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The Hiker and Her Dog

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In response to a prompt in the Bancroft Manor Facebook Group, Anita Marie went for a walk and found interesting hands reaching out to her.

At The Crossroads

I went on a hike

deep in the woods

I went on a hike

with my dog.

I went on a hike to see a little of the world.

I thought I was so quiet, a shadow among so many others.

I thought nobody knew I was there-

except for maybe some birds

a poet looking for inspiration

Did he really see me?

I didn’t think he did, I did not think anybody did.

I would have sworn to it.

But I was wrong.

They saw me,

the trees

I didn’t see it until later there in the pictures I took the the trees were reaching out towards me,while I was looking through my camera

unaware, preoccupied, vulnerable-

They were so close to catching me

with their dark and twisted hands.

They didn’t hook me with their claws but they followed me home.

I’m looking at them right now.

Just pictures…

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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’.

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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Bancroft Miniaturist

Old Gardeners House Bancroft Manor

Inspired by the work of this miniaturist, the work involved in creating the worlds most expensive dolls house and the TV series, the Miniaturist, I am giving some thought to how I might attract a Miniaturist to join us at Bancroft Manor. I love the idea of a shadowy figure leaving mysterious little bundles of careful crafted minatures on my doorstep.

Meanwhile, the old gardener’s cottage at Bancroft Manor has been calling me and, with the view of restoring it, I am moving from the Manor into this  much loved old residence.

I am looking forward to refurbishing this space as a place to spend time enjoying the birdsong, savouring the cheerful song of the creek as it rambles over weathered granite boulders and to scattering fresh seeds in the old wild garden that surrounds the house.

There is plenty of space on the estate! Perhaps you will come, share your special creative perspective and help breathe life into the place.

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.

Creative Habitat

“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

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. 

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