Poetic Medicine

To Awaken Soulfulness in the Human Voice


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.





October 21-23, 2016
San Diego, CA

Seven Gifts: Poetry as a Pathway for Renewal

At the home of Lynn Pollock and Ilan Awerbuch



December 3, 2016
Avary Project Poetry Reading
Saturday Evening
San Rafael, CA

Avary Project
Poetry Readings

This reading will blossom out of the work done with John Fox and the Institute for Poetic Medicine.  It will include teens, children, parents and care-givers who are part of Project Avary.

Open to the public. 
More details to come!

Contact: Amy Deleon, Event Coordinator
415-457-8799 x306


December 9-11, 2016
Kirkridge Retreat Center
Bangor, PA

Seven Gifts: Poetry as a Pathway for Renewal  - A Writing & Poetry Retreat



February 17-20, 2017
Mepkin Abbey

Moncks Corner, SC

A Single Line Opens the Way:

Joining Poetry with Trust to

Nourish and Deepen Conteplative Practice

John Fox and Sally Z. Hare, co-leaders


February 22, 2017
Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care w/ American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care and the Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association

Phoenix, AZ

Palliative Care and the Art of Poem Making: A Pathway to

Deepen Dialogue with Ourselves, Our Patients, Our Colleagues

presented by Dr. Mike Rabow, Redwing Keyssar, RN, John Fox, CPT and Merijane Block


February 24-26, 2017
Talk and Weekend Retreat
Phoenix, AZ

Seven Gifts: Poetry as a Pathway for Renewal  - A Writing & Poetry Retreat