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The Greatest Little Show On Earth

If I had the skills I can imagine setting up space at Bancroft to establish a studio where I could patiently make miniatures. Alas, I am a big picture person and often miss the finer detail. I confess I was in awe of the stunning miniaturist exhibits featured here. Aside from the whole scene, there are so many stories to be told in fine detail. I may take some time to examine the detail in this Enchanted Realm.

At The Crossroads

When I was little, one of my favorite museums to visit was  Miniature World in Victoria, BC Canada.

I would spend an eternity in front of each display with no fixed idea in my head about what I was seeing. I would just imagine the little figures actually dancing, or running or sitting or riding horses.

Of course, I was a little on the macabre side as a child so I assumed that spirits and ghosts and maybe even a curse or two were involved because WHY NOT.

Here are some pictures I took of a couple of the exhibits- I think that after all of these years I should put some thought into what is happening here and why.

Photo A.M. Moscosoi

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Bancroft Miniaturist

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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/

Finding Grace

“The best advice I could give anyone is to spend your time working on whatever you are passionate about in life.”
-Richard Branson

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.

memoir on the fly

‘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

Inspired by Heather Blakey’s workshop for creatives featuring The World of Georgina McClure at The Bancroft Manor and Estate: The Journey Begins Part 2

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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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.

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