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We are here to awaken soulfulness in the human voice.  Our site offers voices and resources regarding the healing power of poetry. We are collectively dedicated to nurture and strengthen the human capacity to creatively connect to Self, Other, Community, the Natural World and the Divine.


This PBS documentary tells the stories of patients
whose lives have been dramatical

Across the wall of the world,
A River sings a beautiful song,
Come rest here by my side.


Give birth again
To the dream.


—Maya Angelou

from  On the Pulse of Morning


The Institute of Poetic Medicine offers tools and support to people to heal body, mind and spirit through the creative and therapeutic process of hearing, speaking and writing poetry.


The work of IPM flows in the deep current of these rivers:

  • We fund Poetry Partner Programs that bring poetic medicine to people often considered at the margins.
  • We offer a 3-year Certified Training program that provides certification in the practice of poetry-as-healer.
  • We provide multiple-ways to respond and  participate on-line as a way to grow an interactive IPM community.
  • We support John’s work throughout the US and internationally to teach, heal and promote the power of poetry to comfort and transform, inform and enrich both person and community.
  • We provide development in-services for those involved in helping professions such as pastoral care, medicine and education; we also provide inspiration and sustenance to community activists and organizers.
  • We are a resource center for the inspiring and useful ways poetry-as-healer makes a difference and applies to the varied facets of our lives.
  • Free Poetic Medicine Journal. A beautiful, inspiring and informative quarterly journal.

On this website you will find all of these “rivers” and we hope you will take some time to find what interests, moves and motivates you to make poetry more a part of your life.




November 10–12, 2017
Santa Fe, NM

Friday: 7:00 – 9:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Contribution: $175 (retreat); $10 (lunch)

Nourishing Roots Within: Restoration Through Poem-Making, Movement,

Meditation & Music With John Fox, Lisa Ann Moore & Dana Moore

As honey grasses sway, and Autumn stimulates the maturation of plant roots we will delve into the depths of our humanity through a marriage of poem-making, conversation, yoga inspired movement, creative meditation and Gregorian Chant on guitar and in voice.

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November 18, 2017
San Francisco, CA

Jewish Family and Children Services

9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Finding Words That Matter: Rekindling Our Purpose in Healthcare Through Poem-Making

Hitting the Wall — When Our Practice Is Not Perfect

Presented by John Fox, CPT and Redwing Keyssar, RN (for Healthcare Professionals)

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