Never in my lifehad I felt myself so nearthat porous linewhere my own body was done withand the roots and the stems and the flowersbegan. ~Mary Oliver
Spring is a time to come into our hearts. Like shoots emerging from dark earth, spring asks us to shed our casements and touch down into what we love. It asks us to nourish ourselves and play, rekindling our relationship with the curious child within. By getting in touch with the passion inside ourselves, we are nurtured and renewed.
In this workshop series we will share poems and write to them in whatever writing style most pleases each writer. We will write, share, and play! Our time together will includeguided visualization and experientials with both flowers and color. Examples of our weekly themes include:
Quiet Friend who has come so far: The Nourishment of Surrender
I am Cherry Alive: Reconnecting to the Curious Child Within
Breaking into Blossom: The Nourishment of Beauty
Coming Home to Our Loveliness: The Nourishment of Permission
The Invisible Painting Between Us: Tending to Our Relationships
One Spoke and the Others Rang Like Bells: The Nourishment of Laughter
These weekly themes are inspired by Dr. Angeles Arrien’s study of the four seasons. According to Dr. Arrien, indigenous cultures widely considered spring to be the time of the healer, offering us the opportunity to connect to what has heart and meaning in our lives. The series is the second of four that will be offered throughout 2020, inspired by each season.
This information and Birch’s bio is available at pdxwomenwriters.com.
Feedback from past participants:
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 experienced 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