a Poetic Medicine workshopwith Birch Dwyerhosted through Zoom
Wednesday MorningsSeptember 30 to November 1810 am -12:45 pmCost: $250(Group size limited to 8)
"…so must I stay for a long timeuntil I have grown from the rockand the stream is running through me and I cannot tell myself from one tall tree then I know that nothing touches me nor makes me run away…"
Fall is the season in which we are called to trust the flow of life. It is the season of the ancestors, of Grandmother Ocean, and coming home to one’s inner wise woman. It is the season of the harvest—of gathering up what we want to keep from the year and deciding what to let go.
In this workshop series, we will share poems and write to them,in whatever writing style most pleases each writer. Our time together will also include guided visualization and an experiential with color. Examples of our eight weekly themes include:
From Ancient Root of Redwood, from Primal Bed of Ocean: Inviting in the Wise Woman
Lessons from Otter: Poems of Play
The Rope Let Down to the Lost: Poems for Uncertain Times
Until I Have Grown from the Rock: Poems of Hearth and Sanctuary
Our Ancient Aunts with Their Long Slow Eyes: The Resource of Ancestors
As Swimmers Dare to Face the Sky: Poems of Trust
Here, Take the Red Brocade Pillow: Poems of Generosity
The series inspired by Dr. Angeles Arrien’s study of the four seasons. According to Dr. Arrien, indigenous cultures widely consider fall to be the season of wisdom. This series is the fourth of four offered throughout 2020, inspired by each season. The four-season series will be offered again in 2021, with new poems and material for each theme.
"I love these weekly groups because there is always a moment where you feel ready to go deeper, and it’s so good. The other women risk more as well. It’s magic. Thank you for your expert holding of space, and the nurturing environment. I don’t want it to end!" ~Bonnie Minden Ward
"I loved Birch’s workshop. I liked her methods, which allowed more emotional response and allowed us all to go deeper. We all rode the waves smoothly with her compassionate and loving guidance. She always gives such beautiful feedback in writing circles, and that skill along with the skillful holding of space makes for a great experience." ~Dr. Karen Waters
"I totally enjoyed the experience yesterday. You held the container so beautifully. I was surprised by the emotions provoked for me by the prompts and glad to have the information about myself. I especially appreciated the attention and encouragement you gave to each writer." ~Lorraine Anderson
My gratitude to Naomi Shihab Nye, Mary Oliver, May Sarton, Nancy Shaffer and Christopher Wiseman and Nancy Wood for the use of lines from their poems in the titles of our weekly themes.