Come for a walk in the woods of Thomas Hardy’s youth with artist and dramatherapist Sharon Hayden. It’s an opportunity to reflect, relax and enjoy the green space. Over the coming weeks, Sharon and colleagues will take you on a series of walks through the ancient woodland of Thorncombe Woods with extracts from Hardy’s writing as well as Ian Siddons Heginworth’s book, Environmental Arts Therapy.
Spring: A new beginning
Spring: a new beginning.
With a pathway out of lockdown and isolation we can feel the promise of Spring but Winter still comes back to bite us.
Lie or sit by an ash tree or imagine a huge straight ash above you. Close your eyes and take a deep breath…
Winter: As life retreats into the Earth, we too are drawn back into our bodies. Take some deep meditative breaths as Sharon talks you through ways of relaxing and letting go of stress. Rod Drew reads The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy. Music: Bonnie Schwarz and Pete Shaw. Coming up: Spring: A new beginning
Autumn in the wood
October. It is time to look inwards. Leaves are falling, days are darkening and it just will not stop raining. Perwina Whitmore reads the Farm Womans Winter by Thomas Hardy, and Ian Higginworth talks about the tree known by the Celts as the witches tree - the Elder. Next: Winter Meditation
At Hardy's Cottage
Poems and extracts of writing by Thomas Hardy recorded in and around his birthplace, the cottage between heath and forest built by his grandfather at Higher Bockhampton near Dorchester.
Actors Rod Drew and Perweena Whitmore are the voices of Thomas Hardy and his second wife Florence.
Original music by Bonnie Schwarz and Pete Shaw. Next: Autumn in the wood
A wild and remote spot
Dorset Countryside Ranger Claire Platten talk to Alastair about the history of Thorncombe Woods and what they would have looked like when Hardy was a young man. Rod Drew reads from his novel Under the Greenwood Tree in which he describes Yalbury Wood, his name for nearby Yellowham Wood. Next: In the cottage where Hardy was born.
Art, health and lockdown
When you have an illness that’s going to affect your life it makes you appreciate the beauty around us…
Artist Maggie Curtis talks to Sharon Hayden about her art, her health and living in lockdown in rural Dorset.
Next: We meet Rod Drew from the New Hardy Players - our Mr Hardy.
Next: We meet Countryside Ranger Claire Platten