Writing on the Mirror
May 26–29 | £195/175 (Bank Holiday Weekend)
“If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.” – George Eliot
On this retreat we will consider the relationship between creative writing and Buddhism. The weekend will consist of talks, meditation sessions and writing workshops. In the workshops we will experience how two Buddhist poetic forms – haiku and renga – bring Buddhism and writing together. Though haiku and renga originated in mediaeval Japan, their simplicity, flexibility and suppleness make them perfect vehicles to catalyse the transformative power of creative writing.