Monday, 11 January 2016

Summer woods: the stories of the trees

Summer Woods
finding the stories of the trees

Saturday 18th June 2016
Morgans Woods, Horsham

At midsummer, step into the long green shadows of the trees, touch earth and bark and wonder, pause, listen and reach out to the storyteller within you

Join artist and storyteller Gordon MacLellan, the Creeping Toad, for a day of delight, storymaking and discovering the stories the trees tell us

winter trees...
Summer Woods offers a creative connection to woodland. We will write a journey that will take us into the heart of the wood, shaping poems to feel our way through the trees, exploring, finding moments to treasure: characters, faces, maps of connections. This will be a playful day, a cheerful encounter with a woodland, a reminder that a smile helps us learn.

Working in the ancient woodland of Morgans Wood, we will gradually build our own links to individual trees or glades until by the end we will each (hopefully!) have a story to tell and have built our own tree book with drawings, poems, riddles and that story from the heart of the wood. Here in the Sussex Weald, oaks and hornbeams grow their stories and buzzards sing their songs over the treetops.

...cheerful leaves...
To book: contact Gordon to book and pay, form below
Costs:  full price £80, early bird booking £70 (before 31st March 2016) (includes drinks and materials, bring your own lunch).
Payment: can be by cheque, BACS (contact Gordon for details) or Paypal (to:

Directions and any other instructions sent with booking confirmation
Camping: spaces for overnight camping are available at £10 a night (bring your own tent!) (see note below)

For more information about the workshop, contact Gordon at

Please provide the following information:

How many places are you booking?

Payment: how are you paying?

Directions will be sent with booking confirmation

Will you want to camp before or after the workshop?
How will you be travelling? Nearest Station is:  Horsham
If coming by car, can you offer any spaces to other participants?

...glowing trees

Camping further information
If you want to camp, we need to know on booking or well in advance. There is space for small tents and some campers. All camping is self-catering and water will need to be brought onto site. Please note that facilities are very basic and no showers or buildings are available. Small manageable fires may be permitted on request. £10 per head per night payable on the day.

who knows who - or what - else we might encounter?

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