Seasonal Writes 2022

A half day online writing and nature retreat. Time for yourself with nature and words.

Dates throughout the year in time with the seasonal nature festivals.

Autumn Equinox
Gathering in, the year turns
Sat 24 Sept – 1pm-4pm
Samhain
The dying time, welcome the dark
Tues 1 Nov – 1pm-4pm
Midwinter Solstice
Winter sleep, return of the light
Mon 19 Dec – 10am-1pm
Each retreat stands alone.

Come to one or more.

Seasonal Writes provides time to be with nature and to write creatively and reflectively.
During each half day we practice simple writing exercises alongside time in nature, as well as mind, body, spirit elements including visualisation, gentle body work and making ceremony.
Through this we generate deeper connection and self-awareness and a sense of being part of a larger whole. Using words and creativity, we uncover and express our own – and nature’s – truths.
Each retreat includes time offline for your own creative and reflective process. Part of this includes a period of time outside, experiencing directly the landscape and season wherever you are in that moment. Wherever you live, even an urban environment, there is medicine in simply being under the sky with your senses open. If you have mobility difficulties you can participate by simply finding an outdoor spot in which to sit and be. (Trees are great teachers at staying still yet connected to everything!)
Free writing and other writing exercises will help tap you into the moment and season, sparking your creativity and awakening your story.
Any form of writing may emerge – prose, poetry or life writing, as you are drawn – all forms welcome. No specific writing experience is necessary.
Each retreat stands alone, honouring and connecting with the specific energy of the time and season.
Throughout the retreat you will be within a supportive circle of others, and guided by experienced writer, medicine-walker and facilitator Emma Decent.
Seasonal Writes aims to leave you feeling more connected to nature, creatively invigorated, and nurtured and supported, ready for the season to come. 
Thank you very much for the most enjoyable and enlightening afternoon. I found it most inspiring and beneficial and it has given me much more confidence in writing. It was lovely to engage with the others, in a safe, soft and gentle space, which you held so well.’
Participant comments
Seasonal Writes takes place online via Zoom, which you will need to be able to use on a computer or smartphone. You will need paper and pen or other writing materials at home. Any other resources needed, you will be informed of in advance. All exercises are accessible whatever your location or circumstances.
Autumn Equinox – Sat 24 Sept – 1pm-4pm – Gathering in, the year turns
Samhain – Tues 1 Nov – 1pm-4pm – The dying time, welcome the dark
Midwinter Solstice – Mon 19 Dec – 10am-1pm – Winter sleep, return of the light
Pay as you Feel £20-£25 per half day
To enquire please email emmadecent@talk21.com
To book please click here
About Emma
Emma has been writing and performing poetry, prose and theatre for nearly 20 years and facilitating creative workshops for nearly 10. She is particularly interested in the power of writing and sharing words as ‘medicine’ for the individual and community. Working with nature has been an important part of her journey, integrating a relationship with nature, personal development and creative work. Emma has been practising wilderness therapy, Celtic shamanism and the Way of Council since 2008, training with Meredith Little of the School of Lost Borders (USA) and the Coventina School of Shamanic Counselling and Creative Arts Therapy (UK). She is currently studying a Masters degree at Metanoia Institute (UK) in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. Emma lives on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border where she walks every day, and in 2020 created an outdoor performance of her poetry in the landscape Words in the Wild.
‘I’ve participated in many online writing groups during this time of Covid. Emma is an inspiring, innovative and supportive facilitator.’  Alma, Vancouver Island, Canada
‘Emma creates a safe, inclusive and supportive space. I have appreciated the gentle way she enables us to write and share. She facilitates with care, paying attention to everyone as individuals and also to the group as a whole.’  Sue Carter, Cumbria