Stories of Feeling and Being
New ways of Feeling and Being
If the current outbreak of Covid 19 and its many implications has proved anything, it is that life will always be predictable. We need to be wise to, and adaptable to change more than ever.
Somewhat ironically, we have spent the last few years working on and revising a project called 'The Year in Mind, whose main aim is to help people understand and negotiate change, by understanding that change, whether small or great, is a cycle and just like any other cycle, change has stages.
We had also chosen to illustrate the change cycle, by comparing it to the natural cycle o the year, a cycle which farmers, pagans and those who live in the country, take for granted, but which we have - for the most part - post touch with.
Rosie and I were planning to deliver some of these ideas through four special Saturday workshops in Welshpool, beginning on the 25th April, and also through an online audiovisual course.
For the present, only the latter is possible, but it's also clear that the need for this kind of work - albeit with changes - is even more necessary. On this site we hope that you will find the means of understanding and adjusting to the shock and consequences of Coronavirus in a way which is both practical and useful.
Here's some news to share with you
He wishes for the cloths of Heaven
Had I the heaven's embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
by W.B. Yeats
Moon lit plum tree-
spring will come.
haiku 127 by Basho.
Under blossoming cherry-trees,
But on all the wide sea
There is no boat.
haiku by AmyLowell
Standing by the river, my face grew
Into a flat fish and floated off
to a lily pad, and I was lonely
without myself, without my twin.
The river kept going on and on,
talking to itself dark thoughts,
and the rain started pattering on my face,
so that I looked like a spotted leaf.
And my eyes searched the river for my past
that might lie thick and slow underneath-
until somebody called my name,
and I walked home, turning my back on myself.
By Jackie Kay
Start Your Journey
I recognise my courage and my fear, my naivety and wisdom, and I make a place for each at my table....
from When I Loved Myself Enough by Kim McMillen
The great voice rang out like a silver trumpet in the stillness. It was a private moment for a bard who who had been given back his voice and a princess who had forgotten to be scared for a while. The Seven - Steve Gladwin
Here's a quote that we really like:
"A person may appear a fool and not be one. He may only be guarding his wisdom carefully"
from the Little Book of Zen Wisdom!
"Feeling and Being" use a lot of ideas from stories and traditional tales, as you can see from our gallery where most of the great themes and ideas first originated. A great number of these, from the Old Testament and Shakespeare, up to Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, begin with a journey. Even the longest journeys begin with the shortest step. All any of us have to do is take the first one.
If you are interested in our storytelling work, please see the page 'Stories of Feeling and Being.'
Chase the Sun
Enjoy new ways of feeling and being when you...
Chasing your sun can be the unexpected thing. It can involve following the smallest aspiration or the largest. It is also having the courage to face any obstacles that might involve.
A lot of plans begin with accepting your strengths and weaknesses or as Kim McMillen says,
"I forgave myself for the all the times when I thought I wasn't good enough."
We all have worth in ideas and skills but just need to encourage them gently out into the sunlight.....
Say hello to "Feeling and Being"
I love the mixture of shock and delight on people's faces when they can see what they're really capable of and how easy it is.
Teacher/Practitioner, Writer and Storyteller.
The River Vyrnwy and the Meifod valley continue to inspire both of us and create a gentle and continuing magic of calm and stillness.
The Place of Inspiration.
Meifod Valley and River Vyrnwy.
"I love working in a spontaneous way with words and image. and in solid form, including textiles. I love seeing creations come to life."
Artist and Nurturer.
Steve achieves everything so seamlessly that it appears as if by magic. I explain that outline, the issues, the challenge and what he provides is a beautifully coherent structure. He reveals some golden nuggets
Laura Trefor - Paddlebrook Arts
The Year in Mind cycle opens up a more creative from of working with grief and loss to which clients may be able to relate.
Alison Trott- Powys Teaching Health Board
If I tried to articulate what Steve does, maybe I could try to do so, but the closest I can say is that he weaves a lifetime of knowledge and skill into it. I am more than happy to recommend his work to anyone.
Pat Smail - Fragon Tales
Rose is a natural nuturer and loves encouraging and seeing people be all that they can be..
Ponthsfren Welshpool - Creative Expression Workshops.
Rose is such a joy to work with. She can envision easily what is required as she has a wonderful and imagistic imagination.
Pat Smail - Paddlebrook Arts
She is capable of creating and designing various types of creations from pencil to fabric. These are often the most unique pieces that I have seen.
In order to learn better how to help people, Rosie was willing to become a group member. In doing so, she gained valuable insight into how she could best help as a teacher.
Chasing the Sun and The Year in a Day Workshops
Get in Touch!
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The 'Chasing the Sun' workshops are £35 per workshop. After the first introductory workshop, the three remaining workshops are available in a block at a reduced rate. Limited concessions are also available for all our workshops. Please let us know when you contact us. All workshops require a deposit of £12 to secure your place.
If you want to book all or one of our four 'Chasing the Sun' workshops, please use the form to your left, leaving your details and requirements, or should you prefer, by e mailing or phoning/texting the numbers above. We will then send you full details about the course, the dates and times and how to go about booking. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.
The dates of our workshops are as follows.
Saturday 25th April, 23rd May, 27th June and 25th July. They all take place on a Saturday. We meet from 10.30 for a 11.00 start and should finish by 3.00. Tea, coffee and refreshments are provided but not lunch for the first meeting. Thank you.
Steve and Rosie