NATURE’S ALPHABET: Exploring the Relationship between Word and World

Nature’s Alphabet: a weekend workshop
with Katherine Buchanan and Paul Matthews

How close up to the world can we come with our words?
How close up to us can the world come with its words?

Dates and times: Friday, 29 June: 7.30pm; Saturday, 30 June: 9.30am till 5.00pm; 7.30pm: Evening of music and poetry; Sunday, 1 July: 9.30 till 2.00

Katherine (following Goethe’s observational method) will open a way into nature which helps us call forth the ‘true names’ that belong to the ‘Genius Loci’, the being of the place, Fairhill, where we will be working.

Through deep and co-creative attention, furthered by Paul’s profoundly playful writing exercises (based on the qualities of Earth, Water, Air and Fire) the natural landscape will begin to interpret itself and become articulate. Nature herself, awakening our creativity, will be our teacher

Katherine Buchanan is an ecological consultant, and storyteller and researches landscapes plants and animals ‘in context’. She teaches ‘Nature’s Open Secret”, “Artistic Science” and “Storytelling” on the Edinburgh Steiner Teacher’s training course and “In partnership with Nature” in workshops across Scotland.

Paul Matthews teaches at Emerson College in Sussex. He travels widely with his work, speaking his poetry and encouraging others in the use of imagination. His books on the creative process, ‘Sing Me the Creation’, and ‘Words in Place’ (Hawthorn Press) explore the relationship between word and world. ‘The Ground that Love Seeks’ and ‘Slippery Characters’ (Five Seasons Press) are gatherings of his poetry. ‘This Naked Light’ is his most recent publication.
See also: www.paulmatthewspoetry.co.uk

Price £150 (£120 concessions)
All Materials, light lunches and refreshments included

Directions see Pishwanton Wood on Google map

Contact Katherine ksbuchanan@btinternet.com or 01875833369 for bookings and if you require accommodation