As well as living in Autumn Cottage, I've run a number of therapeutic writing workshops here over the last few years. For a variety of reasons, 2012 was quiet in that respect, but I am, at present, creating a schedule of workshops to run again in 2013. Though they are mainly journal-writing based in essence, I do also include some expressive arts - up to now mostly collage and free sketching, but this year I will also include simple book making, to incorporate in a series of wildlife/writing walks through the year in my local woodland.
So you can imagine how delicious I found this blog post to be, and how much it feeds my fantasies of my 'Dream' lifestyle.This young woman, Rachel Hazell, has been teaching book-making workshops in '12 interesting places' - one each month of 2012. You can imagine further, knowing my passion for Venice, that the super dream workshop is the one she describes here, teaching her art to a group of participants in that irresistible city. (Her photographs can be found here on a separate blog).
I have twice rented an apartment in Venice for personal visits (here, for those of you who have not read about it, is the story of my first adventure there…) - but the apartment in question really only sleeps two (four at a stretch - or should that be a squash?!). To be able to run one of my workshops there, I would need a bigger venue - and I am not sure I could go with one up ninety-odd steps, as Rachel seems to have done.
But on a snowy day, when I have cabin fever, a raging case of household attention deficit, and a longing for another adventure, her blogs are the perfect place to browse and dream, and maybe plan and plot a bit more practically than *just* dreaming of castles (or workshops) in the air. Is there anyone out there, reading from La Serenissima, with space to accommodate a week's journaling workshop in Venice for eight? (And in the meantime - I'll be in Lisbon soon - I wonder where we could park our pens and paper in THAT beautiful and fascinating city??)