poetry therapy

At the Bend in the River
A Three-Day Workshop
at a Private Home in San Diego
May 2-4, 2014
Fee: $165

This writing workshop will explore listening and the act of poem-making as ways to help us "think like a river" so that a legacy of beauty and life can be made real to ourselves and others.

In this workshop we will gather to slow down "at the bend in the river." This gathering place, when given to listening and creating, is refreshing to our hearts and our minds. Refreshment is the taste of our thirst for meaning. When poetry and poem-making are part of this life-giving process, they make experience more vivid and help us be more aware of what we hear at the river's bend:
     the space,
          the learning & creative process,
               the heart connection

Click here for full flyer and to register.

For more information contact Ray McGinnis at rmcgin@telus.net or call 604-408-4457

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Sacred Silence, Awakened Voice
A Women's Poetry Retreat with Birch Dwyer and Cathey Capers
Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
Thursday, May 22-Thursday, May 29, 2014
Fee: $1400
(Fee does not include transporation to and from canyon, one overnight lodging in Chinle, and a few optional choices.)

With beauty above me, I walk
With beauty below me, I walk
With beauty before me, I walk
With beauty behind me, I walk
Everything around me-
in beauty I walk

~ from the Blessing Way Prayer

Join a small group of women for a unique poem-making retreat into the homeland of the Diné (Navajo people), at Canyon de Chelly, Arizona. Experience spectacular beauty amidst seldom seen archeological sites and soaring canyon walls. Enjoy time in community and time in solitude, exploring both inner and outer landscapes. Begin and end each day around the warmth of a camp?re beneath blazing stars or breaking sunlight. Enjoy wholesome food prepared by an experienced caterer. Be restored to a rhythm of life in harmony with the seasons and rhythms of the natural world.

Click here to read NPR's story on Lupita, "Preserving Navajo History in Canyon de Chelly".

Click here for full flyer and to register.

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Poetry Medicine in Landau, Germany
A writing retreat for creativity, healing and mindfulness
July 30-August 2, 2014

In collaboration with Anne Hoefler
John will offer a retreat at Haus Zietlos
near Landau, Germany and the border of Switzerland

Haus Zietlos (Timeless House)
"A place to stop and find peace."
In John Fox's workshop, a gentle space is created where people access the courage to creatively express themselves. This intentionally healing process has so much to do with nonjudgmental and mindful listening. This kind of listening helps ou to see other people more clearly and compassionately, and even more, see yourself with the same clarity and compassion. John will use the process of poetry as healer and poem-making to illuminate prayer, trust, gratefulness, letting go and love. No prior experience with writing poetry is necessary.

This workshop will be offered in English with German translation for all sessions.

To find out more about the Poetic Medicine program with Anne Hoefler at Haus Zietlos, please contact her at annehoefler@t-online.de

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At the Bend in the River
A Five-Day Workshop at Rivendell Retreat Center
Sponsored by Ray McGinnis and Write to the Heart
Bowen Island, British Columbia
August 6-10, 2014
Fee: $690

This writing workshop will explore listening and the act of poem-making as ways to help us "think like a river" so that a legacy of beauty and life can be made real to ourselves and others.

In this workshop we will gather to slow down "at the bend in the river." This gathering place, when given to listening and creating, is refreshing to our hearts and our minds. Refreshment is the taste of our thirst for meaning. When poetry and poem-making are part of this life-giving process, they make experience more vivid and help us be more aware of what we hear at the river's bend:
     the space,
          the learning & creative process,
               the heart connection

Click here for full flyer and to register.

For more information contact Ray McGinnis at rmcgin@telus.net or call 604-408-4457

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How Then Shall We Live?
Portland Oregon
at Peg Edera’s Summerlin House
November 7 - 9, 2014

How Then Shall We Live? will be sponsored by The Institute for Earth Regenerative Studies.
This is the third retreat at this beautiful location, Peg Edera’s Summerlin House. Marna Hauk
will give you more information after June 1! You can contact Marna at (503) 771-0711 or
write marnahauk@gmail.com. Please explore her superb work at www.earthregenerative.org

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Poetic Medicine & Health Care
Sponsored by Arts-in-Medicine of Asheville, NC
November 12 - 16
For more information please contact Caty Carlin at catycarlin@earthlink.net.

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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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