Learn & Listen Deeply

The Institute for Poetic Medicine's work touches multiple facets of life, evoking individual and social healing. We are constantly expanding
upon this humanitarian effort that has ripple effects across the world, bringing the life-giving waters of creative writing and poetry
to many different populations and people at the margins of our society.

Summer 2021

A Year of Poetic Medicine

A Year of Poetic Medicine is an opportunity to be supported in your exploration and practice of poetry and creative writing. It is a way to bring forth your generative voice and to do this in the company of other like-hearted people. Poetry offers a way to know ourselves and the world.


Poetry as a Tool for Wellness

Based on 17 years of groundbreaking work integrating Poetic Medicine into mental health and wellness programs, the manual and training webinars offer guidance and prepares facilitators for using poetry to enhance the information, strengths, and skills needed to foster wellness.


Poetic Medicine Training Program

Designed for a wide-range of people interested in using poetic medicine for themselves, as well as bringing this healing art to others, meeting the therapeutic needs of individuals and communities.


When Someone Deeply Listens To You

When someone deeply listens to you
it is like holding out a dented cup
you've had since childhood
and watching it fill up with
cold, fresh water.
When it balances on top of the brim,
you are understood.
When it overflows and touches your skin,
you are loved.

When someone deeply listens to you,
the room where you stay
starts a new life
and the place where you wrote
your first poem
begins to glow in your mind's eye.
It's as if gold has been discovered!

When someone deeply listens to you,
your bare feet are on the earth
and a beloved land that seemed distant
is now at home within you.


~ John Fox, CPT, PPM
Founder & President, The Insitute for Poetic Medicine
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