St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Art based Creative Writing

These sessions are an exciting way to develop creativity whilst making new discoveries about nature through observation. This group starts with the introduction of a theme for the morning’s writing or art followed by a short walk around the nature reserve or a sit. Taking in the sights and scents of the reserve for inspiration the group then gather to discuss their ideas. The tutor offers tasks and guidance for participants to contemplate whilst they connect to nature. A friendly and welcoming group for novices and for those with more experience.

This group runs Wednesday mornings 10am-12pm in a series of 6 week blocks, with Art based Creative Writing tutor Griselda Goldsbrough leading the sessions. If you are interested in joining this group please complete an enrolment form or contact the Ecotherapy team via email:

Every Break in my Heart
by Esther Clare Griffiths

He was leaving again, stealing a part of me, sending sadness through every vein. Stooping, he picked a pebble and gave it to me, shy smile, a flash of pain flickering in his eyes. I took it, glad to have soft, smooth, solace. Grey flint, sharp edges, silky sides turning in my hand, eeking comfort. Brief hug and ‘love yous’, my hand tightened round the cold stone, like I could take him away in my pocket. Always with me, never leaving, constant, safe in smiles. A single silver tear brushed away, unseen, shy of pain in front of him, still shielding my little brother, wanting him safe, free from every break in my heart.

I’ll Always Remember You The Same
by Esther Clare Griffiths

I’ll always remember you the same
Eyes like wild flowers within demons of change
The fury of a forgotten dream wrapped in pain
A whisper of your past, a window of change
I’ll always remember you the same
Your foot tapping to a beat in your head
A fringe clouding your eyes, changing lanes
Bittersweet shock of melancholy words she said
I’ll always remember you the same
Drenched fingers stretched across a guitar
Your children’s chalky lines smudge the rain
Winter steals away her joy, Spring shadows seem far
I’ll always remember you the same
Your heart hurt, wrapped itself in spiky thorns
Slow sunlight plays across your face and hides
Windows open, a new start creeps, no more torn.

Read more nature poems and art created by our Ecotherapy participants here.

This page was last updated 8 Feb 2022