When asked to contemplate the notion of the forces which impact on characters creative habitats this resident of Bancroft explores the concept!
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“Every creature on earth returns to home. It is ironic that we have made wildlife refuges for ibis, pelican, egret, wolf, crane, deer, mouse, moose and bear but not for ourselves in the places where we live. We understand that the loss of habitat is the most disastrous event that can occur to a free creature. We fervently point out how other creatures’ natural territories have become surrounded by cities, ranches, highways, noise, and other dissonance, as though we are not surrounded by the same, as though we are not affected also.” (from Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
What does your ideal creative habitat look like? For me, Bancroft Manor and the estate it lies within is a creative habitat! I wonder what it would look like when mapped like this? If you are interested in helping to create a habitat for ‘endangered creatives’ you can join me on the Bancroft Estate. Check out the FAQ page for details.
Reference: Sophie Thomson’s Patch Royal Adelaide Show
The Bancroft Estate is in a parallel universe! It is a place where creative people can take refuge and tone up their creative spirit. Aside from the Manor house where residents can claim a space or spend time with a character they are working with, the Bancroft Estate has a number of other buildings and expansive grounds where residents can work.
Some residents at Bancroft have helped to create a visual impression of how they perceive this world.
How far would you go to save someone you care about?
How far would you run or fly or crawl to save somebody else?
How far would you go to save yourself?
Have you ever tried, was it worth it? Did it matter at all?
We all come from somewhere and I suppose in the end we all end up in the same place with the same question in our eyes and frozen on our lips. Read More
A Journey to Bancroft Begins
I’ve been lost in a vast desert, burnt by the sun, scratched by cactus and sagebrush, thirsty and exhausted. The days have blended together, and I know far too much time has passed, but I just don’t remember how to get back. I know I learned some important things long ago, things that gleamed like gold in a dark mine, but the memory of how to find those things has fled. I am bereft, lost and alone.
Now, a path appears out of nowhere, and somehow it seems familiar. I follow it, and the desert begins to fade into the prairie, long and rolling, golden under the sun. The prairie leads to hills with green trees on them, and as I crest the top of the nearest one, I see forests and streams. Running now, I follow the path into the forest, and the cool shade caresses my burnt skin gently. I wade through a stream and the water soothes the scratches on my feet and legs. I feel my taut nerves start to unwind, and I take a deep breath of the clear air.
The path leads up to a gate, and I find I have a key. I slip inside to a garden, and a man made of butterflies bows to me, gesturing to a large building I have not seen before, but recognize as my haven. I sigh with relief. I am safe. I am here. Source: SheWolf’s New Journey
Some residents choose to participate in the online Writing for Wellness course that is available at the Manor.
For many residents, Bancroft is simply a place to come to work and share within a creative collective.
If you choose to join the collective you will have access to regularly updated material and can choose how you will work.
This is unlikely to generate the kind of speculation surrounding each upcoming episode of the final season of Game of Throne but you may have cause to wonder what any of these items have to do with the Drilling Down – Writing for Wellness course which kicks off tonight! Members of Bancroft Manor will have access to the activities as a part of the online version of this Writing for Wellness course. For more information about how to join check out the FAQ page here.
If you want to know what is in this Top Secret file, the file that contains the course work for Heather Blakey’s new ‘Drilling Down – Writing for Wellness’ course you can come to Bancroft Manor and undertake a project she is planning to have the group spend eight weeks working on. For information about how to work at the virtual Bancroft Manor, check out the FAQ page here.
Pack up some drawing paper, a box of crayons and some writing implements. Set aside at least an hour when you can be by yourself in a relaxed, reflective mood. Explore the estate and find a special space for yourself. Settle down on a garden bench, a rocky outcrop or simply lie on a rug under a sprawling tree. Close your eyes, relax and pay attention to your breathing. Imagine that you can picture your breath flowing in and out of your lungs like a silver, gurgling stream. A new online exercise is available to members of the Bancroft Collective. For details about how to join check https://georginamcclure.com/bancroft-manor-collective-faq/
First aid kits with roll-out compartments are usually filled with practical first aid supplies and instructions. Suitable for travel, they often come with a belt loop for easy carrying.
Given that Heather had come to an earlier session of her Writing for Wellness Course with a heavy duty first aid box, participants were not as surprised when they spotted this First Aid Kit on the table. However, they were not quite sure what lay within.
Bancroft Manor members who are doing the online version of the course Heather ran will find out soon what lies within this particular travel kit. If you are intrigued and want to join check the FAQ page for details about gaining membership.
“The best advice I could give anyone is to spend your time working on whatever you are passionate about in life.”
The best advice I could give a writer or actor is to spend time with their characters. When you are building a character you need to spend as much time with their inside as their physical outside. To do this it is a good idea to spend a significant amount of time with them.
Finding Grace, written by a member of the Bancroft Collective serves to highlight the benefit of bringing a character to spend quality time with you on this enchanted estate.
‘I could tell you my adventures – beginning from this morning,’ said Alice a little timidly: ‘but it’sno use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.’
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Time is strange. I walk, trudge, even run a bit when the path is briefly level. Has it been hours or years since I was at Longleaf? Was I ever there at all? Will I ever return to Buck and Lou-Lou and all the sweet familiarity of home?
Mountains rise around me. The path grows rocky and narrow. The air is thin and I am grateful for the bottle of water in my pack. Fog rolls in and I remember a time lost in frightening sea fog…
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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.
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.