Take advantage of spectacular hiking during this
unique writing retreat.
Murphy Writing Seminars Presents Myth, Mountain & Imagination A Getaway for Poets & Writers in Wales August 18-24, 2012
Get away from the grind and be inspired.
The dramatic mountains of Snowdonia offer a beautiful sanctuary for writing, relaxing and exploring this spectacular,
lesser known Celtic gem.
Hiking in Wales
Mountain & Imagination will be held at Trigonos Retreat Centre with
views of Snowdonia National Park's rugged mountain landscape.
Trigonos offers trail maps for short day hikes leaving from the
edge of their property.
The Nantlle Ridge, with its with six peaks,
is considered one of the best ridge walks in Wales. It's visible from Trigonos' dining room
and the trailhead is only a few miles away.
Mount Snowdon, also visible from Trigonos, is the tallest
mountain in England and Wales. Its starfish shape is made up of
six magnificent ridges separated by deep glacial valleys.
Whether your interest is in challenging ascents, breathtaking
photographs or Arthurian legends, Snowdon offers something for every
Snowdonia National Park
Mount Snowdon at 3,560 ft. is the tallest mountain in
England and Wales.
Sir Edmund Hillary's team practiced on
Snowdon before conquering Mt. Everest.
J.R. Tolkien is said to
have based the Mountains of Mordor [In "The Lord of the
Rings"] on the Snowdon range.
The Welsh name for Snowdon
is Yr Widdfa, meaning “tomb.” Legend has it that
King Arthur slew a vicious ogre on its summit.
Mixing Writing & Hiking - What to Expect
at Myth, Mountain & Imagination offer workshop and writing time,
while afternoons are free for you to use as you wish, writing,
relaxing and hiking.
Although some participants attend with a friend or a
non-participating guest, most come on their own.
It's common for our participants to connect with each other and
explore together and we have created a Google discussion group to
make it easier. Each year this leads to people traveling
and sightseeing together before and after the retreat.
If you would like extra time to hike, you can arrive before the workshop begins
or extend your stay. We will give you the contact
info for Trigonos and you can pay them directly for your extra days.
The terrific, inexpensive bus network that connects the trailheads and villages
surrounding Mount Snowdown makes it easy for you to do a loop hike, walking up one trail and coming down another.
Walking in Snowdonia- Information on hikes for all ability
levels including hard, moderate, easy and accessible walks. Also
includes info on "archaeological walks" and an "audio trail."
Peter Murphy, whose unique assignments have helped thousands of
writers find voice and direction, will lead this Wales Getaway. He will
challenge you to stretch your imagination by exploring your personal
myth to produce new poems or prose based on life experiences, fantasies
and dreams. All genres & levels. "Early Bard" and "re-PETER"
think you, Peter, are one of the best writing teachers around, certainly
the best I've ever had, the proliferation of MFA programs
notwithstanding. You create a space where writers can REALLY GROW, and
my manuscript and I are very happy to have been in it for a week."
~ Kate, New York, NY, Memoir - More