“In Winter, when we talk of loss, might small hope take seed?”
Where: Killruddery House, Bray, Co. Wicklow
When: 10:30-12:30 Thursday mornings
Seems like only yesterday when performance maker Andrea Scott, of Floating World Productions, hosted creative explorations of loss during the winter for groups of people in the natural environment surrounding Killruddery House in Bray, Co Wicklow. Led by Andrea, for three months groups walked and talked their way through the sensations of winter each week as they debated what might be created after loss.
According to Fionnuala Ardee, CEO of Kilruddery House:
“It was our pleasure to open the gardens for this small group, intent on prioritising communication and companionship, to exchange life stories, including that epic of life; death. More poignant is being winter, it allowed us all to look towards the light.”
Andrea Scott said:
“Our numbers grew slowly week by week. Ultimately, we were a small, solid community expressing loss together creatively, offering a space of empathy and compassion. It was a wonderful time to lean into that special, contemplative time winter offers, particularly in such a private space where there was no need to make the effort to be ‘normal’.”
Walks took place on Thursday mornings. Each session started under the eaves in Killruddery Horse Yard and involved walking, talking, moving and collaborating with the natural environment through creative exercises, with a mix of indoor and outdoor activities.