To become a true human being, the old stories tell us we have to walk through seven doors. Not six, not eight, seven. We invite you to walk through them with us.
As a culture that barely understands the word culture
As a maiden growing her hands back
As a sailor longing for Ithaca
As a yew with a singing kid in its branches
As a condor glimpsing Byzantium
Let these doors make of us a Yggdrasil.
In deeply troubled times, this is a moment to enter the magic of place, story, language; to study with master storyteller Dr Martin Shaw in the landscape he lives and creates in.
This is not nostalgia but a kind of activism of the soul.
Suffused with story, buffeted by weather, our inquiry will be deep: how do we, as modern women and men, respond to both land and legend? What could we do with such a thing? Come find out.
As wandering scholars, we will start the day deep in story and poetry, brooding together for the morning sessions. We will explore tales from pocket sized to epic scale, more than a few that you may learn yourself.
In the afternoons, you will be equipped with a bardic task, to explore the move from seeing to beholding in both the living world and in our own innate natures. There will be one day fully on the moor. In the evenings there will be good local food, music and story. Up to 60 people together, getting cooked in the mysteries, learning of kindness, grace, grief and rapture. Just like something from the old stories.
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This is course is now fully booked but if you would like to be added to the waiting list or require information for future reference, please email .
How do we respond to the artistry of both land and legend?
JuLY 15 – 19, 2024
A Summer School
With Dr. Martin Shaw
This is a residential course in a lovely old manor house on the edge of Dartmoor. The fee includes 4-nights accommodation, all teaching and meals (locally sourced and seasonal where possible) from supper on arrival day to an early breakfast prior to departure.
What could we do with such a thing? Come find out?
Accommodation in the manor house is mostly in shared rooms of up to six people, and the fees include VAT at 20 per cent. The budget beds are bunk beds in these shared rooms. The twin and single rooms are now booked up. For further details or to book a place, please email . See here for terms and conditions.