We believe that when poetry and art are used as a catalyst for healing, dynamic experiences take place. In this age of constant distractions, illness and dis-ease, poetry and creative expression allow for introspection that opens us to opportunities for authenticity, honesty and healing.
Whether a corporation, nonprofit, community or individual, our creativity workshops --online and/or in person -- bring people closer to themselves and each other. (Click here to learn more about our "sessions for individuals.")
Poetry & Healing workshop descriptions Poetry towards Self-Awareness: A Retreat. In this two day (non-overnight) "re-treat," participants are guided in using poetry and other art forms for self-discovery and delight. There will be ample time for reading, writing and sharing within an intimate group setting. Whether you are a poetry lover or novice, this series is for you if you're longing to discover something new about yourself or wanting to peel back a layer or two and find your creative, healing voice again.
The Art of Losing: Poetry, Grief & Healing. Here, we will talk specifically about our experience with grief. Whether it's grief of a loved one, a pet, a job, or physical ability, we will explore the sense of loss and look at how we recover. With the understanding that we come to and through grief in our own time, we will sensitively look through the lens of poetry at the pain, confusion and sometimes relief in loss, as well as our healing. Participants will be guided to write their own poetry exploring their emotions, memories and hopes.
The Healing Art of Poetry Writing. When approached as a transformational process, poetry writing provides an opportunity for deep inner healing. It encourages connection and meaning with the self and with others. We will discuss the healing art of poetry writing but participants will also be guided into their own writing exercises. No previous poetry experience is required.
Women, Life and Poetry. This workshop looks at poems that illuminate stages of a woman's life, and gently guides participants to capture their stories through poetry. We read, write and share in a common yet unique and diverse voice. No previous experience with poetry is needed. This is open to women only.
Spiritual/Religious Growth Workshops Awakening Presence: Deepening Your Relationship with God. This six week series shares classical and contemporary poetry, and allows time to write your own spiritual journey poetically.
Congregational Healing: Following the Thread from Pain to Peace.This three workshop uses poetry, discussion and self-expression exercises to help persons go deeper into the healing process. During this intimate workshop we will read, discuss and write poetry that speaks to some of our deep rooted individual and collective experiences that they may be released and forgiven.
Finding Sanctuary: The Sacred Art of Poetry Making.Over six weeks, this series takes an in-depth look at the healing and sacred art of writing, reading and reciting poetry; and explores questions about what it means to be creative beings in the likeness of God.
Other Workshops Adult Groups: [support groups, community groups/organizations] * Introduction to Poetry & Healing * Moving through Grief * Women in Transition * The Nature of Poetry: A Look at Keats & Wordsworth
Elder & Alzheimer's: [support groups, respite centers, community groups/organizations] * Senior Scribes: poetry, journaling of life stories to spark memory and create community for those ages 65+ * Capturing the Moment with Haiku
Hospitals/Medical Centers: [different workshop are available for children in hospitals] * Creating with Poetry * A Poetic Journey to Healing * The Art of Poetry & Care-giving * Bearing Witness: Following the Path from Pain to Peace
Children & Youth: [libraries, schools, community centers, after-school programs, juvenile detention centers] * Poetry 101 * Girls on the Rise * Telling Your Story through Narrative Poetry