Need some time out or fancy doing something a little different to recharge your creative batteries and get back to nature?
Then head to South Liverpool for a midsummer-themed Nature Writing And Wellbeing Retreat this Friday, 21st June.
Harness the powers and energies of the turning seasons whilst taking a moment to stop and reflect as ‘the sun stands still’ for solstice – also referred to as midsummer.
The event will be hosted by Karen Podesta and Bernadette McBride, who recently held a creative weekend event celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Emily Brontë in Yorkshire.
Now they’re heading to Fulwood Community Garden in Aigburth to host their next event which has a creative nod to Shakespeare with an ethereal midsummer dream theme, set amid the beauty of nature in an enchanted secluded woodland garden.
After a botanical arrival drink and introduction, everyone can celebrate both the seasonal transition and International Day of Yoga with a Summer Solstice flow led by Karen.
Participants will embrace the sun’s healing energy and perform salutations as it reaches its northernmost position in the sky, directly over the Tropic of Cancer at 16.54 BST.
Then the group will weave a woodland crown or tiara with abundant natural materials using traditional willow weaving, led by Bernadette, a qualified expressive arts therapist who has training in weaving stories through natural craft. This part of the event is about blending as one with the environment and becoming at one with nature.
Participants will then break for a plentiful vegan, gluten-free buffet in the garden and have the option to engage in some maypole dancing to midsummer music before the next session!
For the second half of the session, Bernadette, author of Roots: The Eco-Journal, will lead the group into a deep ecology nature writing session exploring how we can guide our own stories, which are deeply rooted in nature, to live in balance and harmony with the planet.
Bernadette will draw on a wealth of materials from spiritual practices and indigenous stories and traditions, to mythology and classic literature, such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to help us relate our stories to landscape and place.
Participants are invited to dress up as Oberon and Titania, the fairy king and queen, woodland-themed outfit you can move freely in or comfy yoga wear.
Tickets for the retreat cost £20 including all activities, materials, food and drinks. Book here.