Residents at Bancroft Manor obviously have active imaginations or they would never have signed up and taken up residence in this virtual Manor. Some of them, like members of the Writing for Wellness course in Castlemaine, will be working with effective techniques to make the most of what Jung coined ‘Active Imagination’.
Archetypes were first discussed in the time of Plato in Ancient Greece. Carl Jung firmed up and popularized the concept in the twentieth century.
Archetypes are part of everyone’s psyche. They may sit passively and come forward to make you aware of danger or dangerous behaviors or they may drive your life.
Whether you have come to Bancroft Manor to write fiction or a memoir residents are learning how a set of Carolyn Myss’s Archetype Cards will help you.
Over at Bancroft Manor residents are being encouraged to examine their writing life and compile autobiographies of themselves as writers. They have been provided with penetrating questions to help them undertake this process. Perhaps joining us at Bancroft Manor will help you commit to the creative process of writing and making art. Check out the FAQ page for details about how to join and establish a ‘room of your own’ in this old manor house.
When asked to contemplate the notion of the forces which impact on characters creative habitats this resident of Bancroft explores the concept!
“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
Sophie Thomson believes gardens should provide habitat to all the creatures that live there, including birds, bees, butterflies, beneficial insects, frogs, lizards, micro bats and most importantly, human creatures of all ages and sizes (we call these our family and friends). For productive gardens where fruits and vegies are grown, chooks can be kept as a way to manage food scraps and insect pests, while providing us with amazing eggs. She says that sometimes wildlife will come and build their own habitat as long as we create a safe, organic environment,but that we may need to provide the basic ingredients so that these creatures do move in.
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
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.
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.