Fire In The Heart – Tracking the Poetry of our Lives

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Fire In The Heart – Tracking the Poetry of our Lives

£ 795.00
Course fees include basic accommodation, all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon, and includes four nights private accommodation and all vegetarian meals from the first
lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. We ask you to arrive between 11:30 - 1 on the first day of your course so that the group can begin the experience by dining together.

With Jay Ramsay, Peter Owen Jones and special guest Andrew Harvey (by skype)

In this challenging and destabilising time of change, we need to open up more and more to our own guidance, our own wisdom and our own authority. One place to look for such guidance is in what we create, from the deepest, most authentic and radical part of who we are, from the poet that lives inside all of us.

As we move into a new year, we open a space for you to come and discover your own inner guidance and wisdom and unlock the path to your own development, through poetry and creative writing. We will be using a series of tried and tested exercises designed to spark and unravel your own inner expression. 

You will be working through imagination and feeling, on your own, with each other, and in the natural environment. There will also be time for one to one work and feedback/tuition within the group sessions. Come home feeling recharged and more able to find the way on your journey through life.

What you will gain from this course:

• access to your own creative imagination, intuition, wisdom

• learning how to read your own images and dreams

• encouragement in writing as a soulful and spiritual practice

• deeper awareness of your own edges and where your potential is held

• what matters to you in relationship to the world

•  a renewed sense of your own individuality

• fellowship and ongoing connection with like minds

• one to one therapeutic guidance, also using the I Ching

No writing experience is required. 


Jay Ramsay

Jay has pioneered the use of poetry with personal development for over 20 years. Also a UKCP accredited psychotherapist, he has contributed poetry and book reviews to Resurgence for many years and is the poetry editor of Caduceus magazine. His most recent books include The Poet in You (O Books, 2009), Crucible of Love (O Books, 2012), Monuments (Waterloo Press, 2014) and The Most Venerable Book—Shang Shu, with Martin Palmer (Penguin Classics, 2014). He has worked on some key Chinese classics with Martin, including the Tao Te ChingI Ching and Kuan Yin(HarperCollins, 1995). He has also, with Andrew Harvey, edited an anthology of spiritually conscious poetry, Diamond Cutters, with poets on both sides of the Atlantic, forthcoming in 2016.

Peter Owen Jones

Peter Owen-Jones is a radical Anglican priest, author, spiritual explorer and TV presenter of Extreme Pilgrim, How to live a simple life, and Around the world in 80 faiths. Peter is also an outspoken advocate of new ways of living our faith, relating to other faiths, and also connecting our spirituality with ecology and the earth.  In 'How to live a simple life' he follows in the footsteps of St Francis and attempts to live without money, in a very heart-felt attempt to go beyond consumerism. He has also written four books on related themes. 

Andrew Harvey

Andrew is an internationally acclaimed poet, novelist, translator, mystical scholar, and spiritual teacher. Harvey has published over 20 books including The Hope a Guide to Sacred Activism (Hay House) and Heart Yoga the Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism(North Atlantic Books). Harvey is a Fellow of All Souls College Oxford from (1972-1986) and has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality, as well as, various spiritual centres throughout the United States. He was the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary The Making of a Modern Mystic. He is the Founder of the Institute for Sacred Activism(link is external) in Oak Park, Illinois, where he lives. His website is is external).

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Residential accommodation for "Changing the Frame"  is at Higher Close, a 20 minute walk from Schumacher College. All meals will be provided at the college.

A place can not be guaranteed unless we receive your deposit or payment on your chosen course. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please do this before making your course application.

Short Course Bursaries create an opportunity for an individual to experience the powerful transformative learning by joining a course that assists the participant to inspire their wider community and benefits from the participant’s own unique contribution. It is our hope that our bursaries support a wide cross section of participation on our short course programme. The number of bursaries available is limited, competition is strong and funding is not always available for every short course. Please be aware that most bursaries are in the region of 10% – 20% of the course fee so please be prepared to raise funding from other sources.  A bursary award is not intended to cover travel or incidental expenses.

Applications are viewed on a case-by-case basis and we are unable to enter into discussions on any decisions. We generally have many more applications for bursaries than we have funding available. We can only offer one bursary per person per year and priority is given to those who have not attended the college or received a bursary before. To help us support as many people as possible, please only apply if you would be unable to attend the course without a bursary.

How to apply for a bursary

Six weeks before the course is due to start all bursary applications will be considered and responded to.  If successful you will be required to accept our Bursary Terms and Conditions.

Please answer the following:

  1. What does a bursary mean to you?
  2. How will your attendance on this course benefit the wider community?
  3. If your financial situation justifies you applying for a bursary, how much are you able to contribute towards attending this course?

Please be prepared to supply an appropriate reference in support of your application.