St Ann's Allotments, Community Orchard, 121 Ransom Road, Nottingham NG3 3LH
Bringing the fire of imagination into the New Year, this six-week course provides the space for anyone who enjoys words to relax and invest time in self-discovery. In the magical setting of St Ann’s Allotments, we’ll explore the ways in which nature can be a source of resilience, creativity and personal growth.
Each session allows you to read, write, and reflect within a supportive group. Participants will explore a range of writing techniques that build self-understanding and nurture creativity, such as free writing and journaling. We’ll work with poems and other creative springboards throughout to engage the imagination.
The course is open to all – a love of words is a wonderful place to start but the focus will be writing for personal development and enhanced creativity, so no experience of writing needed!
This is a six-week course starting on Monday 20th January 2020.
Dates are: January 20th, 27th, February 3rd, 10th, 24th, March 2nd
Time: All sessions 10:00-12:00
Capacity: The maximum group size will be 12 people
Tickets: The price is for the full six-week course. Concessionary rates are for anyone under the age of 25, and also for those in receipt of means tested benefits (Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, or Pension Credits).
Refreshments: Complimentary tea and coffee will be available
Contact: If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the organiser email@example.com
The Strawbale Building
This workshop will be run from the Strawbale Building on our Community Orchard – Nottingham. This unique building is hand-built from bales of straw and weatherproofed with clay sourced on site. It’s also off-grid, being naturally insulated by a living roof, with solar panels and a log-burner.
The Community Orchard is a garden maintained by STAA for educational purposes featuring a variety of mature fruit trees, many of them heritage varieties, and also includes a pond and a stream.
St Ann’s Allotments are the oldest and largest area of Victorian detached town gardens in the world, and are Grade 2* Listed by English Heritage. The site covers 75 acres, has 700 gardens, over 30 miles of hedgerow.
About Sam Gray
Samantha Gray started life as a teacher and has recently gained credentials with the ‘International Federation of Biblio/Poetry Therapy’ to work in the field of poetry therapy – the interactive use of literature to promote healing.
Sam studied Creative Writing with the Open University and became increasingly involved in therapeutic writing, facilitating workshops in a variety of community and healthcare settings. In 2011, she wrote an article about the ways in which writing can support us through the bereavement process (Gray, S, 2011, Routledge). She has been working with the Nottingham Writers’ Studio since January 2017 delivering ‘Words for Wellbeing’ courses.
Sam’s work in this field has been an exploration of the many ways in which creative words can help us to navigate life’s challenges – including loss, change, anxiety, depression and physical illness. It also has celebrated the magical, transformative power of words and the ways in which they can lead us to deeper self-understanding, balance and creativity.
Sam finds comfort, inspiration and clarity in words – and loves working with others as they do the same. She is a member of Lapidus, the Writing for Wellbeing Organisation and a professional member of NAWE.