The right words, in the right order, can be medicine. For millennia, humans have sung, chanted, and conveyed stories in verse to heal, make meaning, grow stronger, and prevail. In this program, Lisa Weinert and Holly Wren Spaulding offer a full-body, full-spirit approach to working with poetry. All are welcome, from readers and writers, to healers, caregivers, teachers, spiritual leaders, and anyone else wanting to integrate poetry into their personal or professional practice.
WHAT YOU’LL EXPERIENCE
• A holistic approach to poetry
• Gentle yoga and meditation practices
• Improvisational writing exercises
Together, you read and discuss a selection of poems that illuminate the healing properties of poetry—from the way it can help bring order to chaos, enact transformation, or provide proof that others have survived, and so can you. You also explore gentle yoga and meditation practices alongside improvisational writing exercises to generate some of your own language, which may lead in the direction of a poem, letter, prayer, or vision. This is a writing program, so bring your pen and notebook and an open heart.
Lisa Weinert, RYT 200, is passionate about powerful voices and the potential for storytelling to heal and transform lives. She has worked with authors as a publicist, editor, and agent for 15 years, and is the curator of the Narrative Healing program at Kripalu. She is committed to empowering authors with the tools to create and launch their work. Lisa established an online course called the Age of the Storyteller with the Authors Guild, teaches a publishing course at Wesleyan University, and offers literary book coaching to select clients.
Holly Wren Spaulding is the founder of Poetry Forge, where she empowers writers to explore the fullness of their humanity through the practice of poetry. A passionate teaching artist, collaborator, and editor, she works across disciplines to expand the definition of what it means to be a poet in the world. In 2018, the National Endowment for the Arts supported her role in the conception of a residency entitled the Long Memory Project. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, Michigan Quarterly Review, Witness, Poetry Northwest, The Ecologist and in Elemental: A Collection of Michigan Creative Nonfiction, among other places. She is author of If August, Pilgrim, and The Grass Impossibly, and is a member of the creative writing faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts, where she began her education more than 30 years ago.