Participate in a creative weekend that ignites your curiosity and opens new perspectives.
If you’re feeling that you’d like a fresh, creative alternative for a weekend away, we provide an experience that will be developmental, unusual and interesting. The weekend will be rooted in nature and will cover exploration of place and landscape utilising the outdoors, photography and literature.
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 Sense of Place weekend uses this ancient homestead as an inspiring base to explore the physical and cultural landscape through a blend of creativity, adventure and curiosity. 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. May is a stunning time of year with the bluebells flowering, the hawthorn blossoming and long days. October is equally and differently lovely with surrounding woodland colours and the heather on the fells. 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 weekend.
The two days will consist of a mix of activities and there will be space around events for you to relax, chat, connect, be with friends or explore on your own.
We will cover:
- Exploring A Sense Of Place
- Landscape, language and image
- Ways of seeing: Cyanotype images
- Objects, stories and questions
Expect activity and discussion, questions and humour, depth and breadth. Think of it as ‘flexing muscles in new directions’. It’s about trying new things – exploring and curiously reaching into new enquiries in a stunning location.
Please note, You do not need any specific level of fitness to participate in this weekend. And, any form of camera is fine including a phone.
Ruth is Director of Element. She is a former international level mountain runner, writer with a literature background and a previous career in international education where she was latterly Head of Literature Faculty at Atlantic College. Curiosity, exploration, challenge and an appreciation of the value of the natural world sit at the heart of what her courses offer via active days and inspiring wilder ways. She has travelled widely and worked abroad, run up and down big mountains, writes and keeps bees.
As a photographer and writer Mikaela has been featured in a range of publications and has exhibited in a number of venues; she also has an MA with distinction in Photography. A highly qualified outdoor instructor en-route to her International Mountain Leader Award she is no stranger to exploration. Well travelled having led expeditions around the world including India, Nicaragua and more recently sub-Saharan Africa, she also cycled from Derby to Poland with her father – not without its trials and tribulations!
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 9.30 am on Saturday morning 11th May
We will finish around 4.30 pm on Sunday 12th May
You choose and book the level of accommodation that you would like for the weekend.
We have a list of accommodation which we will send to you on booking. This ranges in price from the on-site brand new bunkhouse to local Bed and Breakfasts and more luxurious comfortable hotels. Something for every taste and budget.
Cost of the weekend:
A fresh and healthy lunch on both days is included as are all drinks and snacks during the day.
Element, as ever, puts its emphasis on delivering a quality weekend.
Phone: 07507 189904
“You create a very special atmosphere” Steph Buckle
“It was brilliant once again. We have so many lovely memories. Thanks as ever for your attention to detail.” Sophia Christie