Eight Fires: the Spring Sessions

Four online gatherings to explore creative land-based practice

We are sorry to announce the cancellation of these workshops due to the death of one of the Dark Mountain team, our much loved Mark Watson. Apologies for any disappointment caused.


Join the Dark Mountain team in the crossover time around Spring Equinox to find out how to maintain a collaborative practice during the year, inspired by our new handbook Eight Fires. With fellow practitioners, contributors and readers around the world.

These gatherings aim to strengthen the relationships between people and places and to foster a culture that can both weather the storm of current crises and work in relationship with the more-than-human world.  Our sessions will centre around the days either side of the spring equinox, to celebrate the shift as the year crosses the bridge from the dark months of winter into the lighter months of spring.

As well as sharing stories, tools and practices and discussion with fellow explorers, these sessions are an invitation to enter the dynamics of spring and to create a piece of work that bridges this seasonal change. We will be working with the water bodies of local territories (ponds, lakes, springs, streams, rivers, oceans) to develop a creative practice to rejoin nature and culture, myth and experience, just as the land joins the water at every shore.

The sessions will be hosted by Charlotte Du Cann, Mark Watson, Caroline Ross and Lucy Neal, who have all led previous Dark Mountain workshops

Practical information

The course comprises four 1 1/2 hour group Zoom sessions, with time for solo walks/encounters and a creative task during the month. It will include exercises and discussion and provide opportunities for:

  • Working within a Dark Mountain frame
  • In-depth conversation with fellow practitioners, writers and artists
  • Deepening your practice with tools and practices from the book
  • Finding out how to host similar gatherings during the year
  • Exploring a core relationship with a wild or feral territory near where you live

When:  Saturdays 9th, 16th 23rd and 30th March, at 4–5:30pm GMT. Note: all time zones are welcome to participate.

Price: £75

Deadline for applications: Monday 4th March 2024

You can find out more about the sessions and book your place here

    1. Hello Mona – Thanks for your interest. The sessions are live and not recorded as a major part of these gatherings are the discussions between participants. Hppe you can make it another time. Best wishes Charlotte


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