with Jackie Morris at Bossington Hall
7th & 8th July 2020
lose yourself in tales woven in ink and watercolour. . .
unwind by the sea. . .
read, relax, stroll and just be for two nights in Exmoor. . .
There is obviously much uncertainty at the moment regarding future events and gatherings. At present we do not plan to cancel our July event at Bossington Hall. We are of course carefully monitoring the news and guidance which is evolving daily and will make an informed decision nearer the time. Those of you that have booked to join us will receive direct updates as and when, but do contact us if you have any concerns. In the meantime keep well and above all optimistic, The Unwinding Retreat sounds like the perfect tonic for us all. . .
An update was sent to all booked guests on 7th May, please do check your inbox. July is two months away and we hope some sense of equilibrium has returned to our lives by then...
We plan to send the next update in early June.
The Unwinding is a pillow book, in the ancient tradition of Sei Shonagan, a book to tuck up the sleeve, in a pocket, under a pillow, containing fragments of dreams. Designed to be a portal, a talisman, it invites readers to enter its world, through word and image.
We would like to invite you to unwind with us at Bossington Hall, an arts and craft house set within a peaceful hamlet nestled by the sea and surrounded by woodland. We find it to be one of the most uplifting and inspiring locations on Exmoor and felt it was the perfect place to celebrate The Unwinding.
Sleep, peaceful sleep had to be an essential element, and so we have planned an idyllic retreat which can be as relaxing or as creative as you wish...
Tuesday 7th July
Guests are invited to arrive from 4pm, afternoon tea will be served and you will be shown to your room where you will discover a copy of The Unwinding tucked under your pillow.
6pm Evening stroll to Bossington Beach or just time to relax and explore the grounds at the hall.
8pm Light and delicious buffet supper, followed by a bedtime reading in the lounge with Jackie Morris.
Wednesday 8th July
8am - 10am Leisurely breakfast, guests to be presented with a special edition entitled The Silent Unwinding to inspire their own writing.
11am - 12pm Creative writing workshop with a difference. Join Jackie in the kitchen at Bossington Hall and help prepare the day's lunch. Jackie firmly believes in the importance of cooking together, a relaxed atmosphere often nurtures the most inspired thoughts and the conversation will naturally flow. Space for this session is limited so please do say when booking if you would like to participate. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Alternatively, you can join the 'word harvesting' walk to Hurlstone Point. Davina and Christopher of Number Seven will lead you through the woods to the remains of the coast guard tower to admire the sweeping coastal views, before heading back along the pebble beach in time for lunch. A level of walking fitness is required for this pursuit.
You can of course, if you wish simply spend the morning reading, writing, drinking tea and relish in the idyllic setting...
Both workshops aim to help you find your own personal approach to writing, Not everyone wishes or aims to be published but the practice of writing and recording your ideas, dreams and daily life can be a joyful and relaxing process.
1pm Vegetarian lunch.
The afternoon is free to unwind as you choose - find a shady spot to snooze, read or write.
If you are feeling more adventurous perhaps visit the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre which is within easy walking distance or take a drive to Porlock Weir.
4pm - 5pm Tea and cake will be served in the garden for those who have chosen to remain and relax at the hall. Also an opportunity to share your Unwinding tales with other guests. Perhaps a little shared reading aloud.
7pm The Unwinding Supper. A three course colourful vegetarian supper prepared by our chef and served in the dining room. An evening of tale telling and conversation with Jackie Morris, followed by a bedtime tale to lull you into the realm of The Unwinding....
Thursday 9th July
8am - 10am Leisurely breakfast and farewells, guests to depart by 11am.
The Number Seven team will be on hand throughout your stay, we will also have our own 'in house cook and house keeper.' We wish to create a shared, informal yet creative space at Bossington Hall and naturally we want your time with us to be as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. Our aim is to capture the magic and unique quality of our previous events with Jackie and we hope you are able to join us.