The Living Pictures Summer Retreat 2017

Natural Brilliance

Claiming your potential…

‘No legacy is as rich as honesty’ William Shakespeare

Dates: June 5th – 16th | Times: Monday –  Friday 10 – 6 | Where: Coed Dylan, Llangain, Carmarthenshire| Cost: £350
Please Note: Included in the price of the course is a weekend of Shakespeare work with Michael Attenborough CBE at the Jerwood Space in London. This will take place the 3rd and 4th of June.

Join us for two full weeks of exploration and new skill learning on Coed Dylan located near Carmarthen in West Wales. This workshop will inspire you to connect more deeply with yourself, with others and with your environment using Shakespeare’s text as inspiration. The focus will be very much on you.

You will be learning new tools and really taking time to have a honest, non-judgemental look at how you are doing in your profession and in your personal life, gaining tools that you can take away with you to keep developing beyond the workshop. .

This workshop is open to actors, directors, but if you are a creative and wish to explore new techniques, please contact us on the email below. We will be using techniques that help both the actor and director that are readily translatable to other creative professions in releasing creativity and develop your awareness of self and others.

Living Pictures Summer Retreat provides an incredible and rare opportunity to work with some of the UK’s leading theatre practitioners in an environment that is truly unique and magical, allowing one’s mind to release and discover its full creative potential. This experience has been instrumental and a turning point in my development as a director. I will cherish the experience and friendships I’ve made for a long time after. Dominic Cooper, Freelance Director

Techniques such as Neurological Levels (NLP), finding connection and freeing up your spontaneity through the repetition exercises of Sandford Meisner, experiencing the 5 Rhythms of Gabriel Roth, the latest technique in accessing emotions via your physiology (PEM), mindfulness exercises and a chance to connect to yourself and others through Tai Chi, massage and body work. There will also be a chance to work one to one with some of the coaches on the course.  A real chance to explore without the pressure of results.

The course will last for two weeks, but if you are unable to commit to all that time, then please contact us and we can work with you so that you can experience aspects of the workshop and get a sense of the work. For those taking part in the two weeks, we hope that by the end you will feel you have fully immersed yourself in the techniques shared to be able to adjust your approach to life, to your work and that you have a sense of excitement for what the future holds for you.

Coaches for the two weeks: Robert Bowman (Acting Exercises, NLP and Neuro-science), Professor Denise Gabriel (Body Work, Sensory Awareness, one to one Coaching), Elen Bowman (Stanislavsky Exercises – One to one Coaching), Stephen Mitchell (Lead NLP Tutor and One to one coaching), Sarah Victoria (PEM trainer – accessing emotions through your physiology) Guest Tutor: Preston Lane (Triad Stage North Carolina) – Using Action 

  • Lunch and snacks will be provided daily.
  • Local accommodation at hostel & £17 pp or local campsite
  • Trains from all UK stations to Carmarthen. 4 hours from London Paddington direct.

We have booked a local hall should the weather become too wet, but please bring sturdy clothes, walking boots or something similar and a willingness to work in the Welsh rain – within limits.

Also, on the land we have a compost loo for your convenience which was built by the young people working on our permaculture community garden.

The weekend of the 10th and 11th will be free time for the participants but we will be organising a massage weekend for students of the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork to come and practice on those attending the course. A £2 donation for an hour massage would be appreciated to buy the students food.

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Summer 2015 Nature, Art and the Human Experience
July 2015 Nature, Art and the Human Experience Workshop Particpants
‘I tapped into my true creative resources through sensory awareness, being completely in the moment and therefore uncensored and allowing my thoughts and feelings to be expressed.’ Jannah Warlow – Actress and theatre maker