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I’ve been running courses, workshops, trainings and other teachings for around 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. Embedded within this exploration of the culture and lore of place is a deep knowledge of and communion with plants (especially herbs) and with animals. I am interested particularly in how we uncover and develop our sense of wildness, wherever we may live – our instinctual, authentic self.
This work springs from my own deep connection with the land: for ten years I was a crofter, and every day of my life I spent significant time outside on the land, working with plants and herbs, and caring for a wide range of animals. These days we own just a small patch of land in Ireland, and so I am focused more narrowly on the keeping of bees and hens, and the growing of vegetables and herbs. Every day I walk, gaining an ever-deepening knowledge of local ecological and cultural history. That very real, practical and grounded connection is both widened and deepened by my love of myth and story, and my experience and practice as a writer, editor and publisher. I believe passionately that our cultural and physical connection to the land and to place (whether we are permanently or temporarily rooted in that place) is essential for our own individual health and growth, as well as for the planet. I also believe that community – not just community with other humans, but with the non-human others who share the land with us – is an essential part of discovering that connection and sense of belonging.
- For information on writing/ creative ‘Singing Over the Bones’ retreats for women, please visit this page.
- From September 2015 I’ll be offering shorter workshops and courses; please sign up for my newsletter to keep abreast of what’s going on, or come back and visit this page from time to time.
- I’m open to tutoring other retreats and courses in the fields of nature writing and the culture and storying of place and belonging in other locations; please contact me if you have a proposal.
ONLINE COURSES IN NATURE WRITING
- For information on my 6-month-long intensive online ‘Beyond Nature Writing’ course, please visit this page.
In the fields of myth, story and narrative psychology I also work on a mentoring basis with individuals who are going through times of transition. Please visit this page for more information.
My qualifications to run 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.
(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 place and belonging.
(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.