Eight Fires: the Winter Sessions – December 2023

Four online gatherings to explore creative land-based practice

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for the Winter Sessions are now closed. Many thanks for your interest. We may run another set in the spring, so do stay tuned!

Join the Dark Mountain team in the Halcyon Days around Winter Solstice to find out how to build this collaborative practice for the coming 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 and 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 fourteen days either side of the winter solstice, when it was once believed that the mythic Alcyone, transformed into a kingfisher, would nest by the shore in peace because her father, the god of the winds, had calmed the waves.

As well as sharing of stories, tools and practices and discussion with fellow explorers, these sessions are an invitation to pause at the turning of the year, to create a piece of work within the contemplative space of the Halcyon Days.

The sessions will be hosted by Charlotte Du Cann and Ava Osbiston  alongside  Dougie Strang, Nick Hunt and Mark Watson. who all took part in the original fire workshops and this recent publication.

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 2nd, 9th, 16th and 30th December 4 – 5:30pm GMT. Note all time zones are welcome to participate.

Price: £75

Deadline for applications: Monday 27th November

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

  1. This sounds really interesting! Will recordings of the zoom sessions be available? I’m in Australia so it will be the middle of the night here. Would love to be able to attend the live sessions but it’s not really feasible.

    1. Hello Kate – Thanks for getting in touch. I’m afraid there won’t be any recordings as a key part of the sessions are live ‘break out’ conversations between participants, which are not possible to record. Sorry about the timing. If there was a demand, we could possibly host a different set of workshops next year for southern hemisphere participants. With best wishes, Charlotte


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