“You do not have to be good. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” ~Mary Oliver
How do we use our life experiences and creative expression to awaken and deepen our understanding of our humanity and our spirituality? Especially in a world that challenges us with how to reconcile the space between the sacred life and the secular? How do we hold space for the “both” and “and” that welcomes all of who we are rather than hardening into a stance of “either/or?” How do we care for and connect to the body that is the instrument through which our writing and our life flow?
Our larger life events and the day-to-day still small moments can both break us open, and make us more whole. It is the sacred, mundane, and even profane in our lives that can be doorways back into deeper relationship with ourselves and our writing, while poetry and creative expression can deepen our sense of wholeness by connecting us more fully to ourselves, each other, and to something larger.
In this workshop, we will deepen the relationship with our creative practice while we generate new writing. We will explore both poetry and mindfulness as ways of giving voice to our individual experience and the world around us, while exploring how authentic writing happens in connection with our unique embodied knowing.
By the end of this workshop, you will have generated a few drafts of new poems, explored the way creative expression can be both a practice and a ritual, and developed new tools to use in caring for mind, body & heart during your own creative process.
* Your own unique voice is your poetry. Come nourish body, mind, creativity & spirit.