Writing in the wild………..

At the weekend Mary Reynolds Thompson and I facilitated our Wild Places Lost & Found writing workshops.

On Saturday the participants came up the winding road to the top of Flagstaff, to the views of the Continental Divide, to sit and write in forest and mountain.

On Sunday, people found places under trees, in sunshine, on grass.

They were seeking the wild places outside and inside themselves and came together to write and to share.

Saturday began with a visit from 3 coyotes. As we drove to Lakewood on Sunday for the second workshop a coyote crossed the road in front of us.

In Native American lore, a coyote is a trickster, a creature of duality and paradox, a creative figure, a creator of culture and a breaker of taboos.

Their appearance seemed to invite us into the wild.

Writing took people into their wild imagination.

We looked at archetypal landscapes: Mountain, Forest, Water, Grassland, Desert. Mary brought us images from her Reclaiming the Wild Soul work to look at, to choose from, to enter, to write about.

Journal Prompt

Which landscape are you most drawn to? What does it mean to you? What are the feelings it evokes in you?

What is that landscape in you?

One participant said she had always found writing outside too distracting, she preferred to have a ceiling – but on this occasion her written words belied her spoken words.

Writing in the wild

How is writing outside in nature, in a garden, different from writing inside, in a coffee shop?

What do you experience when you write outside?

What are your favourite places to write?

This I will Remember

This I will remember,

Everyone’s sharing,

The courage it sometimes takes to read out loud.

This I will remember:

How a child touches your soul,

The distance and closeness of stories.

This I will remember:

Beautiful are the hearts of the people

Who shared this workshop,

And the profound beauty of this place.

By the participants at the Wild Places Lost & Found workshop, facilitated by Kate Thompson & Mary Reynolds Thompson. Boulder, Colorado, 21st April, 2012 

Note from Mary and Kate: Saturday and Sunday’s workshops brought together an amazing group of men and women thirsty to explore the wild places within and without. Their only complaint–we need more time. To that end, please look for an upcoming October 2012 “Wild Places” weekend workshop in California, details to come.
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workshops this week

If you want to treat yourself and explore your creative self in beautiful settings, there’s still time to sign up for exciting workshops here in Colorado this weekend:

Wild Places Lost & Found: Writing the places of our Hearts, Minds & Souls

Journalling and poetry with Mary Reynolds Thompson & Kate Thompson

SATURDAY, APRIL 21, BOULDER, COLORADO (in the mountains, watching the Divide)

SUNDAY, APRIL 22, LAKEWOOD, COLORADO (next to the park)

10:00-4:00       $95 

No previous writing experience is needed; writers and poets also welcome.

For information or to book your place:

303 443 3816 or e-mail kate.thompson@journaltherapy.co.uk

If you’re a therapist and missed the workshop on March 24th at Boulder Psychotherapy Institute then take the next opportunity:

People House 

Professional Development Series
APRIL 20th 

8:30am to 5:30pm

“Using the Journal’s Eye: Gaining Insight into your Professional Practice through Journal Writing”

Internationally acclaimed therapist and author, Kate Thompson shares the healing power of journaling. In this experiential workshop participants explore journal prompts writing techniques: Captured Moments, Dialogues, Unsent Letters and Perspectives and self-reflection. Relationship with self is central to self-care; journal writing develops intimacy with and knowledge of self. Presenter: KateThompson,MA;303-732-6823; Kate.Thompson@journaltherapy.co.uk
sign up for this class;
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