Wild Goose Writing

Wild Goose Writing is a creative writing workshop for people with bodies.

It's a temporary stop-off point between now and then, here and there, fast and slow, inspiration and exhalation.

Some dedicated time and space for you to bring paper, pen and your whole self to refresh, create and connect through embodied writing.

By deliberately taking a breather, we can free ourselves from our current thoughts and situation; by writing as the body breathes, we can free our lives to explore 'and now?' and 'what more wants to happen?' through words.

We notice things freshly, weirdly, 'slant' as Emily Dickinson said. We look and feel and hear and taste again, before waiting, listening, sensing into, making space for, finding new ways with words.

The result - writing that comes directly from the 'soft animal' (Mary Oliver) of our bodies - is grounded yet free and expansive, juicy - wild! - with all that it means to be alive in this moment.

Wild Goose Writing is currently an online experience. The workshops are designed for beginner and more experienced writers alike. They are open to all.


Hello! I'm Philip Cowell and I reckon - if you've got a body, you can write. Wild Goose Writing brings together bits of my life from creative writing and embodied practices, and builds on my Creative Writing for Yogis course at Yogapoint. I worked for 10 years at the Arvon Foundation and English PEN, teaching writing in community settings, arts centres and festivals, and I'm poet-at-large at Street Wisdom, the social enterprise bringing inspiration to every street on earth. My main embodiment practice is qigong, guided by my teacher Mimi Kuo-Deemer, and I've taken part in mindfulness, yoga, Feldenkrais, Courage & Renewal and focusing workshops. I have the the PTLLS teaching qualification (now the City & Guild Level 3 Education & Training). All of this comes together in my books Keeping A Journal (Sheldon Mindfulness), Stress (with Lorraine Millard, Sheldon Mindfulness) and This Is Me, Full Stop (Penguin).


These workshops are donation-based. I invite participants to donate £10-£15 each time to a charity of their choosing. In this way, you can dedicate your writing practice to the change you want to make in the world. If you are drawn to support the charity I work for, Good Chance, the Theatre of Hope that began in the Calais Jungle refugee camp, I would be humbled, but the key thing is you choose a cause that's meaningful to you. If you don't have the funds to donate at the moment, but would like to attend, please still join us.


Tuesday 16th June 2020, 6pm-7.30pm BST
Tuesday 30th June 2020, 6pm-7.30pm BST
Tuesday 14th July 2020, 6pm-7.30pm BST


Do be in touch if you'd like to join us for some fun, easeful Wild Goose Writing.