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Community Writing project Spring - Summer 2017

Writer Elaine Reid is leading our community project Flourish - encouraging the community to start writing outdoors in our Wild Garden.

Do you enjoy being outdoors? Do you enjoy spending time on creative activities? Would you like to meet new people and learn a new skill in a beautiful environment? Then come and take part in FLOURISH!

Flourish is a fantastic new community project offering a wide range of opportunities for people of all ages to engage in creative activities aimed at enhancing their sense of wellbeing. From writing workshops to mindfulness activities, there are lots of great events to take part in. 
Workshops are held in the Wild Garden and a variety of community locations and will focus on taking notice of and connecting to the world around us. All workshops and events are free unless otherwise stated. Many have limited spaces so please book in advance!


How to get involved: 

Group poem written by: 
Ruth Emslie, Joan MacMaster, Mary Malcolm, Sheila Moir, Olga Moroni, Cheryl Paul, Gemma Price, Elaine Reid, Jan Simpson, Kelvin Tonner
during the 'Wild Words' workshop series held as part of The Barn's FLOURISH programme.

Writing Prompt

Calling all budding writers! Explore our Wild Garden to find the hidden words in the trees and use them to write your very own poem - or just use your own words. When you're done, pop your poem into the post box that sits on the picnic table. The best ones will be selected for the Poetry Exhibition at the Barn in spring 2018.

Download and print your instructions here or pick them up from the Barn.

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Explorer Packs

Looking to get out and about with the family? Discover our Wild Garden and get creative using our free Explorer packs available to collect from the box office. Packs include writing, nature and craft activities. All you need is your imagination, a pencil for scribbling....and maybe a picnic. Watch out for the pond!


Workshops and events

Flourish: Wild Words. Short writing course. 

Block 2: 21, 28 August 4, 11 September, 10am - 12.30pm  
At the Barn. Open to anyone age 18+. Write in a supportive group environment. FREE. BOOK 

Tuesday 15 August, 1 - 4pm  Meet the Writer In the Wild Garden Find out about Elaine Reid's own writing practice and inspiration, walk around the garden and have a go at writing yourself. FREE. Drop-in, no booking needed.

Thursday 21 September, 10am - 3pm Group Poetry Workshop

Explore the Wild Garden and learn how to create Haiku poetry – a short, traditional Japanese form and come together as a group to create a Renga, a form of collaborative poetry. No previous writing experience necessary, just a love of nature and words and a willingness to have a go. Led by Elaine Reid. Free but must be booked. BOOK

"Our writing and wellbeing project is FLOURISH-ing" - 16 June 2017

Read the news article about FLOURISH

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As a workshop facilitator, I am constantly in awe of the writing people produce in workshops. And witnessing how each person benefits from the telling of their story strengthens my belief in the power of sharing as medicine for the soul. Elaine Reid

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