Days of Drawing, Reading and Reflection at Dr. Neil’s Garden

Saturdays 20th January, 17th February and 16th March from 10am to 3pm

Fee: £250 for all of the days
(Includes a donation to the garden)

“O Wind, If winter comes, can spring be far behind”

So ends the poem Ode to the West Wind, written by Percy Bysshe Shelley and it is to the balm for the soul offered by poetry that we so often turn in times when we feel in need of hope.

Words hold a profound power and, when utilized in poetic form, they have a tantalizing tendency to coalesce into a collective subconscious. They foster a language that speaks not only to our individuality but also to our shared experiences, as well as the often indescribable nature of human emotions and thoughts. The richness and adaptability of poetry make it a tool that can shape and mold understanding, drawing together the braided strands of human experience, permitting identification, empathy, and transformation.
Caroline Harroe

Over three days, as we gently ease out of our individual and collective Wintering, we will spend time in the quiet lochside surroundings of Dr. Neil’s Garden, in Duddingston, together considering our place in the world by sharing in poetry and other writings, conversation, reflection and drawing. We will each make a simple concertina book, as a container for our personal reflections, with a view to gathering these together in an unfolding that parallels our collective experience…

“If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere.”
Seamus Heaney

It may be possible to attend for only some of the days, although ‘drop-in’ is not encouraged, so that we can form a close group. However do please ask!

To book or to make an enquiry contact Brigid using the contact form on this site

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