Memories, Dreams and Landscape: The Restorative and Formative Powers of Imagination

A writing and dreaming retreat at Tresillian House from Dinner on Thursday 29th February – Breakfast on Monday 4th March 2024 

Maggie and Milly and Molly and May by E.E. Cummings  (1956)

maggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach (to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles, and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea

Whether you’re a writer or a dreamer, the retreat Memories, Dreams and Landscape is intended for anyone who wants to exercise their imagination. The retreat will be limited to eighteen participants with a professional team of three – curated by Jane Haynes with John Wedgwood Clark and Cornelia Hartman (please see below for CVs). 

The experience will focus on individual development rather than group processes, so nobody will be expected to produce their ‘scribbles’ in a public forum!

We will also turn to a few of Shakespeare’s sonnets to  juggle between the remembered and the imagined and to explore ways of accessing symbolic thought and the subconscious. Although we hope you will dream during the weekend, it’s not necessary to remember your dreams to participate. 

The retreat will also include journal making, and everyone will be provided with the art tools necessary to create their private journal account of ‘Time’ during the retreat. Artist Cornelia Hartman will help individuals create journals, exploring the subconscious through art and channeling their inner magpie. 

In addition to this, there will be formal talks about active imagination and the elements of creative writing from both Jane Haynes and John Wedgwood-Clark.

There will also be organised visits to local seashore landscapes to provoke memories of childhood holidays, which act as a rich resource for memories.

This retreat is being generously subsidised by Tresillian House. Accommodation includes all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), wine and snacks during the day.

It is priced at £775 for single occupancy for four nights and £575 per person for a shared bedroom.  

Yoga and breath work classes in the studio will be included in the price. It will also be possible to organise massages at an additional cost. Further information can be found on Tresillian House’s website here

Please contact Jane Haynes on regarding any further information and to reserve a place. A deposit of 50% will be required which will be non-refundable after 1st January 2024.


Jane Haynes PhD:

Please go to the homepage of this website for a full biography

John Wedgwood Clark:
John Wedgwood Clarke is a poet and academic born and raised in St Ives, Cornwall. He is currently Associate Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Exeter and often works across the arts and sciences on collaborative projects.  He has published three full collections of poems, Ghost Pot (2013), Landfill (2017) and Boy Thing (2023). His work has appeared in The GuardianNew StatesmanPoetry London, Poetry ReviewPoetry Ireland among others. His TV credits include researching and presenting Through the Lens of Larkin (2017) and Cornwall’s Red River (2022), both for BBC FOUR.  You can read more about his recent work on the mining-polluted Red River in West Cornwall at

Cornelia Hartman: 

Cornelia studied Haida art and culture at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston. She received direct tuition from the father of British pop art Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, and learned to paint with oils according to the methods of the old masters in the workshops of Dr. David Cranswick RA. She learned to draw in France with NALL, whose teacher was Salvador Dali.
Her love for the creative process was encouraged from an early age by her father and maternal grandmother. She works with children and adults, fostering the creative process from her studios in Chelsea and Eze on the Côte d’Azur.