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Secret Garden Haiku

Secret Garden Haiku

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  • London, EC4R 9AA
  • (Exact address will be provided after booking)
Suitable for: Adults
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This Funzing Experience:
On this experience you will be guided to Secret Gardens in London, for a 90-120 minute haiku 'walkshop' (mobile workshop) in which you get to write, recite and share haiku - they are nifty 3 line poems with just 17 syllables. It is a great social activity, whether you are a novice or an accomplished poet, writing and reciting haiku is great fun. We help you draw inspiration from the surroundings you encounter and you get to discover beautiful and intriguing garden spaces. You can choose to have your haiku published in an anthology of the walkshop.

Haiku originally come from Japan where they were written in pictograms, in the Western style they are restricted to limited line formats. It is a creative writing challenge which gets the brain cells working!

A Secret Garden
Capturing its true beauty
In just three short lines

Haiku often describe the seasons and part of the fun in composing haiku is to capture the sense of a season in such few syllables: 'the rustle of leaves' implies autumn when the leaves have fallen to the ground and you hear the sounds as the wind blows or you stride beneath the trees.

Getting out and about in London's hidden gardens can be an exhilarating experience any time of year. Public gardens are carefully tended and frequently you will encounter unexpected seasonal planting.

We have been running haiku walkshops in different London neighbourhoods over the past couple of years, and just this year have been commissioned by the City of London, the Mayor of London and the Woodland Trust to create bespoke haiku walkshops..

So if you are a curious Londoner or just a visitor and want to discover hidden garden gems, while igniting your creativity, this tour is perfect for you!

This walk requires minimum numbers to run.

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On this experience you will be guided to Secret Gardens in London, for a 90-120 minute haiku 'walkshop' (mobile workshop) in which you get to write, recite and share haiku - they are nifty 3 line poems with just 17 syllables. It is a great social ... Read More
Experience includes:
  • To make this walkshop 'zing' it needs a minimum of 4 people taking part, so please invite your colleagues, family and friends.
  • It occasionally rains in London and can be chilly so dress accordingly,  and wear comfy shoes as you may be walking on grass or rough surfaces. We run walkshops, whatever the weather.
  • If you have mobility problems, please let us know beforehand and we will adjust the route accordingly
  • We will choose a start point (often a cafe or an Underground station), with toilets close by, but won't reveal the Secret Garden we are visiting.  
  • We know London well and plan to visit a different Secret Garden for each haiku walkshop
  • We will provide you all the materials you need including:
  • A fold-your-own notebook and pencil
  • A downloadable anthology of haiku from the walkshop
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