Bring a small notebook and pen and a magnifying glass.
We hear a lot about the importance of mindfulness and resting in the present moment, but how can we achieve this in our fast paced, busy lives? Reading or writing haiku poetry is one method. We can’t all become haiku masters like Matsuo Basho but we can use the inspiration of his poetry to introduce us to a haiku way of seeing or a haiku way of living. Taking inspiration from the haiku form we explore different sections of the gardens, as the different seasons of our lives, making haiku jottings and observations, allowing ourselves to enter fully into present awareness and the wonderment of nature.
Entering the botanic gardens from Lady Macquarie’s Chair, Jan will give an introduction to haiku and its core principles Following the cardinal directions and the six senses, she will send you off on haiku forays to collect sensory observations. Arriving back at designated meeting places, we will share and discuss our jottings before moving onto the next task. We will finish the workshop with a final sharing and notes on how to carry the haiku way of seeing and living back into our lives.
Author Jan Cornall has an MA in Cultural and Creative practice and has been teaching writing at writer’s centres, community colleges and universities (UWS, UTS) for many years. Also an experienced meditator, Jan uses a meditative writing method to take writers deep into their creative source. She has been mentoring writers since 2000 and every year a number go on to publish with major publishing houses. Jan also leads international writers and creativity retreats in Bali, Laos, Burma, Morocco. In August Jan will take a group to Bhutan and in November she will lead a 10 day journey, Haiku Walking in Japan, following the footsteps of the sixteenth century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho.www.writersjourney.com.au
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