• Wales has 641 castles, more per square mile than
any other country.
• Wales' rich literary heritage includes
connections to Dylan Thomas, William Wordsworth, Roald Dahl and
Hay-on-Wye (Known as "The Town of Books").
• Wales was a pioneer of the "Eat Local"
movement, and restaurants are proud to use fresh, locally sourced
• Wales has 3 million people and 11 million
Trigonos Retreat Centre
Mountain & Imagination will be held at Trigonos Retreat Centre, which
offers modest but very comfortable accommodations and breathtaking
views of Snowdonia National Park's rugged mountain landscape.
The property has many secluded places for quietness and reflection.
Trigonos' 18 acres include walled gardens, meadows, woodlands, streams
and magnificent views of Mount Snowdon, the tallest mountain in England
and Wales. Be sure to look for benches by the meadows and the stream as
well as the working sundial and the path down to Llyn Nantlle, the lake.
you prefer writing and relaxing inside, you will enjoy the sitting room,
with its open fireplace, and the library, with its comfortable couches.
All of Trigonos' workspaces and meeting rooms get excellent natural
The weather tends to be cooler and damper in than the typical muggy
Mid-Atlantic summer, and it's always refreshing. You'll want to pack
your "Mackintoshes" and "Wellies" just in case.
and double guest bedrooms are available with lake or garden views. Most
rooms have twin beds and their own private bathrooms. Rooms will be
assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Register early to get your first choice!
will dine on nutritious, tasty meals with an emphasis on fresh,
unprocessed ingredients, whenever possible prepared with vegetables and
salads grown in Trigonos' gardens without the use of herbicides,
pesticides or artificial fertilizers. The dining room, with its
beautiful handmade furniture, looks out on the meadow and the lake and
offers stunning views of the mountains. Tea and coffee are available at
all times so you can make yourself at home. Special dietary requirements
can be accommodated.
Trigonos is a Retreat Centre not a Resort
is a retreat centre committed to environmental preservation and
sustainable land use. Your comfortable room will be made up with fresh
sheets, blankets and towels. Trigonos doesn't have maid service so if
you haven't made a bed in a while, better practice ahead of time. Most
rooms have a chair and table or desk, and the earlier you
register, the more amazing your view of
the lake and mountains will be. View more
interior photos of Trigonos.
There are no televisions or radios to distract you, and cell phone
reception is limited so even if you have an international phone, you may
not get a signal. There is a pay phone for incoming and outgoing calls
(we'll give you the number later). Wi-fi is available in the visitors'
office and a computer and printer can be used for a nominal fee.
Remember, this is a getaway. You will be far from the distractions of
your regular life and immersed in your writing.
Trigonos' property, you can see the view made famous by the 18th century
British painter Richard Wilson in "Snowdon From Llyn Nantlle." The
original work is on display in Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery.
Learn more about it.
Trigonos provides an ideal venue for Myth, Mountain & Imagination.
The biggest problem you will face is being distracted to deal with the
gorgeous landscape—it's almost too beautiful to write.
While Wales is often thought of as one entity with the rest of Britain,
it is different in landscape, culture, tradition and language. Most
people in North Wales are bilingual, speaking both Welsh and English.
The Welsh take great pride in their country's history which consists
mainly of fighting to retain their independence. Wales was invaded by
Romans, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Normans and finally the English.
Remember Owain Glyndwr (Owen
Glendower) who led the Welsh forces in the rebellion in Henry IV, Part
Shakespeare didn’t much like him, but he’s a hero to the Welsh and is
considered the father of Welsh nationalism. After leading an independent
Wales for a dozen years or so, he was defeated in 1412 and disappeared.
While his final years are a mystery, I thought I spotted him a few years
back operating an amusement ride at Barry Island Pleasure Park near Cardiff, but I
can’t verify it.
In 2000, celebrations were held all over Wales
to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the Glyndwr rising and
he has been voted 23rd in a poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. What would
George Washington say about those numbers?
This history of constant struggling against invaders left Wales with
more castles per square mile than any other European country. What I
realized on a recent trip is that these castles were built to conquer
the Welsh (duh!), but they love them anyway. And they are magnificent!
Today, tourists from England (but virtually none from the States)
continue the invasion.
Consider visiting one of these nearby castles, all different and
plenty to explore in the area including medieval castles, slate and
copper mines, narrow gauge steam railways, the rugged seacoast as well
as museums, Welsh theatre and cinema. If you like to be active, you can
try pony trekking, hill walking, mountain biking or
an adventure sport invented by the Welsh.
If you enjoy hiking, there are a number of spectacular day hikes to try.
Browse our hiking page to learn more.
We will offer two optional excursions
during Myth, Mountain & Imagination, but you are also free to explore on
your own. It’s easy to arrange for a bag lunch from Trigonos’ kitchen so
you can take off after the morning workshop. We will share the relevant
details with registered participants as it gets closer.
DARKNESS surrounds us; seeking, we are lost On Snowdon's wilds, amid Brigantian coves, Or where the solitary shepherd roves Along the plain of Sarum, by the ghost Of Time and shadows of Tradition, crost. . .
IN one of those excursions (may they ne'er Fade from remembrance!) through the Northern tracts Of Cambria ranging with a youthful friend, I left Bethgelert's huts at couching-time, And westward took my way, to see the sun Rise, from the top of Snowdon. To the door Of a rude cottage at the mountain's base We came, and roused the shepherd who attends The adventurous stranger's steps, a trusty guide; Then, cheered by short refreshment, sallied forth. . .
". . .in his epiphany from the summit of Snowdon at the climax of
Prelude Wordsworth moves right beyond the religious preoccupations of
his two predecessors (Petrarch and Augustine) to his triumphant
affirmation of the creative powers of the poet, through memory, to open
up entirely new possibilities for the poetry of the 'single self' in the
Alan G. Hill,
University of London