The following are events for 2017. I am always adding new events which may not be listed here. To find out more please contact me on email@example.com
Heart to Heart
On-going men's group sessions in Uplands, Stroud. The group with its solid core has been running since 2011on a Tuesday or Weds evening monthly with in-depth exploration and support for its members also working together. Next session Tues. Jan 10th 2017.
Please contact Jay on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information
Sat. Feb 11th - Diamond Cutters
Celebration event at Emerson College, Forest Row, Sussex, starting 2.30pm. Contributors include Peter Owen Jones, also with music & storytelling. All info from email@example.com
Thurs. March 9th - Dreams Down Under
the launch of Jay's new poetry collection 'celebrating Australia', with Will Thomas' first collection SOUL CANDY at Star Anise Café, Gloucester St, Stroud: 8pm. Café open.
Sat. March 11th - Writing the New Story
with Jay at Hawkwood College nr. Stroud as part of the on-going 'Poetic Edges' series. Info and booking on 01453-759034 (www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk).
In the evening there will be a showing of A Thousand Years of Joy, the biographical film about Robert Bly (now 90) by Hayden Reiss, introduced by Simon Hinkly with Jay reading some of Bly's poems. 7 for 7.30pm.
Mon. - Fri. May 8th-12th - Immersion
with Jay and Peter Owen Jones at the Elmhirst Centre, Dartington, 01803-865934 (www.schumachercollege.org.uk).
The human journey has reached a perilous point and there are is an increasing understanding that we are entering a time of great change largely brought about by our ideas of what progress means. The political, religious and scientific communities although not fully engaged with what is unfolding will not be able to embrace the transformation needed from the very place that has created the reality that brought this crisis into being. Immersion sets out to create through experience and the poetic mind a way of being in the world that ultimately transforms our experience and understanding of ourselves and the natural world that sustains us.
Immersion takes the journey into interdependence and fragility opening the doors to a state of mind that experiences the world not from a place of anxiety or fear, but from a place of union and communion with all that sustains us. Over the duration of the course participants will be encouraged through poetry and practical sessions to move beyond a purely human centred way of seeing and being in the world into a much more generous and inclusive way of being themselves. Following the success of Jay Ramsay's Fire in the Heart last year at the Elmhirst Centre, we welcome back these two gifted teachers and writers to the Schumacher programme.
Sat. & Sun. May 13-14th - Poetry in Motion
with Jay, with pilgrimage to Culbone, and also Coleridge Cottage at Nether Stowey. A Gatekeeper Trust event: all info from Lucy Wyatt and Noel Squibb (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sat. June 3rd Writing on the Wall - Poetry and saving the planet
One day ecopoetic Festival organized by Jay with Canon Giles Goddard, sponsored by WWF and ARC, with speakers, poets, musicians, workshop facilitators and audience participation at St John's, Waterloo, South Bank, London (www.stjohnswaterloo.org). Contributors include Melvyn Bragg, Peter Owen Jones, Giles Hutchins, Jeni Couzyn, Nigel Shaw, Caroline McCausland, Victoria Field, Paul Matthews, Niall McDevitt, Aidan Andrew Dun, Philip Wells, Sian Thomas. 10 am to 5.45pm, £20.
GNOSIS - a journey of awakening through the Four Seasons in the Elmhirst Centre, Schumacher College at Dartington: year long course will start in Autumn 2017.
You will not be forgiven if you refuse to study - Robert Bly, 'Advice from the Geese'
In his eco-classic The Great Work (1999), Thomas Berry writes 'Much of the wisdom of the past becomes inadequate in the present', but as he also says 'Each being in its subjective depths carries that numinous mystery whence the universe emerges into being. This we might identify as the sacred depth of the individual'. It is precisely this sacred depth that we will be exploring within returning to the cycles of the Seasons and what they mean for each of us as thresholds and portals of awakening as well as being.
Drawing on wisdom traditions from around the world including alchemy and Taoism as well as literature, psychotherapy and healing, Jay will also be facilitating a creative response, through creative writing and artwork in each course as a central aspect of your experience. Your own personal process is central too, and you will be working with each other in the group in mutually supportive ways, while Jay will be offering some one–to-one work as part of each week. He will be joined by a special guest for each course who will also be contributing directly to your experience. Each course will build on the previous one, so while they may be taken individually we recommend a commitment to all four 'seasons'.
Further information from Schumacher website.