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Writing Retreat Day

October 18, 2011
Writing Retreat Day

Lapidus North and East Writing Retreat Day

On Saturday 15th October I attended a Writing Retreat Day at Cober Hill between Whitby and Scarborough.  The Victorian building has connections with the Rowntree chocolate family and operates as a hotel/conference centre.  It is set in five acres of grounds in the village of Cloughton.  Visitors can explore the secret garden and walk down to the sea.  This was the second writing retreat day held at Cober Hill by Lapidus North and East.

The day consisted of two writing sessions split by an hour for lunch.  The morning session was led by playwright Ali Watt who introduced us to the idea of creating characters from a selection of photgraphs.  From a sheet of faces, we chose the one which had the most emotional impact on us, noted ideas and feelings about that face, imagined the conflicts and secrets held behind it.  We drafted either monologues or dialogues and reflected on how writing in another voice is a safe place to express our own thoughts and inner conflicts.

During the afternoon I facilitated a session on the healing power of colour in our lives.  We began with a free flow writing exercise on a chosen colour.  This was followed by a creative visualisation on the seven main chakras and their corresponding colours.  We then wrote down our observations about a second colour and reflected on the realisations we had made from our notes.  (Several of us will be accessorising in new ways from now on).  Participants were invited to complete a further exercise at home connecting colour to a person’s character.

The next meeting of the group will be at Cober Hill on Saturday 28th January.  Ideas for the day so far include a morning writing marathon and an afternoon ‘Sharing our Creative Selves’.  Participants will be invited to talk about the therapeutic applications of their creative work.  If you would like to join this warm and friendly group, contact Kate on 01723 360628 or KateEvans@Tinyonline.co.uk

Alternatively, if you are looking for a refreshing and inspirational break, Cober Hill offer a wide range of activities including lacemaking, birdwatching, painting, bridge, creative writing, stumpwork, quilting, traditional crafts, cardmaking, t’ai chi, and  health & relaxation themed holidays.  See www.coberhill.co.uk for further details.

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