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HISTORY,MYSTERY & MAGIC: My writing workshops

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I have spent the last week in the beautiful Cotswolds in the UK, running my History, Mystery & Magic writing retreat.
I do feel blessed!

It is an unusual retreat, in that we do not go somewhere isolated from the world and spend all our time meditating and contemplating our navels. Instead, we stay at the Lygon Arms, a 17th century coaching inn on High Street in Broadway, one of the prettiest and most popular villages in the Cotswolds. There are dozens of fabulous shops and pubs and restaurants along the street, but walk for five minutes and you are in fields and meadows and forests. 

The Lygon Arms is itself rich with history and mystery. Our favourite room has a huge inglenook fireplace and a secret stair that leads up to the bedroom where Charles II used to stay. it is said the secret stair was built so he could smuggle his mistresses in and out. Cromwell was also said to have stayed at the inn many times (they have a portrait of him hanging in the Cromwell Room.) One room also has a grave underneath it!


But the main reason the History, Mystery & Magic retreat is so different is that it is aimed for writers at any stage of their creative journey. Some have never written a word, others have been writing for a while but have lost their way, and others have been published but are seeking to re-connect with their creativity. Its all about day-dreaming, playing, creating, and being inspired.

I hope to fling wide the doors of the' unconscious, and help my new writing friends find joy and a sense of wonder in their writing again. 


The mornings are spent in class, talking and laughing and sharing and learning. The afternoons are spent in private guided tours to Oxford, the beautiful secret treasures of the Cotswolds, to Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle, and Stonehenge. We have a lovely private tour guide who gets us in and out of everywhere without having to queue, but never sounds like a your guide - its just going somewhere with a really interesting and knowledgeable friend. 

On the final night we have a literary dinner with an amazing Mystery Guest at the most beautiful old manor house set in gardens and parklands (it has its own little church). It really is the most wondrous week - some participants describe it as life-changing - and I feel very blessed to be a part of it.

Bob Gould commented on 02-Nov-2016 09:01 AM
"Psychosynthesis in Education - A Guide to the Joy of Learning" by Diana Whitmore is a very useful book for anyone involved in creative learning. It has some interesting exercises. I think you would find it useful in your life.

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