When the Mountain Speaks with Us

A five-day course on relearning the languages of Earth - May 2022

NOTE: applications to this course are now closed. 

How can we reweave our place back into the living fabric of a sentient Earth?

Since the publication of the Uncivilisation manifesto the Dark Mountain Project has served as a gathering place for writers and artists seeking   to ‘speak’ the languages of Earth. In this spirit, this residential course sets out to explore the lexicon of the living world and to develop a collaborative culture that can remember our place within its many strands.

Join Charlotte Du Cann, Nick Hunt, Caroline Ross and Mark Watson at Schumacher College, to forge a co-creative practice that can challenge the dominance of the modern industrial mindset and regain our original kinship with the more-than-human world.

During the week, we will be seeking ways to navigate descent, using the tools of story, myth, plant medicine and natural materials that help root us in place and time. We will be walking into the liminal hours of dawn, holding a dialogue with the land, remembering the role imagination plays in communication with the non-human world, and engaging the heart, hands and heads of everyone taking part.

As part of this investigation, we will be gathering roots, dreams, materials and words. We will be creating work to celebrate what we encounter, as human beings have been doing for millennia, reconnecting with our archaic bodies and remembering our ancestral kinship with plants and creatures and the elements.

Practical info: the course will involve group discussions, smaller working parties, a writing and making task and 1:1 sessions, and will culminate in a sharing of creative work at the end of the week. It will provide opportunities for working within a Dark Mountain frame, in-depth conversation and creative work with fellow explorers, and a chance to focus on deepening your own practice and core relationship with the planet.

We look forward to journeying with you!


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