Steve Thorp
@stevethorp / Trailblazer member

BIOGRAPHY

Male, , birthday 5th March
Joined May 2019

I'm a poet and therapist living and working in Pembrokeshire – with links to Oxfordshire where I still do some school counselling work and where my two granddaughters live.

I write, run and listen – and sometimes surf too.

I'm a perennial explorer and integrator of ideas and practices and my main current concerns are:
1: something I call 'soul-making' – a developmental practice framework for individuals to develop, psychologically and spiritual;
2: the wider ecology and connectivity of our human lives in the (non-human) world; and
3: the challenges of the climate emergency – and related ecological and social crises – and the need for us to develop 'tools for troubled times'.

Over the last few years, as well as having 'settled' in my life by the sea in West Wales, I've been involved with the Dark Mountain Project, the Spiritual Companions Trust, Ecopsychology networks and the Climate Psychology Alliance.

I've undertaken a number of writing projects and collaborations; coordinated a Soul Makers network (that has a similar feel to Campfire Convention, but had much less traction!); and edit Unpsychology Magazine – a vehicle for writing, art and other forms of expression loosely based around psychological themes. Last year, in 2018, I had a month long poetry residency at Oriel y Parc in St Davids, and an exhibition of poetry and artwork (in partnership with illustrator, Ruth Thorp) who also happens to be my daughter!

I'm the partner in a small publishing business – Raw Mixture Publishing – and have a number of books out through them: Soul Manifestos and Pieces of Joy (a book of small, poetic essays); Soul Meditations (reflective poetic meditations) and Blue Marble (an eco-poem about the earth and what we humans have done to it). This year I have a new set of poetry pamphlets coming out (PoetryMix 1, 2, 3 and 4), and Lifesongs (a follow up book of poetic meditations to Soul Meditations).

My therapeutic and coaching work takes place at St Davids Wellbeing Centre and online – and I'm particularly interested in working with artists, activists and other creatives who are endeavouring to make sense of things in these troubled times.

There may be more, but I think that's more than enough for the time being! I hope to connect...

About

Key Skills

INTERESTS

GUILDS

HERE FOR

Influences

Good writing; earth & ocean; humans (some) & non-humans; excellent music, fellow creatives & collaborators, the creative process. Cities & landscapes. My clients & those I work with. My wife, daughters, granddaughters, family, friends.

Writers: James Hillman, Ursula LeGuin, Alice Walker, Margaret Atwood, Nora Bateson, Neil Gaiman etc.

Good speculative fiction. Eco-leaning poets. Science writers.

Radical people who challenge norms & boundaries with gentleness, vulnerability & humanity.

CV

Editor, Unpsychology Magazine (2014-present)
partner, Raw Mixture Publishing (2014-present)
Author of range of soul making books and poetry - including collaborations with artists (2007-present)
Counsellor, psychotherapist and coach in wide range of settings (school, community, private practice) (2000-present)
Wellbeing practitioner in educations sector and schools (1994-2000)
Advisor in equality issues in education (1987-94)
Labour Councillor (1984-1992)
School Teacher (1981-1987)

PROJECTS

Christopher Brown commented
14 December 2019, 20:30
Steve Thorp
14 December 2019, 15:21
I wrote this on the day after the General Election of 2015, but think it might still be relevant as many of us are searching for new ways for us all to be. it was inspired by Dougald Hine's post-election Facebook post that begins: “The birds are singing here in Sweden”, and his analysis of that particular election: http://dougald.nu/the-only-way-is-down-18-thoughts-on-the-uk-election/
Steve Thorp
14 December 2019, 14:04
We get the politics we deserve, and no further proof is needed of this than the General Election result. This reflection was from the 2015 election, but still, perhaps, relevant and needed.
Sarah Jewell likes
16 November 2019, 23:32
Steve Thorp
15 November 2019, 17:35
This poem was used as the introductory invitation and jump-off piece for a Soul Manifestos workshop facilitated by Steve Thorp at the recent Trailblazers 2 weekend in November 2019.
Katherine Lucy Sang and commented or likes
23 November 2019, 16:19
Steve Thorp
15 November 2019, 15:51

In November, in a magical place (Selgars Mill in Devon), a dozen or more soul manifestos were born. They emerged from the individuals making up the second Trailblazers group in a workshop in which the intention was to give space to words that transform and tell new stories of soul, connection and change.

Geoff Greentree and commented or likes
24 November 2019, 10:54
Steve Thorp
15 November 2019, 15:51
A space to collect, discuss and post poems, stories and soul manifestos inspired by, through and beyond Campfire Convention!
Sarah Jewell and commented or likes
16 November 2019, 23:32
Steve Thorp
13 November 2019, 16:49
This is an edited version of a talk given at the Soul Manifestos poetry session on the 9th November at Selgars Mill for the second Trailblazers weekend put on by Campfire Convention.
Pete Lawrence likes
11 November 2019, 18:10
Steve Thorp
11 November 2019, 16:25
This poem was published in 2011 as part of a cycle of poems in Dark Mountain #3 – and was put to music by Sarah Jewell for her Songlines Choir performance at the Uncivilisation Festival in 2013. As a 'soul manifesto', it feels right for the moment, and we sang and improvised around it at the Trailblazers #2 gathering at Selgars Mill, led by Sarah's musical inspiration.