Event Details

  • When: Friday, 13 April 2018
  • When:  13th - 15th April 2018 

    Friday: 7.30pm to 9-30pm, 
    Saturday: 9am to 5pm,
    Sunday: 9am to 12.30pm.

    Registration: at Emerson College on Friday 5-6pm followed by supper at 6.15pm

    Where:  Emerson College, Forest Row, Sussex

    Course Fee: £175 payable to Ashley Ramsden (Early Bird price of £150 available before 28th Feb)

    Places are limited to 12 people. Please contact Ashley to be sure there are still places and for transfer details of a £50 deposit.

    visit www.ashleyramsden.com/ontour

    Or Call 07738929700

    Accommodation & Meals: delicious biodynamic/organic vegetarian meals are available at Emerson click here to book

Sacred Poetry and the Gift of Your Voice

Sacred Poetry and the Gift of Your Voice

A weekend workshop with storyteller Ashley Ramsden.

Poetry is a language that can transcend storytelling, creating by its music and rhythm a direct route to the heart. Learn a poem by heart and it will stay with you as a friend, a lover, even your wisest advisor.

This weekend will explore the art of speaking poetry as a living practice.  What is it in a poem that speaks to you, that touches you so deeply you return to it again and again? If we can slow down enough, with calm attention we can find an alignment of breath, voice and presence that will allow us to both confidently embody, and selflessly serve what we want to speak. Opportunities to use the gift of your voice and listen in this way are rare. Together we will experience exercises that can take us to this place.

"Poetry has an immediate effect on the mind. The simple act of reading poetry alters thought patterns and the shuttle of the breath. Poetry induces trance. Its words are chant. Its rhythms are drumbeats. Its images become the icons of the inner eye. Poetry is more than a description of the sacred experience; it carries the experience itself." Ivan Granger

Please bring a favourite poem of your choice,  one of your own, one that you know by heart, or one that you are in the process of learning to speak freely.  Rumi, Mary Oliver, David Whyte, Wendy Cope, Hafiz, T.S.Eliot, Emily Dickenson, Lalla....what better company for a weekend?

"Thank you, oh thank you, for the most inspiring weekend. I had an intuition it would be an essential course to attend and I was not wrong. Already being incorporated into every nook and cranny of my life!" ~ Jenny.

Ashley Ramsden is a co-founder of the International School of Storytelling who has given workshops and performances all over the world for the last 30 years. He is also a speaker of Sacred Poetry. www.ashleyramsden.com