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Poetry and Meditation Retreat

posted 25 Feb 2014 12:52 by Anthony Wright   [ updated 25 Feb 2014 12:56 ]
7th to 11th July 2014.  More information and booking available here  

This retreat is designed to help newcomers to meditation deepen and enrich their writing by deepening and enriching their mind. Mindfulness and meditation can help writers become more truly creative. This retreat is for poets who want to explore meditation as a way of enhancing their work.

The mornings will consist of meditation tuition and practice led by Maitreyabandhu. The afternoons are given over to writing workshops: ‘Explorations in Form’ with Mimi Khalvati and ‘Principles of Composition and Translation’ with David Constantine.

In the evening they’ll be Poetry East events as part of the Ledbury Festival – with Maitreyabandhu in conversation with Mimi Khalvati, David Constantine, and our special guest the American poet, Robert Hass.

The retreat will be held at Adhisthana Retreat Centre, just outside of Ledbury. No interest in Buddhism is assumed. All food will be vegetarian. The retreat will include periods of silence.

Mimi Khalvati.  
Mimi’s most recent collection The Meanest Flower was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize, was a Financial Times Book of the Year, and is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her new pamphlet Earthshine is a PBS Choice. Child: New and Selected Poems is a PBS Special Commendation.

David Constantine
has been shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize and has won the Propescu Prize for translation. His book of short stories, Tea at the Midland won the BBC National Short Story Award and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

His first collection The Crumb Road is a PBS Recommendation. He lives and works at the London Buddhist Centre, is the founder of Poetry East and been ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order for 23 years.

Guest: Robert Hass won the National Book Award in 2007 and shared the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. He was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995-97.

Cost:  £325 (full), £250 (full-time student, registered unemployed).

Book online here or telephone 01531 634156.