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Making the most of an active imagination

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’.

Developing Character Archetypes

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.

Your Life as a Writer

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.

About Bancroft Manor

 

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. 

You May Have Cause to Speculate

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.

Creative First Aid

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/

Travel Lightly Armed With Creative First Aid

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.

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