14 Feb 2015, Posted by Nick in Events, General, News, Psychology, Spirituality, Urban Worrier, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

My Letting Go workshop


Day Workshop: The Art of Letting Go In a stressed-out world, can we learn to trust and go with life's flow? Facilitated by author Nick Thorpe Saturday 21st March 2015, 10am to 4.30pm The Bield at Blackruthven, Perth, PH1 1PY Price: £40 including lunch Would you like to join me in the beautiful Perthshire countryside for my day workshop in the art of letting go?  Based at one of my favourite places, the secluded retreat centre at The Bield at Blackruthven just outside Perth, Read more [...] Continue Reading...

06 Nov 2014, Posted by Nick in Features, General, Parenting, Psychology, Spirituality, Urban Worrier, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , ,

My Adoption Journey


In National Adoption Week, NICK THORPE reflects on the most challenging and fulfilling experience of his life... MONTHS before we met our son for the first time, I knew in my gut that I wanted to be his dad. The description from the social worker chimed for both of us: “A lively, sociable three-year-old with a sunny personality and a streak of mischief, C loves to talk about his feelings and listen to story books…” My wife and I put in our application, made a DVD to introduce ourselves, Read more [...] Continue Reading...

03 Mar 2014, Posted by Nick in Features, Journalism, Psychology, Technology, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , ,

The New Materialism


FROM AEON MAGAZINE On my desk stands a miniature of an Easter Island moai, carved for me by a Rapa Nui craftsman. It’s precious to me, hewn from the same stone his ancestors used for the world-famous monoliths, textured with the tiny air-bubbles of millennia-old lava, and carrying memories of the friends I made on my voyage there. On another level, however, it’s also an uneasy symbol of humanity’s precarious relationship with the material world – because the original 13ft ancestor Read more [...] Continue Reading...

13 Dec 2013, Posted by Nick in Books, Corporate work, General, Psychology, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , ,

Meaningful Risk Conference


What inspires us to take the risks that really matter in life? On 30th January 2014, I am excited to be co-organising and participating in an unusual one-day event that aims to find out. Held in Glasgow and aimed at senior managers, policy makers and leaders - which is all of us, on one level or another - it's a one-day learning conference entitled Taking Meaningful Risks. This is a theme which has become very important to me in recent years, and which has already generated some great conversations Read more [...] Continue Reading...

27 Mar 2013, Posted by Nick in Features, General, Psychology, Spirituality, Urban Worrier, 0 Comments Tagged , ,

Confessions of a Self-Help Junkie


I am in recovery from a long-standing addiction. While others may secretly gorge on chocolate or swig from a bottle hidden in the top drawer, I head furtively for the Mind Body Spirit section and binge on books promising to change my life in seven easy steps. I could once get an almost physical high breaking open the cover of another seductive promise – Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway, or How to Talk to Anyone – another scheme to eliminate the bits of myself I didn’t like, and win the Read more [...] Continue Reading...

23 Jan 2013, Posted by Nick in Adrift in Caledonia, Books, Eight Men and a Duck, Journalism, Parenting, Psychology, Spirituality, The writing life, Urban Worrier, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

TEDx Talk: On Meaningful Risk


TEDx conference, Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, Romania  November 2012 "My name is Nick Thorpe, I'm a writer and journalist, and I have a fascination with risk-taking. Despite my innate anxiety - or perhaps because of it - I seem compelled to stretch myself, force myself into the present moment. But what's changed over the years is the kind of risks I take. In the past it was physical, an adrenalin buzz from a reed boat adventure or a leap off a cliff. But I like to think I am learning Read more [...] Continue Reading...

20 Dec 2012, Posted by Nick in General, Psychology, The writing life, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Critic Meets Child


Written as encouragement for those taking part in the Safe Space charity Write-athon  * * *  “A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” Thomas Mann I laughed with relief when I first heard this wise quotation from the great German novelist. I can never quite relate to those who talk cheerily about the way their work “just flows out”, because the truth is that my first draft often emerges with all the lightness and fluidity of a house brick. Read more [...] Continue Reading...
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