The Prophets of Rock & Wave


After a successful trial run last year, the Dark Mountain Project and the Westcountry School of Myth and Story are collaborating again next month for a unique writing, myth-making and wilderness workshop. It will pose a simple question: can we stand outside the wires and lights of modern living and, however briefly, re-forge a visceral engagement with the intelligence of the wild? Can we look at the human story, as it were, from outside?
The course is led by Martin Shaw, Director of the Westcountry School of Myth and Story (, and Paul Kingsnorth, Director of the Dark Mountain Project. The weekend will combine writing workshops and exercises with moorland walks and fireside explorations. It will be active, outdoors and full of surprises. There will be no wifi connection or urban comforts.

Over a weekend spent in remote cabins, around fires and in the woods will explore what it means to un-civilise our writing and our selves. We will seek the place beyond the solitary intellect, where rather than dreaming we get dreamt. We will look to the creation of stories, poems, narratives and worldviews that are startling in their freshness, by walking beyond the usual dustbowls of the civilised world. Weather patterns, badger trails, and deep pools of water will serve as teachers. 
Numbers for the weekend are limited to 20, and there are currently just five places left. They will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.
The cost for the weekend is £200, including dinner and board. No experience is necessary – just enthusiasm. To reserve a place, email

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