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"Awakening Presence: Poetry As Spiritual Practice" Spring: 4-Week Online Class April 1-30, 2020 Registration ends March 31!
Are you feeling a disconnect from your spiritual side? A longing for a deeper connection to God, particularly in this time of great uncertainty?
Art has a way of bringing us closer to our natural, authentic self, and it is there were we can find the peace and presence of God. This four-week series takes you through classical and contemporary poems that help you to see, question, and honor your relationship to your spiritual self.
Celebrate National Poetry Month by embarking with me on this weekly journey. Each week has a theme and writing prompt, and by the end of the series, you have a small collection of your own writing, along with a set of poems to keep you connected with your spiritual essence. During this time of uncertainty and rapid change, you will be guided in intentionally carving out time to listen to the "still, small voice" in order to feel grounded and ever grateful.
"Awakening Presence" will guide you through writing exercises and artistic practices that will bridge the gap of your inner longing to help get you back on the track to living a grounded, authentic life.
For 4 weeks you will receive:
Examples of classical and contemporary poets' work and a look at specific poetic forms, like the pastoral, sonnet and ode;
Weekly (themed) emails of prompts and suggestions all designed to gently lead you to new, enriching discoveries;
Freedom to work at your own pace;
An invitation to 20-min weekly chats with me to discuss your poetic journey through this series;
At the end of the series you will have: - New, original pieces that have been critiqued - In-depth knowledge and work with poetic forms - A clearer understanding and appreciation for your spiritual path & how poetry plays a part
Whether you're writing poetry, a short story, a novel, or creative non-fiction, I will provide tools that will inspire you to dig a little deeper...into your creative genus, archives/historical documents, what you know, and what you think you know already.
By researching and writing, we are making ourselves whole and providing a space for others to do the same by bearing witness to our story. This is spiritual, healing work in which we will combine genealogy and creative writing.
Sign up for our mailing list for more information! Please note: I ask that only BIPOCs sign up for this class as we will dig from that perspective into the works of others and on how we uniquely craft ours. Thanks!
"Becoming Undone: Unpacking Life's Weight" A five-week online series for those stressed-out and desperately needing to unload Fall 2020 (Dates TBA)
Unless you begin to re-write your story, it will remain the same. Over five sessions, you will be guided to look at what is burdening you and why, how to acknowledge it and address it (if only to yourself), how to begin to heal and move forward, and how to imagine and prepare for what's new. Of course, poetry will be at the center of your exploration.
Whether you are a professional, a stay-at-home parent, a college student who is now at home or someone who is trying to figure it all out, "Becoming Undone: Unpacking Life's Weight" is a series to help you find your way through the grit of life to a place of clarity and less stress.
Through this series, we will look at (and experience) how reading and writing poetry, as well as other artistic expressions, is necessary to unpacking life's weight.
These weekly sessions are designed to help you identify the stress and weight that you need to unpack and how you can begin to move pass them or accept them and find the beauty. I will provide you with tools to help you unload so thatyou may live a fuller life more aligned with your true self.
Have you considered writing through your gray and stressful areas of life? I have done it and continue to do it. If we aren't living a life of purpose we are forfeiting our true nature and gift. There's something about the writing process that helps us to see ourselves and our situation clearly and provides affirmation to moving forward, when done correctly. That's what I'm here to help you do. Not just write and create but in a way that will help you get to a place where you can see your obstacles or stumbling blocks as the impetus for your clarity and purpose, and begin to unpack the unnecessary weight.
Ask yourself these questions:
Am I carrying unnecessary stress and burdens?
Do I feel stuck in a cycle?
Am I ready to move forward in life but not sure how to make the first step?
Do I long to hear my inner, authentic voice and need guidance and support?
And, do you want to...
Go through life with more clarity about you and your life's challenges?
Learn how to better manage your stress?
Have more joy?
Tap into your creativity (even if you think you're not creative)?
Become a better writer?
Have an experienced, non-judgmental person to partner with you on this part of your journey?
Sign up on our e-mail list for dates and more info for "Becoming Undone"!