A First Aid Kit for Creatives

When Heather, my agent, went to her Writing for Wellness course in Castlemaine and put this old first aid kit from my apothecary on the table, aside from generating discussion about the origins and story held by this old Australian State Electricity object, there was much speculation about what lay inside.

Bancroft Manor members who are doing the online version of the course Heather ran will find out soon what lies within the kit. If you are intrigued and want to join check the FAQ page for details about gaining membership.

Toning the Creative Spirit

An artistic impression of the wharf near the Bancroft Estate!

When I decided to offer an online version of a Writing For Wellness course my nom de plume has been running in the town we live in, I wondered what shape it would take. After spreading the word that those who love the Expressive Arts could take up residence in the virtual Bancroft Manor and have access to this course some trusting souls actually responded and signed up. These members are now in a closed Facebook group and they are helping to paint a picture of Bancroft Manor by establishing identities and doing things like writing about inhabitants such as Eramus the Groundskeeper or describing time spent visiting the Library.

When you come to a place like Bancroft Manor and engage in the associated online course it is a bit like going to one of those health places where you nurture your soul by treating your body like a temple, engaging in yoga and meditation, eating the right foods and generally getting physically fitter. By contrast, everything about this world supports the notion of nurturing and toning the creative spirit. The jury is in! There is plenty of evidence to support the idea that creativity heals and that when you take the time to work collaboratively and do exercises like those that are offered, projects you are working on are enhanced and you will become more prolific.

Initially, members are road testing ideas to enrich their capacity to build characters and The Determined Passenger and The Shift are just two examples of responses to the first exercise. If you believe your creative spirit might benefit from working alongside this group check out the FAQ page for details about how to join.

The Vision of the Bancroft Collective

“The Bloomsbury Group was a small, informal association of artists and intellectuals who lived and worked in the Bloomsbury area of central London. Most prominent of these was novelist and essayist Virginia Woolf. In all, only about a dozen people at any one time could have called themselves members of the group. Beginning shortly before 1910, the Bloomsbury Group gathered at irregular intervals for conversation, companionship, and the refueling of creative energy.

The members of Bloomsbury, or “Bloomsberries,” would more or less maintain allegiance to their mutual philosophy of an ideal society, even through a World War and three decades of tectonic shifts in the political climate. They had no codified agenda or mission. They were not political in the ordinary sense of the word. Most importantly, there was no application or initiation required to become a member. Bloomsbury was an informal hodgepodge of intellectual friends, and one either merited inclusion to that circle or one did not. No rules of order, as in a committee, governed the way in which Bloomsbury managed their interactions. Instead, they held impromptu dinners and gatherings where any number of topics was the subject of serious discussion and contemplation. These intellectual exchanges served as the main influence on later work by individual members”.

It is anticipated that the Bancroft Manor Collective, like the Bloomsberries, will assist with the refuelling of creativity. Unlike many famed artistic collectives Bancroft Manor is situated somewhere in cyber space and initially provides members with fellowship and access to an online Writing for Wellness course. While it is not expected that it will become vast and unwieldy it will be interesting to see how it evolves and takes shape!

Almurta goes exploring

I am delighted to note that residents are beginning to explore the Manor and find places like the Library (Source of the Library Image)

Almurta's Journal

Almurta was at a loose end.   There weren’t many residents at the Manor yet and those that had arrived were mostly keeping to themselves as they settled in.   Georgina McClure, the founder of the Bancroft Collective, was understandably busy dashing here and there as she got the place up and running.

Left to her own devices Almurta decided to explore the communal spaces of the Manor.  The comfortable lounge rooms, the wide sun decks, the music rooms and the dining suite were all charming but it wasn’t until she found the library that she began to feel at ease.

Georgina McClure was a descendant of the Australian socialist visionary George Watson.  Beneath a portrait of him hanging in the library entrance Almurta found old publications of his ideas.  Sitting down on a comfortable chair she settled in for some serious reading.

George (Almurta felt he would accept the informality of…

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Claim Residency on the Bancroft Estate

The Bancroft estate has a number of other building apart from the Manor House. Perhaps you will claim a space like this and work from here.

I am offering inexpensive, long term residency and the opportunity to engage in an online Writing for Wellness course. Members like this participant may choose to take up residence in the Manor House or they may opt to restore one of the many cottages on the estate,

While participants are only asked to pay a one-off joining fee there is an expectation that they will actively support me as I establish Bancroft Manor and that they will help me extend my reach.

Depending on what you can afford, use Pay Pal to pay my agent, heatherblakey@fastmail.fm. You may choose to pay either $20 $35 or $40 in your local currency. This one-off payment will be used to help support the project.

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

When I purchased the long-abandoned Bancroft Manor far far away in a parallel universe I fulfilled my dream of finding the place where I could establish an Apothecary of Creativity within a residential, communal setting.

Bancroft Manor, formerly an upscale sanitorium appeared to meet all my needs. The manor house is spacious enough to house a significant number of residents. I decided that within this communal environment I could not only provide residency for creatives but also provide an online course for those who feel that they would benefit from my dispensary and creative infusions.

I am offering inexpensive, long term residency. While participants are only asked to pay a one-off joining fee there is an expectation that they will actively support me as I establish Bancroft Manor and that they will help me extend my reach.

Depending on what you can afford, use Pay Pal to pay my agent, heatherblakey@fastmail.fm. You may choose to pay either $20 $35 or $40 in your local currency. This one-off payment will be used to help support the project.

Members need to have an account with WordPress! Go to WordPress to sign up. Upon paying participants simply need to email me:- mccluregeorgina@gmail.com and introduce themselves. Then they will be added to any associated Bancroft Manor which houses the initial online course. This is a private site that is only available to residents.

As financial members, no matter how much they chose to pay, participants will have permanent access to all resources provided by McClure and choose whether to join a collaborative blog. They will be encouraged to join a private Facebook group. 

Of course, there is no obligation to post any material online! Participants can choose to be a voyeur and keep their ideas to themselves.