The past few months in and coming out of lockdown have had an impact on all of our lives, ambitions, and plans for the future. For some, time, space and stillness have been a relief and an opportunity to step back, reflect and create. For others, life has become more difficult to navigate, with no opportunity to rest whilst facing stressful uncertainty.
 
There are lots of questions that hover over the near and distant future in terms of travel, social connection and how communities interact. But we all need resilience, community and playfulness to cope in the long term. 

Making space for creativity at home
We know that developing creative practice and time in nature can be a valuable way to process thoughts, feelings and experiences, if we can find the time and space to nurture and reflect.
 
As a creative solution to some of these uncertainties, and to make sure that no one misses out, we have developed a new online version of our Creative Writing Retreat to run alongside the usual course running 14th-18th October, for £350.

What will the online retreat include?
The escape from normal life, time to wander the fields and woodlands and opportunity to take nourishment from the landscape, community and gentleness at the farm are a huge part of our retreats, but travel may not be an option for some by the autumn.
 
If you join our online course we are offering tips to help you to create your own retreat sanctuary at home, sending out goodie bags and reading lists to bring a little of Trill Farm's magic into your space. The online course will also include audio and visual recordings of nature walks on the farm to take inspiration from and sink into, particularly if you do not have access to a garden or wild space.
 
You will be invited to join daily workshops and readings with Sarah, Wyl and the other retreat participants via Zoom, and you will be asked to put time aside in the afternoons for your writing, walking and reading, together with a one to one mentor slot with both tutors to support and help develop your writing and practice.

Can I still join in person?
We are still taking bookings for all places. If, nearer the time, you find that you would like to join us in person, there will be the opportunity to upgrade your ticket. The places remain limited whichever way you choose to join us, as we have found that small learning groups work best for the retreat, so any ticket option guarantees you one of the eight places.
 
About the tutors:
 
Sarah Acton - Retreat Leader
Sarah is a landscape writer, poet, and creative facilitator who works with individuals and organisations throughout Devon and Dorset as Black Ven Poetry. Sarah is frequently commissioned by the Jurassic Coast Trust, Dorset AONB, Stepping into Nature, Alzheimer’s Memory Cafes, schools, museums and libraries to lead and develop social engagement projects connecting creativity and nature through poetry and writing/creative practice. Sarah’s writing has been widely published in magazines and in two poetry pamphlets.

Wyl Menmuir - Guest Tutor
Wyl is a novelist, editor and literary consultant based in Cornwall. His first novel, The Many, was nominated for the Man-Booker Prize and was an Observer Best Fiction of the Year pick. His short fiction has appeared in Best British Short Stories, Elementum Journal, Pipeline and has been published by Nightjar Press and National Trust. He has written for Radio 4’s Open Book, The Guardian and The Observer, and is a regular contributor to the journal Elementum.