Writing The Journey - Reflective Writing Course with Dan Simpson

  • Sun 30th Jan 2022, 5:30pm – Sun 27th Feb 2022, 7:30pm UK time (UTC +00:00)
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course expression creativity poetry writing self discovery
Hosted by The Psychedelic Society
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As we settle into a new year and consider what that year ahead may hold for us, especially after what might have been a difficult and challenging winter period, many of us will be seeking out space for reflection and renewal.

Reflecting on his own transformational experience encountered during lockdown, Dan writes:  “A fellow ‘psychonaut’ once said to me as we were tripping together - “Words are silly”. As a poet, whose primary trade is in both written and spoken word, I know how silly words can be – and how powerful. Holding these two simultaneously existing beliefs at the same time, we may be able to use language to better tell our own stories. As we heighten our understanding of the universe and ourselves through psychedelics, poetry is the substance of heightened language.


Alongside poetry, an established method of understanding our inner lives and the world – of processing experience – is through journaling. Using more than 10 years’ experience of delivering creative writing workshops (including in wellbeing settings), Dan has devised this course for the Psychedelic Society to nurture our minds and spark our imaginations through the power of writing. In this fourth iteration of the course, we will reflect, write, and share over five weeks - allowing for deep exploration and time together.

It will be an ideal opportunity to explore the power of language as a tool to support a period of change and transformation, or to reflect on one’s life journey more broadly - using poetry, journaling, and life-writing techniques.

What to expect:

  • Stimulating guided writing prompts and exercises 
  • Exploring stream-of-consciousness writing 
  • Using metaphorical language as a way to truth
  • Time for breathing, connection, and self reflection 
  • No-pressure sharing back to the group

5-week course dates:  30th Jan, 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th Feb
5.30-7.30pm each Sunday

Dan is holding a stand alone introductory workshop on Sunday 9th January which is the perfect opportunity to find out what you can expect from his full course.


Dan Simpson is a writer, performer, producer, and educator. He makes highly engaging and contemporary work that is entertaining, intelligent, and thought-provoking. His subjects include science and technology; history and place; art and culture; people and poetry. 

An accomplished facilitator, Dan is an enthusiastic, insightful, and adaptable workshop guide. He convenes and lectures on the 'Writing for the Spoken Word' module at Canterbury Christ Church University, and delivers work for the Poetry Society, First Story and Beyond Equality. He also runs both creative writing and professional development sessions for adults, drawing upon Authentic Relating techniques.

Dan has been Poet-in-Residence at Glastonbury Festival, Imperial College, St Albans Cathedral, and National Trust Stowe. His two collections of poetry are Applied Mathematics and Totally Cultured (Burning Eye Books). Dan has performed around the world including at Glastonbury Festival, Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam, Sofar Sounds Auckland, and on the BBC.

Please email  mags@psychedelicsociety.org.uk with any questions.

Sessions are not recorded so that we can provide a safe and intimate environment for all participants. If you are unable to attend one week, Dan can provide exercises and materials over email so you don't need to worry about missing out.

COVID: For in-person events please consider a lateral flow test on the day. 

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