West London Buddhist Centre

Wolf at the Door Online Writing Weekend

Published in Calendar for all events, Cultural Event

  • Sat Dec 5th 2020
  • Sun Dec 6th 2020
  • 10:00 am
  • 5:00 pm
  • Booking required
  • Full waged £90 / Part-waged £55 / Low or Unwaged £30

Booking is required for this event. Please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wolf-at-the-door-online-writing-weekend-tickets-124159108235After payment, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event on Zoom. 

 

Creative writing workshop inspired by Buddhist principles and practice.

The imagination makes available and harmonises what may seem contrary energies within us and makes a spiritual life possible. Wolf at the Door offers a friendly and nurturing way of exploring this essential human faculty through writing, with the help of a little meditation and ritual. No writing experience is necessary, just a willingness to step through a door into new creative spaces, accompanied by experienced guides.

 

What to expect

This will be the second Wolf at the Door weekend by Zoom this year at the West London Buddhist Centre. You do not need to have attended the August weekend in order to come on this one. As with our ‘physical’ events, the leaders will set up a variety of activities to stimulate the imagination and get you writing. Each day will run from 10.00 – 5.00, with an hour for lunch and tea breaks.

However, there will be certain adaptations for the online platform, as well as requirements in order to recreate as much of a ‘real life’ Wolf at the Door event as possible.

Places will be limited to 18 to retain as much of the friendly, open and supportive atmosphere of our events as possible, and to allow everyone a chance to read out their work, if they wish, and be heard.

 

Setting Up Your Weekend

We are asking that you only attend if you have access to a laptop, rather than relying on a phone or tablet, as we feel that using a tablet or phone will not give you the group experience available to laptop users which is essential to give us all a feeling of full group participation in the writing and reading back.

We also request that you make sure you can find a space while you attend in which you will be undisturbed and able to concentrate on the writing exercises, for the whole event. After the leaders have introduced each activity, you will be invited to move away from your screen to write – pen or pencil and paper is recommended. You will need if possible to switch off other devices too, and not have other distracting apps running on your laptop besides Zoom.

We will also ask that you attend to the instructions for each exercise and to the reading out and not move away from your laptops at those points, if humanly possible.

 

Your Hosts

Padmacandra is interested in the hidden doorways that images and word-sounds open to the archetypal world of imagination. She has written poetry, and doodled, most of her life – and more recently completed an MA in writing and illustrating picture books for children (her first book with Karen Swann comes out in Spring 2021 The Tale of the Whale with Scallywag Press). She has aided and abetted wolf activity all of her life within Triratna and believes in the arts as an important aspect of treading the Buddhas’ Way.

 

 

Dharmavadana has been an aficionado of the imagination since childhood, and writes to explore it and make sense of experience. His short stories and poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies and he is the poetry editor of the Triratna arts magazine Urthona. A Wolf at the Door writing retreat at Dhanakosa in Scotland in 2000 made him realise he could combine his loves of writing and the Dharma, and he has been delighted in more recent years to be able to offer such retreats and workshops himself.

 

Booking

Booking is required for this event. Please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wolf-at-the-door-online-writing-weekend-tickets-124159108235After payment, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event on Zoom. 

As places are limited, booking is required and must be for both the Saturday and Sunday. We give out vital introductory guidance on the Saturday. There is a booking fee (see below for the price structure). Once you’ve booked, you’ll be sent Zoom log-in details which will last for the whole weekend and any other necessary information.

Open to all.

 

Refunds

If you have booked but need to pull out of the weekend due to health or other serious issues, the Centre can refund you as long as you notify them sooner than 48 hours before the beginning of the Saturday workshop. After that time, a refund may be negotiable depending on whether we can fill your space or not. Please note that the Eventbrite booking fee is non-refundable.

 

Contact

Queries related to the programme can be emailed to Dharmavadana: dharmavadana@btinternet.com

Much more information about Wolf at the Door writing workshops can be found here: www.wolfatthedoor.org

Padmachandra and Dharmavadana

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