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larry butler

Larry Butler was born in Illinois, grew up in northern California, and has lived in Glasgow since 1981, where he teaches Tai-Chi, movement and leads improvisation workshops. He co-founded the Poetry Healing Project out of which he founded and developed Survivors’ Poetry Scotland and Lapidus. A few years ago he completed a feasibility study for the Greater Glasgow Health Board on the idea of 'Arts on Prescription', and more recently collected and edited (with storytellers Lesley O'Brien and Allison Galbraith) Move on Up - stories of hope & recovery from addiction. 

His publications include Games Games, a set of illustrated cards with a creative game on each, a chapter in Creative Therapy edited by Sue Jennings, and Beowulf, a verse script for the National Theatre. Poetry collections include Yuga Night with Gerry Loose & Caith Sweeny McGee, Han Shan Everywhere (2006), and Butterfly Bones (2008).

Games Games (PlaySpace Trust & National Playing Fields Association, 1978)
Yuga Night with G Loose & C McGee (Writer's Forum, 1986) ISBN 0 86162 365 9
Sweet Sour & Serious (editor – Survivors’ Press 1996) ISBN 09529140 0X
Nibbles, a cookbook of ideas for writers compiled & edited with Janet Paisley, Anne Hay (survivors’ Press – 2001) ISBN 0952914050 
Han Shan Everywhere (daemon 11 – 2006) ISSN 1368-3055
Poems and articles in various magazines and anthologies

If we are going to save the world, we need to love the world. To love the world, we need to be ‘in’ the world. What might this look like?  Imagine yourself in close contact with nature, with your eyes and ears, your heart and mind wide-open. On this retreat we will be learning how to strengthen ourselves in order to help each other honour the pain that we feel for the world, awakening to the interconnection of all living things and inspiring us to action. We will be trying to express our deepest feelings for the Earth, to wake-up our ecological selves so we can act to bring about positive change and ensure a liveable and sustainable world.  There will be times of silence and solitude, time to write, time to play and walk in the wild-winter landscape.


booking fee:  £75.00 (Dhanakosa runs on donations) Bottom of Form To book a retreat you pay a booking fee. This is the only fee we ask you to pay. Your retreat has been paid for from the donations of all the people who have been to Dhanakosa before you, in the spirit of generosity, or dana.


suggested donations: The donations we collect from you on your retreat guarantee future retreats. Week retreats: £430 waged, £275 unwaged

Those who cannot afford our suggested donations are free to contribute what they can. All donations are gratefully received. See our dana economy page for more information.


There will be an opportunity to make your donation during the retreat. Donations can be made by credit/debit card, cheque or cash.

DHANAKOSA Buddhist Retreat Centre,
Balquhidder,Lochearnhead, FK19 8PQ,
Tel:  01877 384 213   


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