop will be held outdoors and all health protocols required at the time will be observed. A place can be reserved prior to the event and payment will be requested a month prior to it taking place. Places are strictly limited.
Venue: Suddene Park Farm, Burbage, Wiltshire SN8 3DP
Date: Thursday 23 September 2021
Time: 10.00 am- 4pm
Fee: £250 per person. To reserve a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you feel frayed or burnt out after the winter, need a new perspective on challenges you are facing, or want to explore mindfulness in the outdoors at this experiential workshop, read on.
we will be happy to see you next year!
Equest has, for obvious reasons, not been able to offer our usual programmes during 2020. We have very much missed working with you. We have put together a number of events and opportunities for next year, which will be safe and we hope possible, depending on the pervading needs for protecting the health of all. Reconnecting and restorative development we believe, will be important for us all, and we will be offering a number of possibilities to support with this, news of which will be released in January.
Our Autumn Open Day will have the theme of mindful leadership, and how learning experientially with horses, the Equest way, can support individuals, teams and organisations to achieve exceptional change.
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