at Springfield Farm
AT LAST.. TIME TO WRITE!
At Springfield Writing Retreats you will discover how a greater awareness of the ecology of creativity, process and place can give you the best possible opportunity to achieve your writing goals.
There is no doubt, you will work hard, you will write, and you will love the process!
Once you discover the joy of the creative process you will want to write more than ever.
You will have many hours each day to write, and you will be guided, challenged, inspired, encouraged and delighted.
This workshop is more than a writing class, and its implications will be more than you imagine.
Join us for this journey into a deeper understanding of the ecology of creativity.
WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW TO GET STARTED, HOW TO KEEP GOING, AND HOW TO WRITE UNTIL YOU'RE FINISHED!
REDISCOVER THE JOY IN THE CREATIVE PROCESS
The old image of the lonely writer, tucked away in a bare and isolated hovel is about as far away from Springfield as you can imagine. Being a part of a like-minded group of women, in a gorgeous natural setting will empower you to push through to write beyond your limiting beliefs.
Creative ecology applies the ideas of biological ecology to our creative process. In 1866, the biologist Ernst Haeckel derived the term ecology to explain how living organisms relate to each other and to their world. Ecologists look at patterns and habitats in terms of systems and relationships. They see living organisms as systemic wholes, rather than ‘things-as-parts’.
At Springfield we view our writers holistically too. As living beings you need to be nurtured and nourished on many different levels as you write. As creativity ecologists we consider patterns and habitat to generate a curated, supportive process for you.
Writing has often been described as a long suffering, solo endeavour. We sit at a desk, alone, and we write, alone, some- times for hours each day. Karen Joy Fowler reminded me, in a workshop three years ago, that writing is also is a form of creative expression, and can be a joyful process.
Your creative process is influenced by your wellbeing, your environment and the patterns and relationships in your daily lives. What you do, and don’t do, what you eat, your sleep, your conversations and your moods can all work to either enhance or limit your creativity. This week is a program of curated experiences designed to support and nourish your creative writing process.
We encourage you to give yourself to this process and rediscover the joy in your writing.
This is a sample of Springfield's holistic approach to writing, the details may change slightly depending on the format & focus of the different retreats.
My time at Springfield Farm has been the highlight of my writing life. The quality of the program, the people helping us, the fabulous food, the accommodation and scenery have made for an outstanding experience.
- Gillian Barnett
Our Heart and Soul is Our Team of Facilitators
Magic happens when a group of writers comes together to work, and to create. When your facilitators are powerful, talented, creative, skillful teachers, the powers of place and process are exhilarating. When you are nourished, supported, encouraged and inspired the work produced is awe inspiring!