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Writing for Resilience – September 23

Writing For ResilienceSeptember 2023


1-09-23 9:30 am 3-09-23 5:00 pm

Creating your own shelter through creativity in nature.

Course Synopsis

This residential long-weekend held in the stunning mountains of Eryri (Snowdonia national park), ‘Writing for Resilience’, combines creative writing with landscape connection and mindfulness practices. 

This course is rooted in the belief that cultivating creativity and personal resilience is a fundamental part of building a more socially and ecologically friendly future. We are living in a time of immense upheaval, where it is becoming harder and harder to nurture our sense of wellbeing and connection. 

Developing tools to help us build a practice of grounding and joyful creativity is essential both for personal and community resilience. 

Course participants will explore and develop a creative writing practice through a series of workshops designed to provide a ‘resilient writing toolkit’. This toolkit will be taught and practiced over the weekend, with the view that it can be taken and used as a resource for continuing your creative practice in the future. 

This isn’t your average writing retreat! We want to give you a set of skills that will accompany and support you throughout your life, enabling you to connect to the land around you and foster a sense of belonging.

No prior writing experience is needed to participate – seasoned writers and total beginners are all welcome.

Workshop Content 

The Writing for Resilience workshops will include:

  • Writing practices inspired by the surrounding mountains and ancient woodlands
  • Independent creative writing practices 
  • Collaborative writing practices 
  • Group sharing, reflection and feedback sessions 
  • Mindfulness and creativity in nature workshops led in and around the Nantmor valley

And more! (Plus food from some incredible local chefs)

Key Information

  • Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd September, 2023.
  • Arrival for residential participants on the evening of Thursday the 31st of August
  • The course will begin at 9.30am on Friday the 1st 
  • Location: Nantmor, Gwynedd
  • Residential students (both camping and bunkhouse) will be staying at the beautiful Tan Y Rhiw barn 

Please note: if you are booking a ‘barn’ ticket with a partner or a friend, please send us an email to let us know for accommodation reasons! 

Ticket Types

Residential – Barn:

  • £320 
  • Accommodation – a bed in the beautiful Tan Y Rhiw barn (some in shared rooms, some private)
  • Catering – lunch and dinner provided 

Residential – Camping:

  • £220
  • Accommodation – camping at Tan Y Rhiw
  • Catering – lunch and dinner provided 

Non-Residential Ticket

  • £150
  • Catering – lunch provided


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About the Tutors

Silvia is a writer and tutor born and raised in Eryri, North Wales. After graduating from the University of East Anglia in 2015 with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, she has worked in film exhibition, travelled around Europe and South America, and lived in Granada, Spain. In 2021 she published her first collection of poetry, Spell into Being. She currently runs creative writing classes in her local area alongside her freelance teaching work. Ranging from prose to poetry to nonfiction, her writing is largely inspired by her Welsh and Serbian roots, mythological imagery and the nitty gritty realism of raw experience. Working with words and bringing people together are her greatest passions. 

Creative writing blog: http://www.spellintobeing.com/

Teaching website: www.englishforcreativeminds.com

Email: [email protected]

Bryher is a facilitator and organiser currently based in the mountains of Snowdonia. Bryher’s interest in teaching and community building began when she was employed to run Shift Bristol – an organisation teaching students practical sustainability and permaculture. At Shift she met the other directors of ShelterCraft, and developed a love for natural building. 

Alongside ShelterCraft Bryher works for the Landworkers Alliance, providing supporting farmers to move towards regenerative agricultural practices. In her previous work Bryher was a Campaign Manager for the Green Party  – working to elect Green leaders, influence policy and get issues of sustainability and resilience into the public dialogue. 

In her work life, she finds joy in fostering community, facilitating and colour coding spreadsheets. In her down-time she is happiest making pickles and swimming in the river.

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