We spent the first few hours walking in the local area – it has an unrivalled collection of prehistoric monuments including one of Europe’s largest stone circles, tumuli, long barrows and the mysterious massive man-made mound of Silbury Hill.
At different points along the route, I encouraged the participants to respond to one of my landscape-inspired poetry prompts, then for the last hour-and-a-half of the workshop, we moved indoors so that everyone had the opportunity to work on a poem and then share it with the group.
I had such a lovely day and the weather was altogether more benign than for my last Wild Writing Workshop up in Fort William in March! It was really interesting to talk, over lunch, to The Gatekeeper Trust members about their connection with the land, too, and the various pilgrimages in which they’ve been involved over the past year.
Here’s some info about The Gatekeeper Trust from its (currently being updated) website:
The Gatekeeper Trust is devoted to personal and planetary healing through pilgrimage.
It seeks to rediscover the ancient art of pilgrimage as a way of journeying—with an awareness of the sacred nature of our environment.
It researches both ancient and modern knowledge about the landscape and shares it through an annual programme of journeys and workshops.