Dr Willo Drummond is a poet, sessional lecturer in creative writing at Macquarie and Deakin Universities and founder of The Well Writing Retreats. Her interdisciplinary research draws upon theories of distributed cognition to illuminate the dialogic materiality of creative writing cognition and practice.
Willo’s doctoral research was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence and included a volume of original poetry, Quiet Deputies, in dialogue with the poetry of Denise Levertov and with Levertov’s own engagement with the Selected Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke. In 2020, she was awarded a creative development grant for her writing from the Australia Council for the Arts.
Formerly a poetry reader for Overland Literary Journal, an executive committee member for the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, and a Program Officer for the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, Willo’s writing is published in literary and scholarly journals in Australia and internationally.
She is a trained massage therapist and has been a practitioner and student of yoga for over 20 years.
Dr Michelle Jamieson (mindfulness workshop facilitator on The Well Academic retreats) is a mindfulness practitioner, mind-body researcher and HDR Learning Advisor for the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University. Trained as a medical sociologist at the University of New South Wales, her research is guided by an enduring fascination with the mind-body relation in health and illness. She has completed major interdisicplinary studies of depression and allergies which explore the entanglement of social and biological life. Her work features in prominent international journals such as Body and Society and Parallax, and she is co-editor of the book Autoimmunities (Routledge 2018).
At Macquarie University, Michelle provides research training and support to Masters and PhD candidates. Her teaching focuses on helping students to cultivate sustainable and reflexive work practices that foster experiences of engagement, wellbeing and joy in one’s work. She has a particular passion for mindfulness and is creator of the innovative course ‘The Mindful Researcher’, which brings the principles of mindfulness practice into conversation with the experiential challenges of doing research. Michelle also runs regular meditation workshops at the university, and is author of the blog The Mindful Researcher: www.themindfulresearcher.com.