Reflexive dialogical writing workshop and a retreat
10th and 11th June 2019, Brathay Hall, The Lake District.
For dialogical and relationally attuned practitioners from all professional backgrounds!
Why choose a writing retreat?
This may be the moment to just do it! Time is elusive. One needs to grasp it, protect it. This is a space for reflexive practitioners to invite others through your writing into the detail of the extraordinary dialogical space we call the systemic practice. Maybe you want to write something in particular. Perhaps you want to play, experiment with finding a voice, a nib, a style, a form. Maybe you just want a peaceful space with others who are also writing to start producing some words. This is the space for those activities.
In the workshop, we will discuss writing as a relational activity. We will explore what helps writers find a voice or style with which to write. Perhaps you want to get your writing published. There will be plenty of space for you to develop some of your writing. We will experiment with writing in different styles and discuss how to get the heart of what matters.
Who is this workshop and retreat for?
This writing workshop and retreat is for relationally reflexive practitioners who want to write about their work or themselves in the first person as a practitioner. By the end of the retreat, we hope you will feel increased creativity, inspiration, engagement and a spirit of adventure.
Facilitator: Gail Simon
I have always written stories, poems and plays. Now I lead writing workshops for practitioners who have wonderful and moving tales to share. I lead writing workshops for reflexive practitioners and have written and presented on practitioner writing at national and international conferences - for example, on writing as a form of inquiry, relational ethnography, writing as relationship, performative writing, reflexive and collaborative writing.
My doctoral research was on writing (as) systemic practice where I experimented with creative and ethical ways of writing from within the practice. In addition to leading the professional doctorate in systemic practice at the University of Bedfordshire, I run a small systemic publishing tent, Everything Is Connected Press, and have co-edited two books on systemic research and systemic therapy. I qualified in systemic therapy in 1993 at KCC and my practice home is The Pink Practice, a queer systemic therapy practice in London.
Where does this event take place?
This retreat takes place at Brathay Hall in the English Lake District. It is in a wonderful location at the top of Lake Windermere in its own grounds leading down to the lake. It is very suited to reflective and creative writing. There is accommodation on site. Most rooms have desks in them. Ambleside is a ten-fifteen minute walk away. It is a small town with plenty of places to eat, two private cinemas, two museums, many outdoor clothing shops and remains of a Roman Fort.
The cost of the two-day retreat is £240 and includes lunches. If you choose to book bed and breakfast on site, please book directly with Brathay Hall on 01539 433041 and say it is for the writing retreat to get a special rate. The building and grounds have limited accessibility.
Please ring Brathay Hall for more information. There is also a lot of accommodation in Ambleside, 15 minutes walk away. The nearest station is Windermere. You can get a bus or taxi to Brathay Hall from there. There is parking on site.
About Gail Simon
This retreat and workshop is jointly hosted by the University of Bedfordshire and Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice - www.murmurations.cloud