I‘ve been running courses, workshops, trainings and other teachings for over ten years now, for a wide variety of groups as well as for psychology professionals. Courses have included narrative psychology (using myth- and storytelling), creative imagination techniques, relaxation and meditation, and creative writing. (See the ‘About‘ page for more details.) Recently, and particularly since I founded EarthLines Magazine, that work has expanded and deepened. All of my work – as editor of EarthLines, as a writer, and as a facilitator of courses and retreats – is heavily focused on building connections with the land and with place, and with facilitating a sense of belonging and being at home in the world. I specialise in courses which explore the myths and stories of place.
SISTERHOOD OF THE BONES
Please head over to the Sisterhood of the Bones page for more information about this exciting new year-long project for women who want to explore their connection to wild myths and archetypes, and to the cycles and seasons of the year.
ONLINE COURSES IN NATURE WRITING
For information on my 6-month-long intensive online ‘Beyond Nature Writing’ course, please visit this page.
CREATIVE and WRITERS’ RETREATS
A new ‘Singing Over the Bones’ creative retreat for women will be held in Ireland’s beautiful wild Beara Peninsula in October 2015. For more information, please visit this page.
I’m open to tutoring other retreats and courses in the fields of wild myth and story, nature writing, and the culture of place and belonging; please contact me if you have a proposal.
‘Walk. The drum begins. Follow it. Follow the drums of thunder. Follow the sun. Follow the stars at night as they lean their long slant down the far side of the sky. Follow the lightning and the open road. Follow your compulsion. Follow your calling. Follow anything except orders and habit. Follow the fire-fare-forwards of life itself. Go where you will, burn your bridges if you must, leave the paving stones smouldering and singe the gate as you leave, leave an incendiary device by The Wall, and scorch your way across the land. I dare you.’
— Jay Griffiths, Wild
My qualifications to offer these online and residential courses include:
(1) a background in psychology, with a specialisation in clinical hypnotherapy and narrative psychology, focusing particularly on myth- and story. Around 2005, I developed a series of in-depth training courses for clinical psychologists and other health professionals in the narrative psychology field, which were offered through a major UK-based psychology organisation offering Continuing Professional Development courses. My own therapy practice similarly focused entirely on narrative and other creative imagination techniques. My interests are predominantly Jungian, focusing on archetype, dreamwork, art, performance, movement ritual and other forms of creative expression, as well as myth and story.
(2) My qualifications in literature and creative writing bring a rigour to the study of myth, story and the development of the narrative techniques that form part of the courses. My own published writing (including my first novel, The Long Delirious Burning Blue, and the novel I am now writing, The Bee Dancer, which is an ecological retelling of the myth of Psyche and Eros) has always been focused on integrating myth and story into our everyday lives. I am also working on a full-length work of nonfiction on the subject of myth, place and belonging which will be published in spring 2016.
(3) Since completing an MA in Creative Writing and founding Two Ravens Press in 2006 and EarthLines Magazine in 2012, I have constantly worked with writers – from the well-known and prizewinning to the debut and aspiring – to improve, facilitate and deepen their work.
If you’d like to contact me about any of these courses, or about the possibility of working with me in other ways, please email sharon[at]reenchantingtheearth[dot]com.
For reviews and recommendations of my courses, please visit this page.