I have just completed, in June 2021, a very exciting Lakeland Writing Retreat at beautiful Rydal Hall near Ambleside in the English Lake District, with its beautiful gardens and setting. What a stunning place to run a Retreat, in perfect weather with an amazing group of writers! The task was to write a haibun, a combination of poetry and prose, particularly haiku, but not necessarily, take the form and go in whatever way suited the landscape and the experience of the writers. In this landscape of mountains, lakes and valleys, we looked at how we are walking through the landscape in our writing. It felt like a very safe environment, after all the stresses and strains and worries of the last year. Last year’s Rydal Hall Retreat had to be cancelled and we were all so very grateful to be together at last in a well-ventilated large room with all safety protocols in place, and the opportunity to be outside as much is possible. The excitement of all been together in a supportive environment, talking and interacting safely, with everybody having been fully vaccinated, was so powerful that several of us are unable to sleep that first night. It was though something had been turned on in our brains, which we had had to turn off more than a year ago. I felt profoundly grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such inspiring people. Attached is an example of some of the wonderfully creative work which resulted from this weekend Retreat. I hope we will be able to do it again next year. I already have dates for this, 10-13 June 2022, and a brochure is also attached, for those who may be interested.
Sample some of the students Haibuns by clicking the document icons below...
10-13th June 2022: Lakeland Writing Retreat - Rydal Hall, Ambleside, England.
The Rydal Hall Lakeland Writing Retreat will run from 10th-13th June 2022. Click below to download the course brochure.
Mungrisdale Writers Group, Mungrisdale Village Hall, Mungrisdale, England.
Lakeland writers meeting twice monthly - Thursday 10.30am to 1.30pm - with tutor Angela Locke.