ROOT MEMOIR COURSE: Exploring Nature and Nurture

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.

There are currently two courses planned:


VENUE: Vogelgat Nature Reserve over three nights, sleeping in huts, fully catered.

Max. 3 participants. Moderate fitness required.

COST:  R4 000

DATES: 7, 14,  21 & 28 April, four consecutive Wednesdays, 4pm – 9pm

VENUE:  Constantia with simple supper included

MAX: 5 participants.

COST:  R3 000

Should we be unable to hold this course in person due to Covid-19, we’re in the process of developing an innovative way of offering this course via Zoom using the principle of connecting with Nature in your own environment.

If you are interested in this course, please contact Dawn at dawn@liferighting.com for more details.