Saturday April 18th
Participate in a creative day that ignites your curiosity and opens new perspectives.
If you’re feeling that you’d like a fresh, creative alternative day away, we provide an experience that will be developmental, unusual and interesting.
At the southern end of the beautiful Llanthony Valley in the Black Mountains stands Llwyn Celyn, a Grade 1 listed building and historically an exceptionally important house. Recently restored by The landmark Trust at a cost of £4.2m it is a very special building. It was built in 1420 on the lands of the Llanthony Priory and is a very rare survival. The site also houses a small museum and has hosted artists in residence during its restoration.
Element’s Explore More day uses this ancient homestead as an inspiring base for a structured 2-workshop creative exploration. It’s not about being a great artist or writer before you come – it’s about an exploration of our creative ideas. You should leave stimulated, enthused and enriched with new connections and we hope ‘buzzing from it all’!
The venue of Llwyn Celyn is in itself wonderfully unique. April is a stunning time of year with nature awakening and the days lengthening. We base ourselves in The Threshing Barn which is an inspiring airy space – It’s filled with art, light and architectural interest. It provides the perfect backdrop for the day. There are also a number of lovely outdoor spaces to sit and work and a small museum.
The day will consist of two creative workshops; there’s an emphasis on creating, thinking, exchanging and reflecting. It’s much more about your awareness of process and ideas than it is about ‘finished product’. Expect activity and discussion, questions and humour, depth and breadth. Think of it as ‘flexing muscles in new directions’. It’s about exploring, listening and curiously reaching into new enquiries in a stunning location.
You do not need any creative ‘natural talent’ to participate in the day – just an open mind or a mind that you’d like to open more!
There will be space around events for you to relax, chat, connect with people or explore on your own.
Ruth is Director of Element. She is a former international level mountain runner and a writer with a literature degree and background. She had a previous career in international education where she was latterly Head of the Literature Faculty at Atlantic College.
The Landmark Trust’s Llwyn Celyn (pron. Lewin Kelin), Stanton, Cwmyoy, Nr Abergavenny. Monmouthshire. NP7 7ND
Abergavenny is the closest train station approximately 5 miles away.
We will start at 9.00 am on Saturday morning. We will finish around 5.00 pm
You might like to make a weekend of visiting the area. We have a list of accommodation which we can send to you on booking – just drop us an email and ask.
Cost of the day:
All drinks (including herb teas and good coffee) and snacks (biscuits, cake) are included during the day.
Please bring your lunch – there is use of a kitchen.
Email: Ruth@element-active.co.uk if you have any questions.
Phone: 07507 189904
Some comments from the previous workshop:
“I felt immediately at ease and comfortable.”
“I felt very grateful to have been part of it all – I really liked the things that happened around the edges”
“You create a very special atmosphere” Steph
“Intriguing, enlightening, empowering” Meinir