take a dip in the sea and warm up with a spot of creativity
COASTAL CAMPFIRE SESSIONS
Share a few hours of exhilaration, campfire conversations, creativity and fresh air!
Join me on the shores where I grew up, where the New Forest meets the sea, take a few hours out from our busy lives to experience some time for yourself. Take a dip in the freshness of the sea and warm yourself up next to the campfire, share conversations or have some quiet time, this time and space is yours.
These sessions are very much focused on the great outdoors, experiencing the different elements the coast presents to us and your place within them, there will be an invitation for you to respond to the experience and environment around you through a short creative writing workshop if you wish to take part.
"I care little for distance, times and temperatures, swimming for me feeds my creativity and these sessions are an opportunity to share discussion about the sheer joy of swimming outside. You are free to take from the day what you wish and encouraged to take part in a creative writing workshop.
We will start and finish near Lymington in the New Forest exactly where we will go will totally depend on the tides and weather conditions on the day but it will be in the nearby area.
The session will be approx. 3 hours, based around the times of the tide. Please see individual dates.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
It is entirely up to you what you want to bring along, these session is about creative experiences, not feats of endurance. But as a general guide, I would suggest...
Swim hat/woolly hat (may get wet)
WHERE TO STAY?
There is a full range of accommodation options in and around the New Forest to suit every budget and taste.
The ones suggested below operate independently from me
I am an artist, educator and outdoor swimmer. I spilt my time between the mountains of Snowdonia in North Wales where I have lived since 2002 and on the beautiful South Coast in the New Forest where I grew up. My project #swimsnowdonia was listed amongst 'The 10 most inspiring adventures' in The Guardian and has been the focus of several short films including a music video for the band Elbow. 'Afterglow' a short film about my passion for both my creativity and cold water swimming won Best Woman in Adventure Gold Award at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival., Best Short Film at The Four Season Film Festival and was recently selected for The Patagonia Film Festival in Santa Monica. I was included in the first San Miguel Rich List, 'a unique list of men and women who value experiences over any possession' and listed as one of Britains 101 Adventurers. I am currently featuring in an ITV documentary 'The Mountain ' which follows the lives of a selection of people who live and work on the busiest mountain in England and Wales, Snowdon.
I am a Qualified Teacher, Mountain Leader, and Open Water Swimming Coach, I hold Emergency First Aid in the Outdoors, RLSS Open Water Lifeguard, RLSS Water Safety Management Level 1-3, STA Level 2 Swimming Teacher Award and Certificate, and have more than 10 previous years experience lifesaving in swimming pools.