Let my history then
be a gate unfastened
to a new life
and not a barrier
to my becoming.
Let me find the ghosts
and histories and barely
imagined future
of this world,
and let me now have
the innocence to grow
just as well in shadow or light
by what is gifted
in this land
as the one to which I was born.

COMPASS POINTS: Setting Direction For A Future Life
A Week in the English Lake District

July 12 - 19, 2019

Take time to understand the next necessary steps of your life more closely, and to hike the beauty of the English Lake District, where Wordsworth, Coleridge and many others found inspiration among mountain, valleys, spectacular lakes, stone walls and hedgerows. Our accommodations are both near a lively village (the site of David’s very favorite brewery) and next to Coniston Lake.

The cottages themselves are steeped in literary history, having been the setting for Arthur Ransome's beloved Swallows & Amazons. Our accommodations will provide not only characterful shelter but bicycles for a quick trip into the village and rowing and small sail boats for excursions on the lake.

This trip will be a time to deepen your commitment to the direction your professional or artistic life is taking or loose it toward a new direction. For further inspiration, we will spend every afternoon amid the mountains and lakes that surround us, hiking the hills and arriving at small pubs and hostelries for the evening meal.

The Farmhouse and cottages of Bank Ground Farm are set on over 60 acres of breathtaking Lake District countryside with private lake frontage and panoramic views over Coniston Water to Coniston Village. Bank Ground Farm is a working farm in the heart of the Lake District, rearing both cattle and sheep. Its farmhouse dates back to the 15th Century, with exposed oak beams and open log fires.

Each morning will begin with a talk by David, bringing poetry to bear on the insights he has gained through over twenty years of examining the necessities of work, career and relationship, providing food for thought for the day's hiking.

Cost: $3950. Includes 7 nights' accommodation, transportation in-country, drop off and return to Manchester airport within time parameters, all breakfasts and either lunch or dinner each day. Does not include airfare.

To apply, please download and complete the application form and fitness assessment, below, and send them, together with your letter of application, to Julie Quiring.


A wonderful video taken by 2017 participant Stephen Kern, with music from the album Filleadh, by Owen and Micheal O'Suilleabhain.