Fire In The Heart – Tracking the Poetry of our Lives

Fire In The Heart – Tracking the Poetry of our Lives


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Course dates: 
Monday, 11 April, 2016 to Friday, 15 April, 2016

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).

£ 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.