Whats on March 2018

STOP PRESS (see what’s on)

The Rough Writing Road A 16 week self-directed Online Journaling Course
Dear writer, storyteller, reader, traveller, lover of words, images, silences…

That which is boundless in you abides in the mansion of the sky, whose door is the morning mist, and whose windows are the songs and the silences of the night ~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Houses and Homes

Novels and memoirs often feature houses as in The Glass Castle where a family on the run from debt collectors live in derelict houses. The charismatic alcoholic father feeds his children dreams: All of Dad’s engineering skills and mathematical genius were coming together in one special project: a great big house …in the desert. It would have a glass ceiling and thick glass walls and even a glass staircase. The Glass Castle would have solar cells on the top that would catch the sun’s rays and convert them into electricity …. Dad had worked out the architecture and the floor plans…. He carried around the blueprints for the Glass Castle wherever we went, and sometimes he’d pull them out and let us work on the design for our rooms. All we had to do was find gold, Dad said, and we were on the verge of that.

Houses, huts, mansions, shelters, dwelling places also feature in our memories, dreams and as symbols in our waking life. For the body, for the psyche. And spirit. Many faiths and cultures feature these structures sometimes as a space of safely, dereliction or confinement. Houses express our longing for home.
The Psalmist cries out ‘Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.’ Rumi asks ‘Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?’

What’s on … Storyshops/ Writeshops/ Conversations
If you want these in your area ask ask ask.. I can facilitate on skype too

On line writing support – A new 2018 venture:

I am facilitating writing courses for folk who live more than a day’s horse ride from Somerset West. Wherever you are in the world – Ottawa, Otavi, Okinawa, – you can be part of a ‘virtual’ group. As soon there are sufficient takers these courses begin (Min 6 – max 10 ) Re structure, sessions, content, frequency, cost please contact me


1. Swakopmund / Windhoek

The Lost Art of Fathering: Story-theory and Story-telling Wordshops in Namibia

9-17 March and 7-15 April

Through the generous support of the Carl Schlettwein Foundation in Basel . I’ll be facilitating a series of storyshops men who as a group or individually act as fathers to children in need, fatherless Namibian Children and single parents.

2. Somerset West

Magic Carpet Writing Group R690 (6 sessions)
Last Wed evening of every month 18.30 – 21.30

…. we meet in an art studio. Writing exercises, conversation, energy, soup and wine. .Beginners are welcome.. make writing friends …. Next eve Wed 28 March .
Our theme for the first 6 months of 2018?
GAGA– Gracious Ageing , Grateful Ageing

3. Crossroads

Creative Writing/ Journalling Course for young women
April 2018 SA Assn of Women Graduates Cape Town Branch
writing wordshops to empower young women through lifelong education for leadership, decision making and peace.

4. Somerset West


Sat 21 April 2018 09h30 to 16h30 R500 donation to Hospice
RSVP: Cheryl/Celestine on 021 852 4608 [email protected]
Are you unsure how to help people leave the gift of their stories behind them? This story shop will show you how.
Helderberg Hospice Hall, 21 Old Stellenbosch Road, Somerset West.

  • R500 includes tea’s
    and a light lunch. s
    All proceeds to Hospice.
    Facilitator Dorian Haarhoff
    story-teller, poet, and facilitator
    friend of Hospice.
    I am still basking in the light of the passion and compassion with which you conducted the workshop – (CP)
  • 5. Somerset West

    Write your story (U3A members)

    Fri 20 April 09.30- 13.00 free to U3A (R10 for tea) others by donation + R10 for tea
    Everyone has story to tell and can learn to write it. Writing is about a conversation with yourself and with others. An exchange of energies. It is a skill drawn from attention and openness – an organic process rather than a talent. In this wordshop we explore our innate creativity and imagination and find the words to tell our stories… to make them more alive. The wordshop covers all kinds of writing – family stories, memoirs, fiction. I also focus on how to be present in your writing and engage the reader as a creative partner. Beginners are welcome.
    Bring writing materials.