Travel Studies

Building on the success of our London-based studies, we are excited to offer travel studies that place participants in locales that reflect and contextualize the literature. Journeying together to beautiful sites, the London Lit Salon retreat offers a more intensive immersion in the book while opening the mind to a part of the world illuminated through the beauty of the language.

Past and upcoming retreats include:

    • Virginia Woolf in St Ives: (14 – 18 April, 2021) A five-day course based in St Ives that includes a boat trip to the Godrevy Lighthouse, a luxurious stay in local B&Bs and an informal tour of Woolf’s family holiday home, Talland House
    • Reading the Body in Umbria: (29 May – 5 June, 2021) Combining the expansive yoga practice of Jackie Seigler with Toby facilitating Henry James’ A Portrait of a Lady and The Silent Duchess by Dacia Maraini
    • Weekend studies in Valencia Spain (November 2019) give us the opportunity to discover contemporary Spanish writing: Javier Marías’ A Heart So White
    • The second Greek Odyssey study for May 2020 will use Homer’s epic poem to consider closely the guest-host relationship, the defining struggle of humans against overwhelming nature, the struggle to know ourselves in foreign spaces, our understanding of the heroic and the role of myth and epic in lived experience
    • Henry James in RyeThe Ambassadors with a visit to the Henry James house and immersion in the medieval town that inspired his work (mid-May 2020)

     

    Participant reflection on the first Odyssey May 2019:

    “And it was such stirring stuff! It transformed The Odyssey from ever so slightly a form of homework, the better to get to grips with Ulysses, into an unexpectedly powerful, truly immersive and poetic experience – a fascinating study in its own right.”

    Upcoming Travel Studies

    14apr(apr 14)6:00 pm18(apr 18)12:00 pmThe Years by Virginia Woolf Five-day study in St Ives *NEW DATES*Immersive Study of Woolf's family saga in her beloved Cornwall6:00 pm - 12:00 pm (18) St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Five days

    02may(may 2)12:00 pm09(may 9)12:00 pmHomer's Odyssey in Greece: One-week immersionNew Dates12:00 pm - 12:00 pm (9) Island of Agistri, GreeceType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Eight Days

    29may11:00 amReading the Body: Salon and Yoga retreat in Umbria DATE CHANGE11:00 am Umbria, ItalyType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One Week

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    november 2020

    03nov5:00 pmHenry James: The Portrait of a Lady Seven-week Virtual studyThree spaces available5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Seven weeks

    05nov4:00 pmTheir Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston4:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:One day,Three weeks

    23nov6:00 pmShakespearean Sonnet Study with Jane Wymark**STUDY FULL**6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

    25nov6:30 pmMrs Dalloway by Virginia WoolfVIRTUAL STUDY *SALON FULL*6:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Four weeks

    30nov6:00 pmAs You Like It -- Shakespeare study with Jane Wymark**SALON FULL**6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Seven weeks

    december 2020

    07dec6:00 pmMiddlemarch by George Eliot*** Lockdown special***6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Seven weeks

    14dec5:00 pmThe Dead by James Joyce * Salon Full*Virtual Salon5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

    january 2021

    05jan4:00 pmThe Dead by James Joyce Salon IntensiveVirtual Salon4:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One day

    06jan5:00 pmBeloved by Toni Morrison 3-week studyVIRTUAL STUDY5:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Three weeks

    11jan12:30 pmMarcel Proust: In Search of Lost Time Vol. I The Way by Swann'sVirtual Salon12:30 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Nine weeks

    11jan3:00 pmUlysses by James Joyce: First-timers Afternoon and Evening options3:00 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

    12jan7:45 pmUlysses Second Tour: Evening Sessions January 20217:45 pm Kentish Town, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six months

    february 2021

    08feb6:00 pmHamlet by William Shakespeare with Jane Wymark6:00 pm VIRTUALType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:WeeklyDuration:Six Weeks

    april 2021

    14apr(apr 14)6:00 pmThe Years by Virginia Woolf Five-day study in St Ives *NEW DATES*Immersive Study of Woolf's family saga in her beloved Cornwall6:00 pm St Ives, CornwallType Of Study:Literature,TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Five days

    may 2021

    02may(may 2)12:00 pmHomer's Odyssey in Greece: One-week immersionNew Dates12:00 pm Island of Agistri, GreeceType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:Eight Days

    29may11:00 amReading the Body: Salon and Yoga retreat in Umbria DATE CHANGE11:00 am Umbria, ItalyType Of Study:TravelFrequency:One Off EventDuration:One Week

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