poetry therapy

The Only Gift to Bring

A Poetry Reading

with Lynn Pollock, John Fox,
Jim Moreno, Joseph Rubano and Open Mic ~ Open to Public ~
Thursday, May 28, 7 9 pm
Encinitas Community Center

Encinitas, CA

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Writing Our Relationship with Trees
What This Can Teach Us About Ourselves
& Living Within The Sacred
A Weekend Retreat with John Fox, CPT
Friday - Sunday, May 29 - 31, 2015
San Diego, CA

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Poetic Medicine & Personhood
A Way to Explore the Sacred
Experience, Conversation and Poetry Reading
Offered by The Institute for Poetic Medicine
In Collaboration with Vallombrosa Retreat Center,
Monday, June 29, 2015
Menlo Park, CA

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Bread for the Journey:
A Celebration of Poetry and the Human Spirit
with John Fox, Naomi Shihab Nye,
Michael Glaser and others
September 30 - October 3, 2015
Kirkridge Retreat Center
Bangor, PA

Bread for the Journey 2015 offers a four-day gathering to celebrate both poetry and the human spirit. Our time together will encourage us to engage with poetry as a means of helping us better understand our lives and our world by inviting participants into a safe space where we can embrace poetry as a source of clarity and courage.

Bread for the Journey addresses our shared desire for meaning and beauty. It encourages us to experience poetry (as Robert Coles writes in The Call of Stories,) as a friend to “offer us other eyes through which we might see and other ears with which we might make soundings.” Indeed, poetry can, as Lucille Clifton would claim, nurture us toward greater compassion and justice and love.

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Who Attends Classes or Workshops Presented by The Institute for Poetic Medicine?

Our workshops will inspire and uplift anyone with a desire to express their deeper truth and creativity.  John's work offers "a healing space," especially to individuals living with life altering illnesses.

People in therapeutic, healing, medical, teaching and pastoral professions will benefit deeply and find practical support as they reconnect to the inner impulse that drew them to their professional calling while discovering inner resources that will sustain them in their daily lives.

We believe poem-making is something that every person can have access to, at virtually any time or place.  John's expertise is in providing a safe environment and the skillful means to claim that right for yourself.  We believe this process is healing when shared in a community of others.  

If you are just beginning to explore writing or have been writing for a long time, this work will encourage and refresh you.




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