Wild Words Writing Retreat

Wild Words Writing Retreat

With Freddie Baveystock


Friday 17th - Sunday 19th July

Arrivals from 3pm. We start with dinner at 7.30pm

Course ends at 4pm on Sunday.


A wild meadow is not choosy about the flowers it nurtures. The Wild Words writing retreat has no criteria for entry. It doesn’t matter if you are a practiced writer or someone who barely composes more than the odd email or text. We are offering a space for you to come and see what blooms and takes root, be it raw and unformed or more carefully cultivated.


Certainly it is not a course for writers to brush up their technical skills. It is, instead, an opportunity to use nature as a sounding board and jumping off point for three days of inner exploration and self-expression.


So the weekend will take us into the woods, where we will share some readings from tutelary spirits like DH Lawrence, Thoreau, and Edward Thomas. We will ramble long enough – soaking up the inspiring rolling hills that surround Trill Farm – to get our own creative juices flowing. We will take time out to write both poetry and prose, and be brave enough to share our work with each other. We will eat lots of fresh food, drink a little wine, and tell each other stories that demand to be told.


While there is an organised framework for the weekend, the aim is to inspire and surprise ourselves. If nature has an infinite capacity to evolve and spawn new forms of life, so do we. We think we know who we are and what we have to say – until we give ourselves the opportunity to get off the beaten track and discover what else lies within. Come and join me on this Wild Words writing retreat and I can guarantee you that you will leave knowing something new about yourself and, I hope, possessing a renewed pleasure in the process of putting it into words. 


The weekend will be led by Freddie Baveystock, a seasoned wordsmith with professional experience as a lecturer in English and American Studies, a communications consultant and journalist. He is a Trustee of the Gladstone Library, friend of Trill, and passionate about Thoreau.