Root: Writing our way back to nature
In this brand new experimental and experiential writing course we will explore our relationship with the natural world. We have done damage to ourselves and our home, the earth, 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 our writing, we will get curious about the barriers we have created that keep us from feeling empathy and care for our natural habitat and our animal bodies. 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 can 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, 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, and our fellow creatures.
One course will take place hiking in a breathtakingly beautiful wilderness area near Hermanus over four days (next dates to be scheduled) and can accommodate three people of medium fitness.
The other will take place in four different locations in Cape Town on Wednesday afternoons and evenings for the lunar cycle of four weeks. This course can accommodate twelve participants and does not require fitness. There will also be a one-afternoon ‘taster’ session to promote the Root course in the next few months – watch this space for details.
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