Monday 3 June 2013

Joined Up Writing

Ruth Marshall is a poet, storyteller, author, life coach, workshop facilitator and an accredited facilitator of The Transformation Game. She offers ‘Re-Write Your Life’ workshops in Co Clare. Drawing on her wide range of experience she holds a magical space for people to creatively explore their own biography, and discover ways to make positive change in their lives. Formerly editor of Network Ireland holistic magazine, Ruth is the author of ‘Celebrating Irish Festivals’, and her new book ‘Clare Folk Tales’ is due out in July 2013. She teaches creative writing to teenagers in ALFA and facilitates the Ageing with Confidence programme for groups of older people in Co Clare. She loves to knit and plays ukulele. Here is our interview with Ruth:

Describe the workshop you will be facilitating on Saturday afternoon at the Wise Woman Weekend...
We will be asking ourselves "How can we live in a way that nurtures ourselves, our communities and the earth?" Using some of the tools from The Transformation Game, we will identify changes we may need to make in how we think, feel and act in the world. When we're clear on that, we will make the invisible visible by each creating (draw and write) an ‘illuminated manuscript’ that will stand as our personal manifesto for thinking, feeling and acting in harmony and alignment - something we can put up on the wall to remind us of the choices we are making and why.

What is your main area of interest /expertise?
Creativity and personal transformation. I love to see people grow into more of who they are, and I try to facilitate this through writing, story, and self-reflection.

How did you find out about the Wise Woman Weekend?
That is a long story! I'd been aware of the Wise Woman Weekend since it started, and have been actively involved with Wise Woman for the past 4 years. 

What qualities do you bring to the Wise Woman Weekend?
A bit of creativity, self-exploration, inspiration and  hopefully some fun!

Ruth has been working on a new book, Clare Folk Tales, which is due out from the History Press in July 2013. (The first, and largest, chapter is about wise women and wild women.) She is willing and able to come to your part of the world, wherever that may be, and tell stories from the book. So if you'd like to organise an afternoon or evening of storytelling, please let her know. She awaits your invitation!

Bookings are still being taken for Wise Woman Weekend, so book your place as time is of the essence! It's this weekend, June 7th to 9th, in Co. Tipperary.

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