In this experimental and experiential writing course, we will explore our relationship with the natural world. We have done damage to ourselves and the environment by constructing the idea that human beings are separate from nature. Even our language betrays this attitude – we speak of nature and the environment as though it is ‘out there’. Through experiential exercises and writing, we will explore how the built environment, consumerism, ideas about time, and our fears, anxieties, disgust and distrust keep us disconnected from resources that nourish and support us. The creative mind is a natural space where we can remake connections with the source of life as inclusive and sensory. Writing into our relationship with the elements, our habitat, natural cycles and with life in all forms can help us live in a responsive and responsible way, taking better care of the two homes we inhabit until we die – our bodies and the earth. Arrival is scheduled for Monday 14th July with an evening welcome and course starts on Tuesday 15th July from 9am.
VENUE: Beaverlac Cob House (for writing course only – you will be staying in other Beaverlac accommodation)
FEE: R4 500
FACILITATOR: Dawn Garisch