West London Buddhist Centre

Wolf at the Door: Online Writing Weekend

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  • Sat Sep 4th 2021
  • Sun Sep 5th 2021
  • 10:00 am
  • 5:00 pm
  • Booking required

This weekend’s theme is: A Visitor to the Wolf Hotel: An Exploration of the Wildness of the Senses

What if instead of the Wolf visiting us, we find ourselves at the door of the Wolf Hotel? At each of the six windows blows a different kind of wind. What if we found ourselves looking out of one of these windows, the wild wolf senses, to see the world differently?

Wolf at the Door offers a friendly and nurturing way of exploring imagination 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. Open to all.

What to expect

You do not need to have attended previous Wolf at the Door weekends in order to atttend. The event will be online by Zoom. As with our in-person events, the leaders will set up a variety of activities to stimulate the imagination and spark your writing. Each day will run from 10.00 – 5.00, with an hour for lunch and tea breaks.

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 experience as possible.

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

Setting up

We advise that, if possible, you use a laptop for the event, rather than relying on a phone or tablet. We feel that using a tablet or phone will not give you the group experience available to laptop users which gives us all a feeling of full group participation in the writing and reading back. This is not an essential requirement.

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 apps running on your laptop besides Zoom. We 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.

Leading you this weekend are:


Varasahaya lives on the Welsh Border in Herefordshire. She discovered Wolf in 2000 and has benefitted from writing practice with all its mystery and surprises and from the friendship of other Wolf writers. Some of her poems have been published in magazines and her first collection Moon Skin Coat came out in June 2016. She often leads and co-leads retreats including as a team member on our annual writing retreats at Dhanakosa.


Padmacandra first attended a retreat with Wolf at the Door many moons ago, led by Ananda and Manjusvara. She says “I felt suddenly at home: able to be myself and happily anonymous at the same time. For me poetry is a state of mind that I aspire to abide in. Poetry seems to come from being embodied in the world – open to the senses as if for the first time”. Padmacandra’s poems have been widely published in magazines. She is the editor of “The Heart as Origami”, an anthology of contemporary Buddhist Poets (Rising Fire Press). She is also a picture book author and illustrator. Her debut picture book as Illustrator, “The Tale of the Whale” came out in March 2021: https://linktr.ee/padmacandra

Booking & Refunds

Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wolf-at-the-door-online-writing-weekend-tickets-163366308025

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.

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.


Queries related to the contents of the programme can be emailed to padmacandra@btinternet.com or varasahaya@umiskin.co.uk , but please direct all other enquiries to the WLBC.

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

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