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Workshop Retreats at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat

Eyeries, Beara, Co. Cork tel: 027 74441

Anam Cara

Anam Cara's Workshop Retreat Schedule is now set for 2017

For more information about each of the workshops as well as availability for individual retreats during the rest of the year, please contact Sue at

29 April through 5 May: “When I Write, I find a Way to become Wise About Myself,” a Proprioceptive Writing Workshop led by Ginny Keegan (

20 through 26 May: "Painting The Beautiful Beara Peninsula of Ireland" a watercolour workshop led by Evenlyn Dunphy (

10 through 16 June: "The Mythic Imagination Creative Writing Workshop" led by Adam Wyeth (

5 through 11 August: "Lining Our Thoughts," a Poetry Workshop led by Leanne O'Sullivan (

19 through 25 August: "Explore Your Musical Self: A Creative Approach to Songwriting" led by Caz Jeffreys (

2 through 8 September: "The Art of Seeing: Mindfulness in Photography," a Photography Workshop led by Katja Liedle (

9 through 15 September: "The Art of the Short Story -- In Its Many Guises" a Short Fiction Writing Workshop led by Vanessa Gebbie (

28 October through 3 November: "A Celtic Retreat at Samhain -- Tthe Celtic New Year" led by Mary Meighan (,

Step into the mystical imagination of the Celtic Wisdom Tradition through Celtic Gatherings and guided retreat time and visits to some sacred sites on the magnificent Beara Peninsula.


The Mythic Imagination Creative Writing Workshop 10 through 16 June 2017

In this exciting and accessible new series of creative writing workshops, Adam Wyeth (author of The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry) will take you on a journey through the great panoply of Celtic myth, revealing how these ancient narratives and traditions are deeply intertwined into the fabric of our daily lives.

Mythology and folklore is humanity attempting to explain the world to itself. By understanding myth we tap into the deep root of the personal and collective unconscious.As each generation re-visits these tales, our personal and expanding lives offer fresh interpretations to these age-old myths.

Adam Wyeth

With this in mind, Adam has developed a series of unique poetry exercises, showing the many ways in which we can interlace our writing with Celtic references. Once you’ve unlocked the mythic imagination, you’ll be shown how you can add your own 21stcentury twist to the rich bedrock of Celtic heritage – finding new ways from the old ways to enhance your work with hidden layers and depth.

You’ll explore many of Ireland's major traditional forms from Early literature, Immrama, Dindsenchas to asiling, and look at themes of metamorphosis, animal symbolism and lots more. We'll see how leading Irish poets have used and transform these forms and then find exciting ways to apply these ideas into your own work with inspirational exercises and writing games. Adam will then offer personal feedback on each piece written.

Expect to come out of the workshop with some great new work and a deepened appreciation and awareness of poetry, myth, tradition and craft.

These workshops are designed for writers of all levels of experience and no knowledge of mythology is required. All you need is paper, pen – and your imagination!

August 2017

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"Lining Your Thoughts": A Poetry Workshop Retreat Led by One of Ireland's Finest Poets

Leanne O Sullivan

During the week of 5 through 11 August 2017, Leanne O'Sullivan ( returns to inspire “those who would like to begin to write poetry or those who would like to develop poems they have already started. The main aim of my workshops is to encourage writers through discussion, exercise based and free writing, while also allowing them to take risks in a supportive environment. Each session will focus on a different topic, such as imagery, perspective, storytelling, rhythm and form.

Everything a writer needs is inside of themselves, and it’s my goal to help them refine the effectiveness of how they communicate how they see and understand of the world. Morning sessions will include a reading of poems by established writers (which will be supplied) with discussion of what makes these poems effective, writing exercises and also excursions to some sites in Beara that have given inspiration to my own writing. In the afternoons I will be available for one-to-one sessions and this will also be free time during which participants can enjoy the creative peace of the retreat and do some writing. Several sessions will involve visiting local mythological sites such as the Cailleach Bhéarra, ogham and standing stones as a way to generate new work that responds to the landscape around us.

“We will also be workshopping students’ own poems in the sessions, focusing on refining and editing them, whether for personal enjoyment or with an aim towards publication. While the course will cover all the foundational points of writing a poem, I invite all students to be creative with their own interests and ideas to fire their poems."

 Please submit your entry as an attached word.doc without personal information on the poem to Sue at

Explore Your Musical Potential and Give Voice To Your Singing and Songwriting

19th Through 25th August 2017


Caz Jeffries
Guided by Caz Jeffreys (, “Submerge yourself in a ‘melange’ of creative musical potential. Explore your musicality through a variety of approaches, learn more about your own connection to music and song and develop ways to share your ideas with others. Try out new concepts in an environment which will embrace and work with your own ideas as well as feed you with new approaches to take away with you.”

During this retreat, we will work with song writing as our basis for exploring a variety of techniques, as well as working with harmony and how to create a particular sound, bring our playful sides out through improvisation, and use rhythm as a means of integrating our bodies and voices...and embrace anything else in this creative journey that comes to rise! There will be time for working alone and time for exploring with others, time for reflective thinking, indulging in that which you rarely find time for and for sharing experiences and outcomes. You are invited to bring a song which you would like to work on and/or receive feed back or support with and an instrument if you would like to use one. There is a piano available for use on the premises.

Caz ‘s creative and relaxed approach to her work has the effect of helping to draw out ideas, supporting you to establish meaningful connections to your own personal musical journey.






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